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... We left out table full, happy and wishing we had enough room for one more serving :) Our cabins were roomy, clean and...
... vacation. The facilities were top notch (spacious two bedroom, two bath cabin with front and rear decks), the programs...
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Cruiser16519575857 wrote a review Jul 2020
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We could not have dreamed up a better vacation than the one created by TRR. Their programs for children of all ages allowed so many opportunities to have fun, make new friends and try new activities. Our kids adored all of the counselors and wranglers and their crew was so encouraging and positive, even our youngest felt comfortable. We wanted to have a vacation where we could really engage with our kids and while there were activities available for individual age groups, we could choose rides, etc that our whole family could do together. It was a wonderful balance--giving the kids a change to be independent and providing unforgettable family time. They have the best staff--everyone was kind, friendly, service-oriented and so very fun. Their objective was truly to exceed our expectations.
Scott and Megan, the owners, coordinate fly fishing trips, rafting, rock-climbing, daily hikes, square and line dancing, live entertainment, an overnight camping trip, two adult dinners and fun-filled game nights for the kids. Each guest's needs were top priority and they made every effort to help us experience all that we hoped to.
The food was amazing! We left out table full, happy and wishing we had enough room for one more serving :)
Our cabins were roomy, clean and very comfortable. I cannot think of a single complaint, except I wish we could have stayed longer. We felt like we were welcomed into of a big family for the week and left with tears in our eyes and huge smiles on our faces.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Megan Dugan, Owner at Tumbling River Ranch
Responded 25 Jul 2020
Wow, thank you so much for such a kind and generous review. I am so happy and thrilled when families love what we do. I agree, that we have an awesome staff this year. Can't thank you enough for taking the time to write such a wonderful review...we are grateful!
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Ron G wrote a review Aug 2018
Dunedin, Florida25 contributions9 helpful votes
My wife and I took our two granddaughters for a dude ranch vacation. The facilities were top notch (spacious two bedroom, two bath cabin with front and rear decks), the programs (mostly rides of different durations and hikes through the Colorado Rockies, but also fishing and shooting options and a one-day white water rafting) were well run, and the meals (three per day) were exceptional (quality, variety and quantity). Scott and Megan set a new standard for “hands-on owners”.

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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Megan D, Manager at Tumbling River Ranch
Responded 31 Jul 2019
Ron, thank you for the great review! We’re so happy you loved your week at the ranch and we appreciate the kind work for Scott & I. Our best to your family!
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cgh806 wrote a review Jul 2018
Everglades City, Florida33 contributions3 helpful votes
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Let's be clear, I hate when people write reviews that are way over the top. There was one here that said, "my kids were crying as we left the ranch." When I was researching ranches I was rolling my eyes at this review. As I left Tumbling River Ranch, I was apologizing to the reviewer. My review of Tumbling River Ranch is this, if you know you want to do a vacation like this, this is an amazing place to do it.

There were nine in our group, two families who are close friends. We wanted a ranch that 1)was not too difficult to access whether we drove or flew 2) one with lots of riding but a lot of other activities as well 3) one that had clean, nice accommodations 4) one that had activities at night 5) one that had good food and could accommodate a vegetarian 6) one that gave us choices on our schedule and maybe had a pool. We wanted this (and yes there was a lot more on our list!) at a price that was within our budget. We spent a few months researching and comparing ranches in different parts of the western U.S. After TTR made our final list I called the ranch. I spoke to Megan, one of the owners of the ranch, and asked her tons of picky questions. She was so nice and I knew when I hung up we were in. I wanted to hug her when we finally met face to face at the ranch. I had called and emailed so many times I felt like I was reuniting with an old friend!
Our Trip: We settled on the Fourth of July week for our trip. (Whenever you go, book early. We booked our trip in November the fall before and several cabins were already booked.) At the ranch, we spent a lot of time riding and loved our wranglers. Dave reminded us of the curmudgeon from City Slickers. We were all scared of him the first day and grew to love him very quickly. Jake took great care of my son when he was under the weather. Kelsey was so interesting and helpful. We had a great time with Will and Josiah entertained us the entire week especially on the overnight! Our horses were all good, all matched to us. We all are much better riders after this week and thoroughly enjoyed this part of the trip. With the aid of the kitchen staff (thanks ladies!) we were able to bring them carrots and apples. We also enjoyed trap shooting, archery, rock climbing, hiking and fly fishing in addition to all the riding. There was still plenty of time to enjoy the pool and even get some laundry done. The schedule is well planned with time put in to shower, nap, wander the ranch or whatever else you choose to do.

Independence Day: As I said earlier we were there over the 4th of July. In some ways this was the highlight of the week. Sure the hootnannie and the square dance were loads of fun--I wouldn't trade either of them--but the 4th of July was special. The staff at TRR did an amazing job of getting everyone involved. They built up the team spirit, the spirit of competition and the excitement. I think they were as excited about it as we were! We were divided into two teams, Blue and Red. Our families were divided down the middle which really spurred us on. At breakfast someone would talk about the day and someone else would shout "Go Blue" or "Go Red!" Many of us wore bandannas to show our team spirit all week. At the event, there are lots of "old fashioned" Fourth of July games where Red vs Blue. The staff and the Dugan family are mixed up on the teams too. Everyone wore their colors and cheered for people on their team who were strangers only days before. There was a lot of silliness and pranks that led up to the actual event. Crazy fun. Events ranged from horse shoes to gaga ball to water balloon toss and three legged race. It all ended with a Tug-o-war across a creek! There was something for everyone. Everyone cheered on their team mates on throughout the competition. In some ways I wish this had been later in the week--the build up was fun. But I guess if you go in the future that may work out for you. I'm sure other weeks are great but the 4th of July was spectacular.

Cabins: When we were booking, Megan suggested our families would like the Chalet cabin. Our family of 5 were in the Lower Chalet and our friends (family of 4) were in the Upper Chalet. Our space was totally separate, both had 2 baths, two bedrooms with plenty of space for our crews, but part of the same building. We were in the center of the ranch but never felt like things were too chaotic. There was never a smell from the stables even though we weren't too far from the corral. We had our own fireplaces and sometimes would set a quick fire to heat up our room. It was cleaned every day and only once ran short on hot water. We loved our cabin. We planned on no WiFi for the week (counted on it actually--told the kids there was none!) but were able to sporadically get emails and texts. Everyone else I talked to at the ranch seemed to feel the same way about their cabins. I don't think there is a "bad" one but the Pueblo House is a little walk. It is perfect for a bigger group wanting their own space though. There was a family celebrating their 50th anniversary with extended family the week we were there.

The Food: Don't worry about the food. It is great and TRR does a pretty good job of making each meal seem different. There are many held in other places (the pool, out on a trail, up in high camp, in a meadow called Fajita (guess what they have?) and at the Pueblo House.) Some meals are just for the kids or just for the parents. There is more beef then we usually eat, excellent desserts and fruits and vegetables. My husband loved that they served bison (maybe 2x) and my boys enjoyed the teen meals. The vegetarian meals were available but they were hit or miss. The fish was good (we did not get to eat our catch, someone else ate it!) but I also had PB&J and one meal a potato. I think sometimes they just forgot. There was a form to fill out before you go but your server might need reminding.(They were always super nice about it and brought me something ASAP!) I certainly never went hungry and everything I ate was very good. We all gained several pounds.

Teen program: I have three teenage boys, my friends have two teenage girls. We weren't sure how the ranch was going to work out for them. Thanks to Evan, Alysha, Fin, Lanie, and the teen program they are all now deeply missing the ranch. Evan was the teen counselor and he went where they went. When most of the teenagers at the ranch (about 10) went on the overnight trip, he went too. He entertained on them the long ride with silly games, riddles and challenges along the way. There was an extended card game for them at high camp. There were hikes and teen dinners throughout the week. Our teens would meet up at the pool in the evening while we were visiting with other adults. I was shocked when my 16 year old said, "The square dance was awesome! One of the highlights of the week!" I didn't think any of them would even get on the dance floor! By the end of the week, the teenagers were all sitting at a table at dinner leaving the parents to sit with other parents. We made some great friends!

In summary: My husband and I went to a ranch in 1997. That ranch is no longer a guest ranch but is in private ownership. I dreamed one day I would take my family back and show them that amazing place. When I told Megan this over the phone she mentioned the ranch and happened to know the former owners. She told me how much TRR had in common with that ranch. The staff, the scenery, the treatment of the guests, the treatment of the horses, the wide range of things to do but most importantly were the intangibles. Hard to put things like family bonding, making new friends, the feeling of accomplishment and belonging into sales brochures. The Dugan family and their wonderful staff (sorry to so many I did not mention!) make this possible. Thanks to you all; we hope to be back again soon! Go Red!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Megan will help you choose the best cabin for your family. All were good.
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chrisirishmcg wrote a review Jun 2018
Littleton, Colorado2 contributions2 helpful votes
I don't often use the word "perfect," but our family's visit the Tumbling River Ranch was perfect in every way. I'll break it down:

Accommodations: We stayed at the Hogan cabin. It was perfect for our family of four with a king sized bed that was SO comfortable (I have a picky back and it felt great) and a perfect kids room with two twins. The jetted bathtub was a highlight for my wife ("We HAVE to get one") and we both absolutely loved the front porch. I spent a full morning just reading on the front porch, sipping coffee, and enjoying the incredible views. As a father of two young kids, it was heaven on earth.

Staff: The highlight of the trip, and it all starts with Megan and Scott Dugan (the owners). These two go out of their way to make sure every aspect of the trip is fantastic and you can tell their heart and soul have been invested in this ranch. They also do an outstanding job of hiring. Will, the head wrangler, took us on our orientation ride, and was a fantastic ambassador for the ranch. The staff leading the kids program were nothing short of incredible. Our kids absolutely loved them and they were so, so sweet with our kids (who are 3 and 4). Everyone we interacted with was fantastic, constantly going out of their way to make our trip fantastic. Shout outs to Dave, Will, Megan, Meg, Evan, Susie, Nash, Josiah, Molly, Shelby, Emma, Kelsey, Griff, Snake, Christian -- you guys are awesome!

Food -- The food. My goodness. I won't ever need to eat again. Every meal was incredible. From the smoked brisket to the tenderloin to fajita lunch. And the bread -- the homemade bread was the highlight of every meal. If you're lucky you'll get the English muffin bread. It will change your perspective on breakfast. We also have two kids who are very picky eaters, and the staff went out of their way every meal to make them what they wanted!

Activities -- There was always a great selection of activities to choose from and none of them disappointed. My son caught his first fish at the pond at Pueblo, and my kids loved riding their pony (Okie Dokie). The rodeo was an amazing event, where my wife got to try her hand at barrel racing (and nailed it, if I do say so myself). The last night's hootenanny was a great way to cap off the trip. Everything, again, was A+.

Kids Program -- I already mentioned the staff and how much my kids loved them, but I have to talk about the kids program. It was such a nice benefit to be able to keep the kids involved with activities they loved while my wife and I got to explore the ranch. The counselors were so kind and patient, and our kids made some great friends. My daughter bawled when we left -- 'nuff said.

I honestly can't speak highly enough of our experience. I've been to all-inclusives and resorts all around the world, and this takes the cake, without question, every day of the week. Thank you so much to the Tumbling River Ranch and the Dugans for making our trip an amazing one!
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Megan D, Owner at Tumbling River Ranch
Responded 11 Jun 2018
Chris & Kate, You can't even imagine how touched we are by your review! Thank you for the kind words, the shouts outs to our crew and all the incredible compliments. Your review will help us keep doing what we love best...taking care of our guests! Have a great summer. Thanks again.
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Shauna C wrote a review Jan 2017
Littleton, Colorado2 contributions3 helpful votes
My family stayed here the week of 4th of July in 2015! My husband and I stayed with our 4 children (8, 6, 3 and 7 months). My older 3 still talk about the 4th of July games, ga ga ball, horse riding and all the other kids/friends they met and got to hang out with! The babysitting care from my 7 month was amazing. She was assigned 2 young ladies who would feed her, bring her to see the animals, let her nap on our room, etc. My husband and I got to do our own activities (horseback riding, shooting and a fancy dinner). The food was amazing! Our room/cabin was cozy and spacious! The Dugan's are amazing hosts and amazing people!
In the end (1year and a half later) we are still trying to make another trip to Tumbling River Ranch work due to how fortunate we were to experience this ranch and I am not sure we will ever get this experience again anywhere else!!!
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Megan D, Owner at Tumbling River Ranch
Responded 24 Jul 2017
Thank you for your kind words! We love what we do and are so happy when TR connects well for our guests. Our staff are awesome and seem to enjoy the ranch life as much as our guests. Come back and see us when you can.
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