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Latigo Ranch, Kremmling, CO
Latigo is known for its fine riding program, individualized attention, and “nouveau ranch” menu. The Arapaho National Forest surrounds it on three sides, and trails take you through an array of aspen groves, pine forest, sagebrush, and open meadows. It strikes a thought-out balance between family time (breakfast, dinner, and family rides) and those times when kids and their parents part company (lunch, adults-only pack trips, separate orientations, and kids’ outings).
Riding: The program emphasizes instruction, encourages independence, and has a stated goal that every rider will be able to (but not, of course, forced to) lope by week’s end.
Capacity: 35 guests; 70–90 horses.