If you have teenagers in your life, you know how it can seem like they aren’t impressed with anything that doesn’t show up on a screen. Getting them to open up and spend time with family – even during a family vacation – can be difficult.
A lot of that changes, though, when you flip the script and put them in a brand-new environment with fresh challenges. We’ve seen it again and again. Every year, parents and grandparents tell us they can’t believe the transformations that take place when they bring teenagers out for a vacation on a Colorado dude ranch.
They might not expect such dramatic results, but we do. That’s because we know there are some specific things teens love about our ranches. Here are five that always seem to get them coming out of their shells…
Unless you already live next door to the Rockies, it’s hard to appreciate just how big an effect the beautiful mountain vistas will have on your mood. That’s especially true for teens who are used to spending time in cities or suburbs. Show them ice-capped peaks, crystal-clear streams, and pine trees that stretch on for miles and they’ll be captivated.
Getting away from technology can be helpful psychologically and emotionally. That’s especially true for teens who tend to feel the ups and downs of life more vividly than the rest of us. Replace their texts with soothing horseback rides and you’ll see why equines are renowned for their ability to calm just about anyone down in a few minutes or less.
We have the kind of actual adventures you just can’t get anywhere else. Outdoor activities like hiking and whitewater rafting can get young hearts racing, while tubing down the creek or campfires offer relaxing breaks in the day. Teens can even try new skills like archery and skeet shooting, or participate in a guest rodeo for the full ranch experience.
After all the excitement of action-packed day, taking a bit of time by the pool can be the perfect way to unwind. So, if you have the kinds of teens who like to chat or read books while taking in a little bit of sun, you can get all the comfort of a big resprt without the crowds and distractions.
Even the most stubborn teenagers tend to get a little more talkative after they’ve had a thrilling experience. Combine all that adventure with a stay in a historic lodge or some time spent all around the campfire and you have the perfect recipe for those heart-to-hearts.
Teens can be a tough crowd to please when it comes to planning a family vacation, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for having them sulk and stare into their phones. Book a trip to a Colorado dude ranch, and you might be amazed at the way they come to life on the ranch.
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