Headed to the Ranch? Here is our packing list!

Headed to Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch this summer? Here is our list of what to pack! Look forward to seeing you in the saddle!

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For Horseback Riding:

  • Jeans or riding pants
  • Chaps or Chinks, if you have them (if not, your friendly BMR wranglers will have comfy, broken-in pairs for rent or purchase!)
  • Smooth-soled boots (hiking boots or tennis shoes are not ok)
  • Long-sleeved shirt*, for cattle drive, (you may be riding through tress)
  • Hat* (Cowboy hats offer the most protection, available for purchase in our General Store; baseball caps work ok) that will stay on in the wind
  • Riding helmet, if you have your own and choose to wear one (we have helmets available for those who chose to wear one.)
  • Raingear, if you have your own (we do have rain jackets available for your use.)
  • Gloves* (for protection from rain, sleet, & hail protection)

Other Necessities:

  • A light jacket or fleece*, warm jacket for early and late season
  • Sweatshirt and sweatpants* (great for pack camp)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Camera and extra film*
  • Flashlight
  • Phone Card* (we have phones on the ranch, but you will need a calling card or phone card for long distance calls.)
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Ect…

For Rafting:

  • Bathing Suit (also for use in hot tubs and swimming pool.)
  • Shorts
  • River sandals or shoes you don’t mind getting wet
  • The rafting company provides wet suites, booties, splash jackets, helmets & life vests

A Note on our weather
Average summer highs are in the 70’s & 80’s with very low humidity. Overnight lows are typically in the 40’s & 50’s. Our typical summer weather pattern includes widely scattered afternoon showers, mostly of the short duration! However, the weather can vary greatly here in the mountains and change rapidly. Sleet, snow, & hail may even occur occasionally. If you are visiting in May, early June or late September, be prepared for a bit cooler temperatures.

*These and many other items are available for purchase in our trading post!


Still need to make your reservation? Call us today at 1-800-967-2401 or shoot us an email at howdy@blackmtnranch.com! We still have cabins available, so it’s not to late to make this summer’s vacation the best one yet!

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