January is, traditionally, the biggest month for booking at Drowsy Water Ranch. The phone starts to ring, emails start flowing in, and the chart with available cabins and accommodations starts to fill with names of singles, couples, and families coming from all over to vacation at a small, family-owned ranch in the mountains of Colorado.
In many of our calls and emails this time of year, we are contacted by one or two members of a group or family that are all-out, gung-ho about coming on a vacation to a ranch in Colorado. But, these enthusiastic ranchers often have a few other family members that are on the fence about such a scheme. Maybe they're nervous because they don't know what to expect, they don't ride horses, and they don't typically wear boots. Well, we've made life easy for those of you that have to present this ranch idea to skeptical friends and family with a list of reasons to come stay a week with us in our quaint mountain valley. At your next family dinner, just run through this list then pick up the phone and call us to book what we are sure will be one of the best weeks of your life.
Reason 1: We're secluded.
We are nesteled in a mountain valley 10 miles from the closest town. It's quiet, calm, and peaceful here. No busy streets or highways, no crowds or traffic. Just come sit in the park and listen to the creek that burbles through the ranch and breathe. You'll feel relaxed in no time.
Reason 2: You'll laugh and smile. A lot.
Don't say you don't dance. We will get you up and boot-scooting with the rest of the guests and crew and you will laugh and smile like you haven't in a while. No, we don't expect you to come knowing how to square dance. We don't expect you to come knowing how to ride a horse either. We teach you both and laugh with you all along the way.
Reason 3: Even cool kids wear hats.
Being a cowboy and cowgirl for the week really puts everyone on the same page. We don't ask what you do, we don't ask what sports you play or if you start on varsity. Funny how you can be friends with everyone when you're all a little out of your comfort zone and up for an adventure. Whether the kids play lacrosse or cello, they seem to all be buds while they're here learning more about horses and exploring the backcountry.
Reason 4: Even the little ones lope.
We have folks every week that own a horse and ride multiple times a week. We have folks every week that have never sat atop a four-legged animal of any kind. Our goal is to find out where each guest is in their riding and teach them something new. Kids 6 years and older get their own horse for the week and get to walk, trot, and lope out on the trail. We give clinics and lessons and we make sure everyone is comfortable and smiling while riding one of our 120 beautiful equines. Go as fast or as slow as you want. We'll make sure you are safe and enjoying your ride.
Reason 5: We're more than just horses.
You or a loved one is not into just riding horses all the time? Not a problem. We have hiking with amazing views, zip lining for the thrill seekers, mountain biking, great meals and nightly activities that keep everyone busy. Oh, and we include an all-day raft trip on the Colorado River too. Not to mention we are minutes away from great golfing and fishing.
We make sure to offer a full schedule of horseback riding and other activities to keep everyone as active and busy as they want but most everything is optional. So you want to just sit on your porch and read a book? Go ahead. Want to play games as a family? Borrow one and do it. The only thing we don't have? Televisions. You can disconnect with the world for the week and reconnect with those around you. We do have internet in our common areas and some cell phone service if you need it, but we won't tell your office if you tell them you're out of service for the week.
Reason 6: Go on an adventure.
When was the last time you really went on an adventure? When did you last let yourself get a little lost in the woods? We'll take you out into the wild where you can breath, relax, and feel the joy of finding your way while in a new location. Our wranglers are all trained to keep our guests safe, but they also know how to have fun. The memories of being in the forest on a horse will last a lifetime.
Reason 7: Friends. For life.
Ken tells our guests every Sunday, "It might sound cheesy now, but every week we have guests that form friendships that last. They keep in touch after they leave the ranch and sometimes plan to come back to Drowsy Water to have a reunion." And it is true. Young and old alike seem to find a friend or two while here. After all, you've all signed on for an adventurous vacation, you must have something in common. You never know who you might meet while you're here. It might be your next best friend.
Reason 8: You never know who might be a cowboy at heart.
Cowboys wear all sorts of different outfits in their normal lives. Maybe it's a suit and tie with dress shoes. Maybe it's Under Armor t-shirts and shorts with tennis shoes. Like Superman ripping off his Clark Kent outfit, we invite you to rip off those daily threads and sport your cowboy and cowgirl duds. Never seen your husband not wearing a tie during the day, your wife not wearing dress shoes, or your son not wearing athletic clothes? Bring them here and re-introduce them to the cowboy or cowgirl they were as a kid. You'd be surprised how many times it's the one that starts out the most skeptical about being a cowboy for the week that ends up being the one that has the most fun and leaves being the one that wants to come again as soon as possible.
Reason 9: These guys and gals.
Our family loves this business and you can tell. Ken and Randy Sue, the owners, have poured their heart and soul into Drowsy Water Ranch for last four decades. The ranch, the guests, the animals are all clearly loved and celebrated. The second and third generation are the same way. All very involved in the day-to-day of the ranch, we strive to make you feel like you are coming to visit our family. We'll know you by first name and want to get to know you and your family.
Our staff is the same way. They are hard-working gals and guys from all over that want a summer in the mountains and want to get to know our guests. They have proven people skills and they, like the Fosha family, will bend over backward to make sure you are having the best vacation of your life.
Reason 10: These mares and geldings.
With a herd of around 120 horses, we take pride in making sure you are matched to a horse that suits your riding ability and interests. We own all of our horses and know their age, their background, and their personality. We make sure they are well taken care of so they can take care of you. You will likely get choked up saying goodbye to your horse and you'll remember the name of your four-legged friend for years.
There you have it. We can give you more reasons if you need it, but this should make you able to present your case. Do that, then once you have everyone on board, call us and we'll help you make great memories.