What is the minimum length of stay?
The program is one week, six days, starting on a Sunday, and ending on Saturday. And there is a very good reason for this. After 3 or 4 days, it is amazing to see how comfortable everyone becomes. Skits, games, and outings fill the weekly program which come to a logical conclusion after 6 days. The memories and emotions build to a climax. Then no one wants to leave, and quite possibly, lives are changed forever. For the Summer schedule see the rates section of our site.
Do you have a children’s, jr. high, and high school program?
Yes. This is our bread and butter. We have an incredible program for the little ones up to 10 years old., a jr. high program for 10 – 13 year olds, and a high school program for young adults for 14 – 18 year olds. We have the best counselors that not only work the program, they take individual care for each of the children and young adults. The staff is the kind of young adults that you want your kids to not only hang out with, but look up too. These programs go are daily from 9:30 am to 12;30 pm. There will be a lot of free time for the children to spend with their families in the afternoons and evenings. The opportunity is offered for parents to leave the children in the care of the counselors if they desire to go horseback riding, go rafting, or play golf as part of our scheduled activities.
Is Wind River Ranch associated with any denomination or church?
No, it is not. It is strictly a non-denominational ministry based on Christian principals. We are not affiliated with any sect, religion, or denomination. We will have a number of inspirational Christian speakers whose lessons are biblically based and they will encourage you to take the next step in your journey of faith. All of the programs offered at Wind River will be optional to all our guests. To learn more about the non-profit ministry that operates the ranch please click on the Wind River Ministries section for more information.
Is golf available?
You bet it is. Those that want to play golf can go down on Tuesday after lunch and play on our beautiful 18 holes golf course. It is just 6 miles from the Ranch. It is challenging and offers incredible views of Long’s Peak and the surrounding mountains. The cost currently is $70 which includes 18 holes of golf and a cart. Please join us! You will not be disappointed. Golf rates are subject to change. This is not included in the price. If you wish to play more than once, please check with the office for help in making those reservations.
Is there a swimming pool?
Yes, we have a beautiful heated outdoor pool and new 8’x16′ hot tub located where you can gaze up at the majestic14 footer, Longs Peak. It is just what the doctor ordered after a long day in the saddle. We have a wonderful pool party on Fridays and you don’t want to miss the special pool entertainment.
What about fishing?
Yes, we have a beautiful stocked pond located right here on the property. There are also numerous areas near the Ranch where one can fly fish on a beautiful mountain stream or river. Wednesday afternoon, we can take up to four people to a private one mile stretch of river just 7 miles south of the ranch. You will need a fishing license if you fish off the property. We recommend you bring your fishing gear with you if you are an avid fisherman. We can also recommend one of the guides in town to take you out to some of their favorite spots.
Can we go white water rafting?
Yes. We have Wednesday afternoon set aside for you to go rafting with one of four local rafting companies on the Poudre River . This is a beautiful river that has rafting for beginner and advanced levels. The only downside to river rafting on the Poudre is it is an hour and a half car ride down. We suggest that you take your rental car. It is a class III, IV with some of the most tremendous rapids in Colorado . There is an additional cost around $50 for the half-day trip down the Poudre. You will be able to make reservations upon your arrival. Babysitting can be lined up for the little ones who aren’t 50 lbs.
Are you open year round?
No, just from June through the end of August for the weekly family camps. We will have special 3-4 day programs in September for couples and for men’s and women’s retreats. For the Summer schedule, see the rates section of this web site.
Where is the best place to fly into?
Denver (DIA) is the best Airport to fly into. Wind River is located 75 miles northwest of Denver . It is an easy hour and forty-five minute drive from the Denver airport. There is a shuttle service from the Denver airport direct to the Ranch for a reasonable cost (roughly $80 per person round trip). The shuttle company is Estes Park Shuttle and their number is 970-586-5757. Call us for more details See the location section of this site for directions and a map.
How far are you from the Rocky Mountain National Park ?
We are located right across the street from the Park and it also sits directly behind the ranch. We are just 9 miles from the main eastern gate entrance into the Park and 7 miles from the Wild Basin entrance. Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road are truly magnificent. Trail Ridge Road , which is only open during the summer, is one of the most scenic upper elevations drives in North America . It actually goes through the tundra where the growing season lasts for one week during the entire year. You should allow for some time to see RMNP. See the location section of this site for directions and a map.
Are there planned activities?
Absolutely. For more details visit the activities section of this site. There you will see a list of scheduled activities for each day. You can be as busy or as relaxed and laid back as you want to be. You can be involved in all the activities or just sit in the rockers on the front porch and look out over the vistas of the Twin Sisters Mountains, Long’s Peak, and the beautiful Tahosa Valley.
Do you have any activities/vacations for people who don’t have families or are single?
We have families come, retired adults, singles, family friends coming with a family and single parents with their kids. Some guests never get on a horse and love all the other many activities like hiking, going into the RMNP and Roosevelt National Forest , playing golf, reading, biking, and shopping in town. It is a great place to relax and do what you want to do.
Do you have guests that do not take part in your morning Christian teachings?
Yes, we have guests that elect not to attend the morning studies. They are optional, and there is never any pressure to attend. We do have a wonderful children’s program with crafts, activities, and a lot of fun time with other children from 9:30 am -12:30 pm each morning. The families are then free to be together for the rest of the day to ride horses, hike together, or any other activity they desire. As you can see, the only time there are separate programs are from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm in the morning, and all adult and children’s programs are optional.
What about smoking?
All rooms at Wind River are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outside.
Can I consume alcoholic beverages at Wind River ?
Alcoholic beverages are not sold or served. Guests who desire may bring some alcoholic beverages and consume them in the privacy of their cabins or from the rocking chairs on their porch.
Does your rate include all meals?
Absolutely. Three meals will be provided each day and they will be outstanding. The food will pass all of your expectations. We do fib a bit and mention that it is impossible to gain weight at this high elevation. If you have special dietary needs, please call the office and we will have a special menu ready for your stay. See the rates section for more details about our rates.
How often do we get maid service?
Maid service is every day. Our summer staff is dedicated to making your stay with us enjoyable and comfortable.
How often do we get to ride horses?
Each guest 7 years and older who wish to ride horses, will got through our orientation on Monday. Once the head wrangler makes sure you are ready, you can hit the trails with the wranglers. We offer morning and afternoon rides. We ask on Sunday that you sign up one time a day at first. Anyone wanting to ride more can sign up for as much riding as they would like once everyone is signed up.
Can those guests with experienced riding ability go on faster rides?
With all of the year-round staff being cowboys or cowgirls, we understand this question. Yes, but we offer faster rides in our arena. We don’t want our guests to get on and hold on. We want our incredible wrangler staff to help take you to the next level in your riding ability. We will match you up with the perfect horse and work with you on a variety of disciplines. Even the most advanced rider will benefit greatly from a lesson. Our staff is top-notch. Please note that our trails take you to some beautiful spots, but most of them are not set up perfectly for loping. We find the most beneficial experience for our guests is the arena lessons.
Are their TV’s in the cabins?
No, and you will be glad of it. You will be shocked at how quickly you forget about TV. The evenings will be full of fellowship and quality family time. That cool, mountain breeze will get you nestled under the covers for a wonderful nights rest.
Is there a phone in every room?
There are no phones in the rooms. You can receive calls at the office number in case of an emergency and you will be notified. Cingular and Verizon cell phones work well down by the barn. We will show you the spots. We hope you can truly get away from everything.
Is there internet access?
Yes, we have a business center set up for you to access your wireless or one of our PC’s. Again, we hope you can truly get away from everything.
What form of payment is acceptable?
We prefer checks, but accept MasterCard, and Visa. Checks are the best way for us to continue to keep our costs down as low as possible.
What is your deposit policy?
A deposit of $400 per person is required to secure your cabin request. Cancellations occuring before March 1 of the booked year will be refunded minus a $250 cancellation fee per cabin. Cancellations occuring on or aber March 1st of that year are non-refundable. See the rates section for more information.
How do your rates compare with other dude ranches?
Our rates are a great value compared to other dude ranches of our caliber charge. We are fighting to keep our rates as low as we can for our guests. We feel Wind River Ranch offers guests during a family camp week the BEST bang for the buck. Please note that WRR has a more varied programming here than at most other dude ranches that just concentrate on the horse program. The quality of the rooms and amenities are excellent and all of our cabins have been updated recently to offer guests true rustic elegance. To learn more about the rates, please click on our rates section for more details.