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Colorado Cattle Company and Guest Ranch

New Raymer

 Colorado Cattle Company and Guest Ranch cattle ranch vacation ranch in New Raymer Colorado

Head on out to Colorado and the Wild Wild West to experience life on a real cattle ranch. Fulfill your cowboy dream, come live the life and experience the magic! At our ranch you have the opportunity to become a cowboy in a true western adventure, much like the movie City Slickers. In fact, Fox chose Colorado Cattle Company to appear in the featurette that is on the new City Slickers DVD released in June of 2008 since we are exactly the type of vacation guest ranch they portray in the movie.

At Colorado Cattle Company, we don’t just recreate cowboy life, we live it! Saddle up and ride with us for the cowboy adventure of a lifetime. Our string of extremely well trained and well mannered quarter horses are available for you to ride over varying terrain at all speeds doing real cowboy work; no ‘head to tail’ trail riding here. During our Cowboy Adventure weeks you can ride the range all day then grab a cold one, relax and swap wild west stories with the other cowboys. Fulfill your cowboy fantasy and experience ranch life much like in the western movies you enjoy.

Our cattle ranch covers thousands and thousands of deeded acres of prime ranch land where we care for 800 head of cattle every summer. The ranch owns about 70-75 well bred and highly trained quarter type horses, most registered in the AQHA or APHA. Each horse is selected for good bloodlines, great training and sensible attitude. They are trained to rope on, work cattle on and carry guests through our daily ranch routine. Some are quiet for beginners, others are more highly strung for experienced guests and every one is trained to be responsive, neck rein and work cattle.

We are not a typical dude ranch or guest ranch resort, but are 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. If you want to experience a real western cattle ranch, ride fabulous horses yet get the creature comforts you are used to; our ranch is the place for you.

At Colorado Cattle Company, you will get the best of both worlds; transform into a cowboy for the week as you assist us gathering cattle off the range, doctoring sicks, cattle drives, branding calves, checking water, salt and fences – around 50 hours of horseback riding each week! Then enjoy all the creature comforts you like when on vacation such as a weekly massage, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, stocked bar, great ranch type food and immaculately clean log cabin accommodations with private bathrooms and entrances.

Years ago we realized that many people would love to fulfill their cowboy dream if it were possible to do so in a safe environment where their dream would be taken seriously and be obtainable. A place where they don’t make fools of themselves or get injured due to incorrect or insufficient instruction, but instead learn the skills needed to fulfill their cowboy fantasy. We have refined our cowboy adventure type holiday to meet this criteria. Information on our weekly schedule, the history of the ranch, current ‘in the news’ events taking place at Colorado Cattle Company as well as pricing and reservation information are all available here on the web site. Click through to see our lodging, learn about a typical day or find out what is going on during the different seasons so that you can pick just the right time of year to fulfill your cowboy dream!

Capacity: 26, with normally about 14-16 guests.
Open: First Sunday in May to mid-October
Altitude: 5,350
Reservations: 970-437-5345
Rates: Cabins: $2,099 per week; Couples bunk house room: $2,199.00 per week; VIP cabin suites: $2,399 per week
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Deposit: 50%
Payment: Check, Credit Cards, Wire Transfers and Paypal
Travel Agents:
Activities: Spring (May and June):
Branding as well as gathering, sorting and moving the pairs to summer pastures. Fences must be checked for broken or damaged areas. Short - one day cattle drives are weekly events until all cattle are settled for the summer. Spring activities can be hard to schedule; weather, sickness, calving and feeding all play a part in the daily work.

Summer (July, August and early September):
Moving cattle, gathering bulls, checking water, salt and fences, looking for strays and fence jumpers and driving them back where they belong. Remember, as a working ranch, cattle drives occur each week, all season long.

Fall (late September and October):
Gathering and sorting, vaccinating and weaning the calves, short half or one day cattle drives occur several times a week as we ship cattle to winter feedyards, etc. The work never ends!
Lodging: Log Cabin Accommodations: Clean, Comfortable and Charmingly Rustic

The main lodge is the meeting place for meals, the location of the laundry area, indoor pool, hot tub, 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 charming log cabin duplexes. The bunkhouse was built in 1897, added onto in 1909 and again in 1921. The bunkhouse has been refitted and modernized with five private bedrooms designed for couples. Each bunkhouse room; the Longreen, the Meadow, the Canyon, the Blackrock, and the Far Side have a private bathroom, one queen size bed and a private entrance.

Newly constructed log cabin rooms are designed for singles and friends traveling together and have two comfortably sized individual beds. The cabins also have private bathrooms and entrances.

Both the bunkhouse and cabin rooms share excellent views of the meadow where 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. The horseshoe pit, roping practice area, hot tub and swimming pool are located nearby.

All cabins are air conditioned and heated for comfort in all weather. Unlimited hot water soaks away the stiffness and fluffy down filled comforters are snug and cozy. Each room has a mini coffee bar with a coffee maker and all the fixins for coffee, tea and a small refrigerator. Soda pop and baskets of goodies are also available in the main lodge for snacking. Linens and towels are furnished for all rooms including bathrobes and flip flops.

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Room Descriptions:

Blackrock: The Blackrock room is located inside the bunkhouse. Decorated with ranch photos and a patchwork quilt; this room is quite comfortable and relaxing. A log queen size bed, comfortable chair and ottoman, dresser drawers and small table for two complete the decor. Despite the rustic western appeal, the bathroom is equipped with a modern sink and tub/shower.

Canyon: The Canyon room; located in the bunkhouse, is our cowboy room with a queen size log bed, small wardrobe, comfortable chair and ottoman and table for two. The decorations include a bull rope and original western art. The full tub/shower and the unique bucket sink cleverly match the Canyon room's old tin walls.

Meadow: The Meadow room is decorated in honor of the schoolmarm who resided in the room years ago. A table for two, dresser drawers, queen size bed, handmade quilt and checkered curtains along with old tins create a very charming atmosphere in the Meadow room. The room also contains a full tub/shower, bucket sink and a southern exposure that ensures lots of sunshine and light.

Longreen: The Longreen room is located in the bunkhouse and is a new addition to our ranch. Bark on log walls and Saltillo tiles mix well with the queen size log bed, handmade quilt, comfortable chair and ottoman, and dresser drawers. This room is our most requested room. The Longreen room is also equipped with a full tub/shower and bucket sink.

Far Side: The Far Side room has a north facing entrance and its own private patio. This room also boasts the largest bathroom of all our guest accommodations with a full tub/shower and bucket sink. This room is accented with old photos, a queen size log bed, dresser drawers, comfortable chair and ottoman, table for two and closet for clothes.

Cabin Rooms: There are 8 log cabin rooms on the ranch. Each has a private bathroom with a shower and bucket sink. Cabin rooms all have two individual beds with down comforters, small coffee bar and refrigerator, individual air conditioning and heating, private porch and parking area. The cabins boast unlimited hot water and are in close proximity to the indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, horseshoe pitching and roping practice area.
Kids' Program:
Food/Dining: Make sure to bring your appetite because three 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 three times a day. Breakfast meal choices range from eggs, bacon and sausage, Sheila’s famous cinnamon rolls, cold and hot cereal, fruit, yogurt; occasionally biscuits and gravy or breakfast burritos are also served. On Saturday morning, the boss cooks her specialty - homemade pancakes!

Lunch is normally served in the dining room unless we are out on the trail or at a neighbor’s for the day. Sandwiches and soups, fruit, bread and salad are typical lunch meals. Lunch on the trail is brown bag containing sandwiches, fruit, chips and a dessert.

The evening meal is served in the dining room nightly. Margarita night is on Tuesday evening where the 'all you can drink' Margaritas are on the house. Other evening meals may include BBQ ribs, chicken, buffalo, beef or pork served with appropriate side dishes, bread, salad and dessert. Vegetarian and other special diets are happily catered to with advance notice.

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