Colorado Family Summer Vacations

Western Guest Ranch Vacations

Elk River Valley, Colorado – June  – August

Kids Horseback Home Ranch imageSummer family vacations at The Home Ranch are spectacular. The Elk River Valley comes to life and The Home Ranch offers classic Western vacations with a gourmet twist. The Home Ranch serves exceptional cuisine at every meal by Executive Chef Jonathon Gillespie and his talented culinary team. We highly recommend working up a hearty appetite with family adventures into the sublime Rocky Mountain wilderness.

Our picture perfect Western setting is the ideal location for immediate wilderness access by horseback or foot and provides your entire family with endless opportunities for outdoor play and activity, combined with authentic Western hospitality.

Your Home Ranch Summer Vacation Includes:

  • The highly-praised cuisine of Executive Chef Jonathon Gillespie
  • Exceptional horseback riding, equestrian lessons, and natural horsemanship clinics
  • All of our summer adventure and activities
  • Experienced wranglers, hiking guides, fly fishing guides, mountain biking guides, plus gear and equipment
  • Guided Colorado fly fishing at our Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge
  • Guided Rocky Mountain hiking and biking

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What Can I Do On My Home Ranch Vacation?

From the front door of your cabin or lodge room, your options for summer family fun, activity and adventure are almost as endless as your imagination. Our fly fishing and hiking guides, children’s counselors, and wranglers offer up a wide-ranging daily menu of outdoor adventure or leisurely activity options to suit the tastes of every single member of your family.

Want to go horseback riding on the ranch, or head out into the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness with your favorite wrangler? Done. Want to go fly fishing on the Elk River – or just hang out and cast into the ranch pond with the kids? Easy. Want to go on a long wildflower hike or visit a pristine high country lake while riding mountain bikes? Check. Would the kids rather go swimming in the pool, or rock climbing with a local outfitter, or maybe whitewater rafting when the water is high? No problem. We’ll arrange it. Do you feel like just lazing about napping, reading and eating while the kids do whatever they feel like doing? Great, we’ll bring you fresh ice and a pitcher of lemonade….Swimming Pool at the Home Ranch image

What will my children do on this vacation?

For families with children and teens, from 6 – 18, we provide an exceptional kids and teens program. Our dedicated, energetic and creative kids and teens counselors are available from 8:30 a.m. in the morning until 9:00 p.m. at night and our counselors tailor each day to the social and adventure needs and desires of each age group. Our childrens’ program offers as many outdoor and indoor adventures and games as your children can dream of.

Also, we know that the interests of teens and younger children don’t always mesh, and we’ve got that covered: teens have their own adventures and our counselors are really creative and engaging people. Our counselors have met the most eye-rolling, text-crazy teens only to see them forget all about their cell phones as they head out on their custom-made adventure. Teens can head to the hills for an overnight camp-out or explore new trails with our back-country guide. They’ll never be left wanting, and you’ll never have to worry. A week at the Home Ranch in the summer is an excellent opportunity for kids from all walks of life to get outdoors, get active, and make great memories and real friendships that last a lifetime.

“I had a great week here at the Home Ranch. It was really friendly and I had tons of fun. The riding was very different from what I am used to at home and it was so fun to try something different. I love the barrel racing and cattle herding. I loved all the evening activities but my favorite activity was the barn dancing! Thank you to all the staff.”                -Annabel W.

For a complete overview of all the adventures and activities our ranch offers your kids and teens, please visit our children and teens pages.

Booking Tip:  Our summer family vacation season runs roughly from mid-June through the third week of August. Be sure to book your summer family vacation early as summer tends to fill up in advance. Check our online booking calendar for a quick overview of summer availability.
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Unique Weeks and Events

Colorado Summer Vacation

May 14 - August 25

Adult Autumn Vacations

August 25 - October 12

Winter at The Home Ranch

December 20, 2019 - March 19, 2020

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