Cowboy Adventure

Colorado USA: (WRCO02)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/usa_colordao_working_ranch_cowboy_adventure.aspx

Introduction
Colorado USA
Head on out to Colorado and the wild, wild west and experience life on a real Colorado cattle ranch. Fulfill your cowboy dream, live the life and experience the magic! At this ranch you have the opportunity to become a cowboy in a true western adventure. We don't just recreate life on a ranch, we live it! Saddle up and ride with us for the cowboy adventure of a lifetime. The string of extremely well trained and well mannered Quarter Horses are available for you to ride during whichever week you pick over varying terrain at all speeds doing real cowboy work. No "head to tail" trail riding here! During Cowboy Adventure, ride the range all day, then belly up to the bar, relax in our western saloon and swap wild west stories with the cowboys, fulfill your cowboy fantasy with expert instruction, step by step assistance in a fun, supportive environment. The ranch covers about 7,000 acres and cares for around 1000 cows and calves. This is not a typical dude ranch or ranch resort, but a real working cattle ranch in full operation. Expect the unexpected here, a sudden storm may have us all out gathering cattle or dry weather may make a cattle drive necessary. Is it Rustic? You bet! Authentic? Yes, absolutely! During your adventure getaway, guests transform into cowboys for the weekend as they assist gathering cattle off the range, doctoring the sick, driving cattle, branding calves, checking water, salt and fences - whatever normal ranch activity is going on at the time of their visit. This is an opportunity to participate in real ranch work on a working cattle ranch yet have great accommodations, good food and extra amenities like a heated indoor swimming pool. Cowboy School occurs on summer afternoons when the morning cattle work is finished. It is the perfect place for you to improve your riding skills, learn to handle cattle and learn to rope. Cowboy School includes team penning, cutting, roping and other things cowboys do for fun. Cowboy School is progressive and builds in intensity and complexity as your skills and abilities improve.

Accomodation

Accommodation
This is a stationary ride where all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
The main lodge is the meeting place for meals, the location of the laundry area, saloon, indoor pool, gift shop, coffee bar and snack area.

Guests sleep in either the log bunkhouse which was the original homestead on the ranch or in one of the newly constructed log cabin duplexes.

The bunkhouse was built in 1897, added onto in 1909 and again in 1921. It has been recently refitted and modernized. The bunkhouse houses 5 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, one queen size bed and private entrance.

The newly constructed Log Cabin rooms are designed for singles and friends traveling together and have two comfortably sized individual beds. Cabins also have private bathrooms and entrances.

Both the bunkhouse and cabin rooms share excellent views of the meadow and the sunrise greets guests every morning. The porches are favorite gathering spots for early morning coffee or a quiet spot to read a book in the afternoons.

All sleeping quarters are air-conditioned and heated for comfort in all weather. Each room has a mini coffee bar with coffee maker and all the fixins for coffee or tea and a small refrigerator. Linens and towels are furnished for all rooms including bathrobes and flip flops.


Room Occupancy
No Single Supplement if available.



Meals
Make sure and bring your appetite because 3 home cooked meals are served each day and snacks are available as desired to keep you full and energized.
Hungry cowboys can sit down and dig in to a real ranch meal.

A typical breakfast meal might be breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy or pancakes.

Lunch is normally served in the dining room unless we are out on the trail or at a neighbors for the day. Sandwiches, pasta, soups, fruit and salads are typical lunch meals.

The evening meal is served in the dining room except for our campfire night when we feast on BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, strawberries with fresh cream and baked potatoes. Other meals in the evening may include Mexican food, chicken, beef steak or pork.

Federal, State and local laws PROHIBIT guests bringing their own alcoholic beverages on to the ranch. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased on the ranch.
All teas, coffee, juices, etc., are complimentary.


Dietary Restrictions
Vegetarian and special diets are happily catered to with advance notice.

Riding

Horses

We have over 80 extremely well trained and well-mannered quarter horses. Some are quiet for the beginners; others are more highly spirited for the experienced riders.

Wranglers

Our instructors are professional cowboys. Our wrangler ratio to guest is about 1-5, so you can count on a very personal experience.

Cowboy School
Every Thursday through Saturday, after the day's cattle work is done and before dinner; we offer an extra three hours of horseback riding. This is an opportunity for guests to further their riding education by participating in 'Cowboy School' - lessons in things cowboys do for fun! Roping is always a popular activity. We offer a step by step program that we have invented, developed and refined that can get any guest - no matter what their previous riding experience from 'never ever' to 'roping off a horse'!
We have several teaching aids we utilize to take guests from beginner right on up to tracking live cattle. We focus our lessons so that guests can learn the correct way to handle a rope and how to handle a rope from a horse. In addition to roping lessons, Cowboy School also includes team penning, team sorting, cutting, reining, cow catch, tag, and other fun games that teach cattle handling skills and allow you to improve your riding while you are having fun. Our instructors are professional cowboys, members of the PRCA; Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the NCHA; National Cutting Horse Association and more. These cowboys have not only competed in many, many rodeos, ropings, and cutting competitions; they have also won quite a bit and have trained numerous horses to compete. They have years of knowledge and experience and can share that knowledge with you.

Itinerary

Cattle work is the core of a ranchers life. During our Cowboy Adventure you will ride the range helping with any cattle work that is going on at the time of your visit. Since we only accept a few guests at a time you can have lots of time in the saddle and are able to actively participate in everything you desire from saddling and grooming to sorting cattle. We provide excellent horses, well trained and suited to your ability of riding. All instruction necessary to complete the daily tasks successfully is provided in a fun and enjoyable way. If you also participate in our Cowboy School, you will learn from real stockmen how to read cattle, work cattle and improve your riding and horsemanship skills. If you prefer to take it easy, you can work cattle in the morning and skip riding in the afternoon or go on a scenic slow ride. Most guests mix the cattle work with some relaxation time, slower rides or Cowboy School.

The cattle establish the daily routine on the ranch.

In the Spring (April, May and June), we are calving and branding as well as gathering, sorting and moving the pairs to summer pastures. Fences must be checked, short cattle drives are weekly events until all cattle are settled for the summer
In the Summer (July, August and early September), we are moving cattle, gathering bulls, checking water, salt and fences, looking for strays and fence jumpers and driving them back where they belong.
In the Fall (late September and October) we are gathering, sorting, vaccinating and weaning the calves, cattle drives occur several times a week as we ship cattle to winter feed yards, draining water tanks and laying in feed for the winter

Sample-itinerary:

Before breakfast: we catch, feed, groom and saddle horses. You can do as much or as little as you wish. We get started around daybreak, at 6:00 in the morning.

Breakfast: served between 8:30 and 9:30 unless we are doing a big gather or cattle drive.

After breakfast: The cowboys go out to work cattle. We have cattle work every morning for guests who want to participate in the real thing. The Cattle Work ride leaves the corral at 9:30 and returns around 1:00 unless the work takes us too far from the ranch to return for lunch. We also offer a Slow & Easy ride that leaves the corral at 10:00 and returns around 11:00 although we rarely have any takers!

Lunch: Served at the homestead unless we are out on the trail driving cattle or helping a neighbor. Lunch is served between 1:30 and 2:30.

After Lunch: Cowboy School meets out by the hitching racks or by the roping dummies, starting at 2:30 and ending around 6:00. We include roping lessons, team penning, cattle handling, cutting instruction, horsemanship and gymkhana events. Some days the morning cattle work continues into the afternoon, in fact some days the "Cowboy Crew" doesn't even arrive back at the ranch until dinner time, so be warned that if you choose to do cattle work, reality sometimes dictates a long day! On these days, Cowboy School may not occur, but there is always the option of a scenic ride during the afternoon for those who desire.

Happy hour starts after the horses are fed and settled for the night at 6:00 in the saloon or on the patio and dinner is served shortly afterward. We have a liquor license and a stocked saloon, so if a cold beer or mixed drink sounds good after a long days ride, belly up to the bar and enjoy!

The cattle work schedule will be discussed each day so you can choose what you want to participate in - your choice - cattle work, Cowboy School or slow and easy; scenic ride or a combination! Horses will be assigned according to your ability and what activity you are participating in. You may ride several different horses during your stay.

Other activities...
In addition to horseback activities, there is excellent fishing in our stocked pond for rainbow trout, or you might want to try your hand at Arrowhead hunting.
Every era of artifact has been discovered on this ranch from dinosaur bones, tools and weapons from early man all the way up to the more modern day Indians such as the Pawnee, Cheyenne and Arapahoe. Weekly Friday night rodeos are part of the program in June, July and August. Cheyenne Frontier Days, Grover Rodeo and 4th of July Rodeos are also on the list. In the months of June, July, and August we provide overnight camping one night each week.

(subject to change)

Special Dates

June 23-30: 20th Annual Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit and Sale
    -This nationally-known art exhibit and sale features the original works by 46 artists
    -There is a special gala event, on Tuesday, the 25th of June to meet and greet the artists

July 1-7: The 98th Annual World-Renowned Greeley Stampede Rodeo
    -Complimentary Rodeo tickets and complimentary and Exclusive “Behind the Chutes” access and tour by rodeo officials


Rates and Dates for Cowboy Adventure

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, non-alcoholic drinks, 5 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP$1800
  • B
    20195 day trip, AP$1500

Tax 1: 2.9 %

Rates Note:


Sunday to Saturday.
Also possible: any 5 days 4 nights (no riding on Sundays) mid-May to mid-October.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 2.9 %  

Rates Note:


Sunday to Saturday.
Also possible: any 5 days 4 nights (no riding on Sundays) mid-May to mid-October.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from/to Denver by shuttle service, roundtrip, between 10am to 1pm on day 1 - leaves ranch between 9am to 11am on last day (per car, up to 4 pax)
- to be paid locally
$100
2019 Additional days (no riding on Sundays) $300
2019 No Single Supplement if available $0
2019 Transfers for 5+ pax -- please ask for rates $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/08 - 09/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /26 Expired
A 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /26 Expired
A 2019 09/22 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /26 Expired
A 2019 09/29 - 10/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /26 Expired
A 2019 10/06 - 10/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /26 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks. Gratuities. Taxes. Transfers. No activities on Sunday

Other Info
Meeting: New Raymer
Airport: Denver (DIA)
Transfer: Denver by shuttle

Climate:
                                                Raymer area

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Source: NOAA


Seasons

Colorado has 4 distinct seasons. Autumn brings unpredictable snowstorms, generally beginning in September, before relatively mild winters create a heaven for outdoor enthusiast. March is often the snowiest month, though the weather is notoriously undependable.
Summertime sees the temperature increasing, but it never gets too hot. It is usually dry at that time of the year; however, thunderstorms can happen anytime.

What To Bring:
• Flashlight
• Camera
• Canteen: or water bottle that you can carry on a horse, Absolutely Necessary – Available for purchase in Gift Shop for under $5
• Hat/Cap : Cowboy hat or other hat with a stampede string – Available in Gift Shop - Cowboy hats run $40 and caps run $20 and up
• Sunglasses
• Special Clothing: Minimum! Boot socks, two pair of jeans, one sweatshirt, one light Jacket, and one thin long sleeved shirt to protect from sunburn. T shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and jackets are available in the gift shop prices run from $22 - $65+
• Bike Shorts: Optional, but guests swear by them. They come in different depths of padding and sure do save your backside. • Boots: MUST HAVE TO RIDE! Cowboy boots preferred, other boots are acceptable, but must have a heel and not a deep ridged sole. Break them in before you come to avoid blisters.
• Swim Gear: Swim suit for the pool. We provide bath Robes, flip-flops & towels at no additional charge.
• Winter Clothing: Before May 20th and after September 10th the weather may be cold and windy, bring a warm winter cap - something to cover your ears, heavy gloves, scarf or something for your neck, rain or snow gear, warm pants, medium weight vest or coat and heavy coat. Cheap rain coats are available in the gift shop for under $10.
• Toiletries: Lip Balm (we use Carmex). Sunscreen, personal care items and anything you need for allergies or medication. Many of these items are available at the ranch if you forget yours or get caught in the new flight regulations and they get confiscated.
• Fishing Gear: If desired, bring a pole. If fly fishing, bring your flies, for bait fishermen, bring a bobber or two, some salmon eggs, a few hooks or a couple of shiny lures. The trout in our pond average 5 - 8 lbs so be sure that your stren line can handle a large active fish.
• Saddle/Chaps: Chaps are not necessary, but you are welcome to bring yours. Bring a saddle only if you prefer to use your own. No spurs please!
• Snack Food/Beverages: Meals and snacks are furnished. If you are not sure, ask us! We will try to have your special brand of soda pop here if we know what you like, the same with snack food. Bring anything we may not have that you can't live without. We serve Pepsi and Coke products and there is no additional charge for these items. If you have special dietary or food needs, allergies or have health issues, please let us know and we will do all that we can to accommodate your needs.
• Alcohol: We have a minimally stocked bar. Please tell us your alcoholic beverage preferences and we will make sure we have it for you. We carry one red, one white wine, several beer types, and numerous small bottles of varying liquor. Be sure to let us know in advance if you have preferences so we have time to order from our supplier. Mixers like 7 up, juice or ginger ale are included in the weekly price, but alcoholic beverages are additional.