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“All the beauty of the "River Runs Through It" experience!”

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Rainbow Trout Ranch
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

We loved the people, just as much as we loved the beautify of the Colorado mountains.
The ranch is spectaular, the horses are well trained, and the food is tremendous.

I observed the operation from a professional background. They surpassed my expectations. They don't know the word "no".

Although safety was always empahsised, the fun was unsurpassed.

This visit was my first. I plan to return again and again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

Hey Howdy Hey! Rainbow Trout Ranch, outside of Antonito, Colorado, offers a truly unique riding experience: serene, challenging, and FUN. If you love horses, those at RTR are the most well-cared for anywhere. And, what better way to see the majesty and beauty of the mountains than in the saddle! From impeccable service to great food to fun-loving activities, Rainbow Trout Ranch is the place for the entire family!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank nancyjanebutler
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

This was our first dude ranch experience and it was great! Staff, rooms, rides, fishing, food, and views were AMAZING. There was always something to do and you could fill up your days as much or as little as you want.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank PTKSpringfield
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

I would highly recommend Rainbow Trout Ranch (RTR) to anyone who wants a real dude ranch experience. The owners and staff are amazing. They really care about their guests. I was very impressed with the owners (Doug, Linda, David, and Jane). They treat their staff like part of the family. This extends over to the guests which makes the RTR so incredibly welcoming and relaxing. The ranch itself is very well kept and beautiful. The horses are very well trained and the scenery is breath taking. This is my third dude ranch and far exceeded the other two. One of the first things that I noticed at the ranch was the sheer number of return guests (approx 75% were returning guests and some were on their 5th plus return). It really says a lot when people return year after year. I know I will be doing everything in my power to go back again next year. Connecticut is nice but the RTR is a little slice of heaven!

  • Stayed: September 2010
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2  Thank Cavrider
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

My husband and I rode, fished, hiked and enjoyed staying at this lovely family run ranch. The lodge is spectacular, the riding program is second to none, the fishing is superb and the food was delicious if you like western fare. The wranglers were helpful and knowledgeable and nightly programs were entertaining. Line dancing with the staff was great as they know what they are doing so can teach all the guests. We stayed just a few days during September when they are flexible with their stays. Took in Mesa Verde and the Great Sand Dunes National Park just down the road. Perfect vacation for September with wonderful adults from around the country.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2010

The RTR was an amazing place to stay. The staff was friendly and always ready to help out with anything at all. The horses were in great condition and well taken care of. The riding was excellent and the views were spectacular. The cabins were rustic, no TV and limited access to the internet and no cell phone service at all. These were a nice break from the real world and not a big issue for us. We were too busy having fun to worry about TV or the internet. There is a phone that you can use, just bring a phone card, you can purchase one there as well. The food was great, nice not to worry about where to eat. I will go back again and again. I have never been treated so well on vacation. The owner, Doug, had an amazing ability to remember every guests name and where they were from and would introduce everyone to newly arriving guests! It is not a run of the mill place and you will fall in love with everything there!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank patricia_miller02
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

Skies are blue and the ranch itself is a vacationer's pot of gold.

It's the perfect place for a family vacation or a cozy couple's get-away. It's family owned (you'll meet the parents, grandparents, kids, aunts, nieces, etc.) and they make you feel like part of the family. The ranch is big enough to attract a diverse clientele (the week we went this year there was a family from Finland and one from Scotland). But it's also small enough that by the end of the week you're on a first name basis with just about everyone. And somehow - I don't know how they pull this off - I have never met a jerk there and our family has been coming for a long time. 2010 was the ninth year of our annual family gathering at RTR; next year we plan to make it a decade.

I've been to other ranches that feel like Hollywood sets, where everyone tries to "act" like cowboys, wearing dusters and dipping snuff. These guys don't have to act because they're the real McCoy. They raise cattle and herd the horses in from pasture every morning at 5:30 (should you be masochistic enough to want to join them at that hour while on vacation). Owners Jane and Doug are both champion competition riders with an indoor practice ring attached to the back of their houwse. Their three remarkable children practically wore chaps on over their diapers. Each season the owners hire a crowd of young adults who serve as wranglers, housekeepers, kitchen staff and counselors for the various kid's groups. This year one of the wranglers was a professional horse trainer. At the end of the week, they hold a rodeo and show off their roping and riding skills. No matter how much progress we make each week, we are always humbled watching the pros on the Saturday rodeo. Bottom line - nobody is faking it at RTR.

They offer a lot of activities beyond riding (although it's hard to beat a ride through stands of white aspen that open onto an alpine meadow). They also offer white water rafting, fly flshing (one of the guest caught a monster Rainbow the week were were there this year), hiking, overnight camping, a friendly weekly poker game, swimming, line and square dancing and a sing-a-long.

Teenagers may read this and go, "Oh man, a sing-a-long; how lame is that?" Amazingly, by the end of the week, even the most sullen, hair-in-the-face, cynical teens who refuse to be kept from eternally texting on their cell phones, end up following the song sheet to "Good Old Mountain Dew". In the four years since our daughter has been a teenager, we've rarely seen her during the week because she was always with the teen group.

The food at RTR is good, stick-to-your-ribs family-style fare and lots of it. This is not the place to start a diet. The deserts alone will do you in. The log cabins are simple but immaculate, modern and tasteful. They all come with heat, fireplaces and plenty of wood for chilly mornings and evenings. The lodge itself is massive with a soaring ceiling, a huge dining area and a sitting area that transforms twice each week to accomodate dozens of dancers. The lodge fireplaces are bigger than my car. The chef uses the heat from the morning fires to rise his bread, so on the way to and from breakfast you got to walk past massive bowls of fragrant ballooning dough.

In short, I can't say enough about the Rainbow Trout Ranch. The only drawback I can think of is that it's a longish (albeit beautiful) drive from Denver or Albequerque. Other than that, it's pretty darn close to perfect.

Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
1  Thank MalinJ56
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Address: 1484 Fdr 250, P.O. Box 458, Antonito, CO 81120-9303
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Location: United States > Colorado > Antonito
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Antonito
Price Range: $1,400 - $1,800 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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