Badger Creek Ranch | Canon City, Colorado

  • Elevation: 9000 feet
  • Guest Capacity: 8
  • Open: June 1 - Oct 31
  • Check In/Out: 2 pm - 9 am
  • Minimum Stay: 3 nights
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About Badger Creek Ranch

 Our working cattle ranch is located in Colorado's Badger Creek Basin at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.

The area is rich in history, from the Ute Indians to the Spanish Conquistadors, to the pioneers, miners, and cowboys of the old West. This is a land of countless tales, sweeping skies, endless sights, and abundant wildlife.

Badger Creek Ranch borders the San Isabel National Forest and Pike National Forest, with spectacular views of the Collegiate Peaks and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Our ranch is a photographer's dream, with beautiful landscapes, spectacular wild flowers, and plentiful wildlife.
 
Though it's hard to take your eyes away from the enormous vistas, if you glance down from time to time you may find an ancient arrowhead or catch a glimmer of gold.

A sturdy horse will become your new best friend as you cover miles of mesas and ride the open range. Sleep soundly in our comfortable accommodations after a traditional day of ranch life, but don't forget to check out the endless stars in our Colorado Rocky Mountain skies.

Our ranch philosophy is "green!"  We practice sustainable agriculture and integrative resource management, a philosophy based on the integration of human goals and the understanding of the long-term impact of our activities on the environment and on other species. Integrative resource management includes a process of decision making and planning that maintains and improves the health of the land for future generations!

We head out on the trail each morning. Usually our livestock determine the job needed that day and the direction we will travel, but sometimes we will ride purely to enjoy the beauty of this high country. Our rides are generally about 2-5 hours in length.

We practice a style of horsemanship and stockmanship that emphasizes the art and skill of relationship.  Our horses are also our partners; whether we are gathering cattle, checking fence, or showing our guests the amazing mountain views, we rely heavily on our horses to help us get the job done, and we work hard to develop a willing partnership with them.

Years of study and practice inform our approach to working with horses. Your visit starts with an introduction to basic ground work. We will demonstrate; then you will have the opportunity to try your hand at practicing what you have learned. From beginner riders to those with advanced riding experience, we are happy to coach you and help you develop your skills during you stay with us.

Experience a great sense of satisfaction as your relationship with your horse grows! Learn to build your horse's confidence, ask with softness, and follow a feel as you practice the "dance" of leadership with your horse.

Everything we do on the ground translates to work in the saddle, there's nothing like a great partner out on the trail! 

We do our best to keep our herd (horses and cattle) as stress-free as possible and we are happy to teach you the nuances of stockmanship as well as horsemanship in real working situations.

Our holistic management program requires us to keep a watchful eye on the health of our range land.  We move our herd frequently to optimize forage growth and promote weight gain for the herd.  Pasture rotations take place several times throughout the season and require us to gather, do head counts, and move the herd to the next grazing allotment.

While our grazing methods require us to move our herd from pasture to pasture throughout the season, taking the cattle to our northern grazing allotment or bringing them back requires a cattle drive.  These drives are all-day events with a sack lunch on the trail.

As with the land, the health of our herd is extremely important to us and we check on them frequently.  We do this consistently throughout the season as it gives us the chance to look for injuries, health-related issues and gather strays in order to get accurate head counts.

Regardless of when you decide to visit during the season, there will always be the opportunity to work with the livestock, if you choose to.

Badger Creek Ranch is also our home.  Like many before us, we traveled west to find our American dream. Now that we have found it we would be honored to share it with you.  We invite you to "disconnect" from your daily life, reconnect with nature and create new memories that will last a lifetime!

Ranch Dining: Delicious meals are prepared three times a day. A hot ranch-style breakfast will get you energized for the day's ride. Lunch may either be served in the lodge, or packed and served out of a saddlebag on the open range. Return to a hearty, ranch-style dinner at the end of the day served family-style in the lodge. Be sure to save room for our tempting desserts!
Ranch Activities: In addition to horseback riding and cattle work, you may want to explore the area's varied geography on foot or by bicycle. Pan for gold, swim or fish in the creek, or hike down the canyon and relax on a rock in the sun. Explore the many Ute Indian sites from the dramatic Buffalo Jump to the sacred Vision Quest site, search for arrowheads, artifacts, and opals. You may want to try your hand at learning to rope, pitch a game of horseshoes with a friend, or put your feet up and read a book.
Ranch Lodging: After your day in the saddle you'll sleep peacefully in our bunkhouse, lodge, or cowboy wall tent. Our facilities are tastefully decorated and always clean. The bunkhouse has three bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms have a queen size bed, double bed, and private bath, and one bedroom has a queen size bed and shared bath. Our lodge features comfortable rooms with private baths. We also have our Cowboy platform wall tent which has a double bed and access to the shared bath.

Capacity:

  • - 8-20

Activities:

  • - Biking
  • - Bird Watching
  • - Cattle work
  • - Fishing/Guided
  • - Hiking

Food:

  • - Ranch/Western
  • - Special Diets Accommodated

Riding:

  • - All day ride
  • - Half day rides
  • - Private lessons
  • - Group lessons
  • - Arena games
  • - Advanced rides
  • - Beginner rides
  • - Intermediate rides

Dates Open:

  • - June
  • - July
  • - August
  • - September
  • - October

Length of Stay:

  • - 3 nights
  • - 4 nights
  • - 5 nights
  • - 6 nights
  • - 7 nights

Lodging and Amenities:

  • - Airport Shuttle
  • - Cabins
  • - Lodge rooms
  • - Natural water swimming
  • - Horse Safety Program

Specialty Events/Weeks:

  • - Adult Oriented
  • - Cattle Drive
  • - Girlfriend Getaways
  • - Horse Clinics

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made 4 weeks before your scheduled arrival are eligible for a full refund, less a 10% processing fee. Cancellations made within 4 weeks of your scheduled arrival are subject to forfeiture unless we can fill the vacancy created by the cancellation.
Located in: Canon City, Colorado
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