With its humble beginnings as a mountain cattle ranch in 1947, the Flying W Ranch is a living symbol of Western Heritage, embodying the romantic spirit of the Old West. What began with eleven guests in 1953, grew to more than 1,400 nightly visitors, making the Flying W Ranch one of the most popular destinations in the state of Colorado. A western Chuckwagon spread of smoked meats with all the trimmings is followed by a western stage show performed by the world-renowned Flying W Wranglers, the second-longest-running western performance band in the world. The band’s three-part-harmonies of time-honored tunes of the open range, superb instrumentation, and clean bunkhouse humor have delighted over seven million people from around the world.
Although the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire completely destroyed the Flying W Ranch, in July 2020 the Ranch reopened with a stunning new facility and a new band.
The Ranch is open year-round for special events, parties, and gatherings, with the summer Chuckwagon operation beginning in May and running through September 30. Special Christmas shows are featured in December. Guests who visit the historic ranch will find themselves surrounded by striking red rock formations, hiking trails, ranch animals, and historical Old West demonstrations including Navajo rug weaving, silversmithing, and horseshoeing. The legacy and the romantic spirit of the Old West lives on at the Flying W Ranch.