No television, no phone and no worries means more time to create meaningful and lasting memories. A Dude Ranch vacation is a visit to simpler times, the kind of times that we remember and that we want to recreate for our grandchildren.
Wilderness Trails is THE Dude Ranch for your multi-generational vacation. A ranch vacation provides so many "firsts" that you could possibly lose count. It could be their first experience horseback riding, fishing, line dancing, seeing animals in the wild, wearing cowboy boots and eating s’mores ‘round a campfire. Watching your family experience all these new things is an indescribable feeling.
To celebrate Grandparents WTR is offering a 5% discount to all grandparents who book by February 15th, 2012. Those that book by February 1st, will receive and additional $50 gift certificate in our gift shop "The Trading Post" and free transportation to and from the airport.
So you don't ride, well we do offer a $475/per person non-rider discount.
As Grandparents ourselves and many years hosting generation after generation, we know that children just seem to come alive on our ranch. As history and tales show, children will tell the stories for years to come. We often hear the adult version of a childhood memory that describes how they lived the life of a real cowboy or cowgirl, what horse they rode and how many fish they caught with grandpa.
“It’s wonderful to have grandparents that travel and can think of no better traveling partners than our precious grandchildren.” - Sandy, WTR Ranch Manger
Our daily youth program has been voted "best of the best" in multiple editions of Gene Kilgore's Ranch Vacations. We have four great youth programs insuring "never-bored kids"! WTR’s counselors provide fun-filled days in a safe environment. At WTR the daily schedule is pre-planned so that there is something for everyone.
It’s comforting to know that the kids are always taken care of no matter what you decide to do. There are no worries about them being away from your watchful eyes, knowing they are having a super time with the kids counselors. During your all-inclusive ranch stay you won’t have to worry about reservations, meal planning, buying tickets, transportation, etc. Family members can simply focus on capturing memories and spending time with the grandchildren.
Grandparents that are not wanting to horseback ride can accompany the kids to the barn in the morning to see them off on their rides then enjoy reading, taking a leisurely walk, or relaxing at the lodge. Now that is until Friday when we have the "Kids Rodeo" where they will show off to Grandparents/Parents/Staff/Visitors the horsemanship skills they have learned throughout the week. This isn't just any rodeo, it is fun, full of games, complete with grand entry and of course the stars of the show - your kids.
With all of the unique opportunities in the kids program, there is no doubt that the grand kids will be busy the entire week with horseback riding, water sports and more. The grandchildren will have a blast! Yes, those that want to spend every minute of the day with their personnally selected horse can do so and help feed/groom and smell the horses 24/7. Yes, we know about little girls and their horses!
Making new friends
Fishing and digging for worms
Exploring wide open spaces
Riding the trails with the Wranglers
“There are fewer distractions. There’s not the hustle of going to museums or restaurants. There are no computers, no shopping. There’s more time to talk.” -WTR Guest
The Pony Express, 3-5 year olds, are introduced to horseback riding on "pony" rides twice each day. Attentive counselors spearhead natural crafts, games, short hikes and swimming.
The Saddletramps, 6-10 year olds, receive riding instructions, ride THEIR horse for the week, learn about the outdoors and southwest history, plus have nature hikes, picnics, crafts, scavenger hunts, and swimming.
The Bandits and Posse (ages 11-12 & 13-17) help construct their week with choices from activities like half and all day rides, water-skiing, hiking, fishing, team games and challenges. Family rides are also offered during the week. You'll be amazed that your kids won't miss TV, the mall, or the Internet, however there is Wifi in the lodge!
A stay at WTR will create lasting memories in the mind of a child. It's a true eye-opening experience and one they'll never forget.
Children under 3 are free and babysitting can be arranged.
Please call or email us to book your stay!
Come ride with us! Only this time we're talking knobby tired fun- Mountain Bikes (don't worry the horses aren't going anywhere!
Wilderness Trails Ranch is excited to invite you to check out our newest website addition, our Mountain Biking page. After our successful debut in 2011, we've decided to take this new program feature from beta to full offering.
Mountain Biking (MTB) may not have been born in Southwest Colorado, but our mountains and trails are certainly where it came of age.
Durango is host to countless cycling enthusiasts every spring, summer and fall and for many is considered amongst the very greatest areas to ride. The region has been host to numerous cycling events, including the first ever UCI World Mountain Bike Championships which were held in Durango and hosted at nearby Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. The annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pits rider against steam train every spring, as cyclists make the famous 48 mile trip from Durango to Silverton trying to beat the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train in this epic test of sustained climbing and descending over some of the most scenic and rugged geography on the planet.
The trail network around our part of Colorado provides a range of riding second to none. At the lowest elevations the trails are desert like while the highest elevations will make you wonder if you might be able to touch the sky.
Check out the video below- it was right before the first snows came and buried the high elevation singletrack. The video was shot with duct tape, zip-ties and rubber bands... no fancy POV camera here! Amazing what you can do with an iPhone, a point and shoot video cam and a computer. The video quality terrible. The scenery amazing. The riding sublime. Enjoy the ride.
We want to wish everyone and their loved ones a Happy New Year!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain