Elk Mountain Ranch- Colorado Guest Ranch


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PO Box 910
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Tel. 800-432-8812
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High and remote in the San Isabel National Forest and adjacent to the Browns Canyon National Monument 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, excursions to the Browns Canyon National Monument 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 $12 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.

Travel Deals

2016 Family Reunion Ranch Special

Ride, raft, fish & hike together. Sequester yourselves from the distractions of the outside world. Build memories to last a lifetime. Offering a 10% discount to family reunion groups of 10 or more. Weeks of May 29 and August 21 – 15% discount to groups of 15 or more. Never a better time; or value.

Book this trip or learn more by contacting Tom and Sue Murphy at 1-800-432-8812 or by emailing Tom and Sue. Visit the Elk Mountain Ranch website.


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, excursion to the Browns Canyon Ropes Adventure Park, 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

Area Attractions

Elk Mountain Ranch is located in the “Whiter water capital” of Colorado and adjacent to the Browns Canyon National Monument. 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.

At a Glance

High and remote in the San Isabel National Forest, this Colorado guest ranch offers weekly ranch vacation packages for 30 pampered guests.


Buena Vista, CO


Denver or Colorado Springs

Riding Style/ Ability

Beginner to Advanced. All Abilities Welcome. Western Riding.


June to September 20, 2015



Corporate Groups, Retreats, Meetings Welcome


Weekly Rates: Per Person, 3 pm Sunday to 10 am the following Sunday
June 19-Aug 21, 2016

Adults $2125
Children 8-12 $1485
Children 3-7 $1085

May 29-June 19 and Aug 21-Sept 18, 2016
Adults $1925
Children 8-12 $1385
Children 3-7 $985

Weekly Package rates are designed to be “all inclusive”. They offer guests a complete vacation package with an array of enjoyable activities from which to choose.

Ranch accepts Cash, Checks, Travelers Checks and Visa, MasterCard and Discover

Travel Agents Accepted- This ranch works with travel agents!