On the outskirts of North La Junta, resident Darell Wollert has set up a unique service for traveling ranchers, cowboys and horse wranglers: A horse hotel.


July 29, Wollert was joined by La Junta Chamber of Commerce board and staff for the grand ribbon cutting ceremony at the horse hotel.


The only one like it in the region, and one of only a handful across Colorado, according to Chamber of Commerce President Mickie Lewis-Gemici, Wollert’s 9H Quarter Horses & Paints Horse Hotel is a dream become reality.


The idea started as a passion project of Wollert’s late wife, he said, and he has finally had the time and wherewithal to see it to fruition. Wollert worked on the horse hotel facilities himself, he told the Tribune-Democrat.


The facilities include 12’ x 14’ stalls with bedding; water and electrical hookups for trailers; a 50’ x 150’ indoor riding arena with a roping chute and cow track; three round pens of 25’, 50’ and 100’; a wash rack and more available riding space near the Arkansas River.


"I'd done it all by myself," Wollert said. "I was worn out."


A few people have already took advantage of the horse hotel services, including world champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor, Wollert said.


"I was so shocked when I seen her pull in. She acted like she knew me and she's from Texas and I said, ’Ah, I don't know anyone from Texas.’ She was really awesome. She's an angel. She says, 'I will be back.'"


Wollert agreed it seems his new business is off to a good start.


Horse boarding rates at the 9H Quarter Horses & Paints Horse Hotel are $35 a night. Wollert said he plans to use an indoor arena to also accommodate events such as birthday parties.


Wollert’s horse hotel has joined listings on horsemotels.com. One can find his business there or contact him at (719) 469-1613 for more information.


Tribune-Democrat reporter Christian Burney can be reached by email at cburney@ljtdmail.com. Help support local journalism by subscribing to the La Junta Tribune-Democrat at lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/subscribenow.