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Facing the Conejos River, this all-inclusive ranch resort has views of the San Juan Mountains. The rustic wood-paneled 2- and 3-bedroom log cabins are decorated in Western themes and offer private bathrooms, fireplaces and front porches. Ranch meals are included, and the resort operates a BYOB policy. The cozy main lodge features a library and a porch with rocking chairs, plus there's an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and fitness courts, including volleyball and basketball. Activities include: hiking, horseback riding, horse-drawn wagon pulling, white-water rafting, archery, and fly-fishing. Everyone comes back- come and see why. Come live the west with us!
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1484 Fdr 250, Antonito, CO 81120
Rainbow Trout Ranch
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Alamosa Municipal Airport
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Bill K wrote a review Oct 2023
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It was such a great family vacation! Our 3 kids had an amazing time in the kids program. The horse program is absolutely the best. All of the wranglers are so helpful. The entire staff at RTR are top notch for that matter. We had such a great time.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Judy McAnally wrote a review Sep 2023
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I try to go every year- it's always so hard to leave. I have been going since 2017 and it gets better every year. I dont know how the Van Berkums do it but they hore the best people, have the most excellent horses and really truly want each guest to have an incredible stay. They succeed at this in overwhelming excellent fashion. The accommodations from registration to paying the final bill are beyond amazing. The cabins while rustic are beautifully appointed with excellent linens, comfortable beds , wonderfully stocked fireplaces and great views. The meals are out of this world good comfort food for every single meal and all served by happy charming staff. It's just a great place to reboot. Activities range from excellent horseback rides almost every skill level on healthy, well taken care of horses to beautiful places to great fishing or beautiful hikes. Evening events are fun and optional but I highly recommend s'mores around the campfire and game night. All this is surrounded by the most amazing staff ever- people who are happy to be there, energetic, fun, helpful and just nice. The price includes horseback riding, three amazing meals everyday ( more than most can eat at each meal) a ton of activities each evening if you wish, a beautiful well maintained pool, fly fishing with guides and gear and accommodations all of the highest order. Whether you go with family or friends, you will leave with a happy heart and memories for a lifetime.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded Sep 18, 2023
Ah Judy - what a wonderfully kind review! Thank you! We feel pretty good about ourselves after reading that :) -- and it is truly because of great guests like you that we can keep doing what we are doing. And loving it! Keep well and can't wait to see you here again. Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane, and all the folks at the ranch
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kathy Q wrote a review Sep 2023
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Rainbow Trout Ranch has just about everything you could want in a dude Ranch. the VanBerkum family is hands on in every aspect. The horses are wonderful, and you are matched up with the perfect horse. The rides are beautiful, varied, and you choose the level you are comfortable. We were a group of 7 and spent adult week at the ranch. We have been to other ranches, but we continue to come back to RTR. It isn't that the others weren't a good experience. It's because RTR has it all. The cabins are clean and comfortable, the food is delicious, the scenery beautiful, the horses are amazing and well taken care of, it's the best lodge you will ever see at a ranch, and the Family is just so welcoming. Can't go wrong with RTR.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Rainbow Trout Ranch, Owner at Rainbow Trout Ranch
Responded Sep 16, 2023
It is so lovely that you would take a few moments to write us such a great review. Thank you very much! We really love our guests - which is the whole reason we are able to do what we do - and hearing all you had to say made out day! Keep well and Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane and all of us here at the ranch.
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Deborah S wrote a review Sep 2023
Santa Fe, United States5 contributions1 helpful vote
The Rainbow Trout Ranch exceeded my expectations! All who worked at the ranch were friendly, helpful and absolutely great! Had numerous activities, family dining was fun but it was horseback riding that drew me to the ranch. The riding was great and the wranglers were super. Met people from all over the US, many of them who were repeat guests .... of which I plan to be a repeat guest as well.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded Sep 16, 2023
Wow! Thank you for that very kind review. We so enjoyed that week and we look forward to having you back at the ranch! Keep well, and Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane and all of us at the ranch
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Megan S wrote a review Sep 2023
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I've been to multiple dude ranches, and this is by far the best one. You truly feel like you are a part of their family and every one of the staff is incredible. We will most definitely be back to Rainbow Trout Ranch!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Sep 6, 2023
Thank you so much for posting such a nice review - we really appreciate it. We love our guests and we are so glad you had a great time! Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane and everyone at the ranch
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Patti N wrote a review Sep 2023
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I have been on many dude ranch trips and have come back to Rainbow Trout Ranch because it is the best by far! They make you feel like you are part of their family. They share their home with you this is not like anything else I've seen. They match you perfectly with your writingnobilities and have so many different types of rides for all leveas well as other activities that make this the best vacation ever!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Be honest in your assessment of riding abilities. They will make sure you have fun!!
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Response from Rainbow Trout Ranch, Owner at Rainbow Trout Ranch
Responded Sep 4, 2023
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us - we really appreciate it! We truly love sharing this wonderful part of Colorado with our guests, staff and family! Keep well, you and yours, and Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane and all the folks here at the ranch
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susan d wrote a review Sep 2023
San Antonio, Texas3 contributions
My husband and I just completed our third weeklong visit at RTR and it was top notch as always. The horses are impeccably cared for and the wranglers are attentive and knowledgeable. Lovely rustic cabins and great food. We are booked for next year!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded Sep 4, 2023
Wow - what a fun review - thank you! It is always such fun to have awesome guests here - we love you right back! We look forward to next summer already :). Keep well, and Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane and all the folk here at the ranch
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MyHazer wrote a review Sep 2023
Kanab, Utah54 contributions11 helpful votes
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My 6th visit in 6 years and I have already booked for next year as have my 7 friends who were there this year with me. That should tell you how much we all liked it. Spectacular riding! Spectacular owners and staff! Spectacular location! A great variety of food and plenty of it. Rocky Mountain nature at its best! I go to several guest ranches every year and this is by far one of my favorites!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Dress warm for cool evenings since it is at 8500’ elevation
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Responded Sep 4, 2023
Wow, wow, wow! What a fun review! We so appreciate that you'd take the time to submit one, and we really love having you all here. There are so many great places to go, and we love that you come back to us. Thank you! Keep well and Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane and all the RTR crew
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Carol D wrote a review Aug 2023
Golden, Colorado, United States40 contributions35 helpful votes
Hey, Howdy Hey! Our family returned once again to Rainbow Trout Ranch last week (August 13-19, 2023). I note that I wrote a review in 2012 after our 6th visit to RTR. All of those points still apply. Over a decade later, our family looks forward to our vacation at the Ranch; one we have taken most every summer since 2006. This year is unique in its greenery and full Conejos and Elk Rivers, due to the very wet spring/early summer in Colorado. The moisture seems to draw the wildlife down, and we come across deer at many turns. I hear that one of the all day rides viewed a moose and its baby in the lake. I am surprised that a total of 5 of us at the ranch this week (which accommodates ~60 guests) are from Colorado. Why do we return each year? This has become a family tradition; a familiar place where we can reconnect with friends and family, meet interesting new people, enjoy the best of the outdoors, and get some exercise and sleep! Our horses are the BEST, and we love to improve our riding skills and connect with our horse for the week. In return, our horses do us the favor of walking, trotting, loping through the forests, streams, flower beds, up and down hills and trails, all through the beautiful wilderness. Our wranglers continue to provide a great experience up to twice per day on the trails. They are interesting people, and interested in getting to know us. The wranglers provide helpful instruction to improve our riding ability, and they keep us all safe on our rides. They know the vast country like the back of their hands, leading us through a new section of scenery for each ride. This year, our family for the first time had some dietary restrictions. The food prepared by trained chefs is always ample and delicious for three meals a day, but I couldn’t be more complimentary of the substantive efforts to help me and my son stay on track for our dietary and health needs. Thank you, Miss Meg, Caroline, and all the housekeeping and waitstaff for your support! After something like 16 visits over 18 years, our 7-year-old son now 24, nostalgia creeps into this review. Family rides, meals, and evening entertainment with our son, Reading a book in our cabin’s living room, by the light of the warm fire in the wood burning fireplace, before sliding into the comfy bed for a slumber with a cool mountain breeze in our bedroom; these are the traditions that persist. Sleep at 9000+ ft of altitude is the most restful of our year. We have made friends with guests, staff, and RTR family with whom we stay connected on social media and have visited across the country. RTR truly is a “Special Little Part of Colorado”, and has become a part of our family’s spirit.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded Aug 30, 2023
Dear Carol - What a lovely review! Thank you so much. We really appreciate your taking the time to do it. And we very much appreciate you all revisiting us all these years when there are so very many places to go in the world! Thank you. We never take it for granted and we LOVE seeing you all! Keep well, you and yours, and Happy Trails, always ~~ David & Jane and all the folks at RTR
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Kevin H wrote a review Aug 2023
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Our family visited Rainbow Trout Ranch for the ninth time. As always, it was a wonderful vacation of riding, fishing, hiking, relaxing, and unplugging. The Van Berkum family and their amazing staff immediately make you feel like family (hence the multiple return guests). The horse program for adults and children is amazing - horses matched perfectly with each guest. The location in the San Juan valley is stunning, the ranch lodge one of the more beautiful buildings you’ll see out west, and all the cabins clean and comfy. For our family, the amazing staff makes the ranch experience the most memorable - they are all warm, friendly, hard working, interesting, super fun and among people. Our family always comes back from Rainbow Trout Ranch totally recharged, relaxed, and excited to come back next year.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Rainbow Trout Ranch, Owner at Rainbow Trout Ranch
Responded Aug 23, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a delightful review. We REALLY love having your family here - there are so many wonderful places out there to go to, and we SO appreciate your choosing to come back to us! Keep well, you and yours, and Happy Trails, always ~~ David and Jane and all the RTR crew
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Rainbow Trout Ranch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.