I’ve always had this strange pull to visit Colorado, not sure why, but it’s always been there. The chill people, mountains (Indiana cornfields aren’t doing it for me) and culture just drew me in. To finally check this place off of my bucketlist, my dad and I decided to pay Colorado a visit. Now the only question was what did I want to see…
IT WAS ACTIVE
I’ve never come back from a vacation feeling equal parts relaxed and exhausted. Every morning and afternoon you could go ride in the mountains with a designated wrangler for about 2 hours. I’ve ridden horses for many years, but this kind of riding is intense. We’d gallop around tight bends, slide down really steep hills and guide our horses around some choppy terrain. It was a freaking blast! These aren't you're average trail horses; so if you're looking for speed, these guys can really book it :)
IT WAS ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
Every meal at the mess hall, we were seated at a different table and encouraged to mingle with other families. Everyone at the ranch was so friendly and most had been to Lost Valley several times, so there was a real community/family vibe. There were entire generations that came back every year, young kids running around in the cutest little cowboy boots, people visiting internationally and couples who’d actually met while working at the ranch. I honestly felt like I was back at camp because by the time we left, we knew a ton of people by name and felt like we’d made new friends even just for our short stay.
Lost Valley Ranch was an amazing experience and the perfect father/daughter getaway. My dad and I couldn’t stop talking about the awesome memories and people we met here. Take a look!