High and remote in the San Isabel National Forest with off-the-beaten path charm. Weekly package for 30 pampered guests. Unique for spectacular scenery, quality horses, variety of activities & superb menu. Here you will savor hospitality second to none - warm, friendly and sincere.
Families are encouraged to spend time together at this Colorado guest ranch. Adult weeks offered in September.
Elk Mountain Ranch is a pleasant 2 1/2 hour drive from the Denver Airport. Ranch transfer service is available.
Nearby Buena Vista is home to the largest collection of peaks over 14,000 feet and the "White Water Capital of Colorado."
Week includes horseback riding through unspoiled wilderness, thrilling white water raft trip, trapshooting, marksmanship, archery, van trip to Aspen, hiking, fishing, mountain biking. Hayride, square-dance and musical entertainment take place in the evenings.
Elk Mountain Ranch is very family-oriented ranch. In concert with our regular ranch program, we offer a full kids' program for ages 3-7 years. Two children's counselors will offer a well-supervised, fun-filled day of activities. Each day at this Colorado guest ranch includes riding in the arena and activities that revolve around the theme of the day. Cowboy day includes roping, panning for gold, and making sheriff badges. On Indian Day children will make Indian headbands and necklaces, paint faces, hike to a tepee and hunt for arrowheads. Spend a day at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs pools and enjoy the water slide on Water Day.
Children 8 and older are usually able to participate in our regular ranch activities, but are always welcome to join the children's counselors.
Child care is also offered to children too young to participate in the above program. Children 2 and under are offered a rate of $200 per week plus $10 per hour child care.
September is for adults only. Enjoy the peak of the fall colors with an emphasis on riding and relaxing. Limited to 20 guests.
Elk Mountain Ranch has been the Murphy family's home and passion since 1985.
All activities at this Colorado guest ranch are included in the peak season rates for this dude ranch. Horseback riding through unspoiled wilderness. Ranch owns its own horses and you will be matched to suit your riding ability. This guest ranch has two Missouri Foxtrotters for those who want to ride Gaited Horses. Ask about them at the time of booking.
Although horses are our main emphasis, there are plenty of other activities for all to enjoy on this Colorado ranch vacation - thrilling whitewater raft trip, overnight camp trip, trapshooting, marksmanship, archery, van trip to Aspen, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, square-dancing, hayride, evening entertainment, kids' program and more.
The main lodge houses the dining room and gathering area, with fireplace, library, sun deck, piano, board games, dvd's. There are six log cabins and three lodgerooms. Spotlessly clean. A gift basket and fresh flowers await your arrival. Interior and exterior photos of each accommodation can be found on Elk Mountain Ranch's website.
Hot tub & massage available. Small guest laundry room. Internet. Horseshoes, basketball and volleyball court, tetherball, badminton, pool table & air hockey.
Superb, varied, home-cooked meals to delight both the hearty and discerning appetites. Trail ride cookouts, champagne brunch, steak fry, hors d-oeuvres, fabulous desserts, and kid-friendly options. The highlight at week's end at this Colorado dude ranch is the country candlelight dinner. Fresh baked cookies, snacks and fruit bowl always available between meals. Special diets happily accommodated
Elk Mountain Ranch is located in the “Whiter water capital” of Colorado. We are home to the largest collection of 14,000 plus peaks in the lower 48 states. Spectacular van trip over the Continental Divide to Aspen, CO.