Many people associate Colorado with the Wild West, made popular with movies such as “True Grit” and “The Searchers,” and the silver and gold mining towns that built this state have since turned into destinations for tourists. And we’re not complaining about having this reputation and history—we like it! In fact, we’d like to encourage you to consider planning your next family vacation or group trip to an area of the state where you can actually learn the ways of the cowboys and cowgirls, with a little extra luxury to go along with it.
Located just two hours from Denver (north of Lake Dillon) is the Aspen Canyon Ranch. Miles away from city life, this 3,000-acre working ranch, welcomes travelers to learn to horseback ride, herd cattle just like “The Cowboys,” hunt wild game, fish on their trout-filled rivers and streams, and enjoy the more than 300 days of sunshine and Colorado blue skies. Incredibly, you won’t be camping out or roughin it—this ranch is a luxurious getaway with a swimming pool, private hot tubs, yogo retreats, and comfortable cabins along the Williams Fork River.
Now, of course, you can camp out if you choose, and those interested in learning to hunt can sign up for a guided hunting trip, with large tents set up with bedding, grills for cooking, and other amenities included. This place is an awesome choice for families, a tradition to pass along year after year.
Designed to be a place for families and groups to gather, this experience includes 150 miles of ATV trails, snowmobile rentals, miles upon miles of hiking and backpacking trails, a shooting range along with instruction, as well as horseback riding guided tours where every day you’ll explore a new territory of the land surrounding the Williams Fork Valley. The land directly connects to the Arapaho National Forest, opening the areas to explore. The staff and owners of this magnificent resort are family and group focused, knowledgeable, hardworking, and ready to show your family the ways of the West.
Just south of the ranch is Lake Dillon and the surrounding towns of Breckenridge, Silverthorne, and Frisco—the very popular Summit County of Colorado. The area is a gold mind of activities, most notably skiing in the winter, and whitewater rafting in the summer. What about this vacation sounds dull to you? Even John Wayne would be jealous.