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Sundance Trail Guest Ranch - "A piece of Rocky Mountain Heaven"

by Ron Stern, Seniors Marketplace News, October 2005

The still night was interrupted only by the sound of a gentle breeze blowing past the tall stately pines that stood guard outside our cabin as we slept. In the morning breakfast was announced by the traditional metallic ringing of a steel triangle hanging outside the main lodge. After a generous portion of blueberry pancakes, ham, eggs, homemade biscuits and fruit, my wrangler, Rocky, took me on a lazy horseback ride up through the Roosevelt National Forest. At the top of the ridge we paused to admire a curious mule deer and spectacular blue skies, craggy ridges and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Those precious moments are all part of the experience at the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, located a short 45 minutes north of Fort Collins, near the village of Red Feather Lakes. For the last several years, owners, Ellen and Dan Morin, have been welcoming guests to the ranch where they offer them a taste of the old west, down home comfort, a bit of relaxation and a host of activities.

Horseback riding is the most popular pastime and the Morin’s help to pair riders with a horse that matches ability – from beginners to advanced. Kids take to these animals quickly, as do adults. Speaking of animals, Sundance is also the home of adorable little kittens, chickens, rabbits and tiny goats that like to ride on the back of a willing donkey.

While the main focus is on horseback riding, there are many other activities, including a shooting range, mountain biking, fishing and billiards. There is even a Jacuzzi to sooth tired muscles at the end of a full day.

Food is hearty, home-style country cooking and is served both indoors and out, depending on the weather. Freshly baked cookies, lemonade and coffee are available all day. The owners are both retired nurses and can accommodate special diets with advance notice.

“This is a great place to make family memories and experience adventures with all the comforts of home,” said Ellen. The seven suites of rooms at Sundance tend to get booked early, so check their website for specials and availability.

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