Our extended family of 9 (my parents, my 2 boys aged 10 and 7, my sister, brother in law and my nieces aged 10 and 8) went to the Drowsy Water Ranch the first week of July 2012. I did a lot of research online to find the right ranch for our family trip and the Drowsy Water Ranch seemed a perfect fit. Our stay did not disappoint!. The Fosha Family made us feel welcome right from the start. My two boys had never ridden horses before, but the wranglers taught them how to walk, trot and lope (and steer!) the horses in a relaxed and fun way. In no time Tanner was taking them out on a Trail Ride and they were totally comfortable. My neices had more experience on horses and they had a great time as well. I had not ridden horses since I was a kid, but I found that after my lessons I quickly felt very comfortable on my horse "Blondie." My brother in law had more horse experience and went on a challenging all day ride with Wrangler Nick and a group of other adults which he said was amazing. I rode with my kids, with other adults and we even did a ride with just our family. The horses were beautiful and healthy and well trained. The views on the rides were gorgeous. The breakfast ride was awesome...cowboy eggs are the best.
I wa a bit skeptical about the square dancing night, but my biys and i had a great time and my older son was so disappointed when he heard that there was not going to be another square dance night. I went on 2 guided mountain bike rides with Ian (one in the pouring rain which was great!). The whitewater rafting trip is not to be missed...gorgeous views, jumped off a cliff into the Colorado River below and stopped for a picnic lunch on the river. The zip line was being installed the week we were there. Looked amazing!
My sons caught trout in the fishing pond and Justin Fosha cooked one up for our breakfast. The staff that worked with the kids were great (Jake and Kayla). It was like the kids were at camp playing games, doing crafts and even starring in the staff show. The kids did a rodeo on the last day at the ranch to show off their horsemanship.
Our accommodations were comfortable and I fell asleep with the sound of the Drowsy Water Creek in the background each night. We were so busy on the ranch I am sorry to say we did not take advantage of the guided hike with Greta or the night at the hot springs. If you come, you may want to budget an extra day or two to check out Winterpark and the local lakes/scenery. We met some great families at the ranch and the kids quickly made new friends.
As far as the negative review on trip advisor, all I can really say is that the writer of the bad review really does not belong at a dude ranch (they should be at a resort of some type). For those looking for an old fashioned family good time on a dude ranch, Drowsy Water Ranch is the place to go! We hope to make it back to the ranch again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our dude ranch is totally committed to bringing guests into the beautiful Colorado Mountains in a friendly, clean authentic western ranch environment for families, singles and couples. We take extreme pride in our programs and genuine hospitality!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Drowsy Water Ranch Hotel Granby
- Drowsy Water Hotel
- Drowsy Water Resort All Inclusive