Chuckwagon Supper & Original Western Stage Show

Grand Saddle Hall

Authentic Chuckwagon Supper

Cowboy Roping Demonstrations

Rare Oxen Exhibit

Pony Rides

Narrow Gauge Train Rides

Axe Throwing

Chuckwagon Supper & Original Western Stage Show

Nightly May 25 – Oct 11, 2024

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The Original Chuckwagon Supper Show in Colorado Springs

For over 70 years, the Flying W Ranch has been the home of the only Chuckwagon Supper Show in Colorado Springs. Featuring a rousing Western stage show and a classic American chuckwagon meal, the Chuckwagon Supper and Original Western Stage Show at the Flying W Ranch are guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. Come for supper, stay for the show, and create memories of a lifetime at the Flying W Ranch. 

The Classic Chuckwagon Experience

A western Chuckwagon spread of smoked meats with all the trimmings is served for dinner. Smoked brisket, smoked chicken, and smoked sausage are featured. Foil wrapped potatoes with sour cream and cheese, Flying W trail beans, chunky applesauce, Dutch oven biscuits, and spice cake round out an authentic and hearty Chuckwagon meal. The meal and beverages are served on tin plates and in tin cups to replicate a Chuckwagon experience.

The Picturesque Setting

Nestled in stunning red rocks that are part of the Garden of the Gods rock formation, the Flying W Ranch is a 1,400 acre working cattle ranch. Guests can enjoy the Western Grounds, featuring a variety of ranch animals, mountain streams, duck-filled ponds and activities.  Rare American Milking Devon Oxen and American Bison are on display. Native American dancing, horse and carriage rides, pony rides, axe throwing, archery, the Russell M. Wolfe Narrow-Gauge Railroad, the Christmas Rock hiking trail, and gift shops engage a variety of interests. Although the Ranch is only minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, it feels like a world apart.

No Supper is Complete Without a Performance From

The Last Troubadours of The West – The World-Renowned Flying W Wranglers

The main highlight of Russ and Marian’s achievements at the Ranch was the introduction of the Flying W Wranglers. Western music was included in their initial vision, following the ride through the ranch and the Chuckwagon meal.  From 1953 to 1957, the performers ranged from college students and folk singers to the Sons of the Pioneers.

In 1957, the Flying W Wranglers were officially unveiled. Through the years, over 60 individuals have been a part of the Flying W Wranglers, with several of them performing for the Ranch for well over 30 years. The Flying W Wranglers are now the second-oldest Western performance band in the world.  Their three-part-harmonies of time-honored tunes of the open range, high-quality instrumentation, and clean bunkhouse humor have delighted over seven million people from around the world.

In addition to performing at the Ranch, they performed in USO tours in Vietnam during the war; at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee; in London; at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  The Flying W Wranglers have been featured in local and national television commercials, performed with several world-class symphonies, sung in major sporting events, and won a wide variety of musical awards.  Given the deep legacy for the re-birth of the Ranch post-Waldo Canyon fire, over 300 musicians and entertainers were auditioned.

Over 7 Million Served Since 1953

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. With their exciting Chuckwagon Supper Shows, the Flying W has become a piece of living history in Colorado Springs.

Since 1953 the Flying W Ranch has served over seven million guests. Tragically, in June 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire swept into Colorado Springs and destroyed the Flying W Ranch, burning nineteen historic buildings to the ground. In July 2020, a stunning new pavilion building opened, and the Flying W Ranch resumed its nightly suppers and western stage show. With that, the Flying W Ranch rededicated itself to preserving the West. Four generations of families have attended the Flying W Ranch, creating memories that last a lifetime.

It Started with a Potluck

At age fifty-five, Don Wilson packed up his family and his three Kansas ranches and, in 1947, moved to the 1867 Colorado State Senator Robert Douglas homestead.  The thousands of bucolic acres surrounding the homestead were nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak on the northwest side of Colorado Springs. The land was originally owned by William Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, and is adjacent to Palmer’s Glen Erie home.

Don’s daughter and son-in-law, Russ and Marian Wolfe, moved to Colorado to help in the ranching operations. Black Angus cows were bred with Hereford bulls. The resulting Black Baldy calves were sold in the Fall. In addition, champion Quarter horses were raised and sold. Don and his older brother Harry were responsible for introducing the athletic Quarter horse to the state of Kansas (the Quarter horses were purchased from the King Ranch in Texas) and to Colorado. While wrangling with cows and horses, Russ and Marian continued to set their hearts on building the Chuckwagon Suppers and Original Western Stage Show business model.

During the summer, people would come out from town to ride horses over the extensive ranch lands with Russ Wolfe ramrodding the outings.  Some evenings, the group would be small enough for Marian to invite the riders to share in a “potluck.” Russ and Marian decided to make the affair a regular event – a scenic horseback ride followed by a home-cooked meal under the stars around an open camp fire.  In 1953, with 11 paying guests at $3.00 each, the Chuckwagon dream was born.