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Wind River Christian Family Dude Ranch
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Wind River Ranch is the best gift you can give your family! The setting is beautiful and the staff provides a great experience for both children and adults. The horse activities, the cabins and the food are all first rate. If you are looking for a place for your family to come together and re energize your spirit and soul this is the place for you!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Wind River Ranch was a perfect family vacation with excellent activities for our entire family ( we had a large group of 17 ranging in ages from 3 to 78). There was a great mix from family friendly activities like a children's rodeo, square dance, camfires w/ smores to high adventure with world class hiking/climbing and horse riding for all levels of interest and experience. The staff works hard to customize the week based on your individual and family's desire and goals for the week.

Worship each morning with the guest pastor/speaker was special and set the tone for the day. The entire staff was highly attentive to our needs each day. As the parents of 9, we were blessed by the special attention given to the little children. Our older children felt right at home with the staff as well, and enjoyed the freedom to explore and pursue their interests from the rock wall and zip line to extensive trail rides in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

This is a place to create lifetime memories and grow in your faith and walk with Christ.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
Thank Rick Y
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

You will never meet a more caring, service-oriented staff. In fact, you (and your kids) will leave inspired to treat people as well as they do.
Writing as a father of two young children (5 and 2), it is perfect. The morning "Kids' Club" gives parents a refreshing break while keeping the kids entertained with horse/pony rides, rock wall climbing, hiking, arts & crafts, etc. My wife and I took advantage of the mornings to hike nearby "Twin Sisters" and "Lilly Lake," fly fish, ride horses, play a round of golf and just enjoy a quiet cup of coffee on the porch of our cabin.
Then, in the afternoons and evenings, there were almost countless activities to do as a family.
Our cabin, complete with fireplace and an endless supply of firewood, was very comfortable.
I could go on, but will sum it up by saying that this place and the people who run it are truly amazing. You will not want to leave at the end of the week!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank PCR2013
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I are on our way home from a wonderful week at WRR. Couldn't wait to share our delight. We rode horses and participated in relay races with other guests who turned out to be "family" only a day or two into our visit. I even climbed a rock wall and zip lined for the first time in my life. The young staff members were so helpful and encouraging. I couldn't have accomplished that climbing wall without them! The staff is the best group of young people you could ask for. They are good and Godly folks who wait on you constantly, love on you and your kids and display the best example of Christ's love you could ask for. They are well-equipped for their job, are polite, warm and personable. WRR has activities for little ones, tweens, teens and adults...organized as well as on-your-own. You are welcome to be as busy or at-rest as you desire - participation in all or none of the activities is up to you...no pressure. Our guest speaker (they have one for each week) was terrific! Couldn't wait to get to bible study each morning. The surprise is the price in comparison to other ranches in the area. You can't beat it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was our third trip to Wind River and couldn't believe it took us four years to find our way back to this place. The upgrades and renovations that have been done were phenomenal. Our kids are already begging us to forgo any other vacations or trips and make this one priority for next year.

My kids are 14, 12 and 9 and they had an absolute blast. Riding horses, the wrangler breakfast, the hootenanny, the Kids Olympics, the dance party...they couldn't stop naming all of their favorite things! Set in a beautiful location, your family will never forget the amazing experience you will have here.

You can pull together for some amazing family time or if you need some dating time with your spouse, or alone time, the kids have so much to do in a family and safe environment that you may not see them for hours on end.

The hiking was my favorite part. You are surrounded by amazing hikes in every direction. Lily Mountain, Twin Sisters, Estes Cone and of course, Longs Peak.

You owe it to yourself to come to Wind River. You will not regret it. The staff is wonderful and are there to serve you in every way. We all fell in love with them.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Absolutely nothing negative to say about this place. If you're looking for a great family vacation, you owe to yourselves to experience Wind River. Activities for kids as well as adults. This place offers service in the true spirit of giving in order to ensure your family is able to enjoy the entire experience. Wind River is not just a vacation, it's a rejuvenation.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Merriam Webster defines "vacation" as "a time of respite from something". This past week for the second time (and definitely not the last), I was honored to "vacation" with my daughter at Wind River Ranch. To try and encapsulate the utter joy that you find at Wind River in a short review is impossible. Suffice it to say, that this is definitely a destination that needs to be on your list. From the moment your arrive, you are transported to a spiritual experience like no other. You are escorted by wranglers on their favorite "ride" and greeted by the entire staff upon arrival. The accommodations could not be better - newly renovated with all the amenities of a cozy hotel, including maid service daily. Every meal is top notch - with special themes each day, including a final farewell dinner for adults only (stuffed pork chops and sea scallops at 9,000 feet) while the kiddies enjoyed a pizza party. Weekly speakers are invited to share testimony and lead the adults in Bible Study, while the children of all ages enjoy "God Time" with their age groups. Horseback riding is the main attraction, but there is plenty else to do as well, including White Water Rafting, Golf and Hiking. The horse riding was far and away the best I have ever seen and the head wrangler Cowboy Nick, along with his trusty staff should be commended.

While all of this (including an amazing pool and hot tub) is enough to make you pack your backs and head west, the main draw of this wonderful property is the message it shares with its guests day after day.Being surrounded by the staff and guests alike who love the Lord and are eager to renew their spirits doesn't happen very often on vacation. But at Wind River Ranch, you are able to refresh your spirit, quietly reflect and enjoy all that the Lord has to offer.

It is important to note that the staff, many of whom volunteer, are the guiding instruments that keep the focus on God. It is refreshing to spend time with fellow believers in such a beautiful setting, knowing that your life will be forever changed having stayed here. If you are looking for a place to connect closer to God, find joy in His creation, and enjoy that respite you have been longing for, look no further. As our 11 year old daughter said - "it is mindblowing and heart changing". Only 347 more days till we find our way back to Wind River Ranch!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 5770 South St. Vrain, Estes Park, CO 80517
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Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 15
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Wind River Ranch is an all inclusive resort property that appeals to each family member. We invite you to read our reviews on TripAdvisor and hear why our guests not only love the investment they made in their family, but also why they choose to return again and again to WRR. This is a unique and very special family dude ranch experience and a mountaintop experience. ... more   less 
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