Park County ranch offers genuine cowboy experience |

Park County ranch offers genuine cowboy experience

FAIRPLAY – After the German flavor of Oktoberfest events the last couple of weekends, Fairplay offers a party with an authentic, Old West ranch feel.American Safari Ranch hosts an all-you-can-eat pig roast with a hearty cowboy-style feast, live music, draft beer and horseback riding from noon to about 4 p.m. Saturday.Fairplay locals play cowboy, folk and whatever other music suits their fancy, and no matter what the weather’s like, the ranch can accommodate people in its Western, indoor saloon or its outdoor bonfire ring.The 3,500-plus-acre ranch features an original homestead from the turn of the century as well as modern facilities. Nestled in the valley of South Park – the legendary hunting grounds of the Ute Indians – guests can go horseback riding; and it’s not your typical nose-to-tail plod in a circle; it’s wide open riding.”It’s a step back in time,” said Stan Kopunec, who has owned the ranch for 17 years. “It’s like when cowboys had parties; you sit on a log and eat and watch the mountains. With the open fire and the smell of smoke and the look of the mountains – all that has a good affect on people.”A lot of people tell me that’s what they were looking for – to get out of the ‘busyness.’ Breckenridge is still city style. This is a ranch. It’s relaxing, undeveloped and open-surroundings country. Everyone looks and feels different when they’re here. “People come here and party, but it’s different than a hotel where they put plates in front of you and you have to sit at a table and that’s it. Here people can eat, play games, play horseshoes, roping and reserve a horse to ride – and we have ponies for the kids. It’s a nice family event, a time for people to play cowboy a little bit.”The ranch also offers private cabins, camping and a motel. For reservations for the pig roast, call (719) 836-2700.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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