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
by Colbey R
I came to DWR a with my own family plus parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, etc. I'll be the first to admit I was skeptical when I arrived. They say they want to exceed your expectations at Drowsy Water. Well my expectations were exceeded beyond anything I could possibly put into this review. As they'll tell you, it's not the Ritz Carlton. It's a dude ranch. BUT, it is a dude ranch staffed by the finest people you will ever meet. Everyone in my family had tears in their eyes on the last night. I have a wonderful picture of staff surrounding my son with love and hugs after he got teary eyed on the last night We didn't want to come home. One of them ended up just picking him full up off the ground in a big bear hug to console him. We used to be Disney people, but this is the real magic kingdom. I legitimately miss the wonderful staff there. I even miss my horse. Can't wait to go back.
First off, when our father in law told us he'd booked a family trip to a dude ranch, we were all a little skeptical. The kids in our family range from 17 to 8, with 8 adults. Trying to find a vacation that would suit everyone seemed like an impossible feat. Boy, were we in for a surprise.
I don't know how they do it, but the Fosha family has perfected the family vacation. From the time we arrived on the ranch, we felt like we were part of the group. Dinners together with the other guests... that went from nods and smiles to true conversation and new friendships made. Our kids went from timid about horses and group activities to "see ya later, parents, we have stuff to DO!". My son was terrified and in tears on his first ride, and by the end of the week was loping on his horse and had declared his future goal is to work at DWR as soon as he's old enough. We saw our kids (all cousins) form strong, genuine bonds with each other over our week there. They are forever changed in the best way.
We have to give a special shout out to the staff, too. Ken and Randy Sue Fosha and Ryan and Josh and Greta know how to find the best staff possible. Josh and Kirsten that managed the Range Riders know kids, they know how to engage them, they know how to immerse them in the experience and they get the very best out of them. The Wranglers truly love their jobs, and it shows: Rachel was our rock star more than once this week, helping our child overcome his fears, and showing up exactly when she was needed *every* time! Amy, Hannah, Jacob and Sydney were engaging and fun on every ride we had with them, and they are the kind of young people that you end up truly caring about and wishing the best for as they go on with their lives. Kassie, Emily, Arturo, Dominic, Erika, Kit, and Cody were so much fun to be with and were so great to everyone in our family, and there just aren't enough good things to say about them. It was the perfect week, with the perfect people, and we feel truly blessed to have met them all.
If you are looking for fancy, this is not your thing. If you are looking for authentic, once in a lifetime, exceeds expectations family bonding and fun, book this trip right now. You will not regret it.
We will be back. We miss you, Blondie, Steven, Crackers, and Cleo. Your treats are coming in the mail. We can't wait to see all of you again. Thank you, thank you, for a truly outstanding vacation.