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“Winter is the best time to visit!”

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Sundance Trail Guest & Dude Ranch
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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
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“Winter is the best time to visit!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Ever gone horseback riding in the snow far away from everything? If not, you should definitely try it! We spent MLK Weekend at Sundance Trail and had a wonderful visit. This is a great time of year to visit and it is a very quiet and peaceful experience. Here is a brief summary of our visit.

Arrival: Dan (owner) met us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the ranch and showed us to our room. We happened to be the only guests for the weekend so he invited us to spread out on the second floor of the guest house. (There were three of us: two adults and a child.) During a walk around the facility he introduced us to the head wrangler, Tom, and showed us the recreation building.

Meals: We ate like Kings and Queens while at the Ranch. Dan and Ellen (owners) obviously take pride in the quality of the meals. We tend to eat fairly healthy and my wife has a gluten-intolerance that they easily accommodated. In fact, they made homemade gluten-free rolls, muffins,and biscuits for every meal just for her! Meals are served family style, which means eating with Dan, Ellen, Tom (wrangler), and Nick (wrangler). They are delightful and we enjoyed every meal. I recommend Ellen's briscuit very highly... definitely request it!

Horseback Riding: There is a daily ride in the morning around the property and into the National Forest that adjoins the property. None of us are experienced riders and it was our 11 year old daughter's first time on a horse. Tom made her immediately comfortable and within no time we were heading off onto the trails with Tom giving her frequent tips to improve her skills. We chose to add a second afternoon ride to our visit because our daughter enjoyed it so much. On our second day, Nick led us on the morning ride and he was equally attentive and enjoyable. Our daughter is hooked and can't wait to ride again.

Entertainment: In the winter, it is about getting away and enjoying the peace and quiet of the ranch. We spent some time in the recreation building playing games and reading. We watched a couple of movies at night while a fire roared in the fireplace. And there is also a hottub just outside the recreation building this is very welcome after the morning ride. But mostly it was nice to get away and enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle-and-bustle.

We had a wonderful visit and we plan on making this an annual winter weekend trip. I definitely recommend visiting in the winter if you have the opportunity.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We visited the ranch in mid June 2013 with our 13 year old daughter. For our family, we found this to be better than a trip to Disney World - everything here was REAL! With only one other family staying at the ranch, we all quickly became friends. The staff was terrific and the food was great. Many thanks to Chad and Jen!! We ate and ate and ate...the food was served family style, fresh and tasty. Even the lunches on the rides were great. We would stop for lunch and there was another wonderful meal waiting for us! Our daughter was impressed with the staff treating her like she was a part of their extended family. Actually, this whole trip felt more like a visit to see relatives than staying somewhere unknown. When I didn't know where our daughter was one afternoon, we found her helping to clean out the chicken coop (she had volunteered) and loving it. It was her dream trip! As far as activities, there was a lot to do even if you choose not to ride horses.We went white-water rafting, rock climbing, tomahawk throwing,rifle and black powder gun shooting, hiking and just sitting on the porch enjoying a large lemonade or sweet tea. Our daughter thought she had gone to heaven with the bottomless cookie jars calling out to her every time she passed the lodge. One of the highlights of the trip for her was sleeping out in the teepee with Alex and Brent after an evening of jackalope hunting. She also liked painting (yes, painting) her horse. For my husband - he did not want to ride horses, but took the opportunity to take a couple thousand pictures and to relax on the porch, watch the hummingbirds and eat a couple (or more) cookies. My favorite part of the trip was swimming with the horses on the last day. It was the most amazing thing I think I have ever done. The stars were brighter at night than we had ever imagined. We could hear the horses in the pasture at night and felt truly relaxed. There are no air conditioners in the rooms, but guess what? You don't need them. The temperature at night drops to make it perfect for sleeping. If it gets too cool - there is heat, don't worry! The cabin was clean and homey and the beds were comfortable.

We spent time together as a family and came home unstressed, unplugged and unwound.Dan, Ellen and staff made us feel welcome from the moment we set foot on the ranch until we drove away. Our daughter cried for the first half hour after we left for the airport. We will definitely be back to enjoy their hospitality again. The Hammer family

Room Tip: We loved being away from the main lodge, but it was only a minute walk to get to the lodge for meals...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This ranch is truly unique - not only do they welcome dogs (and have several wonderful ones of their own) but they allow weekend visits in autumn, winter and spring. They also offer, at NO charge, special murder mystery weekend packages! Food is abundant and delicious (amazing baked goods - especially killer apple pie!) along with well-kept and loved horses, lovely grounds, hot, hot tub, game room and very fair prices (surprisingly) on beer and wine and gift shop - best I've seen yet in some 18+ ranch visits. Whole family will feel comfortable here!

Room Tip: Decide if you want to be in the main lodge or a cabin - both have pros and cons :)
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Visited in one of the last weeks of August 2013 with our 2 children aged 14 and 11. What a fantastic way to spend a week! Arrived in the pouring rain and tremendous storm, so everything was not looking its best when we arrived - lots of mud!! However, when the sun is shining, this is such a beautiful place. Endless trees and views, fresh air, sunshine, hummingbirds outside your window - wonderful. We stayed in a cabin away from the main lodge, which was perfect for a family of 4. Basic and clean and everything functioning. All meals are taken in the beautiful main lodge, so you get to meet and know all the other families and staff really well. The food was sublime - simple homecooked food and lots of it - Kay, you were a star!! Lots of riding on the same horses each day - the horses are very well trained and in lovely condition. You dont have to ride all the time if you do not want to - the itinerary is flexible and the staff very relaxed about what you want to do and when. As well as riding we loved the rock climbing (do not do it blindfold as my eldest daughter did!) and rafting and the chance to shoot on the range. Arena games on the last day is a great way to finish off the week. What really made the week enjoyable was the staff - very friendly and welcoming and above all really good fun. We had a great week at Sundance and I would recommend this for any family with a sense of adventure.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the cabins away from the main lodge for a true wilderness feel!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Westfield, Indiana
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Our family visited in early June this year and had a fantastic size. Our large group of 4 families/15 people was easily able to intermingle with the 3 other families there. We loved that we had the same horse all week and were able to form a bond. The activities were abundant and a great mix! They had something for everyone from the most active in the group to the ones who just wanted to pick and choose. My tip: for many who are having their first time on horseback the one day trip looks daunting, but pick it...it was great! The rides out into Roosevelt National Forest are great, but you can also experience rock climbing, bouldering, riding and hiking without even leaving the ranch! I highly recommend this ranch and the experience. We loved it so much all 15 of us are returning in 2 years to do it again! (we had ages 7-62 in our group for reference)

p.s. the food is also plentiful and great!

Room Tip: Many cabins are attached to the main lodge, but two are a bit of a trek. I loved our cabin that was...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Westmoreland, Kansas
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

This was our first stay at a guest ranch. We had looked at almost all of the choices in CO over a year before deciding on Sundance. It looked to be more affordable, down-to-earth, inclusive and offered a wide variety of activities. Our stay was great - everything from the plentiful food to the relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed and appreciated all of the activities. We plan on returning.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We stayed in the B&B season (May 2013) with our family and another family. When we arrived they had just had 18 inches of snow and the property was blanketed in snow - just beautful. We loved the hospitality and person service, we all ate together at tables in the lodge. The food was delicious thanks Chad! Our kids were nervous about horse riding and by the third day it was so nice to see them overcome their fears and enjoy it. Thanks Dan and Nick! I loved the fact that the kids could run around and play - wander down to see the foal, head into the rec centre and play games in there and we didn't have to worry about whether they would be safe or not. I also enjoyed not being connected to electronic devices and seeing the kids enjoying not having their electronic devices. There were lots of board games to play, so we spent time playing them with the kids, going on walks over the boulders and just relaxing. The cabins were very roomy and had a really lovely rustic character. Thank you so much for a fabulous 3 days! From the Schwabe family

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Sundance Trail Guest & Dude Ranch
Address: 17931 W County Rd 74e, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
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Location: United States > Colorado > Red Feather Lakes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Red Feather Lakes
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and operated dude ranch 100 miles NW of Denver - we love living here, and we love guests!Family friendly summer dude ranch, and pet friendly B&B the rest of the year, with horseback riding every day.Families play together and make memories of shared adventures. Horseback riding, mountain hiking, white-water rafting, awesome disk-golf, trout fishing, riflery/trap and lots more!Ours is not a nose-to-tail program - a good place to learn to ride. ... more   less 
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