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A unique, family adventure north of Durango became available in the summer of 2008 when the families of the James Ranch decided to open our ranch for tours on a limited basis. If you are an adult visitor interested in a more sustainable, organic lifestyle or if you are traveling with children and looking for a fun adventure that will be a memorable learning experience, consider taking a two and a half hour Guided Tour of the James Ranch. If you want a quick overview of our practices on the ranch, consider taking a Self-Guided Walking Tour. It is our mission to educate about the importance of following nature's way and stewarding our land and soil, so school and children's group tours are available as well.
All tour reservations need to be made through the Ranch Market:
Kay & Dave James
June 12th, 2017 - August 31st, 2017
The tours are guided by Dave James, one of the founders of James Ranch, and takes 2-2 1/2 hours. For groups of eight or less the tour will be on an electric cart; for 9-25 participants will tour the ranch on a hay wagon. The tour will take you through the lush green pastures where the grass-fed cattle graze along with the wild elk and deer. You will visit the seasonal dairy and cheese making facility where you will be able to observe a part of the artisan cheese making process. You can expect to visit the gardens, hens, turkeys, pigs and cattle while learning about sustainable farming and ranching and its importance to healthy and ethically-treated animals.
You will be able to ask questions about the soil, water, forages, and wildlife policies employed at the James Ranch.
Reservations are required and the cost for the tour is $25.00 per seat, children 5 and younger can go with their parents/guardian at no charge.
The James Ranch Self-guided tour booklet can be found in the market. The walking tour takes 15 to 20 minutes and leads you around the green terraces, up to the milking parlor, by the terrace chicken coop, to the baby goats, next to the market garden; all the while educating you about the ways in which the families of the James Ranch manage and steward their land and animals.
School Groups & Children's Groups
School groups and children's groups are treated to an educational walking tour of the dairy facility, the gardens, and checking for eggs in the "Egg Mobile". Since the James Ranch is a working ranch, we must have children watched carefully to avoid accidents so the child to adult ratio needs to be 4:1. Adult organizers need to recognize that their time at the James Ranch is about education and exposure and that it is not a free-for-all where chasing livestock will be condoned. The topic of the tour can be tailored to a specific area of study if needed. The charge is $50.00 per hour with a group maximum of 25 children and a minimum of 6 adults with that size of group.
For availability and reservations please call the James Ranch Market at 970-385-6858. If the call is not answered, please leave a message with the date and time of interest for a tour as well as contact information and your call will be returned as soon as possible.