Get a Taste of the West at a Dude Ranch
There are wonderful dude ranches around Colorado that offer a taste of the state’s rich Western heritage. Your team can experience the West by gathering at one of the many guest ranches for a throwback experience your team won’t forget.
A dude ranch is the perfect spot to let time slow down for a few days (or several hours) so guests can unplug from their daily schedules and the steady demands of technology. Your team can meet and get business done in a comfortable setting and then build camaraderie with memorable outdoor pursuits that would make John Wayne proud.
Ranches can be secluded or not too far from the city limits of places like Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Loveland and ski towns like Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Vail and Crested Butte. While some are fair-weather only, others transition into snow-related fun like snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, sleigh rides and horseback riding in the snow.
Not only are ranches optimal for corporate gatherings and incentive trips, they provide outstanding backdrops and built-in atmosphere and activities for wedding parties and family reunions.
What Can You Expect at a Dude Ranch Retreat?
Full-fledged Colorado dude ranches tend to be all-inclusive during the summer and have different formats other times of the year, many offering themed weeks during non-summer months that focus on activities like hunting, fishing, art, cuisine, cattle drives and more.
When you plan a corporate retreat or other getaways at a dude ranch, you can custom-create your schedule with activities your attendees will love! Rodeo games, horsemanship clinics, pack trips, trail rides, square dancing, helping with chores and gathering around a campfire are just a sampling of typical options.
Attendees can also ride horses along a guided trail with a meal at the end or take a relaxing sunset hayride. Need some team-building prowess? Calf roping, barrel racing, rodeo games and cowboy Olympics are possibilities for more adventurous guests. Each ranch has its own unique offerings and atmosphere – and there are plenty from which to choose!
Accommodations at dude ranches around the state range from comfy to upscale and from cabins to lodges. Tasty fare – often served family style with locally sourced ingredients – feeds hungry crews after a full day of activities, and spa treatments can help work out the kinks after a day on the trails. Some ranches have lodging while others serve as premiere venue and activity locations.