Welcome to Tumbling River Ranch. It is our home, and we, the owners, are here every day and involved in every way to make your guest ranch experience the trip of a lifetime.
My name is Megan Dugan and dude ranching and Tumbling River Ranch is in my blood! My parents bought Tumbling River in 1975 when I was 18 months old and I have never left. My husband Scott and I bought TRR from my folks in 2000. So, you can be assured only the owners are making decisions for your family. You will find many ranches that are run by managers and off-site owners…not at Tumbling River Ranch. You will meet our family right away on check in Sunday.
We share the duties of running Tumbling River with our three kiddos Laney, Finn and Miles. They are a great help and love spending time with your kids!
It has been a wonderful adventure and pleasure to have Tumbling River as our home. My husband, Scott, wasn’t born into the business, but has evolved into the true people person and an incredible dude rancher. He loves the ranch, the lifestyle and most of all, the guests. Scott has brought so many amazing changes and details to TRR. He is able to see the ranch with fresh eyes and has so many talents to bring to the table. For example, Scott thought we were really missing a fly-fishing piece to the ranch and has since added entire days and staff to that event. He has also improved so much of the physical ranch, from the famous “soccer field” (Scott has a pretty good game for a dude rancher), to the pool remodel, to the new campfire site, to our new footbridge.
He has also been instrumental in our corral changes. We are now proud owners of a southern CO hay ranch where our awesome horses get to spend the winter. He didn’t grown up a cowboy, but he has become quite a horseman in his own right. In the fall, he takes a “guys only” pack trip and picks a trail in CO that he has never set foot in (nor have other Coloradans) and packs everything in and up for the weeks’ event. I am so pleased not to be invited on this trip!
We love the ranch, and are constantly changing and growing the property–really enjoying ourselves along the way. We hope you will come visit our family and experience this great place!
Megan & Scott Dugan
The remote, high mountains that surround us offer not only spectacular scenery but, in addition, contain a wealth of unspoiled history. The abundant wildlife in the region attracted first the semi-nomadic Ute Indians, then the fur trappers whose old cabins can still be found in our pastures and the surrounding forest.
The major event in Colorado’s recent history, however, came a little over a century ago with the discovery of gold and silver. The rush of the 1880s dotted our high mountain landscape with mines and abandoned ghost towns. We’re still finding them-in places it’s hard imagine humans surviving. During the summer months, we can explore these remote, historic areas. The feeling of discovery is exciting; ours is one of the few ranches where you can really see the unspoiled history of the Rockies firsthand.
In addition to visiting remote areas, you will also have a chance to visit well preserved old towns such as Georgetown and Fairplay. A century ago, historic Georgetown became known as the “Silver Queen” – the silver mining capital of the Rockies. Its old homes and stores are extremely well-preserved. There, you will see exceptional museums with relics from our area and be able to browse in the quaint shops. Or, if you prefer, take a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad (an engineering marvel in its time), and stop in the Georgetown Candy Company for some homemade ice cream or fudge.
Fairplay was founded as South Park City, and is the capital of Park County. It’s western heritage is on full display at the South Park City museum, a fictional mining town made from buildings recovered from the ghost towns of the area. There, you can walk through original schoolhouses, blacksmiths’ shops, and saloons and experience Colorado’s history firsthand.
Our friendly atmosphere and unparalleled service (a 1:2 staff-to-guest ratio), our historic, first-rate lodging, and our exceptional, home-cooked meals have remained staples of the Tumbling River Ranch experience for over 70 years. What’s more, Tumbling River is more than just a business-it’s been a family tradition since 1975, when Jim and Mary Dale Gordon bought the ranch. After 25 years, they turned it over to their youngest child, Megan, who now runs it with her husband Scott and their three kids. They’re involved in every aspect of day-to-day ranch operations, and will help you create a week of vacation memories that will last a lifetime. We welcome you and yours to our ranch, our home, to experience the best vacation for the ENTIRE family at Tumbling River Ranch!
Tumbling River has been “a best” from 5280 magazines, a “top choice” ranch from Gene Kilgore with Kilgore Ranch Vacations and awarded Trip Advisors 5-Star Excellence award, but our finest tribute of all is that half of our guests each week are return guests that come back to the ranch each year. Many who return are second-generation guests who want their children and grandchildren to experience the magic of Tumbling River Ranch!
We left our families, work schedules and comfort zones at home to go on a group adventure. Thirteen (middle-aged) girlfriends joined in the fun; we checked ‘dude ranch adventures’ off our bucket lists and channeled our inner cowgirls!
President, Conlin Travel
At Conlin Travel, we book many family and multigenerational family vacations. I can say, without hesitation and to the person, families we sent to Tumbling River Ranch come back saying it was the best family vacation they have ever had. When children are happy, parents are happy, and that’s guaranteed to happen at Tumbling River Ranch.
I wish I didn't have to leave! Tumbling River Ranch is such a special place. Our main focus was to get to ride while at TRR and we were taken on the most amazing rides I have ever been on. The scenery will forever be etched in my mind. The wranglers do an amazing job of taking care of all levels of riders and make the trail rides so fun as well as breathtaking. I highly recommend the overnight pack trip- it was a highlight! I could go on and on....I will just say it is a place you need to go and experience for yourself and you will be so happy you did. I hope to go back again!
Chief of Wilderness Stewardship, National Park Service
In September of 2016 I coordinated a 4 day wilderness stewardship training session at Tumbling River Ranch for 24 National Park Service personnel. Our group was extremely impressed with all aspects of TRR, including the conference faciliites, quality food, comfortable and economical lodging, friendly and competent staff, and Megan and Scott's hospitality and attention to sevice. The serene location at the foot of the Mount Evans Wilderness in the Colorado high country served as the perfect venue to meet our training objectives. I hope to host another training session at TRR someday in the future.