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Drowsy Water Ranch
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We took our kids and grandkids to Drowsy Water Ranch two weeks ago. There were 8 grandkids ages 4-15. This place is so well run from the horses and riding program, to the food and accommodations and much activity for all age levels.Besides the horses, there are hayrides, square dancing, campfires and swimming pool. I especially liked the hot tub and massage therapist after an all day ride. Internet is available in the main living room but there isn't much time for that. Lots of animals and a playground for the smaller kids and wonderful staff looking out for them. Also a super zip lining ride that our older children loved. We and our kids thought this was the best family vacation ever-all in a fantastic setting in the mountains of Colorado.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We expected to enjoy our week at Drowsy Water Ranch but never thought it would be as unique, special, and memorable as it turned out to be. The Fosha family and the crew they have working with them could not have been more pleasant, accommodating, multi-talented, and fun while still exhibiting skill and professionalism. The main focus of the ranch centers around the horses and riding but there are so many other activities available that even non-riders have plenty to keep them busy. Activities were planned for each morning, afternoon, and evening and guests were free to join as many or as few as they wanted to join. Our biggest problem was having to pick from so many equally attractive alternatives. We were there with our granddaughters who were celebrating their 7th and 8th birthdays. THe girls had such a wonderful time that they declared DWR a tradition and fully expect to return year after year. My husband and I actually think they are on to something!

Room Tip: Rooms are available in both the lodge and individual cabins and all are close to each other and convenient.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Drowsy Water Ranch is an exceptionally well-run dude ranch located in northwest Colorado. We got there by flying to Denver and driving two hours to Granby. Ken and Randy Sue Fosha have owned the place since 1977. We saw a lot of them during our weeklong stay and they sure are good at what they do. The same goes for their sons Justin and Ryan. DWR accommodates the full spectrum of riders’ capability, so things start off slow as the Foshas make sure everyone from first-timers to capable cowpokes are comfortable.

The ranch is set on 700 acres at an elevation of more than 8,00 feet with lots of riding also on adjacent BLM land. There is majestic scenery in every direction. We would have liked more flat, wide-open spaces for faster rides, but the groves of aspen and pine are beautiful. The ranch keeps some 120 horses, and they are so obviously well cared for. The Foshas pair you with a horse to match your ability and size, and that is yours for the week.

Ken Fosha promised us at orientation that we would be impressed with his staff of some 25, most of whom are college-age, and he was absolutely correct. Service with a smile doesn’t begin to give enough credit.

There is a kids program for parents who want to ditch the little ones (under 13) to ride with other grown-ups. I admit we are in the minority--we want to ride with our 12-year-old son (who’s as good a rider as my wife and me)—so this required a little arranging to free him some times from doing crafts (like painting horseshoes) or playing in the stream that runs through the property so we could enjoy some family time in the saddle.

While we ultimately judge a guest ranch by the joy (and speed) of our rides, I must admit my most lasting takeaway will be riding a zip line for the first time. Not only was it a deal price-wise compared with others we have seen, the middle of the three runs reportedly is the longest in Colorado (and is 300 feet high). We soared across the valley bottom of the ranch at 30 mph for some 1,200 feet. It was breathtaking (literally). Other non-riding opportunities included fishing (didn’t see much luck there) in the lake by the lodge, an off-site white-water rafting trip (I was told it was fun) as well as mountain bike and hiking trips into the mountains.

There are also the usual assortment of activities, including a cookout, singing by the campfire, guest rodeo (team penning was quite a challenge, but I’ll be better next time), playing with the various ranch animals (chickens, goats, dogs), square dancing and carnival night (which proved you can have good old-fashioned fun with activities that do not require electricity). There also is a pool and hot tub as well as massages.

Our accommodations, a two-bedroom/one-bathroom cabin, were excellent. The mini-fridge is great as Granby is only seven miles away, so we kept it stocked with “essentials” (some containing alcohol).

While dude ranch vacations typically are not cheap, this one delivered more than its cost (approximately $5,300 for the three of us). The price is all-inclusive except for a worthy tip (15 percent) for the wranglers and staff.

Drowsy Water Ranch was all we expected—and all the Foshas promised. The little bit of rain that coincided with one ride was nowhere near enough to dampen our enthusiasm for this charming place.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

This ranch really is as good as everyone says. The horse back riding was amazing, with beautiful scenery, excellent guides, wonderful horses, small groups (max 6) and a good pace. The kids program was also a hit with many fun activities.
The cabins are basic, but well equipped. We especially appreciated the hummingbird feeder, which meant that we constantly had a dozen birds outside our cabin.
I clearly see why so many people return to this ranch every year. I would love to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I've been dreaming about going to this place for the last 20 years since my brother and his family visited and recommended it. I was not disappointed. Immediately upon arrival, The Fosha family make everyone feel extremely welcome and nothing is too much trouble. I travelled with my husband and two teenage sons, none of whom had ever sat on a horse before and it had taken me a long time to convince them to try it. I can safely say we have all come away from DWR longing to go back and my 3 non-riders can now lope (canter) with confidence. The staff were amazing, always cheerful and polite. Special mention must go to Jake and Ryan who look after the Rangeriders (6-13 yrs old) which such energy and fun whilst they are not riding and to all the wranglers who coached, guided and entertained us all on each of our rides.
The food was plentiful and home cooked fresh everyday- even the bread! Delicious cakes, cookies and desserts were supplied, along with packed lunches for the all-day riders. Meals are served in the dining room and all the guest sit together which gives you an opportunity to chat with other guests and compare stories about the day.

The cabins are clean and comfortable, each has a slightly different layout. Ours had 2 bedrooms and one bathroom, with an extra wash basin area. They are cleaned everyday and towels replaced. They provide pool towels too.
On the Ranch there is a pool and a hot tub, a kids fishing lake, a small play area, some chickens, goats, a pig, the family's dogs and of course, not forgetting all the fabulous horses. Each one is hand picked by the Fosha family to match the rider and it is clear to see that the family love each of these horses dearly. There is a zip line course, (additional cost) but it is great fun and well worth the extra cost, guided by two fully trained staff members.
There is something going on most nights- campfires with s'mores and songs sung by Ken and his band, hayrides, a staff show, a fun carnival evening playing family fairground type games.

The scenery around the ranch area is amazing. Each ride takes a different route mostly, so you get to see a different view every time you ride. You can ride for just the morning, just the afternoon, both or all day - whichever suits you best. Nothing is too much trouble - if your horse doesn't suit you, they will swap it for a different one without any problems. The wranglers will guide your ride and explain the different types of flowers, the mountains, the legends of the area, spotting wildlife such as moose, elk, chipmunks, squirrels etc. It is easy to sit back on the horse and just relax, take in the view and partake in casual conversation with the other riders and the wrangler.

This place is a little bit of heaven hidden in the Rocky Mountains and we can't wait to visit again. It has been our best family holiday by far. Well done everyone at DWR. You are all brilliant.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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