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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.
Gunnison River Farms - Austin
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.