by Kristin Franks
For the perfect Colorado Dude Ranch vacation, families head to the Drowsy Water Ranch offering spacious accommodations, family fun activities and onsite dining. A children’s horseback riding program is available for kids ages 6 to 13, where they learn and practice riding skills before setting out on morning or afternoon trail rides. The Buckaroo children’s program is available for children ages 5 and under offering a variety of fun activities including arts and crafts, picnic hikes and horseback rides.
Our Editor Loves
- Children's program for all ages
- Authentic Western ranch vacation
- Fun activities for the entire family, including campfires and hayrides
- Horse Back Riding
- Children Programs
- Onsite Dining
The best single adjective to describe DWR is "genuine." There is nothing fakey or contrived about either the people or the place. It is a real western dude ranch, run by a family that is committed to making their guests' week a memorable one.
As I said in my previous review, the Fosha family, owners of the ranch, are simply first rate people: genuinely friendly, knowledgeable, and committed to excellence. Their staff reflects those qualities -- top-notch young folks, every one of them. They do an extraordinary job of reading the wants and needs of our now-13-year-old granddaughter (who always travels with us), and of making her feel a part of the ranch.
She was constantly busy, mostly riding the mountain trails and socializing; her great adventure this year was an all-day ride to the top of Music Mountain with an adult group. My wife and I are both 71, so our pace was more relaxed. I rode a bit over half of the possible schedule; my wife didn't ride, but read, talked with our fellow guests, and, with me, enjoyed sitting on our porch soaking up the sights and sounds of Drowsy Water Creek 10 feet away from us.
This visit was our 4th; we have already booked our 5th for next June. As in the past, we will arrive and depart by sleeping car on Amtrak's Zephyr, so we needn't contend with airport or highway hassles (the Foshas will pick up guests at the Granby station for the 15-minute ride out to the ranch). Our granddaughter is already talking about being reunited with Diablo (her horse for the past two visits). We all look forward to it eagerly.
by George H
To best understand this review, let us put our experience at Drowsy
Water Ranch in context. We (my wife and I – Nana and Granddad, both 74) my son and daughter-in-law, both 43, and our two granddaughters, ages 8 and 10, spent a week at Drowsy Water Ranch. So, we challenged the owners,
Ken and Randy Sue Fosha, and their sons and daughters-in-laws, with the full gamit of age-related challenges. And boy, did they ever deliver!
There is absolutely nothing we could suggest, or think of, that could have made our experience any better. Guests that week totaled about 25 with 8 kids between 8 and 11 years of age. At various appropriate times during the week the Wranglers and Counselors took the kids off as a group. They taught them horse handling and riding skills. They also entertained them with games, hayrides, and delightful skits. They could not have been better, or more safely cared for.
The adults also had specific activities revolving around the horses, trail rides and other activities. These, like everything else, were first class.
On several occasions the ranch staff organized family activities. In our case, as the largest family present (six of us) we requested, and they willingly organized, a specific all-day trail ride in the beautiful surrounding mountains, complete with lunches and some lunch-time fun on the high mountains plains.
The horses (they have 120 of them to choose from) were gentle, very healthy and well trained. Ken, Randy Sue and their sons Justin and Ryan did an excellent job of matching the horse size, age, gentleness and training to the skill levels of people from 8 to 74 years of age. That includes our 8- and 10-year old granddaughters who had never been on horses before.
The food was great. The cabins were warm, clean and attended to daily. The whole ranch – stables, corral, Tee Pee building for group events, the cabins, lodge, eating facilities and general “living” room – were clean, comfortable and delightful in a “ranch motif.” The whole ranch was clean and extensive with other typical ranch animals such as pigs, goats, chickens and three great dogs. My youngest granddaughter especially enjoyed getting eggs from the chickens and bringing them in to the cook for the morning breakfast. We had no reluctance or fear of letting our granddaughters and their newfound friends wander the ranch at will for their own fun and excitement.
We cannot say enough “thank yous” to the Fosha family for providing us with the most satisfying and fulfilling vacation our family has ever experienced.