• Established

  • Owner

    Paul Vahldiek
  • Manager

    Maren Nelson
  • Tel

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $395 - $441
    Winter: $395 - $878
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 2 days
    Winter: 2 days
  • Maximum Guests

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association, Dude Ranch Association

Have it exactly as wild as you want at The High Lonesome Ranch.

Explore breathtaking suroundings. Make memories that will last a lifetime. True western elegance, 400+ square miles of deeded and permitted lands that offer the size of a National Park, Rocky Mountain views, equestrian activities for all levels, fly-fishing, wing shooting, big game hunting, wild horse tours, five-star guest services, contemporary western culinary adventures, and more make this the perfect choice to please everyone in your family.

Good time to go

Open year round with activities to match every season.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 6 and over

Children enjoy the wide open spaces, wholesomeness, and freedom that our ranch atmosphere offers. Ideal for ages 6 and over.

Arts & Crafts

play-doh, coloring, sketching, Painting bird houses, making jewelry for kids, finger painting horses


hiking, biking, picnics, cookouts, petting zoo, whitewater rafting, Archery


board games, horseshoes, pool table

Riding based activities

animal care, horse care, pony rides, arena riding, trail riding

Baby Sitting

Hourly cost $10.

Environmental & Social Practices


Multi use landscape that each forum compliments the others to create a healthy and diverse ecosystem. The mission statement for the High Lonesome describes a "model of sustainability" that preserves stewardship of a large western landscape, maintains biodiversity and ecological connectivity, enhances the lives of wildlife and fish, and preserves and restores degraded habitat while allowing a mix of uses - primarily ranching, recreation, and research.


The Ranch is heavily involved in a local Parade, acknowledges local boys and girls with a free upland bird hunt in partnership with Colorado parks and Wildlife annually.Host a fundraising trail ride annually for the Wild Horse foundation. Provides outdoor courses thru local High Schools for Mesa and Garfield Counties.


The High Lonesome Ranch hosts numerous national and international conferences due to its living example of conservation and stewardship.

Ranch History

A modern wilderness with a healthy respect for the past. If it’s possible to improve on what nature intended, this would be the place.

Our ranch is where brave and hardy pioneers settled at the turn of the century. Today at The High Lonesome Ranch, we diligently continue their ranching heritage, reinvesting a large portion of our revenues and using the latest conservation practices to enhance the land and waters, wildlife and fish, as well as the new best practices in ranching.


  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    BYOB, wine provided with dinner
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

Modern American cuisine with southwest influences. Farm to table fare. Local, in-season ingredient driven!

Your Chef, Executive Chef Matthew Chasseur

Chasseur's professional background is highly respectable, including Chicago, London, and beyond, but he has great freedom to create and thrive here and has made HLR known for having the "Best Dinner in Colorado" by the Denver Post. Chasseur says this, "We will always be in search of something new, something fresh, and something beautiful, while creating a cuisine that respects its ingredients, their importance, and those who have nourished them along the way."


  • Address

    275 County Road 222
    De Beque
  • Remote Location

  • Elevation

    4,000-9,000 ft
  • Private Land

    20,000-40,000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Grand Junction

Grand Junction is situated 30 miles / 30 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Grand Junction include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Grand Junction offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, malls, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

200 for 4 people

Rental car

4x4 recommended

Nearest Airports

Walker Field, Grand Junction, CO


40 miles / 30 mins


Delta, United, United Express, American, Frontier, US Airways

Ranch shuttle

200 for 4 people

Rental car

4x4 recommended


  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability
  • Wranglers per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Thoroughbred, Draft Cross, Paints, Geldings, Mares

The Setting

Private Land (20,000-40,000 acres)

The High Lonesome Ranch sits along the spine of the continent on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. A national park-scale landscape perfectly situated to help connect large ecosystems, we are right on a key habitat corridor. We are working to restore, conserve, and steward a large western landscape, which contributes to a western wildway for wildlife to roam and thrive that stretches from Mexico to Canada. A private conservation organization founded over 20 years ago, we are addressing the challenges of stewarding this landscape for habitat connection while we still can, and encouraging people to use it. With mountain forests, grasslands, spring creeks, and alpine mesas at an altitude that ranges from 4,000 to 9,000 feet, the ranch is home to diverse wildlife and provides a vast playground for sports and wilderness activities.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

We want guests to share our landscape. Our mission to restore this ecosystem and conserve this swath of land while inviting use of it is only one of the things that sets us apart from other ranches. We are a working cattle ranch, use new best practices on the land, raise our own The High Lonesome Ranch Angus grassfed beef, and age it on the Ranch. Outdoor sports, laid-back luxury lodging, world-class local farm-to-table food, good people, and beautiful landscapes are just some of what we have to offer.

Our Riding

Scheduled rides

We’ll keep you busy with riding lessons, trail rides, western obstacle courses, participation in a real cattle drive, team penning, roping, fly-fishing, sporting clays, wild horse viewing, picnics, and wildlife viewing. There will never be a dull moment, but you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the company of friends and family, great food, restful sleep, and lots of laughs.

Guided rides

All rides are guided

Program rides

We offer clinics and arena work

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed

Why our riding stands out

  • You’ll ford streams, ride miles of mountain valleys and trails, and drive cattle. The scenery is stunning. Classic Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies.
  • We have a vast diversity of terrain. Open valleys, tree-covered trails, streams to cross, scenic lookouts to stop and enjoy. Cottonwoods, sage brush, mesas, and high ranch rocky overlooks. Altitudes vary from 4,000 - 9,000, so the views and terrain vary dramatically.
  • Personal lessons are tailored to each rider. Experienced, patient and talented, our wranglers are great with experience of all levels.

Sample Riding Itinerary

8 am Breakfast

9:30 - noon Morning activity

12-1:00 Lunch

1:30 - 4:30 Afternoon activity

4:45 - 6:00 Cocktails and wrangler entertainment

6:00 - 7:00 Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 Evening entertainment

A "sampler" of weekly activities include: Rider'sorientation, obstacle course, orientation trail ride, balanced trail ride, orchard trail ride, wild horse tour, picnic ride to Picture Rock, Yoga with horses followed by a centered riding workshop, ranch riding workshop with cattle, a cattle drive and cocktail wagon ride! Wednesday is an open afternoon for your choice of activities like fly fishing, sporting clays, mountain biking, etc.

Riding Lessons


lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

wrangler, ranch owner or manager


on the trail, in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic




Additionally charged, Clinics occur in the arena, Clinics occur on the trail

Focuses on

Group goals

Cattle work - pasture gathers

You'll be able to participate a real cattle drive. After a few days in the saddle and becoming aquainted with your horse all our guests are able to drive cattle from one pasture to another, just as we would have to do without their help. It's a great experience for everyone. And there's a wonderful trailside lunch - quite special and cooked on the grill with all the sides and desserts you may want after a satisfying morning in the saddle. Tablecloths included!


May, Jun, Jul, Aug

No. of cow/calf pairs



Guests watch, Guests participate

Branding work


Feb, Mar

Wildlife Safaris


Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep



Arena Work

Obstacle course, trust building activities


outdoor arena


sorting, roping from the ground, barrels, pole bending, gymkhana


  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $395 - $441
    Winter: $395 - $878
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine

High Lonesome Ranch can cater for up to 38 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

House | Guest House, Pond House, Homestead Cabin, Creekside Cabin, Castle Rock Camp, Forshay Cabin (seasonal)

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $395
Winter: $395

Minimum Stay

No minimum


Numerous unique ranch houses and cabins for one or more families or groups. Also luxury tent camping with all the amenities at Castle Rock Camp (seasonal)




Private bathroom, Shared bathroom


safe, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer


tv, dvd

Booking Policy

No nightly rates, but packages: Dude Ranch 5d/6n $2650 adult, $1500 children 15 and under. Fly-fishing 2d/3n $1755; 2d/3n Build your own Trip $1185. Ranch requires a 50% deposit upon booking with balance due 60 days prior to arrival.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, tax, gratuity, Riding, hiking, biking, picnics, board games, horseshoes, pool table, archery, cookouts, petting zoo, arts & crafts for kids



Babysitting 6 months - toddlers, alcoholic beverages other than local wines


  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    Executive business center , Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer.



The Lonesome Outfitter has outdoor, fishing, and hunting apparel as well as fun gift apparel items, vests, jackets, etc. Also sunscreen, hats, equipment, supplies, gifts.

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, Yoga, Golf - 9 hole course, Golf - 18 hole course, sporting clays, campouts, wagon rides, bird watching

Water based Activities

hot springs, whitewater rafting-adventure


relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, manicures, facials, pedicures

Winter Activities

down hill skiing

Fishing & Wildlife

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond, equipment available, guided inclusive


Elk, Mule Deer, Bears, Coyotes, and occasionally a Bobcat or Mountain Lion

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 40-50. Ideal for groups up to 40


We can cater for groups of 75-100. Please call the ranch at 970.283.9420

Local Attractions

Glenwood Hot Springs

The soothing mineral waters of the world’s largest hot springs pool are a great start, but this unique and historic destination includes a spa for stress reduction, a premier athletic club for working out, a resort boutique for retail therapy and on-location dining.


65 miles / 1 hour 15 mins

Battlement Mesa Golf Club

Powderhorn Downhill skiing


  • Unique and breathtaking scenery and terrain: heavily timbered north slopes contrast sharply with the eroding clay buttes on the south slopes.
  • They offer on-ranch fishing with private guide, stocked ponds and streams allow even the novice to enjoy fishing
  • Their cuisine is of high priority. Tasteful and innovative dinners, you also won't want to miss breakfasts with Aunt Linda and her organic granola!
  • Accommodating and customizable experience with conservation and education at the heart of the ranch


  • Because of the terrain, sometimes on shorter rides you'll see the same country and views twice

Visitor Reviews

Dont just take our word for it, see what visitors like you say...

Best dining experience in a decade!

Magical meal in a rustic, mountain ranch setting. The 24-course menu and attention to service was first class. We felt like very special guests, even as first-time visitors to the High Lonesome Ranch!

5 stars

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