by Julie Bielenberg
This is one of the nicest, most luxurious places in the area. Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch and vacation rentals is situated in the countryside of Cortez, Colorado near Mesa Verde National Park. Please note that this is not a B&B, but a private home and cabins. The historic guest ranch is located in the McElmo Canyon, a Sedona-like setting in Southwest Colorado with more than 5,000 documented archeological sites in the area. There are six vacation rental units on the ranch: the newest is the Wagstaff Cabin, the Mokee House with Anasazi tower, the historical Elden Stone House, the Cowboy Log Cabin, the Ranch House and the Pioneer House. The owners can help arrange wine tasting and vineyard tours just seven minutes away, ideas on where to explore ancient ruins and rock art panels, horseback riding, hiking, biking, steam train engine, and so much more like skiing, water activities, etc. Nearby attractions like Canyons of The Ancients Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango Steam Train, Monument Valley or Mexican Hat are all within a 1.5-hour drive. The famous ski resort, Telluride, is less than two hours away.
Our Editor Loves
- Private cabins
- Location to incredible outdoor sites
- Private, forested property
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
We couldn’t have asked more for a better family vacation from the canyon of the ancients guest ranch! We got everything we could have asked for and more! The bonding with all the animals, the special and warmest hospitality we got from Ming and Garry was beyond words! The tour we had with Yusef on the ruin side was spectacular. And the cabin we stayed in was so cozy and beautiful, the second we stepped in, our 9 year old daughter already asked to come back soon! This is a life time experience you can get with your children! We are definitely coming back!
We took our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter to the ranch for Thanksgiving. Although I live relatively close by (a little over an hour away), and have driven McElmo Canyon Road countless times, I was not familiar with the guest ranch.
We stayed at the Eldon Stone House. The bedrooms were perfect for the five of us, and the living room made for a wonderful gathering place. You could spend a full weekend just looking at all the cool things on the walls and on the shelves, and another week or so perusing all the books. The kitchen was exceptionally well stocked.
Outside, the family had a great time interacting with the animals. Rascal, one of the cats, took full advantage of us cat lovers and waltzed into the house several times like he owned the place. We had no problem finding a lap for him to doze in. A couple of the dogs joined me on a long hike on the sprawling ranch property. The sound of a couple dozen Navajo Churro sheep grazing within a few feet of the patio added to the relaxation.
For a retreat, base camp, family gathering or just a place to get away for a few days, Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch is a most remarkable place.