Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations

Welcome To Black Mtn Dude Ranch!

Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch is one of the top guest ranches in the world, hosting guests every summer to give you a taste of the West. We offer unlimited horseback riding for an adventurous, authentic vacation.





Horse Riding From the Ground Up

Whoa, partner! There's nothing better than horseback riding, but let’s gain some confidence in handling that horse before you mount up. There are some things to understand about horses that will make both of you feel happier and more secure. Horses are prey animals with a strong urge to flee from potential danger, so one thing to remember is not to startle them. It’s best to talk quietly when approaching them: it lets them know where you are and, besides, they like being talked to. ...

Horse Riding Requires a Smart Look...and Smell!

Horse riding at Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch is an experience that attracts visitors from every demographic. There is just something pristine, exciting and invigorating about mounting and assuming command of a strong, magnificent creature that attracts a diverse crowd. The two-legged kind of riders our horses enjoy; however, there are other "riders" they don't enjoy at all—the kind that buzz! That is why certain clothing and scents are a definite no-no when it comes to horse riding ...

Reconnect With Your Family at Our Family's Disney Alternative

What does a vacation mean to you? When you envision yourself or your family vacationing, do you consider fighting ticket lines, elbowing your way through attractions and bored, fussy kids to be fun? Sure, theme parks and other typical vacation spots are memorable and can be enjoyable...for a day or two. The novelty wears off pretty quickly though as you fight for a parking spot while entertaining a tired, bored child. The problem with tightly scheduled vacations is that...well, they are ...

Riding A Horse of a Different Color

Solids of all kinds, spotted, striped, speckled, flecked or dappled - just what color IS that horse you're riding? The horses at Black Mountain Ranch come in a wide range of colors and patterns so we thought our guests might like to learn how to tell some of them apart. In this article, we’ll be looking at solid colored horses. Solid-colored horses can be grouped into several “families” of similar colors. Probably the most common family is that of bay horses. These are red or brown ...

A Good Horseman Is More Than Just Riding

A Good Horseman is More than just Riding You heard the term "horseman" and you immediately assumed: "Someone who is good at horse riding."  Your assumption was partly accurate.  The term horseman means any man or woman who can easily communicate with whatever horse that shows up. Just like people, horses have different ways of reacting to different situations. For people, we call that personality. For the purposes of this article, we’ll call it personality for horses as well. When ...

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The Beauty of Colorado

Have you ever traveled to a dude ranch? Spending a week in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a wonderful horseback riding vacation for the entire family to enjoy! We offer pack camp trips, fly fishing, skeet and trap shooting, and of course plenty of time on horseback. All meals are included in your package, so no need to worry about a thing when you spend a week at our ranch!

Explore Our Cabins

Take some time to explore our custom built cabins, watch some videos and see what might work best for your vacation!


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A Sample Week at BMR!

Every week is different but the fun is always the same!  If you're curious about the week start here! 






Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations - Black Mountain Ranch

Registered and insured Colorado Outfitter #1343.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service

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