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.
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.
All rides are guided
We offer clinics and arena work
Weight limit for riding
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
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.
lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons
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
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
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Obstacle course, trust building activities
sorting, roping from the ground, barrels, pole bending, gymkhana