Come to Colorado and See the American West!

Dude Ranch History

The Old American West At Its Best

We invite you to explore the best of what Colorado has to offer at a Colorado Dude Ranch. The Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association has been around since 1934 helping families, couples and individuals find their way to the top guest ranches in Colorado. The CDGRA carefully inspects each member ranch for quality and guest experience. Whether you are looking for a Working Dude Ranch, a Traditional Dude Ranch, or a Luxury Dude Ranch; we have them all right here in sunny Colorado. (300+ days each year of sunshine!)

Many of our Colorado dude ranches are near landmarks you may know: Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Colorado’s capital city: Denver. From many major international cities you can fly direct into Denver International Airport (DEN) to reach our guest ranches.

Ranch stays are a week long during peak season (summer) and ALL INCLUSIVE. Meals, lodging, and activities are all included in your rate. Take a look at Our Ranches to start planning your trip. A Colorado Dude Ranch is a great way to kick off or complete your tour of the USA. Holiday planning has never been so easy!

Overseas Travelers

Great News if you are flying out of London, Paris, Munich, or Frankfurt. There are NEW direct/non-stop flights to Denver International Airport (DEN) from these cities on a variety of airline carriers. This makes visiting a Colorado Dude Ranch more convenient than ever before. With many Colorado dude ranches within just a few hours of Denver International Airport and connecting flights to our many regional airports across the state, you can be on the ranch and riding the range within a day.

Family roasting marshmallows over a campfire at an American dude ranch in Colorado

Families and Family Reunions

Are you planning a family vacation or family reunion? Kids only get to be kids once and by giving them a taste of the Old American Cowboy West, you are guaranteeing them fond family memories to last a lifetime. We have wide open ranges, blue skies, beautiful mountain peaks, and hands-on activities for the whole family. This is the original “unplugged” vacation; no TVs, limited cell/WIFI, and all of the time-honored activities enjoyed by family members young and old alike. You will horseback ride, fly fish, hike, have campfires, pack trips, and more.

Couple and Friend Groups

Looking to ‘become the cowboy/cowgirl’? Check out some of our working cattle ranches over the summer or visit our many traditional and luxury guest ranches during the month of September for an ‘adult-only’ week. that specially created for couples and friends groups. Learn to manage cattle, saddle your own horse, mend a fence and more. All while being pampered with home cooked meals and cozy cabin accommodations.

You can either book direct at our ranches (via phone or email) or through one of many experienced tour operators near you. Here are a few travel experts near you who are familiar with our Colorado ranches.

Tour Operators (Europe)

Tour operators! If you are not on this list and would like to be, please contact our office at We’d love to introduce you to our wonderful Colorado Dude Ranches! 

Ready for the best Colorado ranch vacation of your life?