by Julie Bielenberg
If it’s one thing Colorado does very well, it’s dude ranches, and let The Majestic Dude Ranch be the perfect example of the State’s Western hospitality. Majestic Dude Ranch is an all-inclusive experience. The owners operate the ranch from Sunday through Saturday in order to give horses and staff a day to prepare for incoming guests. Guests are also able to book for three nights checking in on Sunday (around noon) or Wednesday (anytime) and sometimes five night stays may also be available upon request.
There is so much onsite activity; one needs an entire season to experience it all. The ranch has an incredible children’s program and the summer season really centers around the kids’ program. All kids ages six and up are able to ride trails while younger kids are given the option to ride in the arena. Aside from riding, kids pan for gold, play laser tag in our Old Western Town, learn to shoot bows and arrows and BB guns, spend time supervised in the pool, take part in a rodeo, and sleep under the stars in Teepee Village. Adults activities abound as well with fishing, rafting, skeet shooting, horseback riding, hiking, and so, so much more. There is an onsite spa, sauna, hot tub, outdoor pool, game room, saloon, it’s endless.
Lodging options include spacious cabins for groups of friends and family to intimate two-person suites. Standard cabins are great for smaller families between four and eight. These cabins have various configurations, but all feature a master bedroom with a king sized, Tempur-Pedic mattress and additional twin beds in separate rooms. All the standard cabins have two bathrooms, some have a master bathroom. Wrigley and Fenway, the newest and most spacious cabins, are offered to parties of eight or more. A large living room, porch, and floor-to-ceiling windows make these cabins perfect for large parties hoping to hang out after long days of activity. These cabins feature a master bedroom with a king sized bed, a second bedroom with a queen sized bed, and additional bedding in the upstairs loft.
Families rave about the food. The ranch’s mission is to provide hearty, yet healthy meals for all guests and chefs cater to all dietary restrictions, allergies, and tastes. The ranch receives two deliveries of fresh food per week and participates in a farm-to table cooperative. Diverse menu options range from prime rib, cooked to your liking, tasty bison chili, fresh salmon and trout, creative pasta selections to homemade desserts.
Nearby attractions include Mesa Verde National Park, only 12 miles away, the Four Corners Monument is 60 miles away, Durango is 23 miles away, Telluride is 45 miles away and the Grand Canyon is 225 miles away. The ranch boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, mild temps, super low humidity, few mosquitoes, bugs, or poisonous snakes.
Our Editor Loves
- Incredible Southwest location and access
- Onsite activities including horseback riding and pool
- Onsite dining, BBQ, campfires
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
Had the best time. Rode a horse for the first time; ATV for the first time -twice!
Never a shortage of things to do.....and we still didn’t get to a few of the fun things.
Went with 7 other women out to have a good time...wasn’t sure we wanted to do the “Human Foosball” but Robert, the owner encouraged us, WHAT A BLAST!
Food for days...and GOOD!
Watching the horses come in from the pasture to get the morning
meal was, for me, magical, watching them run in.
Staff was the best....my favorite being Tim an Taylor. Robert, the owner, entertaining and funny as heck.
I went to a dude ranch - rode a horse once- I’d rather look then ride -and had a great
time. I do regret not taking the riding lessons-possibly I would have ridden more.
Accommodates not fancy-very ‘dude’ ranch and that’s what it’s about.
This is an experience I would of never had if it weren’t for a FABULOUS friend who invited me. I will never forget it.
by Janae E
This was our first try at a dude ranch, and we had a blast! Sometimes "family friendly" is geared more towards adults and children, leaving teenagers without good options. Not so here! Our 17, 15 and 13 year olds had as much fun as everyone else. We enjoyed a huge variety of activities we haven't tried before, such as mountain biking, fly fishing and ATV's, not to mention horseback riding lessons and long rides through beautiful country. And the lazier members of our family especially enjoyed the electric bikes!
My favorite part was getting to know people from all over the country. The activities and dining arrangements lend themselves to many laughs and great conversations with strangers who become friends right away.
I noticed many reviews talk about the activities but you can actually be as busy or relaxed as you want to be. Each activity has a sign-up the night before, so if you want a day to lie in a hammock and read a book and nap, there's always that option.
We looked forward to hearing the dinner bell and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious, hearty meals (and the desserts were to die for! Kudos to the awesome pastry chef!!).
We stayed in one of the newer cabins and were very happy with the layout and comfort.
I can't say enough about the genuinely happy, helpful, friendly staff. They made us feel right at home and were the "icing on the cake" for a delightful vacation. This is definitely a ranch I'd love to visit again!