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“Simply Put... Pure Magic.”

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Black Mountain Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
“Simply Put... Pure Magic.”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

I had the extreme pleasure of staying at Black Mountain Ranch last week with my wife. Everything was top notch - from the food, the riding, the staff, the accommodations and the view. Everywhere we looked was like looking at the most perfect postcard. Nowell May has put together a dream ranch and we're all lucky that he was willing to share it with the world. He's also hired some of the friendliest staff you could ask for. Everyone was so helpful and welcoming. As it was just my wife and I, we kept saying to each other how much our kids would have loved it. We're already planning how we can get them up there with us the next time we visit. If you're looking for the very best dude ranch experience, either as a couple or as a family, you have to give BMR a try. You will be absolutely blown away.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Black Mountain Ranch was the hardest place I have ever had to leave! My family of ages 6 - 69 had the adventure of a lifetime. We were amazed at the caliber of staff working at the ranch. The website was compelling in our search for a dude ranch, but the experience itself was beyond belief. The beauty of the area is awe inspiring and we all will keep a piece of it in our hearts until we can return.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Want to go to paradise for a week? That’s what Black Mountain Ranch (BMR) was like for us! But don’t think you’ll be treated like royalty. No, instead you’ll be treated like a good friend. BMR is loaded with adventure, peace, beauty, attention to detail, scrumptious meals and a family atmosphere!

BMR is a family run business where owner Nowell makes sure the “ideal” is in effect. Jake’s Lake is pristine, serene and stocked with trout. I fly fished for my first time, learning from Gabby, a wrangler whose dad is a pro fisherman. I joyously caught a trout in 20 minutes! Our son had two bait rods in at the same time and caught 7 trout! We went swimming to the raft in the middle of the lake, also canoed, and listened to the guitarist while we ate a fresh steak dinner cooked by Nowell and his beautiful Kaylee.

Bryce’s (the brother owner) warmth and wisdom engages us all as he manages the stable, wranglers and events. Lively Ryan, Nowell’s son, and his crew build and maintain the magnificent vaulted log cabins while Ryan also makes and installs his practical, lovely and creative towel, T.P. and hat racks out of iron horseshoes. Other members of the extended family also work, hands on – while the matriarch, Diane, unobtrusively graces everyone at every meal.

BMR has a family atmosphere without dumbing down. Every person is brought up to a new and higher level of skill. I love adventure, so I was blessed to horseback ride with our children for hours, learn how to cattle drive, rope a steer, brand a calf and barrel race. My husband preferred reading and resting. No one looks down on anyone for whatever their choices. Unconditional acceptance and respect abound on this seemingly laid back ranch. Our whole family enjoyed trap shooting, riding the rapids, the rodeo, star gazing, and the family saloon leather making and games. It was all terrific!

The down to earth, congenial and highly skilled wranglers do all they can to ensure that you get just what you want out of your vacation. They give you options and you can ask for more, too. Plus there are many cute farm animals, yet there is barely any poop to be seen. Everything is spacious, neat, very organized and clean. Amazing!

Chef Bob makes sure that the three balanced meals a day are filled with variety, plenty, beauty, uniqueness and are absolutely delicious for any palate! We gained weight, which we are losing just as fast as we put it on ~

For me, BMR is filled with eye-candy. Gazing at dawn from my extra wide cabin’s porch at the mountains, how they change color every few minutes; The cows, Shetland ponies, baby goats and donkeys grazing beside the colorful flowers, the logs inside the pure log cabin and the cabin’s distinctive decorations, the wild flowers on the dining room tables, the lack of internet so we can take in everything undisturbed, seeing your family riding atop of healthy horses as you ride behind, watching the smiles and friendly, heartfelt kindness of those who work tirelessly to serve, listening to the faces singing around the campfire and watching the stars high in the sky at camp night, viewing and smelling the sage brush along the mountain slopes from the heated swimming pool, seeing your horse graze on the freshly laid hay as you drive up the mountain to the last BMR event on Saturday evening, and much more.

Going to BMR is a trip of a lifetime. I recommend that you go with an open mind and heart, and see what happens! Enjoy! God's blessings to you!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Perrysburg, Ohio
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

If you are looking for a outstanding Colorado dude ranch experience, Black Mountain Ranch is an excellent choice. We just returned from our second visit to the ranch sharing last week with 13 family members. The staff was amazing. Our wranglers, Helen, Nat, & Chris did everything within their power to make our week memorable. The cabins and the food were ideal for a western dude rance experience and our special dietary needs were met. We enjoyed horse back riding, cattle roping, a cattle drive, and riding lessons in the arena. Pack camp included a beautiful mountain ride up to camp, dinner, and breakfast cooked over an open fire, (thanks Nowell and Michelle) and sleeping out under the most beautiful star filled sky we have seen in a long time. We enjoyed target shotting, swimming in the pool, leather making lessons, and relaxing time in the saloon, dancing, singing, and making new friends. The Black Mountain Ranch staff treated us like family and our entire family is asking when we can go back again. This family vacation is priceless.

Jeff and Diana
Perrysburg, Ohio

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Ave Maria, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The May family welcomes you and treats you as one of their own. Every detail is worked out and you can just enjoy the vacation to the fullest. It's all here for you. The food was excellent, the cabins made from the timber on these 1000 acres, the staff was exceptional, and the experience was unforgettable. If you've ever wanted to do this, don't deny yourself. You won't be disappointed with Black Mountain Ranch...

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

"This place was made for 9 year old boys" the owner said as we were departing. A week of firsts: 3 hour trail rides, cattle drive, cattle roping, calf riding, feeding a baby goat a bottle, dancing with a girl, firing a 20 gauge, rafting. As it turns out, perfect and many firsts for 45 year olds too! These humble, professional hosts are good stock and provided a vacation we will all remember forever.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Boulder, CO
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

We must have watched the BMR video a dozen times as we were booking out our trip and in the weeks leading up to it. Could this place REALLY be as amazing in person??

The short answer is, "Absolutely."

We just got back from our week at BMR a week ago and we're all still thinking about how perfect it was. Everything was simply terrific: the food, the staff, the horses, the pacing of the week's activities... everything. It was a week of amazing firsts for our boys and they have already started actively campaign for us to return.

Fantastic.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Black Mountain Ranch

Property: Black Mountain Ranch
Address: 4000 Conger Mesa Road, Mc Coy, CO 80463
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Region: United States > Colorado > Mc Coy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Mc Coy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come join us for a taste of the wild west. Your week long package includes lodging, all meals, unlimited horseback riding, an overnight pack trip, a longhorn cattle drive, whitewater rafting, fly and spin fishing, rifle and trap shooting, archery, a trip to a local rodeo and so much more! ... more   less 
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Black Mountain Ranch Colorado

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