I have always been too lazy to write a review although I have studied Trip Advisor for years prior to our trips. I feel I would be doing a disservice to RTR if I didn't give them a glowing review. Maybe I have never felt like I have stayed in a place that was worth the effort to write about. I can't really add much to other reviewers because they have portrayed the place well. I can say that from our numerous trips to Florida beaches and Disney World (which is a different style of trip), we have found a truly unique and completely adventure packed place that isn't filled with cooking and cleaning for every meal at a beach rental or flashing lights, tired feet and arguing siblings at Disney. And I love our Florida trips and have one planned for the fall. But RTR is truly unique.
We were there while there were large family groups of grandparents, parents and all the grand kids and there was also just a father and his young daughter. There were two friends that came to be outdoors and celebrate their high school graduation. And we all had our own adventure that was customized to each and every one of us. The 5 of us came to ride in the mountains even though we (the adults) are advanced horse people with our own herd of horses. They respected our riding abilities and never once did I feel like they didn't appreciate our experience; it was a welcome rest from the mundane horse chores to have someone else do the grooming, tacking, and even have my horse held for me while I mounted and dismounted (in today's litigious world do you blame them for being protective even with the most experienced?)
Our 8-, 7-, and 4-year old children enjoyed their counselors, their horses, their wranglers and when asked, the older boys liked it better than Disney and the little girl found it to be a tie (her one trip to Disney was during her birthday so that would be hard to beat!). As I watched my boys lope along the arena to show off their new skills and my daughter at a quick trot behind them, I knew their riding improved without mom and dad pushing them...which is oh so hard.
The food was excellent, the lodging was rustic but clean and ranch worthy. They even have housekeeping service! Coffee delivery in the morning. The pace was set by us. They would help us be as busy or as laid back as we wanted to be. They would sweep up our kids for an electronic-free day giving them back as much or as little as we liked but sitting down family style to a glorious meal and hear the kids morning/afternoon adventures was always delightful. Speaking of delightful, the Van Berkum family is just that. Sacrificing their personal family time all summer long to ensure that other families/couples/friends/fill-in-the-blank have a wonderful week while doing some out of the ordinary things (line dancing, square dancing, sing alongs) that you won't admit doing to your co-workers but become amazing memories as you drive out the gate for your trek home.
This place may be a stretch for your imagination. It was for mine, especially since I grew up on a ranch myself. But how many all "Excellent" reviews have you run across on Trip Advisor? You won't regret your week in the mountains. It will be an investment in your family...it was to ours and I hope it continues to be so for years to come.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spectacular guest ranch set at 9000' in the southern Colorado Rockies. Superb riding and fishing, fun kids' and teen programs, evening activities, trapshooting and more. The adventure of a lifetime. Share our special brand of western hospitality and see why folks keep coming back for more! Member of all accredited associations, Horse Safety certified. Top Ten Dude Ranch. Signature Ranch. All-inclusive, and exclusive. Wonderful experience in every way. Come share it with us! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rainbow Trout Ranch Hotel Antonito