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Wind River Christian Family Dude Ranch
Minnesota
1 review
“The best family vacation ever!!”
Reviewed November 16, 2009

I can't say enough good things about the ranch. The staff (most of whom are volunteers) are wonderful, caring, helpful, etc. The cabins are very comfortable. The food is awesome and they will cater to picky kids whenever you ask. The do their best to make sure you (and your family or friends) have a wonderful memorable time. You can be as active or as you want or not do much of anything. Rock wall, fishing in the small pond, horseback riding, hiking, shopping in Estes Park, golf, white water rafting, naps..... and more. The have special activities planned every day/night and we have met some really great people there. If I had to choose only one place where I could go on vacation, Wind River Ranch is it!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Cedar Park, TX
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Reviewed November 16, 2009

Where can you go with 4 teenage boys and have a fabulous time without cell phones, wii, ipods, tv, facebook, etc.??? We had an amazing family vacation and EVERYONE had a great time. The staff was so outgoing and friendly that our boys quickly got involved in everything from the climbing wall, zip line, horseback riding, hiking in the mountains, sand volleyball, frisbee golf, square dancing (yes... square dancing!!), fishing, nightly bonfire & sing-a-long and lots of other activities. The food was incredible and abundant so that our boys were able to get full even with their BIG appetites.

We have vacationed at Wind River Ranch 3 times (when the boys were 6,6,8,8; again at 10,10,12,12; and finally at 15,15,17,17). Each time, the staff was able to engage the boys with nonstop activities. They actually gave up going to Disneyland and chose Wind River Ranch instead. As parents, we were able to "get away" and have some time to ourselves to golf, hike and mountain bike while the boys were supervised by the loving, caring and FUN staff.

I HIGHLY recommend this camp to friends and family and will continue to do so.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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college station
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Reviewed November 16, 2009

The rooms are wonderful, the food is unbelievable, the horses arte the best trained anywhere; but the most memorable part of the vacatiuon is the staff. They truly epitomize "agape love"; totally focused on serving the guests and making the stay an unforgettable experience! We have been guests numerous times and always have had a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
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san diego ca
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Reviewed November 16, 2009

What a great place Wind River Ranch is. The staff goes out of their way to make sure your every expectation is met. The food was great, served family style. The staff are all good role models for your children and you can feel safe in letting them roam the ranch. There are always people around to watch over them. The setting can't be beat with meadows and hillsides overlooking Longs Peak. This is a great place to go to unwind. Many activities from rock climbing wall to riding the most gentle horses anywhere to white water rafting to just sitting on a porch and enjoying the scenery. We have been to the ranch several summers and can't wait to go back again.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2006

My family had what I think was its best vacation ever. The scenery is breathtaking - every morning, you awake to see the snow-capped Rockies out of your window. Abundant activities - horseback riding, horse lessons, hiking, climbing wall, swimming pool, group activities, cookouts, white water rafting (off site one day), golf nearby and more. Wonderful food. The staff is outstanding. They approach this ranch as a "ministry," and their servant's attitude is evident throughout the week. The cabins are private, clean and have a wonderful rustic feel, many with wood-burning fireplaces. This is a truly a wonderful place for the entire family.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed June 26, 2005

If you are looking for a family vacation in the mountains Wind River Ranch in Estes Park, CO can't be beat. This is the second year in a row that we've been there and the kids are asking to go back next year.
STAFF IS EXCELLENT!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed June 19, 2005

We stayed at Wind River Ranch in June 2004 and June 2005 and both visits were amazing. Wind River Ranch is about 7 miles south of Estes Park across from Estes Cone and Long's Peak. The views are breathtaking, the accommodations are clean and well kept, the food (included in the price of your stay) is outstanding (bring your self-control or be prepared to make another notch in your belt :-) and the staff is more genuinely caring and helpful than anywhere we've ever been. Here are the highlights of our stays in some semblance of order:

- The people, especially those who often watched our son. (Childcare is also included in the price of your stay!)
- The views, esp. Long's Peak
- The food
- Elk grazing right in front of the cabins!
- "Fireside" chats and sing-alongs
- Golf in Estes Park
- Horseback Riding
- Kid's Rodeo
- Climbing wall and zip line
- Whitewater Rafting
- The "Hootenanny", a very funny "talent show" of sorts at the ranch
- Shopping in Estes Park
- Hiking
- Sitting in the Hot Tub
- Napping in the hammocks
- Square Dancing

That's really just a short list. I think we could spend several months there without coming close to doing or seeing it all. Wind River Ranch describes itself as a "Christian Family Guest Ranch", but be advised that it was recommended to our family by a Jewish friend. So don't feel like you've got to be a Christian to have your socks blessed off by a visit to WRR. Our extended family took 25 people in 2004 and 31 people in 2005 and we're headed back in 2006.

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Property: Wind River Christian Family Dude Ranch
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 #16 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 15
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 
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