Circle K Guest Ranch

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Escape with us to the beauty of the majestic San Juan Mountains! Find the quiet serenity and adventure that you’ve been longing for… CIRCLE K GUEST RANCH AND HUNTING OUTFITTERS.

A Colorado Guest Ranch and licensed Colorado Outfitter, Circle K offers family oriented western dude ranch vacations, high country horseback riding, guided fly fishing trips, and southwest Colorado elk and mule deer hunting without the high price tag or minimum stay requirements of resort lodging. We are a Non Structured Guest Ranch where YOU plan your own individual, family and group activities. Do as much or as little as you would like for a tailor made vacation that suits your style and budget!

Circle K Guest Ranch is nestled in the majestic San Juan Mountains between Dolores and Telluride in Southwest Colorado. Our Guest Ranch is ideally situated near the Bear Creek and Calico Trail Heads (among many others), the historic mining towns of Rico and Telluride, and the archaeological wonder known as Mesa Verde National Park.

Come play in the mountains with us.
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Free Ranch Activities for Circle K Guests

Our guests have access to a wide range of FREE and exciting activities that appeal to all ages.


Experience the beauty of nature on one of our hiking trails. Trails range from easy and moderate to more difficult.


You’ll be surrounded with great places to fish, all within 30 minutes of the Ranch. If you enjoy river fishing, you don’t even need to leave the Ranch, for the beautiful Dolores River winds its way through our land. After your big catch, our ranch cook will be happy to schedule a fish fry! Fishing licenses may be purchased in the ranch office for those 16 years or older. You may bring your own pole and gear or we have a few rentals to try your luck on.


Designed for team participation. Teams must develop a strategy and learn to trust and rely on each other to successfully complete the course. This helps develop camaraderie and a spirit of trust among participants. Develop those team working skills!

(Only available for “Full Service” group bookings of at least 30 people). Our guests are the participants. We will organize and facilitate a variety of events such as Flag Pick-up, Barrel Races, and Team Relay Races. These events are an uproar to watch and participate in. Ride-em cowboy!!!!


(Bring your own tube). The Dolores River is right at your doorstep. Enjoy exciting float trips through the Dolores Canyon to the Ranch lodge. A bit cold in early June but warms as we get more into the summer. Late August the water may be too low for tubing but you can still swim below the Ranch bridge.


Volleyball, softball, basketball, table pool, ping pong, camp fire meetings, Playground for the young ones, capture the flag, field games and more!!!!!
The best view of the Colorado mountains is from the back of a horse.

Circle K’s professional and experienced western guest ranch wranglers will guide you on horseback through some of the most beautiful country you will ever lay eyes on. You’ll cross high country streams and ride through the forested wildlife habitat of southwest Colorado’s famous Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer. Surrounded by tall spruce and Ponderosa pines, Circle K Guest Ranch offers a variety of horseback riding trails in the San Juan Mountains ranging from easy riding trails for novice riders to more challenging terrain for horseback riders with advanced skills.
Our San Juan Mountain location makes us an ideal base camp for family daytrips to numerous area attractions


Tour the world’s largest collection of ancient cliff dwellings right here in southwest Colorado! Mesa Verde National Park is the archaeological gem of the southwest. The National Park features a museum, exhibits, arts and crafts, gift shops, a book store, restaurants, self-tours and ranger guided tours; open year-round. Approximately 50 miles from Circle K Guest Ranch.

For more information visit: Mesa Verde Country® website | Mesa Verde National Park website


Ride this historic steam powered narrow gauge railroad from Durango to Silverton through 45 miles of spectacular canyons and peaks. May through October and a winter train. Advanced reservations recommended. Approximately 70 miles from Circle K Ranch.

For more information visit: Durango & Silverton Train website


A National Historic District, well known for its terrific powder skiing and littany of eclectic festivals. Cultural events every summer weekend: Bluegrass, Chamber Music, Jazz Celebration, Wine Festival and the internationally acclaimed Film Festival. Activities: Jeeping, Rafting, ride the ski gondola free of charge in summer and winter. Approximately 38 miles from Circle K Guest Ranch.

For more information visit: Official website of Telluride, Colorado


Anasazi Heritage Center and Museum, located just outside of Dolores, is part of the new Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and features self-guided tours, archaeological exhibits and the Escalante and Dominguez Ancestral Puebloan sites. Dolores is well known for excellent cross country ski trails and is home to McPhee Lake, the second largest body of water in Colorado, which features a marina, fishing and water sports. Approximately 26 miles from Circle K Guest Ranch.

For more information visit: Dolores, Colorado Chamber website


Historic 1880′s Colorado mining town, Rico features an historic walking tour, mountain biking, backpacking, off-road driving, cross-country skiing, and brilliant fall colors on the San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway. Approximately 10 miles from Circle K Guest Ranch.

For more information visit: Town of Rico website


Photographic opportunities abound in our spectacular high country! This lake is just one example of the magnificent mountain lakes of southwest Colorado, within 20 miles of Circle K Guest Ranch.


For thrill seekers who enjoy the challenge of shooting the rapids, whitewater river rafting is available in Durango and Telluride, Colorado.

For more information visit: River Rafting in Telluride | River Rafting in Durango
Age range, type of group
Families, couples, singles kids, youth and seniors have all enjoyed great times and made memories to last a lifetime at Circle K Ranch.
Examples of groups Circle K Guest Ranch has hosted in the past:
•Health Seminars
•Prayer Retreats
•Church Youth Groups
•Staff Meetings
•Business Retreats
•Music Festival
•Diabetes Wellness Camp
•Men’s & Women’s Retreats
•Wedding Receptions
•Boy Scout Camps
•Girl Scout Camps
•Family Reunions
•School Reunions
•Band Camps
•Birthday Parties
•Bike Tours
•Leadership Training

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Lodging at Circle K Ranch

Southwest Colorado Vacation & Travel Lodging at Circle K Guest Ranch

Circle K Guest Ranch offers a variety of exceptionally clean and comfortable lodging accommodations. We’re located between Rico and Dolores, Colorado on the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, just minutes from Cortez, Telluride, and Mesa Verde National Park. This central location makes our Colorado Guest Ranch ideally situated in the gorgeous San Juan Mountains and provides an affordable choice for family vacation lodging.

From cabins to bunkhouses, we have lodging options and packages available to suit individual adventurers, vacationing families, and summer travel clubs or youth groups. All our facilities are smoke free and are certain to help you relax and unwind with plenty of fresh air and southwest Colorado sunshine. So come on by, kick your boots off, and enjoy your stay at Circle K Guest Ranch.

Hearty, home-style cooking is what meals at Circle K Guest Ranch are all about. Good food and plenty of it!! All meals are served buffet style. Special diet restrictions are not a problem if plenty of notice is given. We will do whatever we can to accommodate your requests or special needs with advanced notice (2 weeks is best). Children 4 and under eat free!

All Ranch facilities are smoke free. Pets are allowed in select facilities. Comfortable lodging and adventures for all ages at Circle K Ranch.

Other Information
National Park OR Monument: 60 minutes drive.
National Forests & BLM Lands: Walking distance.
Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: 15 minutes drive.
Ghost Town: 30 minutes drive.
Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
Museum: 30 minutes drive.
Hot Mineral Springs: 15 minutes drive.
Golf Course: 30 minutes drive.
Art Gallery: 30 minutes drive.
Restaurant(s): On site.
Internet Cafe: 30 minutes drive.
Casino Gambling: 60 minutes drive.

Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: 25 minutes drive.
Guided Fishing Trips (Licensed): Wade Fishing.
Fishing Tackle Sold: On site.
Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: 45 minutes drive.
Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
Jeep Trails: 10 minute drive. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Trails: 5 minute drive.
Tourist Train Rides: 90 minutes drive.
Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
Bicycle Shop: 30 minutes drive.
Chairlift/Gondola/Tram Rides: 30 minutes drive.

Hunting in Area: On site.
Guided Hunts: Yes.
Drop Camps: Yes.
Private Land Unguided Hunting On-Site: Yes.
Rifle Hunting Season: Yes.
Archery Hunting Season: Yes.
Muzzle Loading Hunting Season: Yes.
Deer Hunting: Yes.
Elk Hunting: Yes.
Bear Hunting: Yes.
Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 71,

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