General FAQ’s

Can you tell me more about your sessions?

Call now to make reservations for Summer 2012 session days! Filling quickly!

The Ranch is open Monday-Friday for sessions.

Sessions are scheduled in two ways- Afternoon blocks from 1-5pm or all day, 9am-5pm.  Sessions consist of various activities ranging from basic to intermediate riding lessons, horsemanship classes, calf care, milking the cow, gathering eggs, vegetable gardening, feeding the horses and other farm and ranch chores.

Lunch can be provided, by prior arrangement, for $5 per person, or you may bring your own sack lunch. Drinks and bathroom facilities are available.

(*Not all activities will be available at every session.)

All sessions are by appointment only.

Group and family sessions and multi-day stays are  available -please call for availability and reservations.

All programs and projects incorporate lessons such as trust, faithfulness, leadership, endurance, reliability, compassion and love.

*Please note that sessions at the Ranch are about interacting with the horses and other Ranch animals and experiencing what the Ranch has to offer. If you are only looking to increase your riding skills you may be better served by making an appointment at a traditional riding stables.

How can I get my child involved?

E-mail Mercy Trails Ranch at or call 970-380-6262 to schedule an appointment.

We are open year round, although the weather limits the program through the winter months.

Can I send my child to the Ranch without me?

While it may be offered in certain circumstances for you to drop your child off at Mercy Trails Ranch, we recommend that parents attend as well.  Parents play a vital role in the healing process for any child and we would not want you to miss your opportunity to cheer your child to victories over the struggles in their young life. There are also opportunities for whole families to be ministered to as well.

You speak in your stories and literature about healing and life lessons taught at the Ranch-can you explain this to me?

Interactions with, and caring for, the horses and other animals on the Ranch, teach lessons of compassion, empathy for others, hard work, honesty, integrity, determination, self-confidence, trust and hope.

Working side by side doing Ranch chores allows for multiple opportunities for rich conversations on life and the trials and traumas that lie therein.  Animals have a unique ability to form an almost instant common bond between strangers, to break down barriers that have been formed over years between family members, to bring in new experiences and shared memories.

Weeding and tending the gardens, bonfires in the evening, trail rides on the prairie, allow for a change of pace in a frenetic world and an opportunity for the mind, soul and body to be at peace, even if just for a moment.

These together weave an environment that draws people back over and over again.

What do I need to bring with me and my child to the Ranch?

All riders must wear long pants and closed toed shoes.  We highly recommend cowboy boots or boots with a heel and slick toe.   However, we have been blessed by multiple pairs of boots that can be provided for those who need it.  Ask for sizes available.

We also highly recommend sunscreen and bug spray, as well as a water bottle and hat.  Due to abrupt changes in the weather that are common in Colorado year round, you may find it appropriate to bring a sweatshirt or light jacket.

Helmets will be provided and are required for anyone under the age of 18.

You will be asked to sign Riding Waiver for each person attending the Ranch.

What can I expect if I bring my family to the Ranch?

Activities* and Amenities include, but are not limited to, a Western decorated bunk house with bathroom and full kitchen that sleeps 6, two studio cabins with exterior bathroom that each sleep 4 and one that sleeps 5, fabulous food, gardens with fresh vegetables, farm chores (feeding the chickens and gathering eggs, milking the cow, pitching hay to the horses, slopping the pigs), horsemanship classes and riding as a family or group, trails rides on the prairie (intermediate riders and above), bonfires with smores, hayrides, cowboy songs with guitar, games, arts and crafts, fresh air, open prairie, mighty thunderstorms, wildlife…

(*not all activities available at all times)

Who qualifies to come to Mercy Trails Ranch?

No one will be turned away from the opportunities that Mercy Trails Ranch can offer.  While we talk much of the struggling and troubled children that have attended, any child from 1-99 is welcome.  We only ask that each person have an open heart and want to attend!

What does it cost to attend?

Sessions are provided free of charge!  Overnight stays start at  per person$35 per person, per night; $100 per night per family of four plus $20 for each additional family member.  This includes all meals and activities.

Overnight Horse Camps are $240 per child, per week. Day Camps are $160 per child/per week.  Scholarships are available-please contact us for more information.

Can I visit Mercy Trails Ranch?

We would love to have you.  E-mail us at or call 970-380-6262 to schedule an appointment for a tour.

Can I stay overnight at Mercy Trails Ranch?

God has blessed Mercy Trails Ranch with several facilities for overnight or multi-day stays for groups and families. Each facility is available by reservation only.

The Bunkhouse is a 1 bedroom/1 bath Western decorated cabin with living room and kitchen.  The bedroom comfortably sleeps 6 with one queen bed and four bunks.  The kitchen is fully equipped for your stay.

Three studio cabins are also available.  Two of the cabins are cozy one room Western decorated spaces with double or queen bed and two bunks. Each cabin has a microwave and small refrigerator and porch with rocking chairs that overlooks the arena.  Bathroom with shower is a short walk.

The third cabin has a queen bed, three single beds and an open porch with rocking chairs. This cabin is located a short distance from the main house.

There is a large dining and meeting room in the main house for larger groups and families.

E-mail us at to schedule your stay for the summer of 2012.   The appointment calendar is filling rapidly!

All additional families will be placed on a wait list and contacted as soon as an opening becomes available.

Can I volunteer at Mercy Trails Ranch?

YES!  We are always in need of volunteers!  We are also seeking motivated Christian young adults who would consider volunteering for 2-3 months in the summer.  If this is something that you would be interested in, please call for details.   Church work groups, men’s and women’s Bible Studies and youth groups are always welcome and needed to complete various projects on the property.

 Is Mercy Trails Ranch a religious organization?

No.  Mercy Trails Ranch is a faith-based program.  Mercy Trails Ranch is not affiliated with any religious group or organization. Faith on the Ranch is lived, not preached. Our Board and Staff believe in God and the saving grace of His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is our greatest desire to serve God by the demonstration of our faith through action by our love for Him and the support of families, children and individuals.  It is our highest honor to serve children, groups and families of all backgrounds.

How much does it actually cost Mercy Trails Ranch to host a child?

There are some real operating costs to run a ranch of this size.  It costs approximately $200/day in total overhead costs for a person to come.  To remain free to our low income clients, we are always seeking people who would partner together to sponsor a person to come to the ranch.  If you are interested in sponsoring a child in full or in part, please click the Paypal button on the home page to donate.  Your donation is tax-deductible.

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