Secluded Wilderness, Only a Few Hours from the Airport
Tumbling River feels as far away from the hustle and bustle of life as anywhere on Earth, yet it’s only a few hours from a major metropolitan area and international airport. There’s no need for you to be a travel genius to plan your vacation. Tumbling River is accessible by airline flights and a few hours of scenic driving. Nowhere else in the world can you feel this far away, yet be so close.
We are truly high in the heart of the Rockies, with the snow-capped peaks of the Continental Divide within riding distance to the west, Mt. Evans and Mt. Bierstadt to the east. Pike’s Peak can often be seen to the south.
Fly directly into Denver International Airport & be relaxing in your cabin at Tumbling River Ranch within two hours. We are 75 miles from the DIA terminal.
We are surrounded by Pike National Forest with many of the highest peaks in the Rockies. There are literally millions of acres of secluded, unspoiled country to enjoy; alpine meadows colored with wildflowers, cascading streams and deep blue mountain lakes far from any sign of civilization.
Twenty miles to the north is historic Georgetown which a century ago became known as the “Silver Queen” — the silver mining capital of the Rockies. Its old homes and stores are extremely well preserved.
The construction on Guanella Pass appears to be complete! However, we still recommend using Highway 285 from Denver as a more direct route. Because Guanella Pass is a mountain pass, there are occasional closures. We try our best to stay current on the closures of the pass, but the changes are sometimes daily. If you are planning to drive over the pass from Georgetown, please visit www.cotrip.org , or stop at the Visitors Center in Georgetown to pick up maps and information about the Pass. For current conditions and any delay or closure information, call 303-569-3251,ext. 2.
If you are driving from Denver or the Denver International Airport, the easiest and most direct route is Highway 285.
Directions from Denver International Airport:
Exit via Peña Boulevard.
Merge onto 1-70 going West.
Exit onto C-470 (Exit 260), Southbound.
Exit onto Highway 285, Southbound toward Fairplay. This will take an hour.
Look for the town of Grant, about 15 miles outside of Bailey, CO. When you enter the town of Grant, look for Guanella Pass Road also known as Geneva Rd #62. Turn right onto Guanella Pass road and look for our sign on the left. We are four miles from Hwy 285.
Arrival and Departure Times
Check-in time is 3:00 pm. If you are driving to the ranch, we recommend that you arrive between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm (dinner is at 7:00 pm, following a 6:00 pm orientation). If you are using ranch transportation, note that Denver International Airport is 75 miles away from Tumbling River (about a two-hour drive), and our first available airport pickup is at 1:00 pm on check-in Sunday as a result. Please schedule your flight accordingly.
We realize that planning and packing for a dude ranch vacation can be challenging. We are here to help and eager to welcome you and your families. Please download the Tumbling River App, or watch your email for an invite for the Tumbling River Ranch App. As always, Megan is always by the phone and happy to answer any questions to help with the planning process.
Weather: Colorado is noted for crisp dry air and low summertime precipitation with warm days and cool, often chilly nights. Mountain weather can be unpredictable, put for planning purposes, please consult a weekly weather forecast.
Clothing: Dress is casual and jeans are always in order; daily temperature may reach 80 degrees and could drop to 50 at night. We are located at 9200 feet in elevation, which means that the weather can be unpredictable. Therefore, we recommend the layering technique, so that you can shed or add clothing as the weather changes during the day.
Other items you may need: Western boots are suggested for horseback riding. Feel free to visit our “boot barn” and use some of TRR’s finest cowboy boots for the week. Other boots with a heel are fine, but no lug soles (that just means a shoe with very deep treads); tennis shoes are not good for horseback riding. Hiking boots are great for our hikes and tennis shoes are great for kids when they aren’t wearing their boots! Should you go on the overnight, we provide everything except clothing & personal items. Each room has shampoo, lotion and soaps, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards.
Activities: Each evening we will discuss the following day’s activities and you will be asked to sign up for the activities in which you wish to participate. It is critical for you to sign up in advance so that we have the correct number of people for each activity.
Meals: Dinners are typically at 6:30 pm in the ranch house. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am and runs until 8:30 am and most lunches are at 12:30 pm. We work on the “bell system” so you will hear a fifteen-minute bell prior to each meal. Dress for meals is casual and family style.
All about our food: I hope you’ve had a chance to visit the Tumbling River TripAdvisor page. You will read lots of guest comments regarding our outstanding home-cooked meals! A few things to note: we do serve most of our meals family style (with the exception of two dinners). Family style means that kids and adults sit together and enjoy the same meal. It also means that we have prepared a set entrée verses a menu to choose from. Our selection does change, but during a typical week you can expect: pork, chicken, beef, fish and shellfish. We are the most kid-friendly ranch in Colorado, and will always have kid-friendly dining options on-hand (e.g. macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, PB&J, etc.). So, if you have a picky eater, allergies, religious restrictions, or any other special dietary restrictions, we ask that you take the time to fill out the “dietary needs” section on our advance guest form. We are able to handle most restrictions with enough notice, however we do have some limitations and some restrictions come with an additional fee. We can also prepare boxed lunches or lunches to go.
Smoking: As a courtesy to others, we ask that you not smoke indoors at the ranch or inside any of our buildings. If you need a sand can or your porch, please let us know and we will get you one right away. If you smoke outdoors, please pick up your cigarette butts. Smoking is not allowed on horseback rides.
Pets: We have wonderful ranch pets for you to love while at the ranch. Please leave your pets at home and while visiting the ranch, please do not allow ranch pets inside any buildings. We on the lookout for a Golden Retriever, two donkeys’ and a whole critter pen full of ranch animals!
Trading Post: You don’t have to go far to find great shopping. The ranch Trading Post is stocked with: sodas, candy, gum, Chap Stick, aspirin, bandanas, gloves, Cowboy gear, gifts, postcards, cookbooks, jewelry, hoodies, and fleece. It is open day and night and is on the honor system.
Laundry: We provide laundry facilities for your use. If you have to do laundry on your vacation, we are going to make it as easy as possible. We provide the soap, stain stoppers, dryer sheets and baskets at no additional charge. The washers and dryers do not need money either. You will also find an ironing board and iron in the Guest Laundry facility, as well as in each cabin and rooms in the Ranch house. Happy washing!
Technology, phones and mail: Please note that cell phones do not work at the ranch, but there are guest phones in both the Ranch House and the Pueblo House. These phones require a calling card or a credit card to make outgoing calls. Any messages that come into the office will be brought to you at mealtime. We do have a fax machine (303-838-5133) and are glad to assist with incoming and outgoing faxes in the main office. We take and pick-up mail once a day. Please bring outgoing mail to the office and any incoming mail will be brought to you at mealtime.
We do have wireless Internet access. As long as you have a device that has wireless capability, you will be able to access the service from practically anywhere on the ranch. Please be aware that guests will need to bring their own laptops, as our business computer will not be available for guest use. Before you decide to stream movies and TV shows at Tumbling River, remember that Internet service at 9200 feet in the heart of the Rockies is not quite the same service as you might find in the city! When all 50 guests + 30 TR staff try to use the Wi-Fi at the same time, the Wi-Fi gets overwhelmed and cannot keep up. We do ask that when you are out and about to put all your devices on “airplane mode” so that the devices will stop searching for a signal.
Tumbling River Airport Transfers: Denver International Airport is just 75 miles, a scenic two-hour drive. If you are staying for a week, the ranch will be happy to pick you up at the Denver International Airport. The first available pick-up on Sunday is 1:00 p.m. Try to schedule your Denver arrivals and departures between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The last Tumbling River airport shuttle departing on check-out Sunday is 9:00 a.m. Please make your flight accordingly. Cost is $400 round trip per family (up to 6 people). The ranch will meet you at Passenger Pick-up outside the building on Level 4. Please note that Tumbling River has the ability to pick-up 30-35 guests each week out of our 50-55 guests. If you know that your family requires a Tumbling River Airport Transfer, please let us know as soon as possible by filling out your pre-arrival guest form, or sending us an email. We will book the transfers based on first come, first serve. We will send you a confirmation to let you know that your pick-up is available. These links are sent in your reservation confirmation. The ranch will email instructions about your airport pick-up, or see airport information on the Tumbling River Ranch App.
Rental Cars: While you will not need a car while you are vacationing at Tumbling River Ranch, some guests like to come in a few days early for various reasons, and others find the car helpful to facilitate their own fishing, golfing, or sightseeing trips. A car provides freedom in scheduling these activities. If you are staying less than a week, you will need to rent a car, or secure a car service.
Other transportation: The most direct route to Tumbling River is via Highway 285. Unfortunately, if you are not having TRR provide your transportation and you are weary about renting a car, your options are limited. Many of the “super shuttles” you see when you are in CO for the winter, service the I-70 corridor and the ski towns. We can recommend a car service that may be able to help.
Please refer to the driving directions section of our website to print a map, or find us on Google Maps. The easiest way to get to the ranch is via Highway 285. Please note that taking Interstate 70 west to Georgetown, then taking Guanella Pass is an unreliable option as the Pass is often closed. Please check the Colorado Department of Transportation website before utilizing that route.
Using GPS: If you are using a GPS device to the ranch, please only program as far as the town of Grant. Depending on the GPS unit, putting in the physical address of the ranch (3715 County Road 62) will often take you an hour south or not quite to the ranch! We have worked with Google and Apple Maps to fix the issue, but we’d rather see you as soon as we can. Please feel free to call the ranch at 1-800-654-8770 at any time to discuss driving options.
Jason and Kelley Sikes
We spent a fabulous week in early June at TRR. The scenery, amazing staff,great food and fun activities created the perfect environment for our best vacation yet. The wranglers were knowledgeable and patient, which made even the young riders (and their moms) comfortable. The owners and staff were nothing short of amazing in every way--service, friendliness, engagement with children...there just are not enough good things to say.
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.