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Guests Learn about Natural Horsemanship and Western Life at Colorado's Historic 4UR Ranch

Creede, CO—The historic 4UR Ranch, surrounded by the southern Rocky Mountains and nestled in the valley of beautiful south-central Colorado, boasts top-quality horses with a renowned horsemanship program, a comprehensive children's program, majestic vistas, legendary hot springs, superb dining, and sweater-cool weather well into August.

Horseback riding in the Colorado Mountains may be the quintessential Western experience–one that travelers are not likely to forget. Wranglers at the 4UR are accomplished in Natural Horsemanship and can share the special insights of this approach to riding with guests. Between their arena and extensive trail system, visitors will find many opportunities to improve their riding skills or simply become comfortable in the saddle.

Damon Gibbons, the Head Wrangler at the 4UR Ranch is a horse whisperer in his own right. An advocate and practitioner of Natural Horsemanship, Damon applies the principles of that holistic approach in a way that makes 4UR riding far more than just plodding along the trails. Whether the visitors are old pros or true greenhorns, Damon and his wranglers can teach things about horses and horsemanship that most probably don't know.

4UR Ranch also has a junior wrangler program for kids. There is even a weekly "rodeo," where children show off their newly-learned skills with a series of fun contests in the horse arena, complete with rodeo clowns. With the fresh mountain air, and the chance to meet new friends, kids will learn to love horses and the great outdoors.

Other family activities include shooting some trap or sporting clays, swimming, hiking, jogging, and mountain biking. There's also private golfing on a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course at the nearby Rio Grande Club, available by special arrangement to guests of the ranch. Explorers can take a quick trip into nearby Creede, one of the very last miner’s boom towns that sprung up in Colorado. Today, visitors can mine this charming town's shops for local crafts, absorb the rich history of the region, or catch a musical at the renowned Creede Repertory Theatre.

Accommodations at the 4UR include lodging, meals, private fly-fishing, personalized horsemanship program, children’s program, trap/sporting clays, swimming pool, and natural hot springs. Multi-day and multi-week packages are available. Rates: $915-$2590 per person depending on season and age. For more information or to book your family vacation, contact the 4UR Ranch at (719) 658-2202.


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