by Eileen Ogintz
In the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, Circle K, which identifies itself as a Christian ranch, offers family oriented western dude ranch vacations from May through November. Activities include high country horseback riding, guided fly fishing trips and more. There is no minimum stay required and this is a non-structured ranch where guests plan their own individual activities.
There are a variety of accommodations from cabins, lodge and motel rooms to bunkhouses. There is also camping and RV parking. The ranch is located near Telluride and Mesa Verde National Park. All cabins feature Wi-Fi. There is no daily maid service. The largest three-bedroom cabin sleeps nine to 10 people, with two baths and a fully furnished kitchen. Other cabins sleep 4 to 6 people with a kitchen. All meals are served buffet style and kids 4 and under eat free. Guests can opt for a full meal plan or purchase meals on an ala carte basis. Lunches may be packed to go for horseback adventures; Dinners always include homemade ranch rolls, fresh salads and desserts, as well as themed Italian, Mexican and fried chicken nights. There is a ropes obstacle course and the chance to river tube, if guests supply a tube! The ranch will organize a fish fry with your catch.
Our Editor Loves
- The beautiful views
- Cozy cabins for groups
- Varied activities
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Family Room 5+
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
I can honestly say this is the first review I have ever written and if the experience wasn't so horrible I would not be wasting my time. The only reason for the 1 star is the people working at the ranch were absolutely as nice as you cold hope for. This review is specific to an Elk Hunt I recently returned from, so please do not use this as a premise for the other activities they offer.
We booked 10 hunters for an average of $3800 a piece, 8 of 10 had guides and 2 went solo. Upon arrival we were directed to the Boys bunkhouse, keep in mind this is $300 a night accomodations. We had to bring our own sleeping bags, 1 towel was provided for the entire week, the bathrooms were disgusting, the room had bunks that must have been from the cival war, prisoners in county jails have better beds to sleep on then we had. The walls had cracks you could see through and the furnace stopped working during the night leaving you to wake up to a ice cold room putting on ice cold clothes before heading out. The internet didn't work, the only TV was in the main lodge and the seating was apprehended by the ranch hands leaving us in the back standing after a 12 hour hunt. The game room had no pool balls for the two pool tables, no ping pong balls, no TV a complete waste of space. The exterior lightings goes on and off leaving you in the dark while you walk back to you bunkhouse, try some new LED lighting Al. You have to pay to use the laundry, yes you have to pay to wash the one towel they give you. The excellent rating for this place is not for hunting I can assure you of that, the guides claim the success rate is less than 10%, but that's not on the website. Al is a money grabbing who treats his employees like terrible and takes all the benefits for him and his family. The top guide (Charlie) his son in law doesn't have any control over the guides, there's no comradery among the guides, they tell the clients not to share anything that you seen or heard, basically lie to your fellow hunters.
Our guide didn't arrive until 9pm the night before our hunt, he didn't scout before we arrived and we never saw a thing the entire week. This by far was the worst trip I have ever been a part of. We paid for horses but as it turns out the Al must push the guides to go without, again saving a buck.
So in closing save your money and go elsewhere to hunt and if you plan on any other activities don't be surprised if you have less than expected accomodations, Al the owner is out for is that's the almighty dollar, you can tell he has no plans to spend money on the facility or his customers. Very disappointed for the money we spent and not one harvested an animal and worst yet didn't see one herd. This place should not be allowed the luxury to hunt our National Forest for profit, it's a complete ripoff.
by Sue K
Loved seeing and hearing the Dolores river from my deck. Beautiful place to take a Trail Ride through the Aspens and across the Dolores river. Staff was very accommodating, food was great. Convenient to Telluride, 45min to Hour drive.