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Specialty Weeks & Ranch Events

2018 Specialty Weeks & Ranch Events


Check out our specialty weeks and events below for 2018! Here, you will find a variety of specialty weeks and themed weeks at our ranches to make your dude ranch vacation even that much more memorable. And the best news of all: there is still time to book these weeks if you act fast! Rates for each ranch (and each week) vary, but can range from $195/night-$1000/night ALL INCLUSIVE.



Adult Only Dude Ranch Adult Only Weeks: The children are back in school (or maybe flown the coop entirely!) and it’s time for the ‘big kids’ to kick up their heels. During our Colorado Dude Ranches’ adult-only weeks you’ll explore magnificent trails, hike and fish until your heart’s content and the sense of peace and quiet will be accentuated due to the lack of wee ones on the ranch. Check out ranches such as Black Mountain Ranch, Sundance Trail Ranch, High Lonesome Ranch, Latigo Ranch, Majestic Dude Ranch, Elk Mountain Ranch, Sylvan Dale Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, and Drowsy Water Ranch below for more details>>

Work Weeks: Become the rancher during our Colorado Dude Ranch work weeks. This is a true immersion experience which allows you to see what ranchers do to help maintain our forests, keep up the ranch, and tend to animals on a daily basis. However, there’s a nice twist: on top of learning to mend a fence, maintain trails, and of course ride through some of the most beautiful mountains trails known to man, you are welcomed home at the end of the day with top notch western cuisine and a cozy mountain cabin. Both Badger Creek Ranch and Home Ranch offer these weeks. See more below>>


Cattle Weeks: Cattle Drives, Team Penning, Roping, and herd management are all part of our Cattle Weeks at our Colorado Dude Ranches. Each day, you will get hands on experience working with cattle and learning the cowboy traditions of old that are still alive today. Lost Valley Ranch, Latigo Ranch, Home Ranch, Sylvan Dale Ranch, and Zapata Ranch are all offering Cattle Weeks this summer! These weeks go fast, so Get Along Little Dogie and take a peek at these ranches below for available dates>>


Cowgirl Weeks:Sometimes all a lady needs is a little ‘girl time’ with her favorite gal pals and family. These woman’s weeks at our Colorado Dude Ranches offer all the riding, trap shooting, hiking, hearty western cuisine and campfire time you could ask for. Yet you will find plenty of unplugged free time set aside to simply sit back on your porch swing and have that unhurried time to truly catch up with family and friends. Both Sylvan Dale Ranch and Latigo Ranch have Cowgirl Weeks lined up for summer 2018. This could be the answer to the girls trip you’ve been meaning to plan for years>>


Rodeo Weeks: Shine up your boots, grab your hats, and make sure to book a week at one of our Colorado Dude Ranches’ Rodeo Weeks if you want to experience some of the best professional rodeos the west has to offer. Both Rawah Ranch and Sylvan Dale Ranch incorporate a trip to local rodeos into their week-long dude ranching stays. They drive you to and from the rodeo and give you all the insider info on each event! If a professional rodeo visit has been on your bucket list, and you want to make the most of it by truly living the cowboy lifestyle for a week, our Colorado Dude Ranch Rodeo Weeks are for you. More details below>>


Horsemanship Weeks: Do you want to take your horseback riding to the next level? While all of our ranches have exceptional programs for all levels of riders each week of the summer, you’ll find that our Horsemanship Weeks really drill down on some of the tried and true techniques to make you a better rider. Whether you are a beginner rider, or have been in the saddle for years and want to refine your skills in the saddle, these weeks are for you. Join world renowned trainers such as Laurie Lukas, Randy Rieman and others at Colorado Trails Ranch and Lost Valley Ranch this summer to hone your riding skills>>


Discounted Weeks: Sometimes, all it takes to make a week a bit more special is saving bit of money on your vacation! Some ranches offer Multi-Family Discount Weeks like Colorado Trails Ranch and Elk River Ranch, while others offer Early/Late Season Discounts such as Emerald Valley Ranch, Latigo Ranch, Tumbling River Ranch, C Lazy U Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, Majestic Dude Ranch and Drowsy Water Ranch. Make your bucket list trip to a Colorado Dude Ranch a reality this summer and with the extra cash you save on booking a dude ranch, you’ll have plenty left over to explore even more of what our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer>>



Unique Themed Weeks: Simply take your special interest and find it tied seamlessly into one of our nationally acclaimed dude ranching weeks. Learn from experienced photographers such as Jason Savage during Zapata Ranch‘s Photography Workshop week, or maybe painting is more your style. At Elk Mountain Ranch, you will paint alongside Nora Larimer and take home a hand made reminder of your ranch stay. You can learn more about Astronomy at C Lazy U‘s Stargazing Week with Eddie Hrncir. And don’t forget, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Why not surprise mom with a weekend trip to Sundance Trail Ranch! They offer a Mother’s Day Weekend Package that mom will never forget.  Some of our other unique themed weeks include a Hiking Week at Zapata Ranch where you will explore the Sangre de Cristos mountains with experienced hiking guide Emily Paxson and also special 4th of July Week celebration week at Elk Mountain Ranch. Harvest Weeks & Bourbon Week at Home Ranch are particularly popular with folks who want to participate in harvesting veggies from their extensive gardens and then watch those same hand-picked items be prepared by their Relais and Chateaux master chef that very same day (with special bourbon pairings when available!).  For those who want to learn more about Native American History, check out Sylvan Dale Ranch. You will learn the skill of Native American leather working and hear stories of old from Colorado’s Native Americans. And last but not least, sometimes a special week at a Colorado Dude Ranch simply means giving back. At Rainbow Trout Ranch, when you join them in the month of June, 10% of proceeds will go directly to the organization Bridal Up Hope. Read more about each of these unique themed weeks below>>

(Update: July 2018) The specialty & discounted weeks listed below still have availability! But act fast~ they’ll go like hotcakes.

Ranch NameSpecialty Week DescriptionDate & Weeks Of
Badger Creek Ranch

Shadow Work Through the WayCall to Book: 719-837-2962A unique personal growth opportunity in the majestic setting of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.08/30/18 – 09/03/18
Black Mountain RanchAdult WeekCall to Book: 970-653-4226Come ride alongside our Longhorn Cattle and watch the sun set at the horses ride through the ranch out to pasture each night. Adult only weeks are offered sporadically throughout the summer and fall. We hope you can join us this summer!09/02/18
Colorado Trails RanchMulti-Family DiscountCall to Book: 800-323-3833We offer a 15% discount for full week stays for extended families or family reunions. It is a great way to reconnect with family. Some weeks only have a small amount of space available.07/15/18, 08/19/18.
Colorado Trails RanchDiscount WeeksCall to Book: 800-323-3833There is still space available for the above discount weeks. All discounts apply to full week stays only, from Sunday to Sunday. Come join us for a week of great fun and adventure. Please note that September is for adults only. 10% discount for the weeks of August 12th and 19th. 20% discount for the weeks of September 2nd and 9th.08/12/18, 09/02/18
Colorado Trails RanchHorseman’s WeekCall to Book: 800-323-3833 This time is set aside to offer personalized riding instruction for all skill levels. Also offering a 20% discount for FULL week stays!09/02/18 – 09/09/18
Drowsy Water RanchDiscount WeeksCall to Book: 800-323-3833Come visit Drowsy Water Ranch early or late in the summer during one of our discounted weeks. We still offer our full programs and fantastic family ranch atmosphere but at valued oriented prices.08/26/18
Drowsy Water RanchFamily WeekCall to Book: 800-323-3833Looking for a family vacation in late August when most ranches don’t offer a kids’ program? We are still in full gear at Drowsy Water Ranch with our kids’ programs, great weather and discounted rates.08/26/18
Drowsy Water RanchAdults Only WeekCall to Book: 800-323-3833Come visit Drowsy Water Ranch during this early fall week with less guests, adults only and fantastic fall weather!09/02/18
Elk Mountain RanchAdult-Only WeeksCall to Book: 800-432-8812Enjoy the Fall colors. Single occupancy fee of additional 10% is waived.08/26/18, 09/02/18
Elk Mountain RanchArt WorkshopCall to Book: 800-432-8812Beginners and intermediate painters will be given tips to painting outdoors with our amazing local artist, Nora Larimer09/16/18 – 09/19/18
Elk River RanchFamily Reunion WeekCall to Book: 970-879-1949The Elk River Guest Ranch, in the historic ranch lands of northwest Colorado just 30 minutes from Steamboat Springs, is offering discounted rates for families or groups made up of 10-15 people.08/12/18 - 08/18/18
Elk River RanchAdults Only WeekCall to Book: 970-879-1949Only two cabins left for our August adults' only week from the 19th-25th. Book now!08/19/18-08/25/18
Emerald Valley RanchSpecialty WeekCall to Book: 844-602-3343Just a short ride up the mountain from The Broadmoor, a distinctively Colorado experience awaits. Surrounded by over 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest, The Ranch at Emerald Valley is an unmatched, all-inclusive retreat that combines the rustic charm of a wilderness enclave with The Broadmoor’s incomparable luxury and service.09/24/18-09/29/18
The High Lonesome RanchAdult-Only WeekCall to Book: 970-283-9420Laid-back luxury for couples, getaways for grown ups, friends’ and women’s gatherings.08/21/18 – 08/27/18
The Home RanchCattle Round UpCall to Book: 970-879-1780Spend the first few days of the week getting to know your horse and the basics of cattle behavior before heading across the valley to round up a couple hundred head of cattle.09/17/18 – 09/24/18
The Home RanchHarvest WeeksCall to Book: 970-879-1780We dedicate the last week of August and the first week of September to the handcrafted glories of Colorado’s great craft brewers, distillers, wineries and artisans.08/26/18, 08/30/18, 09/02/18
Latigo RanchValue WeeksCall to Book: 970-724-9008Come experience the best of Latigo with our value add weeks.08/19/18-09/15/18
Latigo RanchAdults Only WeekCall to Book: 970-724-9008Come and enjoy a great week with other adults. Those under 18 need not apply. Some summer programs may no longer be available.09/10/18- 09/16/18
Latigo Ranch
Cattle Round Up

Call to Book: 970-724-9008
Our fall cattle roundup is held the 3rd week in September. We help the local cattle ranchers gather their herds, bring them home, and move them from place to place on their home ranches.
09/16/18 – 09/22/18
Lost Valley RanchFamily Weeks in the SummerCall to Book: 303-647-2311In the West, a brand is a symbol that identifies specific ownership of a ranch's livestock and horses. At Lost Valley Ranch, our brand not only marks our cattle, but extends to your experience as our guest. It’s our "Brand of Western Hospitality".08/12/18-08/26/18
Lost Valley RanchCattle WeekCall to Book: 303-647-2311Currently, we have a grazing permit to run our cow/calf pairs on around 67,000 acres of National Forest land. During the fall we offer our guests the opportunity to help us roundup these cows. The riding involves all-day and half-day riding. We work until the job is done. It's an important part of our Colorado cattle ranch operation making sure that we have all of our livestock gathered and shipped in a timely manner. We love the help and fellowship provided by our guests during this week.09/23/18 - 09/30/18
Lost Valley RanchRide, Ride, Ride Weeks - All Day RidesCall to Book: 303-647-2311A must for the rider looking to spend long days in the saddle exploring remote wilderness areas that surround Lost Valley. 6-8 hour days and up are not uncommon. Sometimes rides begin at the ranch and end at the ranch, while others begin with horse and riders being trailered out to the back country and riding back to the ranch. Hot baths, hot food and soft beds complement each day of your Colorado horseback riding vacation.09/16/18 - 09/23/18
Lost Valley RanchLaurie Lukas Horsemanship WeekCall to Book: 303-647-2311Perfect for horse lovers wanting to learn or improve their skills in riding and understanding a horse just a little bit better our horseback riding vacations will give you the adventure of a lifetime! We use the talents of professional horse trainers to help you better communicate with your horse, increase your riding confidence and show you some of the prettiest country in the state.09/30/18 - 10/07/18
Lost Valley RanchRandy Rieman Horsemanship WeekCall to Book: 303-647-2311Perfect for horse lovers wanting to learn or improve their skills in riding and understanding a horse just a little bit better our horseback riding vacations will give you the adventure of a lifetime! We use the talents of professional horse trainers to help you better communicate with your horse, increase your riding confidence and show you some of the prettiest country in the state.09/09/18 - 09/16/18
Majestic Dude RanchDiscount WeeksCall to Book: 970-533-7900Up to 35% off! The Majestic Dude Ranch is an all-inclusive experience. While staying here is certainly relaxing, you will be kept busy participating in bucket list activities all week. Each week guests who come as strangers and leave as family because of the fun they’ve had together!08/12/18, 08/12/18, 08/26/18
Majestic Dude RanchAdults OnlyCall to Book: 970-533-7900We offer bucket list activities and we even have free wine and beer at dinner! Horseback ride in the incredible aspens, ATV in the San Juan Forest, fly fish in pristine local rivers or just relax by the fire. We offer more activities than you can imagine and incredible memories that last a lifetime.09/02/18 - 09/29/18
Rawah RanchRodeo DaysCall to Book: 888-535-9608Experience one of the most thrilling traditions of the great cowboy West with a trip to Cheyenne, WY for “The Daddy of ‘Em All”—Frontier Days, one of the largest national rodeos in North America.07/22/18 – 07/28/18
Rawah RanchValue MonthsCall to Book: 888-535-9608Call to book your summer 2018 vacation with Rawah Guest Ranch for the months of June, August, or September and 10% of your entire stay is on us! Fun for singles, couples, and families alike; don't miss the dude ranch vacation of a lifetime.08/18, 09/18
Rawah RanchAdult MonthCall to Book: 888-535-9608Enjoy peace, quiet, activities, great company, wine and craft beer tastings, and the golden aspen trees with us at Rawah Guest Ranch in September 2018 for adults month!09/01/18-09/30/18
Rawah RanchBourbon WeekCall to Book: 888-535-9608Bring your friends and palate to Rawah for a week full of two of our favorite things—great food and bourbon. Enjoy comfort gourmet cuisine expertly paired with award-winning Colorado bourbons.09/09/18 – 09/15/18
Sundance Trail RanchLast Rides Before Returning to CollegeCall to Book: 970-224-1222School is soon to start again, this is a special week to have a last week of riding before starting classes!08/12/18-08/18/18
Sundance Trail RanchChild-Free WeekCall to Book: 970-224-1222This September, as our summer season winds down and the kids head back to school, Sundance Trail is excited to offer a special child-free week!09/01/18
Sylvan Dale RanchCowgirl RoundupCall to Book: 970-667-3915Bring your mom, your aunt, your sister, your daughter, your best friend, your neighbor, your co-worker, your favorite cowgirl, but NO guys! This unforgettable stay is for ladies only.10/04/18
Sylvan Dale RanchThe Great Grownup GetawayCall to Book: 970-667-3915Adults-Only Weeks. Six comfortable nights lodging with 17 mouth-watering, ranch-style meals, for adults only (age 21 and older). There will be no crying over spilled milk this week!08/12/18, 09/16/18
Sylvan Dale RanchNative American Living History at Heart J CenterCall to Book: 970-667-3915Your whole family will enjoy this unforgettable week in Colorado with opportunities for learning Native American crafts, skills, and traditions all in a beautiful riverside setting. This is a perfect intergenerational vacation, with fun and engaging activities for all ages.07/22/18 – 07/28/18
Sylvan Dale RanchFamily WeekCall to Book: 970-667-3915Come visit Sylvan dale with your family, friends, neighbors, or by yourself! Package includes 6-nights lodging, 17 natural and hearty ranch style meals and a variety of activities including: Riding Adventures, Team Sorting, Overnight Pack Trip, Trap Shooting, Fishing, Gymkhana, and more! So grab your hat and your cowboy boots and head to Sylvan Dale for this unique outdoor adventure!07/29/18-08/04/18
Sylvan Dale RanchLarimer County Fair & Rodeo WeekCall to Book: 970-667-3915Come join us for the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo! Experience all the great activities that happen during a traditional Dude Ranch Vacation as well as meet professional cowboys and rodeo queens. You’ll love taking an excursion to the PRCA Rodeo Finals on Tuesday night! 08/05/18 - 08/11/18
Vista Verde RanchAdult-Only WeekCall to Book: 970-879-3858Come enjoy Vista Verde while the kids are back in school. Kick off the start of the fall season with an adult-only week at Vista Verde Ranch. Save on the lower fall season rates with an additional 20% off. You must mention the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association special to receive this discount.08/26/18-09/02/18
Vista Verde RanchAdult-Only Fall Short StaysCall to Book: 970-879-3858This is an adult-only time, so grab your sweetheart, some friends, or just run away by yourself to play in the mountains with us!10/07/18, 10/14/18
Zapata RanchBison + Wildlife Photography WorkshopCall to Book: 719-378-2356Join award-winning nature and wildlife photographer Jason Savage on a photographic journey exploring the landscape of the San Luis Valley, its wild inhabitants, and iconic ranch life. Learn the art of composition, lessons in natural light, and techniques in wildlife photography. Zapata is home to elk, bison, coyotes, deer, cattle and many resident migrating birds and the Great Sand Dunes National Park is the backdrop.0722/18 - 07/27/18
Zapata RanchTrek the Sangre de Cristos and BeyondCall to Book: 719-378-2356Zapata Ranch sits in one of the most unique landscapes and ecosystems in North America. A hikers paradise, you have access to hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Join Ranchlands team member and Zapata Ranch leader Emily Paxson on this challenging and explorative hiking week. The week will include hiking to pristine high alpine lakes and meadows, exploring the Great Sand Dunes wilderness, along with summiting one of the 14,000-ft peaks surrounding the ranch. 08/12/18 - 08/19/18
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