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A Christian Family Guest Ranch Resort

A Lifetime Of Family Memories Made Here

Nestled in the majestic mountains of Colorado, Wind River Ranch offers a peaceful and beautiful setting for you and your family to enjoy a restful getaway from the norm. We strive to take care of all the details, so that you have plenty of time to focus on relaxing and renewing in an uplifting, Christian environment. You’re able to relish in days filled with tasteful meals, scenic views, exciting activities, and intentional family time. We want to offer you the chance to rest, or be as active as you desire. We want to offer you the chance to vacation in a setting surrounded by God’s creation. We want to offer you the chance to reconnect with God, yourself and your family. We want you at Wind River Ranch!

Are You Tired of Being Tired After Your Vacation?

Figuring out where to eat, what to do, how to we get there and if everyone will enjoy it… the decisions are endless and exhausting!

At Wind River Ranch, a special Christian family vacation, we take care of all the details for you. Our executive chef will prepare your meals, our wranglers will guide you through scenic Rocky Mountain National Park, and our exceptional staff will provide entertaining programs that each of your children will enjoy, regardless of age.

Activities Galore!

Wind River Ranch offers its guests much more than horseback riding vacation. We will set up your tee time at the Estes Park 18 or 9-hole golf course (just 5 miles away), have a special pizza party for all the guest kids and staff so all the adults can enjoy a special dinner in the dining hall and be.

Each day offers a myriad of activities that your entire family will enjoy while leaving plenty of time to lounge by the resort pool and hot tub, listen to our featured Christian guest speaker, read a book on your porch, rest in on of the ranch hammocks or even take a well-deserved nap.

It is your vacation – why not enjoy it?


This Colorado guest ranch is an answer for families who want a vacation where they can rest, relax, renew and have a blast doing so. So many times moms and dads come back from a family vacation emotionally and physically worn out.

Here at Wind River Ranch, we specialize in providing a flexible program that caters to each family member’s needs during a vacation. Parents don’t have to use their vacation time to decide and plan out activities, transport family members to events, or decide what restaurant appeals to everyone’s taste buds, or to secure a reservation. Here, your whole family will gather around a table together for 17 meals in a week. This is more than most families get in 2 months time. The giggling and sharing all the stories and adventures of the day will bring smiles and memories that last a lifetime.

You’ll Find Food and Luxury All Day Long

The amazing staff will bring out an incredible meal prepared by our chef, and even the picky eaters will always have an option, if the parents request it. When you wake up each day, the hot coffee and tea will be waiting for you at the lodge where a warm fire sets the tone. You also will find a Keurig coffee maker in your cabin if you want to enjoy the cabin longer.

After breakfast, when you return from the morning Bible study on the ranch house deck that is lead by our Christian guest speaker, you will find your bed made, your cabin freshened up, and a rocking chair on the porch or a hammock nearby to give you an opportunity to enjoy the down-time before the kids return from their specific programs at lunch.

There are a variety of fun events daily for every age group. This is a vacation for each and every family member, but more importantly, it is a vacation for the family to create memories together. There will be memories that not only last a life time, but nourish a lifetime.

Our guests speak of a vacation at the ranch as being invigorating, not exhausting, and they often speak of the spiritual renewal or the “re-charging of the spiritual batteries” that occurs because of time spent at Wind River. Now that’s a family vacation!

Our Reviews Say It All

We love to ask our new guests how they found us. Typically, a new guest family finds out about the ranch through word of mouth. Trip Advisor and our 5 star reviews is typically second to word of mouth. New guests use the reviews of others to help nudge them that this vacation is worth the investment have used this wonderful search tool.

The last way new guest find us is good old Google, and that may be how you found us today. You may have searched for specific search term like Christian family vacation, Christian dude ranch, Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation or Dude Ranch Vacations. All of which quickly direct your web search to Wind River Ranch and Ministries.

Thanks for searching and we hope you will read through our site and call us with any questions. I am often surprised at how many new guests go to our employment page and read through our employment application. I encourage you to do so, as it will give you a great glimpse at the quality staff that we seek out to serve here.

Our Staff Helps to Get You Into Vacation Mode!

Please note that when you and your family arrive to the dude ranch, you should be ready to quickly shift into vacation mode and utilize our team of over 40 staffers to help you enjoy this vacation to the fullest. You will be amazed at the thoughtfulness, maturity, Christ-centered servants heart and work ethic of our staff.

As guests mention each week, these staffers will bless your children’s lives as well as yours. They are the kind of young adults that you want your children to look up to and be around. As the director of the ranch, these staff members are the same ones that I have chosen to be role models for my young children and family as this is our home.

I hope you will find yourself wishing that your children will want to return here as staff one day and get the opportunity to serve others.

A Christian Dude Ranch in Colorado

Wind River Ranch is located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado. This Christian Family Dude and Guest Ranch is located just a few miles from Estes Park, Colorado.

The view looking out across the ranch’s front yard is filled with the majestic, snow-capped Long’s Peak (14,259’) Mountain and other Rocky Mountain National Park mountains and landscapes. The view of Twin Sisters (11,428’) Mountain that sits in the ranch’s backyard is equally as stunning. We are so blessed to back up to Rocky Mountain National Park on two sides of our property.

You’ll Be Coming Back!

Wind River Ranch is that special place that guests return to year after year. In my 20 years of serving at the ranch and hearing each guest story, I do not think it is by chance that you have found this website and that you are considering this Christian family vacation.

All the activities, accommodations, staff, speakers, meals, etc. that we describe on this website will be used by God so that your family can have that amazing family vacation that you desire and you can each draw closer to Him. It is also why our guests find themselves immediately signing up to return year after year.

I love that in all of these years, I have never seen a disappointed guest. Let us hold a spot for your family for this summer or next summer, as we may already be booked for this year.

Come and enjoy the Creator in a unique way on a special family vacation. We look forward to serving you and your family here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado at Wind River Dude and Guest Ranch!


Activities & Adventures For Everyone 0-100!

Nestled on a historic ranch next door to Rocky Mountain National Park with the world's best view of Long's Peak at your doorstep, Wind River Ranch is the ultimate base for an endless variety of family fun, activities, and adventures. Read More!

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Getting Here Is Easy!

Our ranch feels like its in the midst of a secluded Rocky Mountain Paradise, but you won't break a sweat getting here.

  • Fly Direct To Denver (DIA)
  • Enjoy A Beautiful 1.5 Hour Drive Up To Estes Park
  • We're Minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park
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The History Of Wind River Ranch

Wind River Ranch was founded in the 1880's by an itinerant pastor named E.J. Lamb. Our current recreation hall sits where his homestead once sat and the ranch is blessed to still have the original log barn that was built around 1889.... Find Out More >>

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