Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations

Welcome To Black Mtn Dude Ranch!

Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch is one of the top guest ranches in the world, hosting guests every summer to give you a taste of the West. We offer unlimited horseback riding for an adventurous, authentic vacation.





The Off Season: Winters at a Colorado Dude Ranch

  There is a beauty in the winter at Black Mountain Ranch that is like no other. Although we close our doors to customers in September that doesn't mean the ranch empties out. Most of our family resides on the property year round. Our horses enjoy greener (and warmer) pastures for the winter, but we stay to enjoy the other side of mountain life. This photograph was captured last weekend on one of our family's snowmobile rides. Some of these pines are lost to the beetle kill that has ...

Saddle Up

Are you looking to spend more time on horseback?   No matter how you spend it, whether you have horses of your own or it is your first time in the saddle, there is a connection between horse and rider that is undeniable and infused with beauty and grace. We believe at Black Mountain Ranch that time spent with us is time well worth spending. Need we say more? Check out our introduction video to see why a week spent in our saddles is the best dude ranch vacation to be had.

Of Poetry found among the Horses of a Colorado Dude Ranch

This quote is the title of Alice Walkers's collected poems, "Horses make a landscape look more beautiful". Her inspiration was from a Native American shaman, who, when reflecting on the terrible problems brought to his land by white settlers, had it in his heart to nearly forgive them all because with white man came  horses to the North American plains. What does poetry have to do with a Colorado dude ranch? It is in our nature to seek beauty and as a working ranch, not only are we ...

Black hole resorts: a hole in one at Black Mountain Ranch

Recently, the Today Show had a segment on rising travel trends titled: “The Quest for Quiet.” In the past few years, resorts and hotels have started offering accommodations that allow guests the chance to unplug. An idea that offers guests the ability to take a technology holiday. More and more people seek destinations that offer accommodations without televisions or even wifi. New York times columnist Pico Iyer stated, in one of his latest articles, “The Joy of Quiet:” “The future of ...

"BUCK" (2011) A redemption story.

“In this particular discipline, if you want to be great you have to be a sensitive person. That’s why so many of the people that are good at this are sometimes tortured souls,” is how one person describes the true American Cowboy and philosophical horseman Buck Brannanam. Brannanam is the subject of Cindy Meehl’s documentary “BUCK,” a visually stimulating and touching film that offers an alternative approach to horse and human relationships. Meel follows Brannanam as for a year on the ...

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The Beauty of Colorado

Have you ever traveled to a dude ranch? Spending a week in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a wonderful horseback riding vacation for the entire family to enjoy! We offer pack camp trips, fly fishing, skeet and trap shooting, and of course plenty of time on horseback. All meals are included in your package, so no need to worry about a thing when you spend a week at our ranch!

Explore Our Cabins

Take some time to explore our custom built cabins, watch some videos and see what might work best for your vacation!


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A Sample Week at BMR!

Every week is different but the fun is always the same!  If you're curious about the week start here! 






Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations - Black Mountain Ranch

Registered and insured Colorado Outfitter #1343.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service

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