Deer Valley Ranch

The Ranch

We are fortunate to live in a fantastic Colorado mountain valley.  As we are a ranch, yes, we do ride horses.  However, we also hike spectacular trails, fish in clear mountain streams, and simply breathe in the beauty of God’s creation every day. Yet, the true joy of a Deer Valley ranch vacation is the “sense of place” that it provides. It is a conversation with another guest at dinner, watching as a wrangler sets the stirrups and encourages your nervous son on his first ride, sharing the camaraderie of making it up a major mountain peak, or laughing when your guide falls into the cold water while fishing. There are plenty of challenges met, nervous new experiences (rafting, horseback riding, and hiking above timberline), and lots of laughter and smiles at our Colorado dude ranch.
It is the people.

We at Deer Valley love people and welcome folks of all ages, places and walks of life to our ranch. Because of our safe environment, top quality staff and activities for young and old alike, our special niche, though, is families. At our family ranch, parents can go horseback riding on the same easy but scenic ride as their child one morning. The next afternoon they can ride up a steep trail on an adults only ride. Mom and Dad can relax knowing their child is in a supervised children’s programback at the ranch. If grandparents are along, they can be as active

“At Deer Valley Ranch, we hiked, rose horseback, whitewater rafted, panned for gold and met some of the most amazing people. Towards the end of the vacation, my son asked if we could come back.  I asked him if he would rather go to Disney World or to The Ranch.  We are going back to Deer Valley next year.”  They did.~The Smiths from Mayville, Wisconsin

or inactive as they like. Deer Valley Ranch is, indeed, ideal for families.

Meal times are also great for families to get together, reconnect and share about the day’s adventures. Hearty and homemade, fresh and healthy, our meals are served family style as well as all-you-can-eat buffets. Don’t miss the ever-popular Mexican buffet lunch, Friday night steak dinner with homemade Swiss cheese bread, Sue’s freshly-made cinnamon rolls, or Deer Valley’s famous cowboy cookies.

After a day in the saddle, a soak in our outdoor hot springs hot tub, a hearty dinner and square dancing under the stars, retreat to your comfortable cabin nestled among the pinon pine. You might want to first build a fire in your fireplace and have a family time sharing the day’s events. After sending the children to their own bedroom for bed, pick up a book or read about the next day’s activities in the “Round-Up”, a daily newsletter delivered to your cabin. Start planning the day ahead at our family dude ranch. If you can stay awake.

Cuba, the forbidden fruit

Collette Vacations Rediscover Cuba – A Cultural Exploration

A rich blend of cultures from across the Caribbean and around the world, Cuba is unlike any other country. Join us on an exclusive journey as we spend seven nights in the cities of Trinidad and Havana, soaking in the island’s timeless culture, history, and art. While in Trinidad visit many historic cathedrals and tour the city with your local guide. Enjoy four nights at Havana’s landmark Hotel Nacional. Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum and discover Old Havanna’s architecture. Meet a Cuban family in their very own paladar, a privately owned restaurant. Step inside the home of Ernest Hemingway, almost unchanged from the time the author left in 1960. Explore a former sugar factory and savor a lunch of local specialties. Visit an orphanage and meet with the nuns who have dedicated their lives to helping the children. Throughout your exploration, come to know the Cuban people as few have.

Collette Experiences

  • Spend 7 nights in Cuba’s cities of Trinidad and Havana and soak in the island’s culture, history and art.
  • Visit the Ernest Hemingway House (Lookout Farm), almost unchanged from the time the author left in 1960, where he conceived his final masterpiece, The Old Man and the Sea.
  • Tour Old Havana and learn about the city’s architecture and restoration efforts from a local city planner.
  • Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum and discover the history behind this important event.
  • Enjoy a harbor cruise in Cienfuegos and learn about the local fishing industry.
  • Experience La Perla del Sur, the Pearl of the South, as you tour Cienfuegos.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Trinidad and explore its charming streets, cathedral and unique houses frozen in time.


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Start planning your summer vacation now and take advantage of the military rates being offered by Royal Caribbean. (Some dates even include discount for our hard working police officers)

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Love is in the Air

Walk through anything from a drugstore to a jewelry store you are bombarded with Valentine’s Day.

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It is wonderful to celebrate love and take an extra moment to show that special person in your life how much you care. But how to do that becomes the question.

Restaurants offer special dinners and many people flock to them on Valentine’s Day. Yet that is the one day you will probably not get the best service or food. If you want to dine out, find a small restaurant that is not promoting the day  or a very high end restaurant that will not allow the volume to go beyond the capacity, one that requires reservations all the time.

A better option would be for whoever does the cooking to whip up a special dish sprinkled with your love. If cooking is not an option, pick something up and make a pretty presentation and dine in the privacy of your own home. When did romance involve 100 other people?

As a lover of chocolate I believe Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for more but for those who are not fans, find another sweet to express your love. Honey is the base of sweetness so stop by your local Greek restaurant and pick up some Baklava or make a honey cake or wow your love with Bananas Flambe.

Valentine’s Day gifts can create panic attacks and stress. For some women jewelry is always the answer for others a single rose is great. Look to history, what day was really special and what can you give to remind your love (male or female) how much you enjoyed that day? My husband usually turns up with balloons that sing, simple but he knows how much I love music and the love songs with the balloons or a stuffed animal just warms my heart.

Take Valentine’s Day to make a special point of saying ‘I love you’ and surprise your partner with a weekend away later in the month.  There are lots of place in Virginia for a weekend escape and at Hershey, February is Chocolate Month.

Whatever you do, remember that romance is what you want it to be and for each couple it is different.


Love and travel on!

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