Seven More Wonders of the Ranching World

Ridgway, Colorado

Mar 20, 2003
Outside Magazine
Multisport Dude Ranching

The New Dude: At Colorado's Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, the horse might take a backseat to rafting, fishing, or hiking.

Little house in the valley.

MacTiernan's San Juan Guest Ranch
CAPACITY – 35 guests

SADDLE UP – Ride from the Uncompahgre Valley up to ridges above 12,000 feet in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The daily rides last from an hour to all day; after riding, linger near the barn for steer-roping lessons.

OUT OF THE SADDLE – Fish for trout in the ranch's stocked ponds or join a wrangler to fly-fish the nearby Uncompahgre River. Hike in the San Juans or just soak in the Ouray Hot Springs, five miles from the ranch. A hot-air balloon ride is offered for $125.

LODGING – The lodge is painted to resemble a barn and has nine suites, each with a private bathroom and small refrigerator, that accommodate two to eight people.

GRUB HIGHLIGHT – The peach cobbler baked over an open fire.

KIDS – Free program includes trout fishing and panning for gold near an abandoned mining cabin (ages five to ten).

COST – $1,495 per adult per week; $1,195 for kids five to ten; $350 for kids under five.

CONTACT – 800-331-3015,

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