The Roberts Family
& WTR Posse
Welcomes You

The Roberts family and their staff have invited guests to share a week of western heritage and hospitality for over 42 years. 

The Roberts family and WTR staff are recognized for their dedication to excellence and providing exceptional dude ranch vacations. 

From spectacular riding or working cattle in the high-country to spa treatments and gourmet cuisine, WTR has something for every guest, whether seeking adventure or pure rest & relaxation.

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Love in the Mountains

Romance was in the air at Wilderness Trails this past week!  One couple came all the way from Italy to enjoy a three week honeymoon across the West! We felt very fortunate that they chose WTR for one of those weeks. 

Honeymooners:  Marco & Chiara

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We also had a romantic mountain proposal- Rafael decided our setting was the perfect one to propose to his fiance Davena              

"I just wanted to give a big thanks to the Roberts Family for the best vacation I have ever had. I have been all around the world but this was the greatest place I have ever been. Other than Gene and Jan, I wanted to thank the whole staff from the wranglers and wait staff. They were more than accommodating and their hospitality was out of this world. Special thanks to Sandy for setting up a great vacation, Erica for the horse clinic, Connie and Gary for suggestions on the special event, Josh for taking the best off-trail ride, Jen for matching you with a horse on your skill level, Ryan (sorry if I got the name wrong) for the fly fishing instruction...I want to go on but I'm not good with names. If anyone would like to know more, feel free to contact me at I am more than happy to tell you about our experience at Wilderness Trails Ranch. On a last note, we have decided to make an annual trip to the ranch to start each summer."     ~Rafael Gajilan
                                            Newly Engaged: Davena & Raf
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Thank you so much to 1881 Western Photography for the beautiful pictures.

And that's not all folks!  Our very own wranglers Kani and Gary Cassens celebrated their first anniversary this week!

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                                     Love was truly in the air!


Stallion Dance by Claude Steelman

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Claude Steelman, renowned nature photographer and artist went to "Disappointment Valley" last weekend and photographed some wild stallions fighting.  This is one of his favorite pictures.  As you can see, Claude is an incredibly talented photographer!  

Claude has presented his work at the ranch during our Enrichment Series evenings, where we feature local artists and experts in fields like nature studies, geology and personal development. 

The ranch has Claude Steelman photo books in our WTR Trading Post, including the heirloom quality coffee table book "Colorado Horses". 

We are very fortunate to have Claude as a neighbor and enjoy sharing his expertise and photographic work.

Claude recently opened a Gallery on Durango's Main Street in the historic downtown district.  Tomorrow night, May 11 is the spring "Gallery Walk".  Please stop by to see his work in person and say hello to Claude!

WTR supports the work of Wild Mustangs and encourages others to support their efforts to better understand the American Mustang.

Frontier Airlines Flying to Durango for Less, Hurry Book Now!

describe the image Yep, Zephyr is Once Again, Announcing Big Savings on Frontier Airlines!

Hot fares for summer travel. From $59 each way plus taxes.
Purchase by 4/25 for travel 4/29 through 9/7/11.

To find the best fares:

  • Purchase by April 25, 2011
  • Travel valid April 29, 2011 through September 7, 2011
  • 10-day advance purchase required
  • Choose travel days, with Tuesday-Wednesday travel offering the lowest fare

WTR will customize the perfect all inclusive ranch vacation for you, so that you can get the best airfare.  Call us for details and options at (800) 52-Ranch!  See you soon Partner!

WTR Youth Camp - Space Limited, Reserve Your Child's Spot!

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Wilderness Trails is once again excited to offer The WTR Youth Camp for children ages 6 through 17 is being offered June 13-17, June 20-24 and July 18-22.  Monday through Friday the children will enjoy riding, roping, exploring, swimming, tubing and more from 9am to 4pm. 

The ranch will pick children up at Bread, the bakery at East Animas and Florida Road in Durango daily at 8:00 AM and return to Bread at 5:00 PM.  The transportation to and from the ranch is free.  We will provide a great kid friendly ranch lunch and refreshments during the day.  The rodeo will be on Friday and all parents are encouraged to come cheer on the little buckaroos! 

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The cost is $500 per child with a 50% deposit due to confirm your space. 

Class size is limited to 10 children per week.  Space is going quickly, so please call soon to reserve your spot for this amazing summer program.  Did you know WTR is the home of Never-Bored Kids!?  Sign the little ones up and find out why!

We love sharing the ranch with our community and especially all the local children!  Just another fun way to come play at WTR!

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Dude Ranch Vacations - Not Just for Adults, But for Kids, too!

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Who said dude ranch vacations are just for adults?  Not at Wilderness Trails Ranch! Because we know that this is a family getaway, we make it a point that kids should enjoy their stay at our Colorado dude ranch!

Frontier Days are for our Pony Express & Saddle Tramps, whereas older youth, the Posse & Bandits, "Choose their Own Adventures" for the week- from horsebackriding to enjoying their own teen beach party at the lake with waterskiing, tubing and wakeboarding.

Adults on the other hand could join their children, or just enjoy their well-deserved horseback riding vacation knowing their kids & teens are with specially trained counselors, focused on fun filled days in a safe & learning environment.


The Aurora

The nighttime sky is reason enough to visit WTR.  Our seculded valley tucked in the San Juans provides quite a stage for the Milky Way.  

This video is just amazing. I guess that just means us Norwegians pick good campsites :)

The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.


Youth Camp for Locals!

describe the imageWait until you hear about this years youth camp.  Give us a call to find out who is teaching and how each child will have even more opportunities to learn more and significantly improve in thier horsemanship skills.  

So want to ride, rope, explore, swim and enjoy the ranch life Monday through Friday.  Free pick up from Durango or Bayfield.  Each child is given the same horse to use all week. 

Youth camp is scheduled for the weeks of June 13th, June 20th and July 18th, 2011.  New in 2011, one week is being designated as intermediate to advanced riders.

Wilderness Trails Ranch is home to the famous "never bored" youth program!

Give your child the best week of their summer!  $500 per child, early registration is suggested as class size is limited. 

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WTR Featured on ABC June 30, 2009

Wilderness Trails Ranch was featured on prime time television on ABC on June 30 as part of a travel special.  Host, Karen Schaler, featured 5 properties from around the world.  See the clip at  and click on the June 30 episode.

Summer Soon Upon Us

Welcome to the launch of the Wilderness Trails Blog! We are busy getting ready to open up the ranch for the 2009 season and so will be tackling the creation of this blog in fits and starts. Return early and often for updates and visit our website for comprehensive info about the ranch.

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