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Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, Colorado

All-Inclusive Summer Vacations for everyone!

May through August, horseback riding is king at Coulter Lake. There are miles of trails throughout the White River National Forest, which provide outstanding views of mountains, valleys, lakes, and canyons.

The Rocky Mountains as your playground...

We offer scenic rides for novice riders through more challenging rides for experienced riders. The "do's and don'ts" of good horsemanship will be taught to all guests to ensure the enjoyment and safety of every rider.

Guests can enjoy up to two rides per day with use of the same horse throughout their stay. Beginning riders are offered lessons on basic horse handling and operation. A wrangler leads each trail ride, which is grouped according to skill level. All of our trails have sections where we can lope for those ready or wanting to learn. You will ride through valleys with trout streams and beaver ponds, through huge aspen groves, and up to high mountain meadows with amazing views.

Special attention is paid to our children's riding program. First, children must be six or older to go out on trail rides. All the kids get instruction whether in our arena area or while on the trail. Because we are smaller we can truly focus on teaching. Teens and younger kids will have their own rides or can ride as a family. Younger kids stay with their wrangler until the adults get back and enjoy playing games, exploring, or swimming.

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Guided trail rides

The lake provides kids and adults alike with hours of entertainment. Take out our kayak or canoe, swim to the platform to cool off on a summer day, or try fishing on our lake stocked with rainbow trout. There is plenty of room for avid fly fisherman or kids trying to catch their first fish. There are other fishing opportunities with nearby streams with brook trout, mountain lakes, or the superb trout rivers of the Colorado or Frying Pan Rivers.

Hiking enthusiasts can step out of their cabin and take off in any direction. Rifle Mountain Park offers a beautiful canyon trail along Rifle Creek where you may catch a glimpse of rock climbers, or take the Riparian Zone trail down to Rifle Falls.

Most of our guests will enjoy a half day white water raft trip, a round of golf at the nearby Rifle Creek Golf Course with its amazing back nine through the cliffs, a massage at the spas in Glenwood, or a trip to Colorado's wineries and orchards in Palisades.

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Successful day of fishing

Amazing weekend getaways & romantic getaways

When the aspen leaves start to turn in September there is no better time to explore the mountains. Come spend a magical weekend or longer in September when the pace slows, the leaves turn golden, and the riding is amazing!
Summer activities include…
* Horseback Riding
* Wildlife Observation
* Hiking
* Trout Fishing
* Swimming/Boating
* Camping
* White Water Rafting
* Golf
* Horse Shoes
* Campfires with S'mores
* Family Reunions
* Weddings
* Birthday Parties
* Corporate Events
* Customized Events by Special Arrangement

Summer Package Rates
Full American Plan

Includes: lodging, meals, horseback riding and other ranch activities
Youth (6-14 Years)
Children (4 & 5 Years)
7 Night Stay $1,840 $1,515 $785
6 Night Stay
5 Night Stay
4 Night Stay
3 Night Stay $925 $750 $425

Summer Season Rates

Coulter Lake's summer season starts May 27th and runs through Labor Day. Summer season stays are on the Full American Plan, based on 3 to 7 night stays.

What's included...

Full American Plan includes all lodging, meals, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, children's programs, trout fishing in our pristine lake and all evening activities. Flexible days to fit your schedule.

Arrival for all packages is after 3pm with departures by 10am; call ranch to make other arrangements.

Guests interested in other packages please call the ranch to make other arrangements.

Helmets for horseback riding are not provided by ranch. Please feel free to bring your own helmet

The charge per carload to pick up or drop off guests is:

• $75 for Glenwood Springs
• $125 for Grand Junction or Eagle/Vail Airports

Children under the age of 3 are free. Babysitting is available with notice, for an additional cost of $10 per hour.

Contact us if you'd like to bring your own horse. Boarding fee is $25 per night per horse (which includes outside stall, water & hay). Certified hay is required. Guide service available, please call ranch for details.
All buildings at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch are non-smoking. You are welcome to smoke outside of the buildings in the designated areas.

Available "Off Ranch" activities (additional cost required)

• White water rafting on the Colorado River
• Day float trip on the Colorado River
• Golf at the beautiful 18 hole Rifle Creek Golf Course
• A day at the hot springs & spa in Glenwood Springs
• Winery tours near Grand Junction
• Adventure Park and Caverns in Glenwood Springs
• Guided fly fishing trips

All applicable taxes and fees will be added to the final. Gratutities will be left to the descretion of each guest.

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" White water rafting on the Colorado River "
A 25% deposit is required to hold a reservation. If a reservation is cancelled more than 45 days in advance, the deposit will be held as a credit for a future like stay up to one year. Reservations cancelled within 45 days of the booked stay will not be refunded or credited. All cancelled reservations will be handled at CLGR Management's discretion.
Coulter Lake Guest Ranch is an equal opportunity service provider under special use permit by the White River National Forest, Colorado
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