Colorado Trails Ranch- Durango Dude Ranch



12161 County Road 240
Durango, CO 81301
Toll Free USA: 877.711.7843
International: +1 (970) 247-5055
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 Operating since 1960, Colorado Trails Ranch is a full program all-inclusive dude ranch and family adventure vacation destination. Activities include horseback riding, team penning, fly-fishing, shooting sports, archery, rafting, power tubing, hiking, swimming, games and evening programs. Enjoy delicious, home-cooked meals, modern cabins and the friendliest staff around. 

Located 12 miles northeast of the historic mining town of Durango, Colorado Trails Ranch is a 450 acre dude ranch in a beautiful mountain valley adjacent to the two-million acre San Juan National Forest–– leaving plenty of room to horse ride and enjoy the great outdoors. 

Colorado Trails has easy trails for beginners to more challenging trails for guests with advanced riding skills. CTR’s dude ranch staff are trained to introduce beginners to horseback riding. Around 80% of the guests that visit at this Colorado dude ranch have never been on a horse. With the guidance of experienced wranglers and the right mount for your personality, you, your kids and friends will quickly learn the basics of horse riding and be comfortable exploring beautiful Colorado trails on horseback. CTR offers morning, afternoon, lunch rides, and an all-day ride with no more than six guests to a wrangler. Horse rides are grouped by ability and range from scenic walk rides to faster riding through forests and meadows. Experienced riders mount high quality ranch horses and ride on diverse, well-kept trails in stunning Rocky Mountain scenery.

The ranch's children's program divides kids aged 5 through 17 into three groups. There's special horseback riding lessons and instruction plus all kinds of activities designed especially for the youngsters. Just be warned, your kids will not want to leave their counselors and new friends!

For those who want a fishing dude ranch vacation, Colorado Trails Ranch has over two miles of private water on the Florida River, access to cold mountain streams and lakes, fully stocked private ranch ponds as well as the world-famous San Juan River in nearby New Mexico. On an all-inclusive dude ranch vacation, your guide will outfit you with all the equipment and expertise you will need to have an experience of a lifetime.

Explore the Colorado Rocky Mountains with this Western Vacation of a lifetime!

Horseman's Week

This is a very special week for horseback riding vacations at Colorado Trails Ranch for adults only. Guests from around the world come to take advantage of this special equestrian event. The experienced wrangler staff has set aside this time to offer personalized riding instruction for all skill levels. If you are all about riding, whether a beginner who has never ridden before, or have your own horses and want to improve your riding and horsemanship skills - this is the week for you to visit this dude ranch.

Discounted rates apply to this week! Not only will you be taking advantage of excellent personal riding instruction, but also enjoying 20% off our current regular rates. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’d be happy to address all your questions or concerns.

Learn more about Horseman's Week


Ranch guests at this Durango Dude Ranch stay in cozy modern cabins, each room with a private bath and its own porch, plus daily housekeeping. CTR's cabins will easily accommodate families, couples, and singles with a variety of options available. As of 2016, Colorado Trails has replaced the older cabins with new, more roomier cabins that all have living rooms and great covered porches. Longview cabin was remodeled. Relax and enjoy the view with a morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.


Colorado Trails Ranch offers three home cooked meals per day with delicious healthy and indulgent options. Guests rave about the food and it is a big part of why they return!

Area Attractions

This Colorado dude ranch is located near the Mesa Verde National Park as well as the Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Train. Colorado Trails Ranch is not far from the Four Corners where Colorado meets New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

At a Glance

Colorado Trails Ranch is an all-inclusive family vacation adventure in the Southwest Rocky Mountains of Colorado. A fun filled dude ranch experience creates new friends, family togetherness and memories to cherish for a lifetime. Have a large group or extended family? Contact us early to book the entire ranch!


Southwest Colorado


Durango-La Plata County (DRO)

Riding Style/ Ability

Western/ All abilities, beginner to advanced


55 guests per week

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Corporate Groups, Retreats, Meetings Welcome

Season/Rates/ Payment methods

2020 dates of operation will be from June 7th to September 19th
Rates start at $2,800 per adult for the week and include all meals, accommodations, virtually all the activities and the gratuity. There is minimum stay of three nights and you must begin on Sunday.

Special Discounts:

  • 15% discount week of June 7th-13th
  • 10% discount weeks of August 9th to August 23rd
  • 20% discount weeks of August 23rd to September 19th
  • Multi Family Discount of 15%
  • Third Child is Free

These discounts apply to full week stays only. Only one discount may be applied.

Travel Agents Accepted- This ranch works with travel agents! 

Make sure to mention Equitrekking when you call (970) 247-5055 or Email Colorado Trails