Colorado Vacations

For Every Season of the Year

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, The Home Ranch offers a wide variety of seasonal Colorado vacation packages and special unique weeks that appeal to families, couples and solitary travelers alike. 

Each season of the year provides distinctively different kinds of vacation experiences that appeal to certain groups of seasonal travelers and highlight the changing hues and moods of the spectacular Elk River Valley.

A Colorado Dude Ranch and Cross Country Ski Resort

In essence, The Home Ranch is a luxury Colorado dude ranch known for all-inclusive family vacations in the summer, a spectacular getaway destination for adults-only in the late summer and fall months, and one of Colorado's Best Cross Country Ski Resorts and snow vacation destinations in the Winter and Spring. 

So whether you are looking for a classic Summer dude ranch vacation for your entire family, a relaxing fall color vacation, an exceptional culinary getaway during harvest, a late-summer fly fishing expedition when the fishing is at its best, or a dreamlike Colorado Winter Vacation, we've likely got a seasonal vacation option that will suit your taste.

Fly Fishing Colorado



Spring Vacations ~ May 24-30


Women's Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat Weeks

Although the calendar says Spring begins March 21st, we don’t find that to be true here. We’re still skiing until the end of March, and we’ve got families enjoying their Colorado Spring Break Vacations in the snow, so we still call that Winter!  And if you're thinking of visiting us in April, please don’t!  We’re closed from April 1st - May 24th in honor of what we refer to here as “Mud Season.” Spring comes only after the snow and mud disappear and we see the first appearance of our beloved Cowgirl Yoginis: Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter!  This May 24-30th, we open our doors to celebrate the first week of Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter’s beloved Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat.  For more details, please visit our Horse Yoga Retreat Page.


Summer Vacations ~ June 7 - Aug 24


June Vacation Season

Though it’s something of a secret, for some folks at the Home Ranch, June is their favorite month in the Elk River Valley. Our great photographer friend Don Tudor refers to early June as the “Season of Awakening” - and it’s as lush and verdant a landscape as you’ve never seen. (That's his photo taken the first day of June a few years ago.)  This “season of awakening” normally begins around Memorial Day Weekend and extends well into mid-June. So if you love wildflowers, or are considering a June Wedding or a Family Reunion to celebrate someone’s graduation, please read more about this time of year in our June Vacations section and enjoy some of the most beautiful photos we have!

July and August Dude Ranch Vacation Season

Once all the kids are out of school and our families return, The Home Ranch is in the full swing of its classic American Dude Ranch Vacation season and offers a unique family-friendly vacation that appeals to every generation.  We strive to offer every member of your family an unforgettable dude ranch vacation experience - with a luxurious, pampered, gourmet twist. To read more about our summer family dude ranch vacations, please click here. To read about our exceptional children's programs for Kids and Teens click here. 






Horseback Riding Vacations at Colorado Dude Ranch

Fall Vacations ~ August 30 - October 17


Adult-Only Weeks

August 30- September 6 & September 6-13

This fall, we are dedicating the last week of August and the first week of September to the handcrafted glories of Colorado's great craft brewers, distillers, wineries and artisans. Come and celebrate the inaugural harvest of Chef Clyde's Farm and Farm Kitchen.  The first week we will offer a unique opportunity to stay at the ranch for just 3 nights.

Weanling Week

September 13-20

During this week, the guests of The Home Ranch are given the unique opportunity to interact with 6 month old horses for the first time in their lives, teaching them how to lead and how to trust people.



Women's Experience Yoga & Horses Retreat

October 4-10 & October 11-17

Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter's Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat for women returns for two weeks during the splendid early weeks of October. Read all about it here! 


Winter Vacations ~ December 18 - March 23

When the legendary powder of winter comes to North Routt county, our luxury dude ranch transforms into one of the most beautiful cross country ski and winter ranch resorts in Colorado.  We are just north of Steamboat Ski area, but a world away from the condos and crowds, and are uniquely designed to give you an unforgettable ski-in/ski-out cross-country vacation with direct access to 25km of groomed trails for all kinds of Nordic and Skate skiing. We also provide free shuttles to Steamboat for all of our downhill skiing guests. Visit our Colorado Winter Vacations page for more information.

Colorado Christmas & New Year Vacations

Christmas Week ~ December 20-27

New Years Week ~ December 27, 2014 - January 3, 2016

Celebrating Christmas & New Year's at The Home Ranch amid the Winter Wonderland of the Elk River Valley is a truly memorable time.  Please accept our warm invitation to join us for the holidays. For more information, visit  our Christmas and New Year's Vacations page. 

Home Ranch All-Inclusive Cross-country Ski Vacations