Go on an Adventure with a Ranch Read

A few weeks into this self-isolation and looking for an escape? We wish we could tell you to escape the city, come to the ranch, hop in a saddle, and ride the mountains with us. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. By summer, we’ll know more about life than we ever have. By summer, the horses will be ready to take you and your family on a backcountry adventure. We wish the timing on both were different. We wish we could offer you an escape now, right now, as being out town is likely what we all need. [...]

Go on an Adventure with a Ranch Read2020-04-06T22:43:40+00:00

Make it a Tech Free (almost) Reset

We often associate vacation as a time to re-connect, a time to get back in touch with the ones we love and with ourselves.  We strive to spend our time disconnected from worries of work, home, and other stressors and come home recharged and ready to tackle the world with a fresh dose of optimism.  Funny, though, that on our planet now, somehow the term "being connected" has become synonymous with "having a device in your hand."  Parents, you're just as guilty of it as your teenagers.  We are on our devices ALL THE TIME and do you really, truly, [...]

Make it a Tech Free (almost) Reset2020-04-06T22:53:49+00:00

The Story on the Boots

To start the first day of vacation at the ranch, families gather at the barn, anxiously awaiting the assignment of their horse and the adventure of their first ride of the week.  A simple trip down the ranch's dirt road is the first outing with horse and saddle for some guests.  This, our lesson ride, is when new riders learn to communicate with their horse and when they experience the first taste of the views. During this ride, many guests notice the boots that sit upside down on fenceposts along the road. "What is the story with the boots?" they ask. [...]

The Story on the Boots2020-05-05T19:28:04+00:00

DWR: Dude, We’re Riding

Frequently, you'll see three letters around here: DWR. What, you ask, does that stand for? Maybe Does Water Run? Maybe Dorks Wear Red? Maybe Dogs Wander Round? Nope, off target on all of those.  One meaning that applies is simple: Drowsy Water Ranch.  But that's not really what it means. Dig a little around here, and you'll learn that DWR is really an acronym for  "Dude, We're Riding". We do a lot of that around here. And we do it well. At Drowsy Water Ranch, we work hard to teach something about horses to each and [...]

DWR: Dude, We’re Riding2019-12-12T19:57:43+00:00

The World Needs More Cowgirls and Cowboys

Our neighbors to the north, The University of Wyoming, recently adopted a new motto that is worth some conversation when it comes to a Drowsy Water Vacation. The motto, "The world needs more cowboys", has been slightly controversial (you can google the articles), but the intended point is a good one: the world could use a few more hard-working, no-nonsense folks that can persevere with rugged individualism. At Drowsy Water Ranch, part of why we love sharing our family ranch with our guests is that we get to share this lifestyle where we get up early, we [...]

The World Needs More Cowgirls and Cowboys2019-04-30T22:15:35+00:00

It’s A Wonderful Life

It's true: you really can't beat life on Drowsy Water Ranch.  Every day, we count our blessings as work together as a family under Colorado's bluebird skies.  While it comes with long hours and often endless to-do lists, the rewards of sharing this life with our guests make it all worthwhile.  We all enjoy telling people about our life and our ranch and we all truly love what we do; not everyone can say that about their career path and we know it.  We can count many reasons why a visit to this ranch life makes the perfect getaway and we're not going to [...]

It’s A Wonderful Life2018-12-03T17:08:05+00:00

Meet our 2012 Staff!

We'd like to introduce the fine folks that will be serving our guests this summer at Drowsy Water Ranch. We hand select these fine individuals to make our Colorado dude ranch the best family vacation our guests have ever experienced. From wranglers to kitchen staff to housekeepers to kids counselors, we are excited to get going on our season with our great staff. We'll introduce a few at a time, so check back weekly to see new faces!Name: Trish Hurst Hometown: Blanding, Utah Position at DWR: Head Housekeeper One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is. . .Making new friends from all over [...]

Meet our 2012 Staff!2012-04-18T16:31:00+00:00

Drowsy Water Ranch Easter Egg Hunt

At Drowsy Water Ranch, we can host an extreme Easter Egg hunt. We can hide eggs all over the ranch and then the family has to find them. It might take all day, or all week, or all month. We go all out. Speaking of going all out, we are getting ready to go all out for another summer of fun on the family dude ranch. The reservations for the summer are great and we look forward to meeting and spending time with all of the great families and friends we welcome into our home here on this Colorado Dude Ranch. We have a [...]

Drowsy Water Ranch Easter Egg Hunt2012-04-06T21:47:00+00:00

Scenes from a Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation

The 2013 Calendar Contest was a huge success. We have entries from all over the country and world that show scenes from an authentic Western Vacation. Thanks to all of our entrants for some amazing photos! Drowsy Water Ranch is lucky to have such great families and individuals be part of our Colorado Family Vacations!To view all of the winners, see our album on the Drowsy Water Dude Ranch Facebook page.

Scenes from a Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation2012-02-16T22:01:00+00:00

Submit a photo! New Calendar, For You, From You

Happy New Year! Did you just switch your calendar? Don't you wish you had a calendar with pictures of horses, smiling kids, sunsets over mountain tops and red-trimmed cabins set along a peaceful creek? Something that takes you away to Colorado, to a family get-a-way, to a place where you spend most days free of the crazy world and most technology, just relaxing outside, enjoying the sounds of horses, the creek, the wind in the trees. Too bad there is not a calendar like that in circulation. Maybe you could make one. Maybe you have some really great photos of this place you went [...]

Submit a photo! New Calendar, For You, From You2012-01-03T20:16:00+00:00