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Unique for its spectacular location, horseback rides of unmatched beauty, quality of horses, variety of activities, superb menu, intimate capacity and off-the-beaten path charm. Adjacent to the Browns Canyon National Monument. Families encouraged to ride, raft and dine together. Excellent children’s program for 7 and under. Adults-only in September. Only 2.5 hours from the Denver International Airport.

Your Hosts

Tom and Sue Murphy



30 pampered guests


1-800-432-8812 Out of country 001-719-539-4430


Adult Off Season-$2095, Peak Season-$2295, 7-night weekly package includes all activities. Children’s rates $1195 – $1695.

Minimum stay

Sunday to Sunday, but minimum 3-night in off-season.


$800 per person with the balance due at the end of stay. Deposit is refundable (less 10% administrative fee) if notified of cancellation 60 days prior to arrival.

Payment Methods

Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Personal checks and Traveler’s checks.


Rental car or Ranch airport transfer. The charge is $485 round trip per family group of five or less from Denver International airport.

Travel Agents



Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association, Dude Rancher’s Association, America Outdoors, Certified Horsemanship Association, Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce


The main lodge houses the dining room with fireplace, sitting room, library, sundeck, and the upstairs Elk suite. There are six one and two bedroom log cottages with private bath and king and queen beds. The Pioneer Lodge has three guest rooms, all with private baths. All lodging is carpeted, tastefully furnished, quality bedding and receives daily housekeeping service. The ranch generates its own electricity. Lights out at 11 p.m. Enjoy the star gazing.

Food & Dining

From trail cookouts to candlelight supper, we have it all.
The superb, varied, & full-course meals of our dude ranch dining will delight both hearty and discerning appetites, and are sure to be a highlight. Trail ride cookouts, steak fry, country candlelight supper, and fabulous desserts. Children’s items are offered (we have kids too!) Relax on the lodge deck before dinner and enjoy our daily appetizers. Coffee, teas, cocoa, fresh fruit, chips and cookie jar always available. Special diets and special occasions are happily accommodated.


Activities: Horseback riding through unspoiled wilderness. High quality horses. Opportunities to trot, canter and spread out through open parks. Thrilling white water raft trip down the Arkansas River through the Browns Canyon National Monument. Vehicle trip to Aspen over the Continental Divide. Excursion to Browns Canyon Rope & Adventure Park. Full children’s program for ages 3-7 years. Trapshooting, marksmanship, archery, two stocked fishing ponds, Jacuzzi, horseshoes, hiking, biking, volleyball, badminton, tetherball and basketball court. Entertainment: Hay ride, local entertainment, square dancing, campfires, board games, library and relaxation. Massage is available for additional charge. Families encouraged to ride and raft together. Adults Only in September.

Optional off-site excursions – ATV rental, golf, guided fly fishing in Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River.

Kid's Programs

Excellent children’s program for ages 3-7 years. Older children also welcome to join. Each day has a unique theme. Indian Day, Cowboy Day, Water Day, etc. Arena horseback riding, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, swimming at the Mount Princeton hot springs (adults welcome too!), fishing, hiking. The kids will sleep well at night. As we are more family-oriented, all meals are eaten together in our main lodge. Come and enjoy your family!




9600′ ft-Colorado’s Highest


Buena Vista , Colorado – Home of the largest collection of 14,000 plus feet peaks in the lower 48 states. The white water capital of Colorado. Home to Colorado’s newest National Monument – Browns Canyon National Monument. &

Closest Airports

Pleasant 2 hour drive from either Colorado Springs or Denver Airports.

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