How to Beat the Summer Heat on a Colorado Dude Ranch

Is the summer heat getting you down? Is your family getting cranky at the prospect of spending another day cramped around the air-conditioner?

If so, taking a trip to the beach might not be the solution you’re looking for. You won’t get a break from the high temps there, but you will find crowds, litter, loud music, and the hassles of parking. Why not skip all of that and find some real relief from the summer weather by visiting a Colorado dude ranch?


We have lots of ways you can beat the heat. Here are just a few of our favorites…


Get a Break From the Humidity

Although it can get warm in Colorado, it’s a very dry heat. On our ranch properties, you won’t have to deal with the oppressive humidity that’s so prevalent in many parts of the country. Perhaps that’s why so many guests and families come to us from Texas, Florida, and elsewhere in the South.


Ride or Hike up to the Timberline

Average daily temperatures can drop 15 or 20 degrees (and sometimes even more) as you climb a few thousand feet in elevation. That’s why visiting a Colorado ranch can be a great way to escape triple-digit heat. To get even more relief, you can take a hike, or horseback ride, up above the timberline and the surrounding mountains.


Lounge by the Pool

Instead of baking at the closest beach, you could get a break from the heat by spending a day by the pool. With large umbrellas, cozy beach towels, and indoor air conditioning when you need it, we have everything you need to stay comfortable and protected from the sun.


Step Into a Mountain Stream

If you prefer to be a bit more old-fashioned, you can visit one of the mountain streams close to our ranch properties. There aren’t many things as invigorating as stepping into a trickle of icy alpine water on a warm summer afternoon. You’ll also find great places to sit, read, talk, or take pictures.


Visit Your Favorite Fishing Hole

Summers are great for mountain fishing, and we have lots of idyllic streams, lakes, and ponds where you can catch something fresh. The Colorado backcountry features some of the best fishing in the world, regardless of whether you’re a serious angler or someone who’s just looking for a fun way to spend a few hours.


See the Stars for the First Time

As wonderful as our Colorado working ranches are during the day, you’ll never forget the nights you spend with us. That’s because the elevation, lack of city lighting, and clear skies make for spectacular stargazing. It’s not unusual for guests to tell us they feel like they’re seeing the night sky for the first time.


The summer can be long and hot, or a fun time for relaxing and rejuvenating. Why not make things easier for yourself and your family by visiting a Colorado ranch this year?


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