Giddyup! Circle K Guest Ranch, Colorado

by Marla on September 28, 2011 · 39 comments

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This summer I decided that this cowgirl needed to get riding. I tossed on my cowboy boots and saddled up at the Circle K Guest & Dude Ranch in Delores, Colorado. Have y’all ever been to a dude ranch? The fresh air, horses and giggles are long lasting memories. The sky was blue and the high altitude inspiration…was inspiring. Here are some fun photos from my rollicking good time there……

Before you ride there are a few things you need to know.

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Once you know those rules  you can ride. I have all of them memorized, especially number 2. I sure do love my Ma and Pa.

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A few days prior I went on a mushroom foray in Telluride. That was super fun too.

The drive from Telluride to Delores is about 45 minutes of breathtaking scenery. That there is Mount Wilson. It is the highest peak in the San Miguel mountain range which is a sub range of the San Juan’s. It is the iconic mountain range featured in the Coors Beer logo.

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What you don’t see is my cowboy hat because I forgot it. What you also don’t see is that I wore my mountain biking helmet when I rode my steed. Just in case I flipped off or something. I do have my boots though. I always wear my cowboy boots.

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Check out this guy….. he has a big brand on his rear. Ouch.

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My horse was the white one. He let me take pictures of all the beautiful scenery. The San Juan Mountains are splendid! Have you ever been to the Colorado Rocky Mountains? You must someday. Especially if you love high altitude bliss as much as I do. Here’s what we saw on the trail ride….

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Here is one of our wranglers. He looks like a Colorado cowboy, but he is originally from Chicago.

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Here’s another wrangler. She likes to use her hands when she tells us how to ride……

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This is what you do if you wanna get some grub. You pony on up to the filling stain you see. You make friends with the sweet gals behind the screen. They’ll hook you up big time.

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You might be wondering what a cowgirl lunch looks like…..some go with a tried and true burger, bun and all the fix in’s – including a generous scoop of potato salad.

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I go with a giant mug of coffee.

All cowgirls need lots and lots of coffee. So do bloggers who love to work all the time. So does this mama of a 4 & 7 year old. All of that makes for compulsive coffee drinking.

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And a burger sans bun. All protein style.

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I spent just part of a day at the ranch. You can also rent cabins and do loads of activities from elk and wild game hunting to fly fishing. Being in the great outdoors is beyond great. So kick up your heels and stay a while.

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Giddyup!

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