Colorado offers a wide selection of ranches (some former, some still working) that are perfect for your sophisticated yet truly Western wedding.

By Dana Butler

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1. DUNTON HOT SPRINGS
Dolores
duntonhotsprings.com

Across from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs resort is set in a formerly abandoned ghost town. For a romantic adventure, you and your wedding party can take over the whole place, which includes lodging and meals from the organic kitchen for up to 44 guests. Rustic charm abounds from the 13 hand- hewn, luxuriously appointed cabins and the mineral hot springs to the original Dancehall & Saloon and Bathhouse. Over the course of the wedding weekend, check out the Pony Express yoga studio and the West Fork boxing gym, or spend your time outdoors among the ruggedly beautiful 14ers, rivers, lakes and meadows horseback riding, fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking or rock climbing.

 

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2. C LAZY U GUEST RANCH
Granby
clazyu.com

This award-winning resort specializes in weddings and features more than 8,500 acres of open space. The staff is incredibly flexible and will do everything it can to make your experience magical. Enjoy horseback riding and fly-fishing, the top-notch spa or the ropes course and zip line. Accom- modations are available for up to 105 guests (including three gourmet meals per day), and you can spend your first night together at the secluded honeymoon cabin.

 

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3. THE HISTORIC PINES RANCH
Westcliffe
thehistoricpinesranch.com

This mountain retreat sits on 187 acres eight miles from West- cliffe at the base of Gibbs Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Moun- tains. The ranch has been hosting vacationers and couples getting married since the late 1800s. There’s lots of opportunity to take advantage of the location adjacent to the San Isabel Na- tional Forest with hiking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting. And two million acres of wilderness outside your door means stunning views—not to mention the possibility of spotting Colorado’s abundant wildlife—at every turn.

 

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Bailey
deercreekvalleyranch.com

Owners Tim and Christian Marasciullo were inspired by their own personal story of love to turn their ranch into a cozy and beautiful setting for weddings and more, one that is only 45 minutes from DTC. The historic barn, originally built in 1865, has been painstakingly restored down to the smallest detail, including bar stools made from horse saddles. Out- door wedding locations include the Evans Bridge Meadow or the lakeside gazebo, both with views of Mount Evans.

 

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5. GRANBY RANCH
Granby
granbyranch.com

Do you want to make your entrance on a mountain bike or ride a chairlift to your mountaintop ceremony? This is the place where adventure meets romance, offering lift-served hiking trails, miles of gold-medal fishing, hundreds of acres of biking trails and golf on an 18-hole championship course. A sweeping vista stretching from Grand Lake to Winter Park can be the backdrop for your ceremony, and the ranch hosts only one wedding a day, so all the attention is on you.

 

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6. DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH
Tabernash
devilsthumbranch.com

This place works for everything from a casual outdoor affair to full black tie. A relatively new addition is the 4,200-square-foot High Lonesome Barn, which was reconstructed from a Civil War-era structure that once lived in Ohio. It features views of the Continental Divide, a con- verted hay loft that can work for smaller get-togethers and two historic Rumford-style stone fireplaces. Another option is the Broad Axe Barn built from hand-hewn beams reclaimed from a mid-1800s Indiana barn. Guests can stay on-site in log cabins, decorated with antiques from around the globe. There’s also fly-fishing, hiking, raft trips on the Colorado River and the Ranch Creek Spa.

 

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7. ELLIS RANCH
Loveland
ellisrancheventcenter.com

A plus for the Ellis Ranch Event Center and Wedding Park is the location. Out of town guests will be especially impressed that you chose to tie the knot in “Loveland.” The setting is romantic and just rustic enough. Grander weddings make good use of the event center and wedding park, and the property also features the Carriage House for more intimate events.

 

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8. MIDNIGHT RANCH
Clark
midnightranch.com

The 105-acre Midnight Ranch offers an unforgettable location. The couple, wedding party and guests stay in lovely homes, which can house approximately 32 guests. The ranch itself can host up to 200 guests for an outdoor (and/or tented) ceremony high in the Rocky Mountains.