This holiday was by far the best we have ever been on! The setting, the staff, the horses, the activities, the food and the bar, all fantastic. We did so much research before we went, looking at different ranches, reviews, photos etc and BMR looked by far the best, and its all true!! You are made to feel like one of the family as soon as you arrive. The food was absolutely out of this world thanks to Bob, Andy and the rest of the kitchen crew. The wranglers tailored your day to suit exactly what you wanted to do and nothing was too much trouble. The ride out to the top of Black Mountain is a must, the scenery was out of this world. The evening meal at Jakes Lake and pack camp also had amazing scenery and were a lot of fun but watch out for the margueritas they are stronger than they look :) !
It doesn't matter what your level of riding ability is, by the time you leave you will be much better. We only had a few lessons before we went and were galloping along tracks by mid week.
The cattle drive and calf roping / branding was a fantastic experience too. The roping takes a bit of practice and raises a few laughs between guests, nothing is taken too seriously.
The saloon was a nice touch at the end of the day with guests, wranglers, kitchen staff and owners all playing pool and having a couple of beers together.
The cabins all have log burners in them that creates the perfect end of the day for when you collapse on the sofa after a full day of riding ( If that is what you decide to do).
We made a lot of friends during the week and we were sorry when it was time to leave.
We are definately planning on a return trip and can highly recommend this as the ranch to visit if you want the holiday of a lifetime.
A big thankyou to Nowell and the rest of the May family and staff.....see you soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come join us for a taste of the wild west. Your week long package includes lodging, all meals, unlimited horseback riding, an overnight pack trip, a longhorn cattle drive, whitewater rafting, fly and spin fishing, rifle and trap shooting, archery, a trip to a local rodeo and so much more! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Mountain Ranch Colorado