by Julie Bielenberg
This is an incredible family experience located in the Southeast part of Colorado. Rainbow Trout Ranch has been lovingly-owned and cared for by a couple who fell in love themselves on a ranch in Montana! Jane is from Kenya, but now calls Rainbow Trout home, with husband David, and their children, and has done so for more than 25 years.
There are 16 log cabins onsite, all that have fire places, and that can sleep anywhere from one to eight people. The ranch is nestled on 600 acres and surrounded by National Forest. And, for fishers from novice to expert, the Ranch owns 1.5 miles of a private stretch on the Conejos River that is precious and ripe for nabbing supreme size trout.
Activities are endless at the ranch. From river activities to horseback riding, this ranch has a very strong reputation for excellent programming. Their returning family numbers represents the inclusiveness and extremely special nature the owners take in tailoring programs for families. A major perk in the Ranch’s week-long programming is a white-water rafting trip, included in the price, which is rare. There’s so much to do, you would need three weeks to get it all done. Onsite there is a pool and hot tub, evening activities such as BBQ by the river, dancing, talent shows, afternoons rodeos, campfire and S’mores, and much more.
What you will not find at this ranch is TV, DVD, much wireless coverage or much other technology. The focus is the outdoors, the expansive beauty and landscape, and the abundant activity.
Our Editor Loves
- Children’s program and PB& J Ride
- Dance night, stunning and massive lodge
- Horseback riding, private river access
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Game Room
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
by John B
We've tried several ranches in CO, NT and WY, but keep coming back to RTR. It is simply the best combination of seclusion, scenery, dining, lodging. horseback riding, and above all, the great friendship of the owners. Yahoo.!
by David A
We stayed at RTR the last week of August 2018. No doubt we will visit again. It was our anniversary and we were looking for something that was not a "traditional" trip. We loved the week at RTR and would highly recommend it. The Van Berkum's and the entire staff are highly focused on providing an excellent experience. The fishing was excellent (in spite of the low water) and the riding was outstanding. As inexperienced riders they took the time to teach and were constantly watching out and making suggestions. I appreciated it very much and by the end of the week was much more comfortable riding.
A couple of suggestions:
The ranch is at 9000 feet and if you are not accustomed to altitude please pay attention to their recommendations. Drink LOTS of water.
There is no phone service and limited wifi. This sounds like a negative but it was very much a positive. It was great to unplug for a week.
Thank you Doug, Linda, David, Jane and the RTR Staff. It was a great week.