Who Said You Ought Not to Live in the Past

America is steeped in history and our home sweet home is no exception. Located at 9,000 feet altitude in the spectacular Conejos River Valley of the southern Colorado Rockies, Rainbow Trout Ranch is surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest and bordered by the San Juan Wilderness. Our spectacular views and countryside are untouched by civilization, so we assure your riding adventures here will gift an unspoiled view of our nation’s one of a kind, enchanting southwest backcountry.

Scenic View

And if you’re looking for culture, we’ve got you covered! Several Native American tribes, including the Ute and Cheyenne, have called this wilderness territory home for centuries. The famous Taos Pueblo adobe dwellings are also nearby and a must-see. The Spanish settled here in the 1600s and you’ll see their influence in local place names (including our very own Conejos River), and even better, in much of the local cuisine!

Located at 9000 ft. in the spectacular Conejos River Valley in the southern Colorado Rockies we are surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest and bordered by the San Juan Wilderness giving us endless and varied country to explore and enjoy. Our proximity to northern New Mexico means you can combine the splendor of the Rockies with the enchantment of the southwest—many guests spend a night or two in fascinating Santa Fe on their way to or from the ranch.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad

Our guests have a unique opportunity to ride “America’s Longest and Highest Narrow Gauge.” The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad runs between Antonito, CO and Chama, NM, and the ranch is about midway between these two towns. To quote their brochure, “A special journey into yesterday, this enchanting narrow gauge steam railroad is an exciting and marvelous adventure, meandering 64 miles in the awesome peaks and valleys of the scenic Rockies, through tunnels, gorges and breathtaking trestles.” We can make arrangements for you to ride this historic railroad upon your arrival at the ranch.

To find more information visit their website at www.cumbrestoltec.com.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway

Horse Riding through a meadow in a mountainous valley
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The Spectacular Colorado Rockies

We think our location is ideal. The surrounding country is completely unspoiled and the scene brings new appreciation to the word serenity. In this alpine setting, summer temperatures are near perfect with warm, sunny days and cool evenings.

Ponderosa pine and aspen are in abundance and a countless variety of wildflowers decorate the meadows. The ranch buildings form a secluded cluster overlooking the valley and the river below. The ranch rises to over 10,000 feet at the north end before it drops down into the river valley. Below the lodge and cabins lie the barn, corrals, arena and a beautiful riverside area for ranch cookouts. Over a mile and a half of trout-rich river winds through the ranch and horses often graze the banks and nearby meadows, providing a view from the lodge that is breathtaking.

Colorado’s state motto is the Latin phrase “Nil sine Numine” which translates to: “Nothing without Providence,” but the original designers of the state seal intended the translation to be “Nothing without the Deity.”

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