Three Trails Ranch
The ranch is operated by Master Plan Ministries (MPM) a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization and is available for group use. This mountain facility is located 20 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado above the Lemon Dam situated at 9,000 ft. elevation. The 17 acres and five buildings were originally built in the late 1960’s as a Dude ranch. Today, the ranch is a renovated year round Christian retreat/conference center that will sleep 130 guests. The adjacent San Juan National Forest is accessible for hiking, fishing, and back-packing.
Master Plan also has the Cascade Lodge available for rent near Purgatory ski area.
The 30 year MPM history and philosophy strongly shows our interest in using Three Trails Ranch for retreats and conferences that help to develop the moral and spiritual values of the youth, promote strong family values and to show why the claims of Jesus Christ can give everyone great hope and purpose. Three Trails Ranch exists to promote the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
Address: 2038 Sierra Verde Dr., Durango, CO.
Phone number: 970-259-2354.
P.O. Box 1082
Durango, CO 81302
Its best to call us 8am -8pm, MST. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Horn Lodge: In general, this building can sleep 15-30, is self-contained with its own kitchen and 4.5 bathrooms.
First Floor: one bedroom with a king bed and a set of bunkbeds.
Second floor: three bedrooms each with one queen bed and one set of bunkbeds.
Third floor: three bedrooms each with one queen beds and one set of bunkbeds.
Included is large meeting room downstairs and a large living room on the third floor. Both large rooms have flat screen TV's. Also available is a washer and dryer, pool table, enough pots, pans, dishes for a group of 30. It is heated mostly by a wood stove. (wood is provided)
Dining Hall Building: This building contains tables and chairs for larger groups as well as a large commercial kitchen. The dining hall is the largest room on the ranch and can be used for a meeting room that could seat 60-70. It also includes a piano and a wood stove for heat and Large Flat Screen TV.
Commercial Kitchen: is equipped with an electrical stove, larger propane stove with large grill, two microwaves, propane oven warming table, barbecue grill, freezer, three refrigerators, ice-maker, dishwasher with racks, pantry, pans (9x13, two pizza pans, muffin tins, cookie sheets bread pans), two toasters, colanders, mixing bowls, coffee pots (12 & 30 cup), gal pitchers, cutting boards, cheese graters, electric griddle, electric roasting pans, two crock pots, blender, serving trays, dish rags, t-towels, serving spoons, spatulas, whisks, knives, measuring cups, timers, and temperature gages. Cooks will be shown how to operate kitchen.
Bunk house: can sleep 32 women upstairs and 32 men downstairs in larger bunk beds, (the single mattresses are all 6ft. 6 inches long.) Attached are two large bathrooms each with 4 showers, sinks and toilets. Also, a special handicap bathroom is included along with a handicap ramp. This building is mostly for youth and singles. Included on the bottom floor is a wood burning stove and for the women upstairs there is water baseboard heat and there are extra “throw” mattresses.
Aspen lodge: this is a hotel-like building with 24 rooms, library and laundry. Each room has a queen bed and bathroom. This building is mostly for adults and includes a small parking lot.
Since the ranch does not provide bedding or towels, we recommend that you bring warm sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillows, towels, etc.
Water Supply: Rocky mountain spring water flows into our pond, then into our water treatment building, though the best filtering system and finally chlorinated according to Colorado State law. The ranch water system is operated by a Colorado certified water operator. We have excellent water.
Parking: There is plenty of parking available at the main parking area near the Big Horn lodge, at the Aspen Lodge parking lot, and another larger area around and below the Bighorn lodge. We can park more than a 100 cars.
During the summer – The uphill graveled road (Sierra Verde Drive) from the Lemon Dam road is in good shape and is fine for all vehicles. Please keep speed down to 15 MPH due to keeping the dust down for all the cabins along the road. Watch for speed bumps and slow down to accommodate them.
During the winter – Usually, the two mile uphill road (Sierra Verde Dr.) is plowed and is snow-packed. Mandatory chains are required or 4-wheel drive vehicles are the only way the ranch can be reached. Make sure that drivers know how to put chains on their vehicles correctly. Chain up near the mailboxes at the Lemon Reservoir on the main road.
Regular two wheel drive vehicles without chains will have to park at the bottom of the uphill road near the mailboxes and wait for a pre-arranged shuttle to pick people up in your group or catch a ride with someone in your group that has a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Note: there is no cell service at the mailbox location.
THINGS TO DO:
In the local area:
Lemon Reservoir is 1.6 miles down Sierra Verde Dr. Right on Co Rd 243. Look for parking and fishing access near inlet.