Canyon Trails Ranch: Guided Horse Rides, Campground, Shepherd Wagon Glamping


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Mesa Verde Area Vacation - See Ancient Ruins, Learn the History of The Puebloan People, Unplug to Reconnect with the People You Love

Our McElmo Canyon Homestead built in 1911 once served as one of the original postal pickups for the area. CANYON TRAILS RANCH: Guided Horse Rides, Campground and Shepherd Wagon Glamping is between Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument and backs up to the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument in Southwest, Colorado. Our family has lived here for over 40 years! The property has hosted camping and outdoor educational groups since 1965. We are a family run farmstead with an operating hay farm, horseback riding business, RV and tent campground, shepherd wagon glamping rentals, and a carriage shop. Join us for your authentic Western Colorado vacation as you explore the Four Corners region, full of ancient Indian ruins and remote open red-rock canyons.

Imagine the perfect experience . . . in the morning you see ancient Puebloan ruins while riding a horse on our guided trail rides or hike Sand Canyon Trail on your own, then enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at the local vineyard 1 mile away, and in the evening come back to our Ranch to enjoy seclusion under dark, starry skies.


CANYON TRAILS RANCH has horses for all levels of rider abilities. Our backcountry horse rides offer you the opportunity to visit ancient sites in the spectacular McElmo Canyon in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. You'll see many ruins, learn the history, and enjoy the beauty of the red-rock formations by horseback.

HALF-DAY TRAIL RIDES: Spend three hours riding with the Canyon Trails' wranglers through the adjacent red-rock canyons of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Your guide will lead you to see many of the ruins left by the ancestral Puebloan people that lived here a thousand years ago (formerly known as the Anasazi). You will have the opportunity to get off your horses and visit these sites up close and personal.

FULL-DAY TRAIL RIDES: The Full-Day Ride lasts for about six hours and goes by some of the same sites as the Half-Day Ride, and much more. This ride is meant for those who want to spend an entire day enjoying horses, the Southwest scenery and exploring some of the pristine BLM backcountry. Sack lunch included.

RESERVATION INFORMATION: Canyon Trails Ranch requires a minimum of 2 riders per ride, with a maximum of six. Trips are not tailored to children under 8 years old, or anyone with a fear of horses.

WESTERN ACCOMMODATIONS: Campground, Shepherd Wagon Glamping, LQ Horse Camping

Enjoy the red rock canyons and the amazing views of the Sleeping Ute Mountain only found at Canyon Trails Ranch.

CAMPGROUND: Our secluded, high desert, red rock canyon campground is on a 250 acre horse ranch, only a five minute walk to the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument trail head and Ancient Puebloan ruins. All our guests have access to electricity and water, a one-hundred year old covered chuck wagon kitchen area, firepit, shower house with hot water and a flush toilet. Our tent sites are simple sites and Our RV sites are water and electric.

SHEPHERD WAGON GLAMPING: We have two glamping wagons the Rancher Wagon and the Pioneer Wagon. Our shepherd camp wagons are cute and unique. The Pioneer wagon is an authentic antique wagon from the early 1900s on modern running gear and The Rancher wagon is a modern build on traditional running gear. They each have a full size bed that sleeps two with a pull out table and built in seat benches. They have Dutch doors and windows open to provide airflow and natural light. Inside outlets are provided for basic charging needs. A private, outside sitting area is next to each wagon to enjoy sunrises and sunsets.

LQ HORSE CAMPING: Horse and RV camping next to the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, equipped with water and electric hookups and private corrals for the horses.

INFORMATION: Location, Directions, Contact

LOCATION: Canyon Trails Ranch is in Southwest Colorado, 10 miles west of Cortez. Between Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Turn off US Highway 491 onto CR G heading west we are at mile post marker 15.

DRIVE TIMES: Durango just over an hour. Grand Junction Colorado and Albuquerque New Mexico are both 4.5 hours. Phoenix Arizona and Salt Lake City Utah are both 6.5 hours. Colorado Springs 7 hours. Denver 7.5 hours. Fort Collins Colorado and Las Vegas Nevada are both about 8 hours. Amarillo Texas 8.5 hours.

ADDRESS: 13935 County Road G, Cortez CO 81321

PHONE: 970-779-0255 -- For Current Rates and Availability; To Book Your Vacation: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



  • Lodging Open Dates: 3/15 to 11/15

Lodging Rates

  • Nightly Lodging Rates On-Season: $96
  • Weekly Lodging Rates On-Season: $665
  • Monthly Rates Available: Yes, call for details.

Accommodation Description

  • About Smoking: All non-smoking units.
  • Tiny Homes/Houses 100-400 sqft with Cooking Facilities: 2
  • Camper Cabins/Yurts Outdoor Cooking: 2
  • Units with Wood Stoves: 2

Technology In Units

  • Internet Access in Units: None.


  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Firefighters and Police Officers. Military Personnel.


  • Camping Open Dates: 3/15 to 11/15

Camping Rates

  • Tent Camping Rates: $45 a night for two people.
  • RV Camping Rates: Range from $45 to $50 a night for two people.
  • Weekly RV Camping Rates On-Season: $315.00 for two people.

Site Description

  • RV Sites: 6
  • Tent Sites: 2
  • Separate Tenting Area: Yes
  • Total Sites: 8
  • Electric & Water Hookups: 6 sites with electric and water only.
  • 50 Amp Hookups: 3 sites with 50 amp electrical service.
  • RV Sites Wide Enough for Slideout(s): 6


  • Elevation: 6191 feet above sea level.
  • Region: Mesa Verde Area - Southwest, Colorado
  • Location: Away from Town, but close to a community convenience store and restaurant.
  • Setting: Mountain views. Country feel. Ranch setting.
  • On-Property in Central Area for Guests to Use: Fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, dishes and serving utensils. Central Area for OPEN Campfires. (If no local fire bans are active.) Central Picnic Area with BBQ Grills.
  • Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard. Discover Card. American Express.

Pet Policies

  • Pets in Lodging: Some pets are allowed in designated Pet Friendly rental units. When making a reservation, be sure to ask for one of these units. There may be a fee or a deposit. Make advance arrangements
  • Pets at Campground & RV Park: Pets are allowed at campsites for additional fee or deposit. Well-behaved dogs or cats are allowed on a leash outdoors while their owners are on site.
  • Pet Park (leash free zone): On site.

Horse Facilities

  • Guest's Horses Welcome (call for availability): You may bring your horse for an additional fee or deposit.
  • Fenced Pasture: On site.
  • Individual Horse Run/Pen: On site.
  • Horse Trailer Parking: On site.
  • Grain/Hay: Available for an additional fee or deposit.
  • Horse Trails: Trails start on site.


    Primarily Year Round Activities

    • National Park OR Monument: Walking distance.
    • National Forests & BLM Lands: Walking distance.
    • Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: 25 minutes drive.
    • Native American Reservation/Pueblo: 25 minutes drive.
    • Indian Ruins - Archeological Site: 25 minutes drive.
    • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: 20 minutes drive to the scenic byway.
    • Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
    • Museum: 20 minutes drive.
    • Golf Course: 30 minutes drive.
    • Movie Theater: 20 minutes drive.
    • Art Gallery: 20 minutes drive.
    • Restaurant(s): 15 minutes drive.
    • Wine Tours OR Tasting: 5 minutes drive.
    • Casino Gambling: 30 minutes drive.

    Primarily Summer Activities

    • Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: 30 minutes drive.
    • Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: 30 minutes drive.
    • Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: 35 minutes drive.
    • Kayaking Rentals: 35 minutes drive.
    • Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
    • Horse Rides with a Wrangler (Open Range): On site.
    • Jeep Trails: 30 minute drive. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
    • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Rentals: 30 minute drive.
    • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Tours: 30 minute drive.
    • Tourist Train Rides: 75 minutes drive.
    • Historic/Cultural Tours: 5 minute drive.
    • Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
    • Bike Path: Path starts on site.
    • Bicycle Shop: 20 minutes drive.
    • Performing Arts Theatre: 20 minutes drive.
    • Mini Golf: 20 minutes drive.

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