Drowsy Water Ranch

7 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ2120pp

USA ( Best airport: Denver)

For over 90 years this 600 acre family guest ranch has provided authentic western ranch holidays for all levels of rider. Nestled in its own private mountain valley in Colorado, the ranch promises an exciting week under the backdrop of big mountains and starry skies. Explore the vast Colorado backcountry on one of the Quarter horses crossing creeks, passing hot springs and climbing through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The ranch suits adults and children alike and is considered a fantastic family destination where guests of any age and ability can enjoy ranch life, adult only weeks are also offered.

The Riding

The ranch is set in a deep valley next to the Rocky Mountains and offers 600 acres of trails to explore. The riding varies according to the groups wishes, and groups are split according to experience level so you wonโ€™t be stuck walking for hours if what you really want to do is gallop over the open fields, and vice versa of course.

All riders are invited to take part in cattle work while at the ranch and there are weekly team penning sessions where you can try your hand at herding a few cattle from horseback.

Level of Riding and Fitness

The ranch can cater for all levels of rider and all age groups. Horses are selected to match your riding skills and abilities and daily instruction is available if requested, both in the arena and out on the trails. Advanced riders have many opportunities to explore the 600 acres at all paces including smooth lopes and gallops. Less experienced riders can enjoy the stunning scenery on slow and scenic trail rides. The weight limit is 110kg.

Guides and Group Size

Your guides for this trail are all experienced adult wranglers and youโ€™ll ride out in groups of between 2-8.

The Horses

There are over a hundred horses at this ranch, mostly Quarter horses but also some draught horses and Paints. There are more spirited horses for advanced riders but also quieter horses for nervous or novice riders as well as children. Youโ€™ll be matched with one of the horses best suited to your riding level and can ride the same horse for the whole week. All tack is Western style.

Drowsy Water Ranch - Horse Riding Holiday

Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation is in either a private cabin or a private room with the lodge. There are one, two, three, and four bedroom cabins to suit single travellers as well as groups and families. There are also private bedrooms and a communal living room in the Lodge where you can meet other guests, play cards, browse the library and enjoy fresh coffee. Bedrooms are snug, comfortable and typically western styled, all have private bathrooms.

All meals at the ranch are home-cooked and you can eat as much as you like. Many family recipes are used for the western-style meals and even the bread is made from scratch. Most meals are served on large sharing tables in the dining room but outdoor meals are sometimes offered with barbecues for example. Breakfast is served between 7.30 and 8.45, lunch is at 12.30 and dinner is at 6pm each day. All hot and soft drinks are included but there is no alcohol served due to the family atmosphere. You are welcome to bring your own, which can be enjoyed in your own cabin or verandah. If visiting during an adult only week you are welcome to enjoy alcoholic drinks anywhere on the ranch.

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Drowsy Water Ranch

7 days / 6 nights / 6 days riding

The dates displayed are suggested dates. The ranch is open between 28 May and 30 September and offers arrivals every Sunday.

Adults-only weeks run on 1st and 8th September and offer a 15% discount on the usual rate.

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Please plan your flights to/from as follows:

Arrive at Denver in time to meet one of the shuttles which leave the airport for Granby at 1pm and 5pm. We recommend booking your departure flight for the evening on the final day so that you have time for a morning ride on the last day.

Airport Transfers
There is a shuttle service from Denver Airport to Granby which leaves at 1pm and 5pm and costs approximately ยฃ65 each way. The ranch will then collect you from Granby (a 20 minute drive).

There is also a train departing daily from Denver to Granby, one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world which costs approximately ยฃ20

Price Includes
  • 6 nights accommodation in private cabin or private room in lodge
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks
  • 6 days riding
  • Transfers to/from Granby
  • All ranch activities (hayrides, campfires, river float trip)
  • State taxes
Price Excludes
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips