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Farm stay vacations, also referred to as agritourism, have become an increasingly popular tourist experience. Travelers want to know firsthand what it’s like to live and work on a farm or ranch. Colorado is an excellent place to book a farm stay. Enjoy mountain views from a vineyard, dairy farm, or cattle ranch when you book a night at these best farm stays in Colorado.
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This Colorado ranch in Carbondale has a variety of lodging options to choose from, including cabins, glamping tents, yurts, and a farmhouse. Cedar Ridge Ranch is a working horse facility, offering boarding and training. A stay here is perfect for horse-loving travelers since guests are encouraged to bring their own horses. However, you don’t have to have experience with horses to enjoy a stay here, as Cedar Ridge Ranch offers horseback riding lessons, alpaca yoga classes, and farm tours too. There is a farm store on-site, which sells fresh eggs and various apparel items, however, Carbondale is only minutes away if you need anything.
Harmon Farms offers two Airbnb lodging options as a farm stay for guests. No matter if you choose to stay at the ranch house or historic home, both of Harmon Farms’ houses make for a great family getaway. Even though the farmhouse was built in 1926 and the ranch house was made in 1947, they both provide modern amenities like Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs, and fully-equipped kitchens. Aside from farm stays, Harmon Farms also hosts homesteading classes and various local events throughout the year.
Stay on a goat dairy farm in the heart of the Rockies when you book this Airbnb farmhouse at Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy. Even if you aren’t a fan of goats, the locally-made cheese here is worth a visit. Both a working farm and an artisanal cheese creamery, guests here should consider booking a farm tour and trying the cheese at the on-site country store. Enjoy the outstanding mountain views seen from this three-bedroom farmhouse, which is minutes from downtown Buena Vista.
Learn all about goat cheese from this Salida bed and breakfast. Mountain Goat Lodge is home to a happy herd of goats, which are used for milk to make goat cheese and yogurt. Guests here should not hesitate to take a cheese-making workshop during their stay. There’s nothing like making your own feta, mozzarella, or even Greek yogurt. You won’t want to miss breakfast at Mountain Goat Lodge, as the farm provides fresh eggs and goat milk every morning. Choose to stay in a guest room, suite, or even a retro camper here.
Zapata Ranch is one of the most-visited farm stay locations in Colorado. Found in the San Luis Valley, this remote ranch borders Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Not only is Zapata Ranch a working bison and cattle ranch, but it’s also a conservation project owned by the Nature Conservancy. A stay at Zapata Ranch could be considered “upscale” for a farm stay, as guests munch on farm-to-table, gourmet cuisine. However, there are opportunities to help with various farm tasks too, as well as other activities like horseback riding and ranch tours.
Embrace the vineyard lifestyle and learn all about Colorado’s wine scene with a stay at Stone Cottage Cellars. This vineyard is home to a tasting room and a two-bedroom stone cottage, where guests can stay. Visitors here are encouraged to pick fresh vegetables from the garden, as well as enjoy a glass of local Colorado wine. The charming cottage, made with fieldstone from the property, offers a relaxing setting for a Colorado agritourism trip.
This lowkey farm stay in Grand Junction offers guests a small slice of farm life without sacrificing location, as GJ Country Farmhouse is only 10 minutes from downtown Grand Junction. This western slope Airbnb is on four acres, home to horses and chickens. Upon arrival to this one-bedroom Airbnb, guests will be pleased to see a complimentary dozen of farm-fresh eggs. A fun amenity at this country home is the jar of horse treats, which offer up a great opportunity to get close and personal to the farm animals here.
Critter Mountain Ranch is a 40-acre alpaca farm that also has a two-bedroom Airbnb. The rental property on the ranch is ideal for a family stay, as it can sleep up to eight guests. Close to Mesa Verde National Park, the quaint home on Critter Mountain Ranch is a perfect option for out-of-towners wanting to explore the park. When you aren’t enjoying the surrounding area, take a moment to relax in the sunroom here and watch the alpacas roam.
Stay in a historic schoolhouse cabin or an off-the-grid, solar-powered cabin at Porter Ranch. This ranch, which still operates as a working hay and livestock farm, offers a secluded stay in Alkali Creek Valley near New Castle. The preserved schoolhouse Vrbo rental is a one-bedroom cabin that offers a pet-friendly stay. The off-grid cabin is located in the elk pen, so many guests rave about seeing the animals roam the area nearby. Guests here are also welcome to fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden and orchard on Porter Ranch.
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Gunnison River Farms doesn’t just offer charming cabin stays, but also the area’s top trout-fishing guide services too. When you aren’t out fly-fishing for trout with Black Canyon Anglers, you’ll want to soak in the scenery at this Colorado farm, which grows peaches, apples, grapes, and pears. The newly renovated lodge is home to a fly shop, pool table, and library. However, the outdoor spaces here really make the experience, as the property is surrounded by the Gunnison River where guests can have a private fishing experience. A major perk of staying at Gunnison River Farms may just be the house-made wine created just for guests with the farm’s own grapes.
A rustic cabin for up to three, the Grande Canyon is located in the middle of a centennial cattle ranch, an all grass-fed organic beef supplier that lies adjacent to hundreds of forest service roads for exploring. You can meet the cattle, buy farm-fresh eggs, and during the warmer months, enjoy fishing and swimming with miles of privately owned riverfront property. Close to the small town of Del Norte, you’ll have easy access to its historic district, restaurants, and independent boutiques too. The cabin has a wood-burning fireplace, in-floor heating, and gorgeous hardwood floors along with modern amenities, including Wi-Fi, cable TV, a full kitchen and grill, and a washer/dryer.
The Animal Sanctuary Guest House is part of a small boutique animal sanctuary that sits along the banks of the Colorado River in wine country. You’ll be staying among free-range chickens, emu, pigs, goats, alpaca, cats, and dogs that help protect the animals and the operation. Enjoy access to walking trails, and a fishing lake, with paddleboards, kayaks, a canoe, and a fishing deck all included. The two-bedroom home sleeps six and includes an outdoor fire pit, full kitchen, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities.
Located on a hobby farm in southwest Colorado just minutes from Durango, this loft-style rental enjoys views of rolling fields and the La Plata Mountains. A recently remodeled studio-sized space, it sleeps up to two and has its own private entrance while bringing the chance to spend time with friendly barn cats and feed the chickens that will provide you with farm-fresh eggs. You’ll have a full kitchen, a BBQ grill, a space for alfresco dining, and Wi-Fi. There’s no TV but books are provided.
As the name belies, this safari tent stay has been named among the best spots to glamp in the entire country. It sits on a 100-acre horse ranch just minutes from Carbondale 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of the Rockies. You’ll have access to hiking trails in the woods along with animals like chickens, horses, cows, alpacas, chickens, and pigs, with piglets often roaming around too. Farm tours and “Alpaca Picnics” are available and there’s a large communal fire pit for making S’mores. Croquet and Bocce ball are available too. Look forward to waking up with delicious French-pressed coffee and making breakfast with farm-fresh eggs and homegrown, organic bacon, with your nights spent under a brilliant starry sky.
This farm stay is on a working goat dairy farm and artisan cheesemaking creamery located in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. It’s in the heart of the Rockies, close to downtown Buena Vista known for providing some of the country’s best river rafting. Enjoy picturesque views and the chance to watch all the work that goes into an operation dedicated to sustainable, local agriculture and food craftsmanship. Guests can join regularly scheduled Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy farm tours, buy local products, and sample cheeses at the on-site Jumpin’ Country Store. The home is ideal for a larger group, sleeping up to eight with three bedrooms and 3,400 square feet. It has a full kitchen, formal dining and living rooms, and a game room with a Smart TV with basic cable channels and Netflix.
Located on the western side of the state just five minutes from downtown Fruita, this property has a long history that includes being a day camp for several decades. Kids have been coming to experience farm life via field trips for well over 60 years. The home has two bedrooms and accommodates up to six guests, but if you have a larger group, you can book the big farmhouse too, with the ability to sleep a group of at least 25. You’ll have plenty of space for entertaining, kitchens to whip up big meals, and farm animals to meet. If you’re here in October, you can take advantage of the pumpkin patch, a haunted straw maze, and a themed corn maze that draws many to visit every year.
Located on a 200-acre farm in the Arkansas Valley of southeastern Colorado, a stay here provides a close-up look at farm life, from the farmers to the machinery and irrigation system. The Arkansas River is less than a mile away and farm tours led by a semi-retired farmer/tour guide can be enjoyed for an additional fee. Horseback riding is possible too. The three-bedroom home sleeps up to eight and has a kitchen stocked with John Deere dishes and all the essential kitchenware along with a washer/dryer, books, toys, and games for the kids.
Part of a homestead that dates back to the mid-1800s, Tex’s Tavern offers a one-bedroom space for two at La Ponderosa, a multi-cabin property just 15 minutes from Durango that comes with a wide range of amenities. There’s a seasonal organic vegetable and medicinal garden, a fainting goat, and a miniature donkey. Enjoy access to the BBQ area, an outdoor fire pit, and a recreational area with yard games, including a hole for Frisbee golf and a hot tub – there’s lighting for after-dark use too. The cabin itself has beetle kill pine ceilings and whitewash painted wood walls, a kitchenette, and a basic living space with a 32” TV.
Located in the rural countryside just 45 minutes east of Denver, this retreat sleeps up to eight and includes highlights like a large game room with games and toys for the kids, a theater room with a big-screen TV, and a deluxe master bathroom that has a deep soaking tub and a shower with five showerheads. A private walk-out basement unit, you’ll be able to step right out to a gorgeous backyard and even pet the animals. The farm includes chickens and roosters, horses, cats and dogs, and some very friendly goats that enjoy cuddles. Horse riding lessons are sometimes available too.
Enjoy a retro glamping experience in an Airstream, a 1966 Streamline Countess located at Grey Wolf Resort, just 4.5 miles south of the small historic mining town of Victor and about a 20-minute drive from Cripple Creek with its myriad of entertainment, including historic sites, museums, and casino gambling. It has a kitchenette, a full bathroom, heat, and electricity as well as a little bunkhouse for the kids, sleeping up to four. Guests have full access to the resort, a farm with animals, and all the amenities, including fishing, horseback riding, and farm-fresh meals.
If you want to enjoy a stay in a beautiful setting where you can spend the night with alpacas, this is your place. It’s located close to many opportunities for outdoor adventure, just a short drive west of Glenwood Springs with its many geothermal attractions, including hot springs pools. You’ll be staying in a historic, early 1900s building that was renovated into a beautiful studio space for up to four guests. It sits on a 53-acre ranch, and from your porch, you can sip your morning coffee while watching them play – the animals are right outside your door. You’ll have all the modern comforts too, including a full kitchen with a Keurig coffee machine, a grill, Wi-Fi, and TV.