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Family ride at Rainbow Trout Ranch
Trail ride through a river at Rainbow Trout Ranch
Wagon ride with kids at Rainbow Trout Ranch
Guests hiking at Rainbow Trout Ranch

Rainbow Trout Ranch

Antonito, Colorado

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Nearest Regional Airport

San Luis Valley Regional Airport, 55 miles

Nearest International Airport

Albuquerque International Sunport, 190 miles


9011 Feet


June - September

Guest Capacity


Spectacular Conejor River Valley

Rainbow Trout Ranch is the perfect way to combine Colorado Rockies splendor with northern New Mexico enchantment. We are located at 9000+ ft in the spectacular Conejos River Valley with the mountains soaring above us – perfect riding country – and the some of the best fishing in Colorado running right through the ranch. We promote the western lifestyle and traditions and we welcome guests to our giant and historic lodge, the true heart of the ranch. Our cabins are unique in their use of aspen and sub-alpine white fir logs and each is quaintly decorated and fronted by a covered porch where you can relax with some of the best coffee you’ll ever drink and enjoy a view that falls away to the far side of the valley.

Kids’ & Teen Programs

We have wonderful kids’ programs and a fun teen program. All programs are optional but they have proven to be a wonderful way for children and teens to enjoy their guest ranch vacation even more.

Over a Hundred Horses

While many things combine to make Rainbow Trout the perfect ranch for a western vacation, we feel that our superb string of well over a hundred horses is the true soul. We own all our horses and we also breed, raise and train Quarter Horses.

First-Class Fishing

The first-class fishing will also contribute to making this your best vacation ever. We have over a mile and a half of private fishing river teeming with mainly rainbows, but also brown trout.

Various Evening Activities

Evenings vary from dancing under the stars, to horse drawn hayrides, to our adult candlelight dinner (teens and kids have their own fun plans) and finally the wrap-up singalong, rodeo ribbons presentation and general talent show to round out the week.

Of course, at the end of an RTR day, you may prefer to soak in the hot tub and reflect, or take a Rocky Mountain starlight stroll, or just sit by a crackling aspen log fire. We want you to relax, body, mind and soul, and this is the place to do it! By the way, we always say that RTR is particularly great for Moms and Mr. Moms as there is no cooking, cleaning or worrying about everyone having a good time.

Family-Owned & Operated

We are family-owned and operated and we look forward to sharing the magic of Rainbow Trout with you.

Happy Trails!
Doug, Linda, David and Jane Van Berkum
Come live the west with us, RTR style…

Exceptional riding includes wonderful and varied trail rides, all-day rides, team sorting (working cattle in the arena) and a ranch rodeo during the main summer months. Horses are superb and wranglers will instruct as needed. Scenery is breathtaking. Excellent fly-fishing on private stretch of Conejos River which runs through the ranch. Guides on staff — equipment available. Also trapshooting, hiking, swimming, mountain frisbee golf, whitewater rafting out of Taos, NM, scenic railroad nearby. Fun evening activities. Great kids and teens programs! Come share the magic!

Person laying in a field at Rainbow Trout Ranch


  • Archery/Shooting Sports
  • Cattle Work
  • Childrens Programs (2-5)
  • Childrens Programs (6-8)
  • Childrens Programs (9-12)
  • Childrens Programs (13-17)
  • Dancing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • River Rafting
  • Team Penning


  • Beginner Rides
  • Advanced/Fast rides
  • Trail Riding Ages 6+

Special Events

  • Adults Only Weeks

Our cuisine excels with home baked breads, turkey, pork, chicken and steak, great side dishes, salads, and of course, desserts that make a perfect meal even better. Vegetarians and special diets are welcome with advance notice. BYOB policy which we can help you with. Best coffee in the west always available in the lodge, plus hot chocolate and teas, and healthy snacks.

Dining room at Rainbow Trout Ranch

Food Options

  • Ranch/Western

Accommodations in individual log cabins of varying sizes. Smaller cabins consist of two bedrooms, bathroom, and can sleep up to 4. All have living room/fireplace areas. Our larger cabins vary and can sleep up to 6, 7 & 8 and each has two bathrooms and a living room/fireplace area. All our cabins are very comfortable and quaintly decorated with a western theme, and all have nice porches with lovely views.

Rainbow Trout lodge at night

  • Cabins
  • Game Room
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Hot tub
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Swimming Pool



Check-in: 4:30 pm

Check-out: 9:00 am

Length of Stay:

4 nights (August - September)

6 nights (May - August)

Cancellation Policy

Deposit refundable less 10% over two months in advance of arrival. Within two months of arrival, deposit is refundable less 10% provided we can rebook the space. Groups of ten or more: payment is required in full ninety days in advance and we require trip insurance for your protection and ours. We can defer to the following summer without penalty provided we can re-book the space.


Rainbow Trout Ranch

Antonito, Colorado

Nearest Regional Airport

San Luis Valley Regional Airport, 55 miles