I'm not country and I don't much care for horses or at least not anymore than one who has a passing curiosity for animals does so understand this is not a review from someone returning "home" or a guy that played with My Little Pony as a boy.
In short, and I know short well, simply the best vacation to date for my family of four. When you combine the level of service, the quantity of activities available for the guests and the natural backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Rainbow Trout Ranch (RTR) is unique even among dude ranches we researched. Ultimately though, the sense of belonging we had during our stay was what made the entire experience so other.
We enjoy the Club Med experience but the groups are large and you seldom meet that many people and becoming more than familiar with them is less likely by trips end, not so with RTR. To be clear, I don't go on vacation to meet people but inevitably do and those liaisons become a part of the experience for the better or the worse. When I said this is like a Club Med for The Duke, I meant it insofar as style is concerned; all inclusive, they call their G.O.'s wranglers, the Rockies instead of the sea, kids club, dancing, shows - you get the idea. But the analogy falls short because RTR extends to the positive where Club Med finishes.
Community is the key factor to the success of RTR - they don't chant you into the group or meet you with a far too happy smile (I'm allergic to this sort of humanity) rather they are quite real and accessible. This is likely achieved from the culture top down because it is exhibited by the owners and their love affair with what they do each day (wish I could say the same for me at my company). We left with new friends made and I don't make myself all that open to that sort of thing as I prefer to withdrawal and watch from a safe distance but their approach wooed me over or sucked me in whichever descriptive is best. THAT is the intangible, the thing you can't quite put your finger on when you go to describe the experience...at least how I see it.
We will return, lid and spurs in tow.
I could not commend a better family vacation to you the reader and the proof is in the pudding because I've been telling all of my friends the same...for what its worth.
- 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