Colorado Dude Ranch Wins Big in 2013 Signature Ranch Awards

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Southern Colorado dude ranch, Rainbow Trout Ranch, made a big splash in the 2013 Signature Ranch Awards hosted by

Rianbow Trout Ranch won Best Horseback Riding and Best Family Dude Ranch in addition to placing in all applicable categories in the guest voting on

Rainbow Trout Ranch won Best Horseback Riding and Best Family Dude Ranch in the 2013 Signature Awards.

"The results are out! Congrats on being voted a top Ranch in our 2013 Signature Ranch Awards!" - Email from to Rainbow Trout Ranch

Rainbow Trout Ranch, a full-service dude and guest ranch in the southern Colorado Rockies, was a major contender in's 2013 Signature Ranch Awards.

This is the second year of the Signature Ranch Awards which to quote from "recognizes excellence within the Dude Ranch vacation industry. Nominations and voting occurs each summer, and winners are announced mid-August."

Rainbow Trout Ranch was voted first in the categories of Horseback Riding and also Family Dude Ranches. They were voted third in the categories of Food/Dining/Meals and Favorite Dude Ranch Hosts, and also placed in Dude Ranches for Kids/Teens as well as Fly-Fishing Dude Ranches. The ranch was the only ranch to place in all applicable categories.

"We are so honored that our guests think highly enough of us to vote," says owner Doug Van Berkum. He goes on to say that the only categories in which they didn't place were the ones that do not apply to them such as Winter Dude Ranches and Eastern Dude Ranches. Van Berkum says, "First and foremost, we are a family dude ranch, dedicated to excellent riding, fishing and a wonderful overall family experience."

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