Badger Creek Ranch is a working cattle and guest ranch located high in the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains. It is also our home. Here we invite you to enjoy a western vacation adventure of a lifetime.
At Badger Creek Ranch you will be an important part of our cowboy crew as we ride fences, round up, doctor and sort our cattle. Even though we are a working cattle ranch, we never forget you are on vacation!
A sturdy horse will become your new best friend as you cover miles of mesas and ride the open range. Sleep in our comfortable bunkhouse after a traditional day of ranch life but don't forget to check out the endless stars in our Colorado Rocky Mountain skies. A breathtaking view and a life long memory are never more than a horse step away.
Like many before us we traveled west to find our American dream. Now that we have found it we would be honored to share it with you.
Good time to go
From May to October there isn't a bad day to be at Badger Creek Ranch.
Children at the Ranch
Great for children aged 14 and over
While we love children of all ages, due to the nature of our horse program and cattle work, guests must be able to ride independently. This is a more adult-focused ranch vacation and to get the most out of a BCR stay, we recommend that our guests be at least 14 years of age.
Minimum age children can ride
14 and over
board games, horseshoes
Environmental & Social Practices
Here at Badger Creek Ranch, we believe that we are caretakers of this land. We practice living “green” and continue to learn and expand in this area. Some of our practices include:
BCR is an “off the grid” property. This means that we rely on solar power for our energy use. We do our best to be mindful of this and build our energy use routines around the daylight hours in order to conserve fuel needed otherwise. The ranch composts all organic materials including manure from the animals and scraps from our kitchen. This compost then gets used as fertilizer for our garden and hay meadows. We recycle all plastic, glass, cardboard and aluminum in order to minimize what goes into the landfill. We reuse MANY materials for our projects. This may include things like lumber, fencing materials, nails and screws. We use organic/non toxic cleaning supplies, laundry detergents and soaps in order to keep our runoff water clean and safe for the environment. We do our best to be minimal in our consumption AND our waste. We believe strongly in these practices and will strive to expand and share our knowledge.
Sustainable agriculture is a philosophy based on the integration of human goals and the understanding of the long-term impact of our activities on the environment and on other species.
As stewards of Badger Creek Ranch, we recognize our responsibility to care for the land, which includes all the grasses that grow here, the soil, the water, and all the animals that live here, domestic and wild; predator and prey. For this reason we practice holistic management, a process of decision making and planning that maintains and improves the health of the land for future generations, with the goal of raising healthy, flavorful food to serve our guests, and sell to customers seeking all-natural products including grass fed meats, eggs, and other farm/ranch raised goods.
Our working cattle ranch is located in Colorado's Badger Creek Basin at approximately 9,000 feet on the Ute Trail (Fremont County Road #2), 40 miles northwest of Canon City and 20 miles northeast of Salida, with spectacular views of the Collegiate Peaks and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
The area is rich in history. From the Ute Indians, who had their summer hunting grounds here, to the Spanish Conquistadors, to the pioneers, miners, and cowboys of the old West, to our present day Badger Creek Ranch, this is a land of countless tales, both fact and fiction.
"Like many before us we traveled west to find our American dream. And we would be honored to share our dream with you."
Your staff and owners,
Natalie & Brian Allio, Chrissy & Dave McFarren