If you are looking for something different than your average beach vacation or just another hotel, Wind River ranch is an excellent choice. All the reviews before mine are spot on. Kids make instant friends and don't mind that there is no TV or electronics. All they want to do is go outside and play with their new friends, take hikes, ride horses, go to the pool, etc. The wranglers (Nick is exceptional) are excellent and want you to ride as much as you want. My six year old got a couple lessons to augment the 6 individuals lessons I got him at home and he was ready to hit the trails. I also have a nine year old that also had zero issues on the trail rides. All of the horses were great and well mannered.
The scenery was great with incredible views of Longs Peak. The cabins were very nice and comfortable and the food was above our expectations.
The best part of the Wind River is the staff. Everyone is super friendly and made everyone feel like family. While this is a Christian ranch and everyone is of strong faith, if you are a Chreaster, there is no pressure. With that said - I think anyone would get a lot out of all the activities, including the devotionals (which are optional).
The week we stayed, there were quite a few families that has been there before (some up to 5-8 times), a good testament to how much people enjoy coming year after year.
If you want to get a sense of the place, watch the weekly videos on their website.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Wind River Christian Family Dude Ranch Hotel Estes Park