GREAT FAMILY VACATIONS HAPPEN AT LOST VALLEY RANCH
By Nancy Schretter, Editor
There are a few very special family vacations that I can't get out of my head. This summer's trip to Colorado's Lost Valley Ranch is one of them. We had an incredible time riding and hiking together, but the experience was far more than I had ever imagined. A ranch vacation is about so much more than the place - it's the feeling you get when you're there.
What is a dude ranch vacation? Sure, there are tons of horseback riding options. The riding instruction for all ages at Lost Valley Ranch is exceptional. In addition, there's an extensive array of things that families can do - hiking, swimming, fishing, tubing, tennis, trapshooting, crafts, cattle round-ups, white water rafting and much, much more.
The activities check-list at ranches is impressive, but it's not what keeps families coming back for more. It's all about the experiences, connections and memories that they make while they're there. Families become their best selves on a ranch vacation, perhaps due to a special alchemy of spectacular scenery, lack of interfering outside pressures, and the loving attentiveness of the ranch's team members. Parents, grandparents and children renew their bonds with each other and make close friends with the staff and other guests. What started out as individual families quickly melds into one big interconnected multigenerational group playing and caring for each other.