2018 August 18 to 25
A Gay Travel Colorado Dude Ranch Tour
Grab your cowboy gear and head to a gorgeous Colorado dude ranch for a week of ranch-style activities. Enjoy horseback riding, fly-fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, a cattle drive and more. After each exhilarating day you’ll have plenty of time to relax poolside, take a gorgeous hike or play a round of pool at the guest house. The views are stunning from any spot on the property. Join us and experience the delights of the famous Rocky Mountain High.
HE Travel is proud to offer a gay ranch holiday in Colorado. Your skill level is irrelevant; new or experienced, this ranch is right for you! Join us as we explore the cowboy lifestyle and bond with a hand-picked horse that has just the right temperament for you.
Our wranglers for the week will give tips for safe horseback riding and you’ll be able to decide how much you can handle throughout our week of excursions. Other exciting activities that will be available for your enjoyment are fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking and cooking classes.
The ranch’s chef will plan amazing meals with a culinary flare produced from high quality local meat and produce. Most everything is raised on location, including the meat, eggs and a selection of fruits and vegetables. Even if it’s not from the ranch, it is local, making for a most authentic experience!
Come join us for the magnificent exploration of this Colorado Ranch.
Day 1: Touch Down Grand Junction
Upon arriving at the Grand Junction airport, look for the HE Travel shuttle that will take you to our hotel in Wine Country. We’ll meet up this evening for a welcome dinner full of fresh, sustainable local foods prepared in the classic French tradition.
Day 2: Wine Country and Off to the Ranch
Today we will have a relaxing breakfast at the hotel followed by free time to relax poolside and enjoy the sun. For those that are interested, we will visit local wineries to soak in the culture and allure that is Colorado Wine Country. In the afternoon we will depart for the ranch.
Once we’ve arrived and taken time to settle in, we will have time to explore before dinner. There is a pool onsite as well as plenty of lounge spots throughout the guest house. The common area includes a full kitchen, great room and recreation room. In your free time, don’t forget to take advantage of the rustic stone fireplace, pool table and great views from the deck.
Day 3-7 Riding, Fishing, Rafting, 8 Course Meal, Cattle Drive and More……
Good morning, cowboys! Each morning, we’ll enjoy a satisfying and filling breakfast before heading out on the day’s adventures. Throughout your time on the ranch, you will enjoy horseback riding through different terrains: climbing hills, crossing small creeks and meandering through trees and sagebrush. The Wranglers will pair everyone with a horse that best fits their skill level. Get ready to have a new four-legged friend by the end of the week!
Aside from horseback riding, activities throughout the week include :
Lunches will be in various locations throughout the week, depending on the activities. Each evening before dinner, we will have time to relax or to enjoy the following amenities: pool lounging, a hands-on cooking class, billiards, or a beautiful hike.
Dinners are always an enjoyable event with cocktails, appetizers, and even a fire if the weather permits. One special evening will be reserved for an 8-12 course meal with wine tasting prepared by Chef Jordan Asher. The food provided is top notch and you will always be full after a long adventurous day.
Our final night is reserved for our farewell dinner – ranch style! Bring your dancing shoes as we dive into an evening of country western swing and line dancing with music by a favorite local band.
Wi-Fi is available, but we suggest using your free time to disconnect and swim in the pool, get a massage, play some pool, head out on an independent hike or bicycle ride.
Day 8: Farewell
Today we say farewell to the ranch, and the horses that we’ve bonded with over the past week, and head home after breakfast.
Price includes: Accommodation at a hotel in Palisade, Colorado, plus 6 nights lodging at the ranch; All meals beginning with welcome dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on departure day; Wine or cocktails at welcome dinner and ranch dinners; All ground transportation to included activities; Daily horseback riding with skilled and knowledgeable local guides; Activities shown on the itinerary as included, such as white-water rafting on the Colorado River, fly-fishing, hiking, and mountain biking; And the services of a fun and experienced HE Travel guide. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: Transportation to Grand Junction, Colorado; Items of personal nature such as souvenirs; Travel insurance; And gratuities for tour host or housekeeping.
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Cellular Service: The ranch is situated between mountain ranges, which limits cellular service. Verizon is currently the only service that is available on the ranch. There are landlines in the guesthouse if needed.
Optional Tour Choices:
$1100 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
$125 A massage therapist is available if scheduled in advance. Enjoy a relaxing massage after time in the saddle!
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Grand Junction, Colorado. Plan to arrive in time for a 6 pm dinner and orientation on Day 1. You should schedule a flight out of Grand Junction anytime after 1:00 PM, on Day 8.
To fully enjoy this tour, you should be comfortable riding (or learning to ride) horses. Non-riders are welcome to join the tour, but during some horse-related activities, they will be enjoying other ranch amenities while the rest of the group is riding the range.
The first night will be spent in Colorado Wine Country. The hotel offers farm to table dining with no shortage of wine. There is a swimming pool and a hot tub in our hotel and the rooms are spacious.
The ranch guest house has a very spacious setup with a spectacular view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. There is a spacious deck to sit and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous views. All bedrooms have private bathrooms. The common area of the house includes wide-open space that will allow those taking advantage of the full kitchen to socialize with friends in the great room and recreation area. You have access to a flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, WIFI, a stone fireplace and pool table.
The horses on the ranch are accustomed to many different riders. The wrangler will try to match a horse with your experience. While the horses are well-trained and generally very gentle, they are animals and can be unpredictable. Like any outdoor activity, horseback riding has inherent risks and dangers. That said, most people are very happy with their horseback riding experience and injuries are rare.
The rides are not traditional trail rides, as you’d find on a typical dude ranch. We limit the guests, so you really learn to control the horse and ride like a cowboy. The terrain varies so be prepared for a variety of rides.
Your wranglers, cooks, ranch host, and other staff work hard to make your experience top notch and HE Travel will cover their gratuity. If you feel that they were exceptional, it is up to you if you would like to give more. Your HE Travel tour director works hard behind the scenes to coordinate activities and smooth any glitches. Gratuities are appreciated and are at your discretion. On average, they tend to receive $8-$10 a day.
The ranch is situated between mountain ranges, which limits cellular service. Verizon is the only service that is currently available on the ranch. There are landlines in the guesthouse if needed.
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