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Family Retreat to Cowboy Country

A week at The High Lonesome Dude Ranch is the perfect escape to the mountains for a family getaway. Bring the extended family for a big reunion or just the nuclear family for an easy trip and reboot of the everyday.

As a working cattle ranch settled on the scenic terrain outside of DeBeque, Colorado, The High Lonesome Ranch offers the full package—from laid-back luxury lodging to exhilarating excursions to award-winning meals and s’mores around the fire pit—HLR promises a unique experience that has many never wanting to leave.

While here, take advantage of the opportunity to unplug. While wifi is accessible in the guesthouses, the rest of the ranch encourages families to enjoy time off the grid. The beautiful weather, clean air, enormous open space and an array of animals – including kid-favorite Rio, the beloved yellow Labrador – leave families bonded in a different way. Bring along the grandparents for an extra special experience.

Every day is different, but Wednesday night activities provide specialized time for the kids and adults. The wrangler team invites the children to a remote sleepover, including cowboy games and a hot meal worthy of the young cowpokes. Meanwhile, parents enjoy a 7-10 course seasonal meal. Many of the menu items are grown on the ranch itself, and the rest of the ingredients are sourced locally, a contributing factor to our recent accolade by the Denver Post as the “best dinner in Colorado.”

See a Typical Week’s Activities Schedule here.

We are much more than a Guest Ranch

We are a Guest Ranch because we believe in stewarding this large western landscape and sharing it with others. We have a working model of sustainability that maintains biodiversity and ecological connectivity, enhances the lives of wildlife and fish, and preserves and restores degraded habitat while promoting a mix of uses...

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Dude Ranch Unplugged: Book Summer 2019 Now

Summer calls for it. Different outdoor activities each day keep it lively and lots of variety keeps everyone happy. Pack up the family for a summer reboot.


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