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Colorado Family Dude Ranch Vacation  

Harmel's Ranch Resort is located high up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains at 8,412 feet above sea level, in the SW region of the state. The ranch is just north of Gunnison and south of historic Crested Butte.  Our location gives us the advantage of having the best summertime weather imaginable with the norm being warm and sunny during the day, clear and cool in the evening.  If you're a star-gazer, you're in luck.  There are so many stars out at night it's difficult to pick out the Big Dipper!

Harmel's Colorado dude ranch offers a fun, exciting and adventurous dude ranch vacation in the Colorado Rockies and the ultimate in family vacations. Situated in pristine Taylor River Canyon at the confluence of two rivers surrounded by 1.6 million acres of the magnificent Gunnison National Forest; Harmel's has become a premier dude ranch for summer fun and leisure activities.

An abundance of activities, from mild to wild, await you. Our guests enjoy whitewater rafting on the Taylor River, world-class gold medal quality fly-fishing, horseback riding, evening hay rides, and gourmet meals overlooking the river. Others enjoy more relaxing activities, like lounging at the outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub & sauna, getting a massage right here at the ranch, or simply reading a book while over-looking the Taylor River and the magnificent Taylor Canyon of Colorado.

An Open Letter from the Owners (Bill, Steve & Brad)

Harmel’s is a family resort with a western atmosphere. We are not your typical dude ranch. Most dude ranches require a six or seven night stay where a family is regimented into a set routine; a daily schedule limited activities and strict meal times. We have tried very hard to break that mold and think outside the box. We make every effort to consider the family needs with respect to the wishes of each family member, and especially as to time and expense. [ read the full letter ]

Western Hospitality

Harmel's Ranch Resort has been operating as a family dude ranch since 1958. We are slow to change our definition of Western Hospitality. The world has run off and left us in a class by ourselves and we stick by what we were taught by our parents and grandparents—the guest comes first and we delight in saying "Yes" to you.


World Class Gold Medal Fly FishingWhat is the Harmel's Difference?

Harmel's realizes that our guests' busy schedule may not allow you to come on the Saturday to Saturday plan. Therefore, you may make a reservation starting on any day of the week.  Harmel's has a three night minimum to accommodate those busy summer schedules.  We may be able to do shorter stays - call for availability.  You'll find this way of thinking throughout Harmel's. We aim to maximize your freedom to enjoy your dude ranch experience and vacation value. The ultimate in Colorado dude ranch vacations!

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