My mother, sister, and I enjoyed Rainbow Trout Ranch several years ago. The lodge is so beautiful and the food was fantastic. We especially loved our delicious breakfasts of melt-in-your-mouth pancakes and creamy scrambled eggs ;>) ! We also liked the free-choice seating during mealtimes as opposed to assigned seating at some other dude ranches. Some of our highlights included the line dancing, last-day rodeo in which guests participated and wranglers showed off their equestrian skills, and the performing guest musician. We were there to RIDE, so we appreciated Jane's attention to detail in terms of matching us with suitable, quality horses that were not plugs. The scenery was very beautiful, however, we were surprised that the rides were not more rigorous and varied. We spent most of our week riding on maintained forestry roads, or weaving through the same meadows, riding mostly nose to tail, with frequent breaks. In retrospect, it seems like the perfect ranch for beginning riders as Jane is an excellent teacher and horsewoman. Future guests should keep in mind that this ranch felt a bit like a Christian summer camp. Cabins are set closely together, many children run about the property, and the young college-aged wranglers and wait staff with whom we interacted openly discussed their faith during dining and trail rides. Those traits surely appeal to some, but perhaps not so much to others. Although this ranch may not have been the perfect fit for us, we still had a wonderful time in a very pretty setting.
- 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