Tumbling River Ranch
A resort ranch for the whole family
Welcome to Tumbling River Ranch, an award-winning Colorado dude ranch and one of the top
resort ranches in the Rockies. With a superb location nestled in a secluded valley high in the Rocky
Mountains, ours is a truly special place for kids, parents and grandparents to enjoy a one-of-a-kind
family vacation at a Colorado ranch resort-the best ranch vacation for the entire family!
We specialize in week long stays during the summer months and multi-night stays
in the fall and spring. We operate from mid-May through the early winter.
Come enjoy superb horseback riding for all ages, exceptional dining, fun activities and
outstanding children’s programming for babies, schoolkids, and teenagers.
For an unforgettable summer vacation, family reunion, or spring or fall wedding, Tumbling River
Ranch offers beautiful facilities, unmatched service, genuine hospitality and rustic comfort in a fun,
Western horseback riding ranch experience. Other activities include fly-fishing, swimming, hiking,
trapshooting, family rodeos, white-water rafting, unforgettable live entertainment, and more!
Our ranch is unique in its location, nestled deep in Pike national forest among colorful aspens and cool, clear streams.
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 togenevacity 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.
The old mines are also a rockhounder’s paradise, with a great assortment of
minerals found in few other places. So if you like geology, you will find plenty to explore.
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.
Why Choose Tumbling River Ranch?
A One-of-a-Kind Family Vacation
Located among cascading streams and abundant wild life,
Tumbling River Ranch offers endless ways to enjoy the Colorado high country
and a truly memorable vacation for your entire family.
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!