Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.
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Four distinct seasons impress guests, accommodate budgets and tap into a laid-back lifestyle.
Cañon City’s Echo Canyon River Expeditions offers a Battle of the Bighorn package from May through September (depending on water levels) that combines physical and mental challenges in a competitive and fun format for corporate team-building.
Sleeping Indian Ranch, a private estate set on 15,000 acres and located 47 miles northwest of Telluride and 6 miles southeast of Ridgway, is now available for groups and can be booked through Telluride’s Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection. The 40,000-squarefoot, seven-bedroom lodge sleeps 16 guests, was built in 1993 as a private family vacation estate, and is the largest post-andbeam log structure ever constructed that reflects the arts and crafts movement.
Quieter months in mountain destinations are no longer a secret, but there are still savings to be found.
Since the days of the Wild West, opera houses have been symbols of culture and community.
Hotel Boulderado. Photo courtesy of David Lauer Photography
The meetings and events industry’s version of the Olympic games means new podium finishes, repeat winners, returning medalists and plenty of friendly competition.
The seven newest inductees are among the state’s most creative and dedicated industry pros.