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Ranch Activities

Activities & Special Events

Each day at Rawah we offer authentic western activities for adventurers of all ages. Make the most of your time and enjoy every activity the ranch has to offer, or wind down and experience deep relaxation through the beauty and solitude that makes Rawah such an incredible escape.

Daily Activities

Horseback Riding

The time you spend in the saddle at Rawah is the quintessential element of your ranch vacation. Riding through thousands of acres of pristine and protected high-country Colorado wilderness is the ultimate western experience. There’s something incomparable about exploring private trails past mountain waterfalls and across rivers, through aspen groves and into peaceful valleys. From hundreds of miles of riding on 22+ trails to perfecting your lassoing skills on the lawn, Rawah Ranch is sure to fulfill all of your horseback adventures!

Rawah Ranch welcomes family with children of any age. Depending upon size and riding ability, children 6 years old and younger have the option to ride in the arena with our Wranglers’ one-on-one instruction. For certain riding activities, weight and skill level restrictions may apply. Rawah Ranch staff reserves the right to modify or refuse riding option for guests based on necessary skill level and other safety factors. Please note there is a 250lb rider weight limit. Contact us today with any questions.

Fly Fishing

Our private stretch of the legendary Big Laramie River meanders through the middle of the ranch, offering anglers of all abilities incredible fly fishing opportunities. Spend an early morning casting for rainbow, brown and brook trout just steps behind the Lodge. Or enjoy an easy morning of casting lessons, then head out before dinner for peaceful fishing at dusk. Each ranch getaway includes one half-day with your professional guide providing personal instruction, flies and all your terminal gear.

In addition to our hallmark stretch of the Big Laramie River, Rawah guests have access to stretches of the Poudre River and local lakes and creeks in the nearby Rawah Wildness area.

Our Waters

Big Laramie River

Private Ranch Access | Medium River | Browns, Rainbows, Brooks | Walk & Wade

Cache La Poudre River

Big/Medium River | Browns, Rainbows, Brooks | Walk & Wade

Joe Wright Creek

Small Stream | Greenback Cutthroat, Brooks | Walk & Wade

Rawah Creek

Small Stream | Brooks | Walk & Wade

Zimmerman Lake

10,000 ft | Greenback Cutthroat | Hike & Wade

Joe Wright Reservoir

10,000 ft | Grayling | Hike & Wade

One half-day of fly fishing is included in every vacation package. For additional days of guided fishing, we offer an excellent Anglers Retreat package for the avid fisherman. A valid Colorado State Fishing License is required by law for anglers 16 years of age and older. Contact us with any questions.

Hiking & Fitness

Rawah Ranch is the hiker, runner and fitness buff’s paradise. You can set off for a short or an all-day hike or run into the Rawah Wilderness or Roosevelt National Forest right from the ranch. For those wishing to make the most of the surrounding Colorado wilderness, there are several memorable all-day routes within close proximity. A short trip by car will bring you to the off-road areas of Rocky Mountain National Park, where you’ll explore the wonder of the park without all the main-gate crowds. The multiple hiking options provide a challenge for all fitness levels and a close-up view of the spectacular Rocky Mountain and Medicine Bow ranges.

Want a little help or company? We’d love to explore with you. Rawah Ranch guided hikes range in difficulty from short hikes to all day treks. Contact us today for more information.

Shooting & Archery

Practice your marksmanship with professional instruction on our ranch shooting and archery ranges. Our Activities Coordinators will walk you through firearm safety, handling instructions and target practice while you try your hand at skeet shooting, trap shooting, and 22 rifle shooting against a breathtaking Rawah Valley backdrop. Move over to the archery range to show your skill during target practice between lunch and an afternoon ride.

Rawah Wilderness

Get to know Colorado’s wildlife while exploring the beautiful Rawah Wilderness area, home to many species of wildlife that will most likely make appearances during your stay. Some of the wildlife you might see during your stay: Shiras Moose, Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Pronghorn, Beaver, River Otters, Yellow-Bellied Marmots, Chipmunks, Muskrats, Minks, Pine Squirrels, Ground Squirrels, Pine Martens, Coyotes, Badgers, Porcupines, Golden Eagle and Red-tailed Hawk.

Whitewater Rafting*

Can you imagine a Colorado vacation without shooting the rapids? We can’t. If you’d like to add this adventure to the front or back end of your trip, we recommend A Wanderlust Adventure Rafting Co. in La Porte, CO (1.5 hours offsite) as an excellent option for our guests. With 30-plus years of river-guiding experience, Wanderlust will take you for the ride of your life. Contact them directly for more information and pricing.


Massage Services*

What could be better than treating yourself to a relaxing massage after a long day in the saddle. Rawah Ranch offers single massages by the hour as an add-on to your stay. Contact us today for more information and to book a massage with your vacation package.
*Subject to availability. Advance notice required.

Overnight Camp Trip

Experience an overnight wilderness pack trip, cookout with the wranglers, and fall asleep under the stars.


Truck safari Wildlife Drive

Take a drive with our activities guides in search of Rawah Wilderness famous residents: moose, elk, bald eagles, marmot, and others.

Tiny Hiney Farm

Learn about feeding, grooming and general animal care at the Tiney Hiney Farm, where kids can meet some of our smallest creatures up close: chickens, goats, cows, and more!


Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Paddle Boating, Flat bottom boating

Enjoy waters sports on the Rawah Pond.

Afternoon Activities in the Lodge

When you’re ready to relax for the afternoon, we have puzzles, reading, and indoor games in the Lodge! These activities are a great way to put your feet up before dinner! We also offer rocking chairs out on the porch and a 9 hole frisbee golf course for anyone who wants to spend a little more time in the beautiful Colorado Outdoors.


Special Events

Throughout the week you’ll enjoy special events that give you a taste of the real cowboy west—spend a night camping under the stars with your horse grazing nearby, relish an evening of live country music by the fire in the Lodge, or keep in step line dancing at the Rawah Hoedown. Our younger guests will enjoy roasting hotdogs and marshmallows at the campfire cookout, and a Rawah favorite has become the outdoor cowboy breakfast of biscuits, eggs and bourbon bacon after a short ride across the ranch. Whatever your preference, there’s something for everyone in the group—we can’t wait for you to experience all Rawah has to offer.