Explore Beautiful Southern Colorado
The ranch, the horses and the cattle are the centerpiece of your vacation but we plan for tour days that will take you away from the ranch to see the best of Southern Colorado.
Your stay of 10 to 14 days will include four to five ‘tour days’. The sights and activities we highly recommend are within a couple of hours drive from the ranch. Your rate to stay at Music Meadows will reflect the fact that you will be touring on those days and giving the horses a break 🙂
Our community offers 1st rate music festivals and rodeos as well that you may wish to coordinate your stay to include. (bullet point events with a link? and dates) Of course we recommend that all of our guests whether on a mini stay or extended stay, take time to check out our towns very original shops, art galleries, museums and grab a bite to eat.
- Special river water feature at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Year Round Off-Site
- The Royal Gorge https://royalgorgebridge.com/about-the-park/
- Dinosaur Museum https://dinoxp.com/
- Prison Museum https://prisonmuseum.org/
- Great Sand Dunes National Park https://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
- Valley View Hot Springs http://www.olt.org/vvhs
- Joyful Journey Hot Springs http://joyfuljourneyhotsprings.com/pools/
- Mount Princeton Hot Springs https://mtprinceton.com/swim/
- Cottonwood Hot Springs https://cottonwood-hot-springs.com/colorado/the-hot-springs/
- Denver (main attractions)
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
Pikes Peak; Cliff Dwellings in Manitou Springs; Garden of the Gods; Pioneer Museum: Colorado Springs
Westcliffe and Silvercliff
Westcliffe and Silvercliff are the towns here in the Wet Mountain Valley. Situated on the flanks of the Wet Mountains with incredible views across the verdant ranchland of the valley floor, these towns started during the mining boom of the mid-1800s to become the quaint towns they are today. Follow up an afternoon of shopping with a meal at one of many eateries. Summer is full of music festivals, rodeos, county fair, parades, Shakespeare in the Park, outdoor concerts, and much more.
Our small community also boasts a rec center, Club America, where you can work out or go swimming. Bowling is a great family activity at Cliff Lanes, and if you love golf look no further than St. Andrews 9 hole golf course. Drive 20 minutes north to Texas Creek and take an ATV tour at Play Dirty ATV Tours.
Whitewater Rafting the Arkansas River
Rafting the rapids of the Arkansas River is quite the experience. Take on the Class III – IV rapids in Browns Canyon or see a whole new view of the Royal Gorge – from the river. There are many options depending on how adventurous you want to be. Contact Arkansas River Tours for reservations.
(Footage: Arkansas River Tours)
Spend a quiet evening fishing the Music Meadows pond, stocked with plenty of large trout. Or head off to DeWeese Reservoir just north of Westcliffe, or the Arkansas River 30 minutes north of the ranch.
Explore one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. Walk the bridge, ride the zipline, take the train, or just enjoy the incredible view almost 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River. Just 45 minutes from the ranch, Royal Gorge is an incredible day trip.
(Footage: Royal Gorge Bridge & Park)
Family friendly wolf sanctuary and educational facility located just 30 minutes from Music Meadows Ranch. Tour the sanctuary, learn about wolf biology, and even meet the friendly ambassador wolves. The sanctuary focuses on sustainability and operates on solar power as well as growing much of their own produce in high altitude greenhouses. Learn more at www.missionwolf.org.
(Footage: Mission: Wolf)
A huge castle in the Wet Mountains, built entirely by hand. Jim Bishop has been working on this truly unique masterpiece for nearly 60 years. Climb the iron stairs to incredible 100 mile views from the turrets, and if you’re lucky the dragon might breathe fire. Visits are always free, but be aware Jim Bishop doesn’t always share his political and social views in a kid-friendly way. Visit www.bishopcastle.org for more details.
Soothe tired muscles after a day in the saddle or climbing the peaks. Westcliffe has several masseuse options.
Cathy Crelling offers a balanced and complete massage and is happy to come to the ranch if you prefer the privacy and comfort of your lodging. Contact Cathy at 719-569-6153.
Melissa Harth offers an energetic and therapeutic blend of therapies, and a massage experience tailored to your needs. Contact Melissa at 719-371-6821 .
Guy Madden at Spa Sola Fide ensures a timeless quality of comfort, balance and healing in an atmosphere that is safe and relaxing. Contact Guy at 719-783-0668.
Come on Up!
6076 County Road 119
Westcliffe, CO 81252