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Insider’s Scoop: 5 Hidden Gems in Colorado at Rawah Ranch

Photo inside the saloon: one of the hidden gems in Colorado at Rawah Ranch

Colorado is one of the most naturally diverse states in the country, attracting outdoor adventurers looking to explore the mountains, wilderness areas, national parks, and waterways. Next time you visit Colorado, we encourage you to get off the beaten path and plan your vacation at Rawah Ranch. Our sprawling property is nestled in the unspoiled Laramie River Valley, one of the best-hidden gems in Colorado. We offer a destination of quiet solitude where you can immerse yourself in authentic western adventures while being surrounded by picturesque countryside.

Discover the Hidden Gems of Rawah Ranch

Our website highlights many of the activities and experiences available at Rawah. Still, there are several hidden gems not featured on our website that can only be found when you visit our ranch in person. The hidden gems in Colorado at our guest ranch include an old-fashioned saloon, the Rawah Lodge, a cowboy cookout, a square dancing area, and kids’ teepee tents.

Whether you want to end the day with a game of poker or a square dance under a canopy of outdoor lights, there are five secret spots that make Rawah one-of-a-kind.

1. The Saloon

The saloon is a historic building located next to the horse stables on the property. The wooden bar inside features vintage signs encouraging you to kick off your boots and stay for a while. You can even try on some of the Western clothes behind the bar for some fun photo ops in the saloon. Several games are available inside, including shuffleboard, foosball, pool, darts, and poker. The saloon is an excellent place to end the day after a fun afternoon of ranch activities. 

2. Rawah Lodge

The main lodge is the gathering area of the ranch, where you will eat meals and sign up for daily activities. The lodge is also the best place to hang out during the day, offering cozy couches, games, and reading material. Kick back and read a book by the fire, play a game of chess, or order a drink from the friendly bartender. At the back of the lodge, you will find a screened-in porch overlooking the Laramie River and the mountains. The porch is a scenic place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee and chat with other guests at the ranch.

3. Kids Teepee Tents

If you walk outside the screened-in porch at the back of the lodge, you will find the sitting area where we host campfires. Walk beyond the sitting area to access the trail that will take you across the river. Once you reach the end of the path, you will see two kids’ teepee tents surrounded by the rushing river. Head inside and hang out for a while with the kids!

4. Cowboy Cookout

We have dozens of trails, both on and off-site, for our guests to explore. Take the path next to the fishing lodge to access the unique cowboy cookout area. The cookout area offers picturesque views of the river and mountains. There is a fire pit area and picnic tables where you can relax, soak up the sunshine, feel the mountain breeze, and enjoy the view.

5. Square Dancing Stage

Next to the horse pastures, you will find our new square dancing stage canopied by lights. The stage is where our guests can join us for two-steppin’, line dancing, and live Western entertainment. We even have callers who come to the ranch and teach our guests how to dance!

Discover the Hidden Gems in Colorado at Rawah Ranch

See the hidden gems in Colorado at Rawah Ranch for yourself, and start planning your vacation today! Our ranch is open from May 29th- October 2nd, so there is still time to plan a late-season getaway with us. Spend your days fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding before retiring to the lodge for our homemade Colorado ranch cuisine. Want to learn more about the ranch? Read our blogs on How to Get to Our Colorado Ranch and Meet the Rawah Ranch Animals. We can’t wait to welcome you home!

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