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Unplug and Saddle Up with the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association

We live in a world where we are always plugged in: email, phone calls, social media, and text messages are hard to ignore. Imagine a place where you can unplug from the real world and immerse yourself in the beauty of the nature around you. Thanks to the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association this is an achievable and highly enjoyable experience.

PictureThe sense of discovery of the Colorado Rockies that existed years before is still alive today within the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association. With more than twenty all-inclusive ranches to choose from, there is no shortage of the great outdoors and outdoor activities at a CDGRA ranch. Their all-inclusive prices always including lodging, daily horseback riding, and meals. Many of their ranches include programs for children and teens, and offer evening entertainment, but the fun doesn’t stop there on a Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association ranch. You can take a historic nature hike, as some of the ranches offer guided trail tours. Hike to some of the tallest peaks in Colorado and marvel in the rich wilderness around you. Explore tucked away ponds with the family, or cast a line and spend a quiet morning fishing in one of the private or leased Gold Medal rivers.

PictureBeing in the outdoors is even more enjoyable when you can educate yourself on the lands around you, and CDGRA makes that possible. Many of the ranches have on hand naturalists, and the opportunity to bring in a range of specialists that are experts in geology, wildlife, and ecosystems to give tours and lectures to guests. At night gather around the campfire and roast marshmallows or swap stories with other guests. Many cooks embrace the open flame and often cook over it; you will be amazed at some of the delicious meals they create over a fire! If the ranch life is still too plugged in for you, take a getaway from your getaway and go on an overnight pack trip offered by the ranches. There is even the option for a half night trip for the curious kids that want only a taste of camping in the wilderness.

Each and every one of the Colorado Dude & Guest Association’s ranches are different, but all offer the classic Colorado rustic charm while still being comfortable for guests. With vintage wood furniture and antique quilts, a stay in one of the rooms in the ranches will take you back in time. And with no television, phones, or internet in the rooms it’s as easy as pie to transport yourself back into the western times the CDGRA ranch experience is modeled after. Start  your morning on the porch in one of the many rocking chairs surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. A stay at a Colorado Dude & Ranch Association ranch offers many quiet places for relaxation and reflection; the ultimately opportunity to unplug!

PictureA week long stay at a CDGRA ranch is perfect no matter the time of year. The weather is so beautiful the rooms do not even have air conditioning in them! Summer may be considered peak season both because it is convenient for families to visit and the ranches run in full swing during the warmer weather, but a stay through any season will not disappoint. During the fall, many of the ranches offer adults-only weeks, along with special events like cowgirl roundups and cattle drives. Leave the kids at home for the week and enjoy some big kid fun. With winter comes snow, and no shortage of activities at the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association ranches. Go tubing in the fresh powder, or snowmobile through unsoiled peaks and valleys. After a long day of snow activities, curl up by the fire with a warm cup of hot cocoa and dream about what you will do the next day. In the spring, nature comes back to life and its unpredictability is one of the most enticing parts of staying at a CDGRA ranch in the spring. One day you might have snow, and the next bright sunshine. A stay on one of the many Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association ranches is sure to leave you wanting more of the great outdoors!

To learn more about the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association, visit them at www.coloradoranch.com

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