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On-Ranch Activities for Babies, Kids, Teens

Family-Friendly Vacation Activities At Our Colorado Mountain Paradise

A Ranch Resort Experience With Fun & Endless Recreation For The Whole Family

With the pristine wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park surrounding us and the breathtaking grandeur of Long’s Peak in our front yard, Wind River Ranch is Colorado’s most unique ranch resort destination, offering something for everyone in the family.

With more than 110 acres of forests, pastures, horseback riding and hiking trails, Wind River Ranch, provides an array of on-premises activities to satisfy every one of your family’s recreational desires. We also provide exciting kids, tweens and teens programs, led by trained and loving counselors, who will ensure your children have an experience they’ll never forget.

The ranch also provides stunning natural spaces and serene settings for those wanting to relax, revel in nature and reconnect with loved ones during a week of rest and spiritual restoration.

BBQ and Cookouts

Everyone will enjoy eating lunches and dinners outside. We will host an end of the week breakfast in our lower meadow, and snacks by the pool. It’s important to note, that our BBQ is finger licking good!

Kids with BBQ and Cookouts

Basketball Courts

Located in the middle of camp, the basketball court gets a ton of use. You will be square dancing and line dancing here, enjoying games of basketball or “lightning”, joining in with the chalk art, or peacefully sitting in one of the log swings watching everyone else run out of breath.

Kids playing in Basketball Court

Bible Studies

Each week the ranch has a new guest speaker. The adults, and Teens if they wish, can attend a morning bible study from 9:30 – 10:20 am, Monday thru Friday on the Ranch House deck or in the Library. The speaker will talk about encouraging and challenging topics for the family. The lessons will help refill your spiritual batteries.

Bible Studies


What is a hootenanny? Let’s just say, you will laugh until your sides hurt, that’s why we only do this once a week. This is a talent night filled with skits performed by the staff and maybe a lucky guest or two. Popcorn provided.

Skit performed by the staff for the guests

Horseback Riding

Wind River Ranch has one of the best horse programs that there is to offer. Cowboy Nick and his wranglers will accommodate you and your families’ every need. Our herd of 65 horses is owned by WRR ministries or private owners, and each horse has been properly trained. The wranglers will teach you how to ride correctly during our horse orientation on Monday, and they will also go out on each trail ride to visit with the guests and make sure the ride is enjoyable and safe.

If you wish to learn more about horses and want to try trotting or slow loping, please sign up for an afternoon lesson starting on Tuesdays.

Horseback Riding

Kids and Teens Program

Wind River has wonderful counselors that love to hang with your kids. Every day from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, there will be opportunities for such things as crafts, skits, scavenger hunts, Bible stories, horseback riding, and nature hikes. Parents love to use the free time to attend the morning Bible studies, go on a horseback ride, or just have a few moments to relax.

Kids & Teens Program

Kids Rodeo

The kids will participate in a variety of fun filled horse events and challenges. Parents will be able to watch, laugh, and applaud from the sidelines. Our ranch MC will provide play by play updates of all the festivities. This is truly one of the most unique ranch rodeos in the entire West.

A kid riding on the horse

Ranch Olympiad

Get excited to see the Olympic torch as we jump right into the Olympic events. This is an opportunity for kids and adults to participate and go for the gold. The MC will be there to keep everyone updated on the competitions that range from a watermelon spitting contest to the classic egg toss and so much more!

A girl playing on the wheelbarrow

Recreation Hall

Down near the barn, this is where the kids (of all ages) enjoy shooting pool, playing foosball, ping-pong, air hockey, shuffle board, and the like. Most mornings Kids Club will start their day here, and on Thursday evening it will host the Hootenanny.

Couples dancing

Square Dancing

Monday evening is square dance night! Pack your best square dance gear, and come ready to enjoy an exciting night. Cowboy Don will lead you in a mix of line and square dancing, two stepping songs, and tons of fun. It will be a great evening of learning and trying some new dancing steps!

Square Dancing

Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

There is nothing quite like a swim in our beautiful, heated swimming pool under a blue, Colorado sky. We also have a hot tub to enjoy and ease those muscles after a long hike or day in the saddle.

Swimming Pool & Hot Tub


Our sand volleyball court stays pretty busy. It’s a huge sand box for the kiddos and a great spot for a friendly game of volleyball or “nukem” among the staff and guests.

Staff and guests are playing volleyball

Wrangler Breakfasts

Start your day with a horseback ride to breakfast, and it’s sure to be a good day. At Wrangler Breakfast, you will be able to enjoy coffee and hot chocolate around the wood burning fire pit, and fill a plate with sausage, hot cakes, fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, our classic gut busters (powdered sugar donuts) and so much more. You also don’t want to miss Cowboy Don flip the giant pancake, or Cowboy Nick reciting his favorite cowboy poetry.

Wrangler Breakfasts

Evening Firesides

Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday evenings after dinner we have a fireside in the lower meadow looking out to Long’s Peak and the beautiful mountains of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Everyone is able to enjoy a pleasant fire in the fire pit as we sing songs and praise God. The speaker will share a short sermon, and then we will roast some marshmallows! AMEN!

Evening Firesides

Family Reunions

Wind River Ranch offers the perfect place for families to gather for a once in a lifetime reunion. This mountaintop getaway offers ideal accommodations for large groups to reside for the week. We are happy to orchestrate family tables at meal times and cabin arrangements that facilitate our ranch house library as a communal gathering place in the evenings. Please speak with the director, Don McIntyre pertaining to a group discount. This is quite an investment in your family, but one that each member will inevitably cherish for many years to come. Don’t be surprised if everyone begs to come back here the next year too!

Family Reunions


Stocked yearly with rainbow, brown and brook trout, fishing is accessible daily right here on Wind River Ranch property-with a record catch at 22 inches long. Fishing equipment is available for you usage, but bringing a rod or two and some glitter power bait may increase your chances of surpassing our current catch record. Note that you will NOT need a license if you plan to fish on property. Fishing is catch and release.

A boy fishing on the lake

Free Time

The ranch is packed full of fun family orientated activities. Please note that all activities are optional. You have the opportunity to get involved in all ranch events offered or to just sit back and relax on your cabin porch with a good book. Don’t forget-this is YOUR vacation!

Volleyball and Freetime

Frisbee Golf

Wind River Ranch is outfitted with a one-of-a-kind challenging par 3 Frisbee golf course. Designed by the legendary Kyle Ford in 1997, the current course record is 13 under. Local high altitude calibrated Frisbees will be provided so each player will be equally challenged. Please note that summer rules allow a free drop should your Frisbee land in elk poop.

Frisbee Golf

Rock Climbing Wall & Zip Line

A guest favorite year after year, our rock climbing wall and zip line allow the thrill seekers in the family to get their adrenaline flowing as they scale a 30-foot, one-of-a-kind rock climbing wall, then fly through some of the property’s most scenic wilderness. Breathtaking views of Long’s Peak and the lower pasture provide a zip line experience you’ll never forget!

Rock Climbing Wall & Zip Line for Kids

Gaga Ball

Gaga Ball is one of the hottest and most in-demand activities for kids and tweens right now, so make sure your children get a chance to play during your stay! Our Gaga Ball pit is located on the playground and allows for all of our ranch kiddos to engage in an active, fast paced game in the great outdoors. The more players, the better!

Gaga Ball for Kids