Sweetwater River Ranch

The River Vacation of a Lifetime!

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At Sweetwater river ranch located on the Arkansas river in South-central Colorado, You’ll enter a different world–a sanctuary away from the fast pace and pressures of ordinary life.

Whether you’re our guest for a day, a week, or a season, you’ll find unparalleled opportunities to escape, relax, and renew at Sweetwater River Ranch.

  • You can be alone ~ Or meet new people.
  • You can do nothing ~ Or everything.
  • It’s your vacation ~ You design it.

Wanna be a cowboy?

  • Sleep in a rustic pioneer cabin next to the river
  • Horseback ride on nearby trails
  • Cook stew over a campfire
  • Watch a “gun-fight”
  • Whoop it up at the Westcliffe rodeo and dance
  • Gamble at a casino

Would you rather go “native”?

  • Set up a tent right next to the river
  • Drift to sleep to the sounds of rushing water
  • Wake to the sound of birds singing
  • Fish for your breakfast
  • Hike the mysterious Temple Canyon and search for the hidden Temple
  • Enjoy the wildlife everywhere.

Maybe you’re an urban cowboy…

  • Enjoy the amenities of a motel room or your own RV
  • Mountain bike, ATV or go 4-wheeling on nearby trails and roads
  • Rock climb
  • Enjoy the restaurants, shops and art galleries in nearby towns.
  • Spend a day at the Royal Gorge
  • Attend art and music festivals in the summer

Our amenities

Perhaps you’re looking for a romantic hide-away. Try one of our Deluxe Cabins.

  • Cozy. Intimate
  • Sleep until noon…or later!
  • No interruptions
  • Your own world
  • Meals in your cabin
  • Romantic strolls along the riverbank
  • Memories for a lifetime

At Sweetwater River Resort, you can do it all!


As our guest, you can:

  • Fish on our private 1/2 mile of river frontage on the Arkansas River
  • Go whitewater rafting or kayaking
  • Soak in a nearby hot springs
  • Hike or mountain bike through the mountains
  • Pan for gold
  • Stargaze at night
  • Keep a look out for eagles and osprey or any of our myriad species of birds
  • Watch for Big Horn sheep or pronghorn, or even elk
  • Experience the splendor of Colorado aspen in autumn
  • Explore a ghost town
  • Or simply sit by the water, relax and drink it all in.