Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch.
35 minutes southeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado this ranch specializes in providing guests with a vacation experience that focuses on the day-to-day real life experience of a working ranch. They seek to share an authentic experience with guests that shares their way of life with people from all over the world.
is providing learning opportunities to their visitors regarding large-scale cattle ranching, riding horses, and educating them about the wild. The Ranch is owned by the Colorado State Land Board and managed under a one-of-a-kind lease by Ranchlands.
While onsite, guests participate in the day-to-day operations.
What this means for the guests is that whatever the staff is doing, they will be doing as well. The Ranch is very traditional in the sense that all work is done on horseback and more modern equipment is rarely used. Activities could include checking water and fence infrastructures, repairing vehicles and equipment in their metal shop or building cowboy gear in the leather shop. While at the location there is an opportunity for self-guided tours, hikes and fishing opportunities as well.
When seeking to book your ranching experience, you should bear in mind that the experience will vary depending on the time of year you book your trip. Spring and fall are busiest with cattle works, summer time involves a lot of riding and moving cattle from pasture to pasture. Other seasonal activities take place year round including branding, which takes place most weekends during the spring.
The Ranch is family-friendly and offers special rates for children and encourages them to take part in all aspects of the ranching experience. Many of the activities on location offer unique educational experiences for children, including hiking, some of the best birding in the state (there are over 320 different species in the area), and the opportunity to learn more about conservation and their diverse ecosystem.