"Where the Guests are the Cowboys"
As owners of Colorado Cattle Company, they want their guests to have the vacation of a lifetime. Tom and Darcy came to Colorado Cattle Company as guests a few times in 2007 and 2008. After finding out the ranch would be up for sale in 2009, they decided to take the plunge and dove in head first to buy the ranch. Tom is originally from California and his career has been in the liquor industry for over 30 years. He is still working in the industry as well as being a guest ranch owner. Darcy is originally from Nebraska and her career has been administrative and homemaker. Tom and Darcy met at their jobs in Denver, Colorado.
In January 2015, they were thrilled to welcome their daughter Jackie and son-in-law Scott, along with granddaughter Addy, to the ranch family. While Tom is the master at business, Darcy’s heart and soul is with the animals. They love meeting new people and value friendships they have developed over the years.
Not counting pre-historic man or the Native Americans who roamed over this land, the history of this ranch begins in the mid 1800’s. In those days, a man named John Iliff ran cattle all over this area including what is now Colorado Cattle Company. It was a refueling stop for cattle drives offering fresh horses and decent food. The legendary Goodnight/Loving trail traveled right through the ranch for a time. The 1862 Homestead Act which allowed settlers 160 free acres of land if they would occupy and farm it marked the beginning of the end of the days of the great cattle barons in Colorado.
While most of the homesteaders failed (this just wasn’t good farm country) one named Leonard Biggs held on. He homesteaded on this ranch and built a house out of sod in the early 1880’s that is still used today for a mechanical room. While buying up neighboring spreads and realizing cattle was the best product to produce, Biggs in essence started the guest business when he catered to the stagecoach when the route was directed through the ranch due to the fact that he had horses to trade, food, water and a place to stay for the customers. The original stagecoach bunkhouse, now refurbished, is still available for guests wanting an historic and authentic experience.
In 1888 the town site of Raymer in Weld County, Colorado, was platted by the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Two years later, Colorado Cattle Company was established nearby. A century after the cattle ranch was founded, in 1991, it began its history as a dude and guest ranch and once again opened the doors to paying guests. In 2009, the current ranch owners, Tom and Darcy Carr purchased the operation and made it what it is today. For more see: http://coloradocattlecompany.com/history/
Guests typically sign up for a six-night / seven-day stay that begins at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and ends around 10 a.m. the following Saturday (five- and four-night stays that begin on Sunday are also available). Orientation is the first step in cowboy-cowgirl training, followed by matching guests to well-trained horses. The cattle and their needs then establish the daily routine on the ranch.Guests can count on an average of 50 hours of horseback riding each week.
Before Breakfast: This is when the wranglers catch, feed, groom and saddle horses. Guests can join in and do as much or as little as they wish.
Breakfast: Served between 8:30 and 9:00 AM unless there is a big gather or cattle drive planned when it will be served much earlier and on the run.
After Breakfast: The guests and cowboys go out to work cattle. There’s cattle work out on the range to be done every morning offering a chance to participate in the real thing. Guests leave the corral after breakfast and return around 1:00 PM unless the work takes everyone too far from the ranch to return for lunch.
Lunch: A hearty home-cooked lunch is served at the homestead unless guests and crew are out on the trail driving cattle or helping a neighbor. Then its sandwiches, chips, fruit and dessert on the trail. Lunch is served between 1:00 and 2:00 PM.
After Lunch: Cowboy School meets out by the hitching racks or by the roping dummies and ends around 4:00 PM. There’s roping lessons, team penning, cattle handling, cutting instruction and horsemanship to be learned. Some days the morning cattle work continues into the afternoon, in fact some days the ‘Cowboy Crew’ doesn’t even arrive back at the ranch until dinner time, so guests be warned “if you choose to do cattle work, reality sometimes dictates a long day!”
Happy Hour: The reward for a hard working day starts after the horses are fed and settled for the night, usually around at 5:00 PM out on the patio. Dinner is served shortly afterward. The ranch has a liquor license and a fully stocked bar. The cattle work schedule is written on the board nightly so guests know what is planned the next day.
The owners have chosen to make this an adult-only ranch to guarantee a child-free experience. Minimum age is 18 with certain exceptions made for family reunions, whole-ranch group bookings and mature teens of advanced riding ability.
The ranch can accommodate up to 26 guests (but usually averages no more than 18) in a variety of private accommodations. Guests sleep in either the log bunkhouse which was the original homestead on the ranch or in one of the charming log cabin duplexes. The bunkhouse was built in 1897, added onto in 1909 and again in 1921. It was refitted and modernized with five private bedrooms designed for couples. The rooms have private bathroom, a queen bed and private entrance. Newly constructed log cabin rooms are designed for singles and friends traveling together and have two comfortably sized individual beds. The cabins also have private bathrooms and entrances.
Both the bunkhouse and cabin rooms share excellent views of the meadow where the sunrise greets guests every morning. The porches are favorite gathering spots for early morning coffee or a quiet spot to read a book in the afternoon. All bunkhouse and cabin rooms have individual air-conditioning and heat control, a mini coffee bar with a coffee maker and a small refrigerator. Soda pop and baskets of goodies are also available in the main lodge for snacking. Linens and towels are furnished for all rooms including bathrobes and flip flops.
For Current Rates See: http://coloradocattlecompany.com/rates-info/
Horseshoe pit, roping practice area, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, stocked bar, overnight campouts, and fishing pond.
Colorado Cattle Company encompasses thousands and thousands of deeded acres of prime ranch land along the Colorado/Nebraska border where they care for 800 head of cattle every summer. The ranch owns 70-75 well-bred and highly trained quarter horses, most registered in the AQHA or APHA. Each horse is selected for good bloodlines, great training and sensible attitude. They are trained to rope on, work cattle on and carry guests through the daily ranch routine. Some are quiet for beginners, others are more highly strung for experienced guests but each is trained to be responsive, neck rein and work cattle.
The ranch is linked to a cooperative that has invested in alternative, sustainable energy systems. Wind turbines on and adjacent to the ranch property help fuel 300,000 homes in the metro Denver area; on-ranch there are solar assists to the irrigation system plus full recycling when and where feasible.
Memberships: Dude Ranchers Association
Movies/Television: Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch is featured in the video release of City Slickers, 1991; Somebody’s Gotta Do It, 2014, with Mike Rowe; Cowgirl Up, (Germany), and Annie Moses Band music video.
Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch
70008 Weld County Road 132
New Raymer, CO 80742
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New Raymer, CO, Dec. 17, 2015– Think 800 head of cattle grazing thousands of acres of Colorado grasslands. Add 70 working quarter horses. Mix in greenhorns and cowboy wannabes nudged along by professional wranglers. The result? Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch (http://coloradocattlecompany.com/) promises “any rider will be roping a live steer from horseback in just one week.”
The ranch is now accepting reservations for Cowboy Adventure Weeks in the 2016 season that runs May through October. The all-inclusive rates (held at 2015 levels) start at $2,199 per person for a six-night package (Sunday to Saturday). Five- and four-night programs are also available (with Sunday check-in required). Rates vary by accommodation. Not included are gift shop, alcoholic beverages, voluntary gratuities and shuttle transportation ($175 per person) to and from Denver International Airport and surrounding airport hotels.
Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch accommodates up to 26 guests who enjoy a ratio of five wranglers per guest.This adult-only working cattle ranch accepts ages 18 and up with certain exceptions made for family reunions, whole-ranch group bookings and mature teens of advanced riding ability.
Orientation is the first step in cowboy-cowgirl training, followed by matching guests to well-trained horses. The cattle and their needs then establish the daily routine. Guests can count on an average of 50 hours of horseback riding each week. The season, spring, summer or fall, dictates the daily activities that range from mending fence to branding, feeding and driving cattle. Guests can participate in the working activities of the ranch as the spirit moves them.
Creature comforts for cowgirls and cowboys in training include hearty meals and Happy Hour on the porch. Accommodations include private quarters in the renovated 1897 bunkhouse and newly constructed log cabins. All have private bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and flat screen televisions. There’s a newly enlarged and stocked fishing pond for anglers and for those wanting some true western-style romance, be sure to ask about the overnight campouts.
“While at night we like to pamper our guests a bit, this is the real deal when it comes to a western working ranch experience,” said host owner Tom Carr. “Each guest has the opportunity to share what their personal horseback dream is and we will do our best to make sure the wish comes true.”
Carr has witnessed more than a few life-changing moments. “A guest from Wales celebrating his 50th birthday dreamt of roping a cow from horseback. It was his one wish coming to the States. He had never been on a horse before, but by week’s end he successfully roped a steer!”
Carr tells another story about a female guest who arrived devastated by personal issues and a recent divorce. One of his wranglers called him over to report the woman was in tears. As it turns out, that cowboy had told her that she was really needed to keep an eye on wandering strays during a cattle drive. The simple act of being needed and appreciated made her break down with good tears.”
“The fact that we can actually make a living at this, helping to fulfill people’s dreams from the back of a good horse makes all the sweat and hard work worth it!” reflects Carr.
For information and reservations please call 970.437.5345 or visit the website at: http://coloradocattlecompany.com/.
About Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch
Colorado Cattle Company encompasses thousands of deeded acres of prime ranch land where 800 head of cattle are cared for every summer. The ranch owns some 70 well-bred and highly trained quarter horses selected for good bloodlines, great training and sensible attitude. After visiting the ranch several times, Tom and Marcy Carr purchased the operation in 2009. Along with their daughter Jackie Mallory and son-in-law Scott Mallory they welcome guests from May through October who are treated to an authentic working, adult-only ranch experience matched with the Carr’s award-winning brand of hospitality. Their recognition of excellence includes: Best Cattle Drives, Best Working Dude Ranches, and Favorite Dude Ranch Hosts (from Dude Ranch.com, 2012 through 2015); World’s Best Ranches (Gene Kilgore, 2012 through 2015); Top 20 Ranches (Equitrekking 2014 & 2015); and TripAdvisor, Certificate of Excellence 2015. The ranch is an honored member of the Dude Ranchers’ Association.
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