We stayed here as a family in a somewhat damp August, and it was without doubt the very best holiday we've ever had. There's a magic in the atmosphere created by Jim, Randy and their families, and from the very beginning we felt completely at home.
The accommodations are 'of an age' but immaculately clean and well maintained, and you're not there to hide in your cabin - although after one huge cloudburst we were very happy to warm the kids up in front of the open fire. Food is everything it's promised to be - wholesome family recipes and plenty of it.
The stables, horses, wranglers and rides are a credit to the management team, beautifully organised and safely managed. We were initially a bit disappointed to be separated from the kids on our early rides, but of course this is a wise strategy which allows them to find their way without their parents breathing down their necks, and gives them a sense of freedom and independence. By the end of the week we weren't bothering to keep tabs on them, there was little harm they could come to.
For me, the highlight activities were the overnight camp, and the team cattle penning, where we got to put it all into practice. But the best bit was soaking up Jim's wisdom - imagine a warm and approachable version of Jack Palance and you won't be far off this remarkable host.
At the end of the week every family can design their own cattle brand and apply it to the woodwork in the main lodge. We've designed ours so that it needs to be finished on a return trip. Time to start saving up for that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Latigo Ranch is a premier Dude & Guest Ranch in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. You'll enjoy our spectacular scenery and seclusion. Fabulous "nouveaux ranch cuisine" - wholesome, hearty, healthy, homemade. Our guests of all ages experience, explore, and engage in a wide range of activities. Our Winter Resort operations include XC skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and tubing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Latigo Dude Ranch & Nordic Hotel Kremmling
- Latigo Dude Ranch And Nordic Center