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Reviewed July 27, 2018

We spent a week as a family of 5 from the U.K. It was simply outstanding. A huge amount of activities, the food and accommodation was amazing and the location outstanding. We did not have much riding experience but the care and attention from the staff and wranglers ensured we learnt everything we needed at our own pace. This is a really special place run by a dedicated and welcoming family who really know what they are doing and who have a team of equally dedicated and experienced staff to attend to whatever you need. If you are looking for a dude ranch or just something different, book this now. We are definitely coming back - our kids would not allow us not to!

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank richard28april
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

BMR far exceeded our expectations. We spent the week at the Ranch with our family, including our 10 year old boy/girl twins. We loved the fact there was always something to do, but nothing necessarily required. All of the wranglers, staff and owners were great, and I loved the fact they really treat you like family. Likewise, the food was amazing! This is definitely a place we will return to in the future.

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

Clean cabins and made up daily. Food was exceptional and served with a smile. Riding and horses were assigned to our experience. The wanglers were always accommodating with a smile and good humor. Perfect vacation with family. We are already planning our next trip. Thank you to all at BMR.

Room tip: Reserve one of the premium cabins, closer to the action.
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank marietta1204
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

Things you never expect to say to a 12 and 13 year old....but are normal at Black Mountain Ranch!

We chose BMR in search of an 'off the grid' family vacation and WOW. I'm only disappointed that the week is over.

Booking was easy (you'll save money by mailing a check, just FYI), as Kaylee works double-time to be organized and thoughtful in preparation for your trip. (Alex, too!) We went as a family of four (mom, dad, 13-year old girl and 12-year old boy) plus parents (70 and 71 years old) plus aunt and uncle (86 and 90 years old). We were assured that there would be something for everyone with reasonable accommodations.

Y'all. For real. They made it all happen.

Kaylee made sure they were in the closest cabin to the center of camp (Golden Eagle) so they were just a few steps from the corral, dining hall, saloon and trading post. We were in the Columbine which was uphill (drat that elevation!) and still super convenient. The cabins are recently renovated (within the past 2 years), super clean and crazy comfortable. Ours was a 2-bedroom with a king room and twins for the kids. If I have to find a flaw, fine, the bathroom vanities were not very big. There's no AC in the cabins but you don't need it at night (and there are fans if you're hot-natured). We slept with every window open for a solid week! Woohoo!

Activities....boy are there activities (so many that the kids kept accidentally referencing our wranglers as 'counselors'). You'll be assigned to wrangler(s) for the week so you get to build relationships that create a strong sense of community and allow you to grow in your riding and shooting skills. You're assigned to a personal horse as well (and they will switch if needed-just ask!) so you really get better all week. Your week includes riding every day, shooting (rifle/shotgun/archery), leatherworking, line dancing, fishing, swimming, roping, rafting (it's not hard core, it's a class 2 section of Colorado so you aren't in danger). We had Matt and Josh and wow-they are a true asset to BMR. They took care of the kids and seniors in a really caring and personal manner. Even when one kid took a tumble, they kept it from being a buzz-killer.

One super cool aspect is how much they operate on the honor system, including the saloon where you keep your own tab and the trading post where you can buy souvenirs and necessities as well (aka laundry detergent for $2, although we brought our own stash of Tide pods and dryer sheets-no charge to use the washers and dryers!). Remember that it's a 3-hour drive up here from Denver so stop at Target or the liquor store the way to the ranch if you must. =) We rented chaps for the week ($40) and you can also buy padded undershorts (heck yeah) or rent some padded contraption for the saddle if you're a greenhorn like us.

You should be cool with dogs, they are working dogs and all over the place. Don't feed them but do gently pet when you get a chance! Oh! And the hummingbirds! Go in July when they are in full force at the porch feeders-never have we seen so many of them in one place!!

Food, you ask? Law, we NEVER got hungry all week. Chef Bob puts on a beyond-full-meal at every occasion. Just when you think the food is good, it gets better. Never did we expect to be so active and STILL put on weight. (Trust me, the calories are worth it). If you're lucky, your kid can ring the dinner bell which just makes them feel super awesome. (and if you have special dietary needs, they'll accommodate,for sure). The wait staff is on a true A game-the second your plate is empty (and I mean the SECOND), they clear it. They'll also know your name before too long, if you're ordering fresh omelets for breakfast (and you must, since the eggs are gathered on property).

The saloon is more than a bar, too. There's an out of tune old piano that was still being used by guests, a pool table, foosball and pingpong. The kids were down there whenever there was free time and it's a great opportunity for them to make friendly with other families. A total of 33 guests were there our week, and not a nasty person in the bunch. Which is good, since you're together a good bit! Including pack camp, a night under the stars in tents (and while you're still officially camping, it's on cots and there is an outhouse with a killer view). I pulled my cot outside to stare at stars that were unencumbered by light pollution. Breathtaking.

Friday night was the 'night on the town' at the Steamboat rodeo. You can have Kaylee make reservations for your dinner or just eat at the rodeo (we should have eaten there, the ribs and barbecue smelled divine), tickets included with your stay. it was great fun for all of us.

Oh! And the cattle drive! It's not what you saw in 'City Slickers' since this is the forest of the Rocky Mountains, but it's still fun. You're actually helpful. =)

Trust me. You won't miss television or your cell service. The internet is sketchy at best so just plan to be off the grid completely. Breathe. Be active. Be outdoors. Be with your family. Have real conversations.

This is a week that will be hard to EVER top. We ALL thank every single staff member at the ranch. Brice and Nowell, you have built a great team at a magical site.

Room tip: If you're not super mobile, ask for Golden Eagle. All other accomodations are walking uphill a bit.
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank 633leighb
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Reviewed July 16, 2018

I just came back from my second visit with my daughter and had, again, an amazing time.

We rode, and rode hard, far into the mountains, just the two of us and our wrangler who saw that we wanted to push ourselves. Riding off-trail in the mountains is an amazing experience! Not just the scenery (which is wonderful) but the sense of discovery in seeing wild places that no one else has seen for a long time.

There is just something about picking your way on a horse through the woods and coming to an open field of grass, or wild sage, that is hard to match. And the ability to control a horse, to guide her where you want to go, even if she doesn't really want to go up that hill, or through those bushes that is pretty neat.

The food was, as always, very good, the horses wonderful and the cabin very comfortable and well appointed. The saloon is fun, the live music was good, and everything was well organized (but not too organized).

But the key is the people: everyone is working hard, from the wranglers to the kitchen staff and cleaning crew, not to mention the office and administrative folks.

But they are having fun, doing what they love, and that makes the trip.

Everyone socializes together in the saloon and elsewhere, cleaning and kitchen staff come on rides in their off time, and it is one-big happy family.

A special shout-out to Chris Collins - he's an award winning roper who really knows his stuff and has a special talent for teaching. He loves what he does and loves teaching how to work cattle to the point that he spends his day off in the arena roping and teaching.

There are people who work on staff who started as guests, some of whom fly from Europe to work at the ranch for the summer, proof of what an amazing place this is.

I don't know what I enjoyed more, the full day riding in the mountains or the cattle round up where you really had to use some riding skill to get the cows down off of the mountain, through the woods to the corral.

The only reason i would give BMR less than a stellar evaluation is to keep everyone else away so that we can get our reservations next year, but that doesn't seem fair!

Amazing place, amazing trip, amazing people!

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank JW_in_Virginia
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