There are many things to do in Steamboat Springs Colorado: skiing, arts and culture, trails and mountains, forests and wildlife, and also its true ranching heritage. If you’re looking for an exclusive and unique experience of what it means to be a cowboy living on a ranch and herding cattle, then Saddleback Ranch, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, is the place you’re looking for! From cattle drives to horseback dinner rides, this is the authentic western way of life that our country was built upon. Located 17 miles from the city, this family-owned and -operated 8,000-acre ranch is the right place to live your cowboy/cowgirl dreams.
Cattle Stray in Summer
When they’re not shooting the bad guys in the movies, cowboys are usually riding around on their horses checking on the cattle. And so will you too as you start your morning with a cattle drive. Take the cattle to their favorite pastures, check in on the sick ones, watch the cowboys herding in the stray ones, and make sure that the ranch is running like a well-oiled machine. At Saddleback Ranch they won’t put on a show for you. This is their daily life and you get to be part of it for a little while. And when you’re done with the cattle, take a horse and go exploring the amazing scenery. You might run across some wildlife, so keep your camera ready.
When the snow falls and the land gets a uniform white coating, it’s time to bust out the snowmobile and sleigh because it’s fun time, yee haw! The ranch offers a lot of winter activities for all ages, from winter horseback rides to sleigh rides as well as sleigh ride dinners. And when it’s evening time and you’ve had your dinner, there’s still time for a peaceful sleigh ride in the snow where the only sound you hear is the jingling bells on the horses’ necks. This romantic ride will take you back to the time when the early settlers lived in these parts and at night the moon and the stars were the only sources of light in the blank wilderness.
Special Events at Saddleback Ranch
Apart from its summer and winter activities, saddleback ranch also offers to host special events—anything from a family reunion to corporate parties. When you think about it, what a better place to have a special event than in the heart of the valley with the magnificent Rocky Mountains forming the backdrop? Get your guests on a wagon and entertain them with a cocktail hour. This is the kind of place to make your special evening extra special.