A spectacular ranch for a unique summer vacation, combining Colorado Rockies splendor with northern New Mexico enchantment. Rainbow Trout Ranch offers breathtaking country in which to ride, fish, and hike, and the brand of western hospitality that keeps our guests coming back for more. Excellent kids’ programs and a fun teen program add plenty of options for everyone to go their own way, or to spend time together. We have superb riding which includes plenty of options plus all-day rides and team sorting (working cattle in the arena). Also great fishing on the Conejos River which flows right through the ranch. Fly-fishing guides on staff to help get you started, and equipment included. Side trips include whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande near Taos, and America’s highest, longest narrow-gauge railroad nearby. Fascinating Santa Fe is a great choice for a night before or after the ranch. Enjoy your own aspen-log cabin, home-cooked meals served in our historic lodge, Rocky Mountain nights dancing or singing, horse drawn hayrides. Spend a week and take home a lifetime of memories. And, our rates are for a full seven night stay, so you can truly enjoy all that the ranch has to offer, although we do accept minimum 3 night stays very early June and the last full week of August.
summer: May. 26,2019 - Aug. 25,2019
fall: Aug. 25,2019 - Sep. 22,2019
May. 26,2019 - Sep. 22,2019
Minimum Age For Independent Riding:
Minimum Age Accepted at Ranch:
3 for activities and programs. Under 3 welcome but no activities or programs provided - limited babysitting possible.
Alamosa, CO - 1 hr, Santa Fe, NM - 2.5 hrs, Durango, CO - 2.5 hrs
Sixteen guest cabins of varied size and layout. All are quaintly decorated in western themes and each has a fireplace area and a wonderful veranda perfect for relaxing after a fun filled day. We'll be happy to match you with the perfect cabin for your family.
There is plenty to do at the ranch. For the cowboy in all of us, we offer morning and afternoon rides with many choices for destinations and levels. Our horse program is designed around excellent horses and wranglers in a setting that allows for everything from gentle to advanced riding. All-day rides, team sorting (working cattle in the arena) and the ranch rodeo in the main summer months round out our program along with plenty of good horsemanship and instruction. Then there is the fishing--we have a mile and a half of private fishing on our stretch of the Conejos River, known for its quality waters. Great fishing not far from your cabin on a beautiful river amid gorgeous Colorado scenery will delight everyone from beginners to accomplished fly-fishermen. Additional fishing opportunities surround us in the creeks and tributaries of the San Juan Mountains. It is truly a fisherman's paradise! The mountains and valleys also provide great hiking and sightseeing. We are happy to set up guided hikes anytime, or to give you ideas and directions for your own hikes. Other activities include trap shooting/archery, learning to handle a rope, playing horseshoes, horse-drawn hayrides and swimming, not to mention learning about ranch life and cowboy traditions. Evenings bring dancing in the main lodge, singing, cookouts, our own cowboy singer and conversation around the giant fireplace in the lodge. You can relax on your veranda, take a star filled walk or soothe those riding muscles in the outdoor hot tub. Whatever you choose to do at the ranch, it is your time to do as you please, be it non-stop activity, or taking time for yourself, something Moms and Mr. Moms will more than appreciate!
Meals are a special delight at the ranch. Wholesome ranch cooking with plenty of delicious entrees, side dishes, fresh baked breads, salads and fruit, capped off with mouthwatering desserts. Most meals are served family style in the lodge, but we do have several pool cookouts and riverside barbeques during the week which are always a favorite. Special consideration given to dietary requirements and restrictions.
"Phenomenal Riding..." "Awesome fishing..." "Fantastic teen program..." "Our kids loved it--so did we!" --from RTR guest books. We are proud to offer a traditional 7 night stay! 2019 Summer weekly rates--Sunday to Sunday-- $2600 per adult. Adults Only: August 25-September 22: $365 per person per night, minimum 3-night stay; "Fisherman's Rate": $340 per adult per night. Non-Rider's Rate: 15% off regular rates. **Shorter stays accepted May 26-June 2, August 18-25 -- please call for details ***2.9% Colorado state sales tax + $9.70 county lodging per person for the entire stay – these are the lowest you will find!
Teens (12-17): $2400 per week. We are one of the few ranches that offers a teen program--it is optional of course but they really love it. They have a great counselor and it is not as structured as the children's programs because we have the teens join in the planning which they thrive on. It is healthy, outdoors and non-technological which they adjust to quickly, and surprisingly, love. "Cowpokes" (ages 6-11): $2100 per child. We love kids, and both programs reflect this--they have fun activities, great counselors and the one complaint we get is "Our kids are having so much fun we hardly see them!" "Buckaroos" (ages 3-5): $1900 per child. Little ones under 3: $250 per week.
Service Charge/Tip Rate:
Tipping is completely optional.
Accepted Payment Methods:
Deposits required to hold reservations with balance due on day of check out. We accept personal checks, all major credit cards, cash and traveler's checks. There is a 2.5% discount for the use of cash/check
Travel Agents Accepted:
Dedicated Arrival Day
Minimum Night Stay
Summer (Peak Season)
Fall (Off Peak Season)
Winter (Off Peak Season)
Spring (Off Peak Season)
Children's Program Start/End Age:
Heated outdoor pool in beautiful setting. Hot tub.
Additional Cattle Activities:
Great fishing on private river stretch on the ranch--fly-fishing guide on staff to help get you started. Equipment included. Glorious water and scenery.
Massage Available on Ranch:
Information Technology Facilities:
One guest telephone. Wireless internet--intermittent!
Conventions, Meetings & Retreats
Perfect place for a unique meeting or retreat. Make our facilities work for you--have a meeting in the large Rec room, by the pool, on the massive veranda, in the lodge, on a ride! Combine business with western pleasure.
25 plus--depends on breakdown--call for details.
End of May/early June. Last full week of August.
Riding, fishing, hiking, evening fun, hayrides, swimming, trapshooting. Call us and we'll figure out the perfect schedule for your group!
We would love to share the magic of Rainbow Trout Ranch with you! We have had many family reunions here over the years and they work so well – no one has to cook, clean or organize and there is truly something for everyone!
We have fantastic riding, spectacular scenery and excellent fishing, great hiking, evening activities, whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande and a ranch rodeo in the summer months, trapshooting and archery and so much more! Not to mention excellent meals - and we can accommodate dietary requests and requirements - and a huge and wonderful historic lodge. We also have a very fun kids’ program and a great teen program – optional of course but they really love them!
We run Sunday to Sunday.
You would be in your own log cabin with a living area/fireplace and lovely breezy porch – and should you decide to come to us - and we so hope you do! - we can find just the right one for you all.
We so hope you will come and share the magic of the ranch with us!
Please call or email anytime.