So you’re thinking of organizing a get-together for the whole family – including young ones and not-so-young ones?
Multi-generational family trips and/or getaway reunions require careful planning, especially when it comes to accommodations. It’s not enough that you secure overnight reservations for the select number of people. To ensure the most fun and build the dearest memories, the trip must excite and the accommodations please all involved. In addition, the overnight location should be “safe” and “confined,” with a choice of activities to accommodate different age groups so that kids, teens and adults alike feel captivated rather than captured.
Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch, near Cortez, Colorado, fulfills all requirements for a wonderful family getaway.
Tucked into McElmo Canyon, down a country road 17 or so miles from the Cortez, Colorado, airport (the airport is just a marker, you’ll need a car for this trip), the ranch is secluded and private – as if designed just for your family’s happiness.
What makes the ranch perfect for multi-generational families?
First, the accommodations. The ranch’s one- two- and three-bedroom houses can accommodate different family groups within the same area – somewhat like a family compound. You don’t have to rent all of the six houses – one or two or whatever your family needs will do. On the other hand, should your family overflow the houses and need more space, owners Garry and Ming Adams will allow camping to supplement the house rentals.
Other reasons to love the ranch for family vacationing
There are no expensive restaurants to soak up the budget. Each house sports a kitchen and barbecue facilities. Cooking can be shared and easy.
Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch is a working ranch and farm. It’s a wholesome environment that gives city folks of all ages an appreciation for the work involved with, as well as the charms of, the ranching/farming life. This is not a pitch-in facility. No chores are required. But you might like to gather eggs from the hen house, pick fruit from the orchard, harvest vegetables from the garden and watch the cowboys care for the animals.
In addition, a choice of activities accommodates different energy levels.
Some of the family will enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on ranch property and in surrounding areas, while others might prefer the luscious leisure of lying in a hammock reading, napping and relaxing the day away.
One particular bonus of staying at this guest ranch is that some of the country’s most glorious national parks and monuments and museums are only a short drive away.
The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument sits seven miles from the ranch. This 176,056-acre protected area holds the largest concentration of archaeological sites in the United States with some 6,000 documented and many more awaiting discovery.
The Monument and ranch share not only the name Canyon (Canyons) of the Ancients, but also views of natural vistas that include mountains and odd rock formations and sunsets that set the sky ablaze with color.
Legendary Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument and Anasazi Heritage Center are within day-trip driving distance from the ranch.
Families that visit these sites together strengthen family bonds and gain greater appreciation for their own family roots, as well as the roots of the family of man in America.
What’s appealing to the over-50 luxury traveler?
- The ranch offers a multi-generational travel experience with a choice of activities that appeal to different energy levels.
- A private environment secludes the family in togetherness. But you also have space for individual activities and accommodations.
- Teaching children and grandchildren about the glories of history, archaeology, ranching and farming? Priceless.
- Expect high style and cozy comfort.
- You need a car to get to this ranch, which is somewhat secluded, away from a major highway. Drivers need to pay attention to directions when first driving to the ranch. Also, drivers should time their travel to arrive before dark.
- The ranch doesn’t have dining facilities. But each kitchen is outfitted with basic spices and cooking equipment. While the ranch sells lamb and beef, provides eggs and allows guests “free range” of the orchard and vegetable garden, you still need to bring groceries.
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*Lead photo: Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch. All other photo credits: Susan Manlin Katzman
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