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 sarah C
We are a family of five with two teenagers and one 10 year old. We had the best family vacation because the riding, white water rafting, hiking, fishing .... were awesome. Jane (the head wrangler) made sure we each had a perfect horse for the week for our different riding levels. The rides were fun (plenty of loping for my daughter who rides well and slower rides for my husband who did not know how to ride). The scenery was absolutely beautiful. The cabins and lodge are lovely. The staff were young, interesting and super fun - our kids were busy having fun all day and evening. The swimming pool and hot-tub were also great. It really was the most fantastic week for our family.
This was an amazing vacation!! What I loved: 1. my daughter didn't want to do the teen program and there was no pressure on her to participate. She rode once with them and the rest with me. 2. Excellent food! I mentioned my chocolate allergy and every dinner they had an alternate dessert just for me every night! 3. The horses were perfect! My daughter loved her horse but for the final "rodeo" activity her horse did not like the arena and cheering so they quickly swapped her to another horse so she could participate comfortably. 4. The staff was so friendly and helpful! I was not good at building a fire so one of their staff came up to build one for us. 5. The location and scenery was AMAZING! I could go on and on.
Fantastic family memory for us! Much love and many thanks to the RTR team!!