Set amid the timeless beauty of the Elk River Valley, The Home Ranch is an idyllic Rocky Mountain hideaway, a beloved Colorado dude ranch in the summer and fall, and a warm and welcoming cross-country ski resort and Steamboat lodging option in winter and spring. The only Relais & Chateaux dude ranch in Colorado, The Home Ranch is renowned for its singular charm, refined comfort, exquisite cuisine and genuine hospitality.
Elegant Western accommodations are comprised of a main lodge with six unique guest rooms – and eight distinctive cabins nestled in the aspens, all lovingly appointed by owner and founder, Ann Stranahan. With names like Roo, Bonanza and Baby Doe, each cabin and lodge room offers a rich sense of place, with magnificent views of mountains, meadows, horses and aspens.
For over 30 years, The Home Ranch has welcomed families and equestrian travelers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy all-inclusive horseback riding vacations at one of America’s best dude ranches.
Treasured by horseback riding enthusiasts for its excellent horses, supportive wranglers, breathtaking scenery, and down home feel, this luxury dude ranch welcomes everyone who wants an opportunity to learn to ride, or improve their riding skills, amidst the historical vistas of what was once our western frontier.
In a single day’s ride you might find yourself climbing a mountain to take in expansive views of the Elk River Valley, loping through a high-country meadow beside the Continental divide, meandering through shimmering aspen groves alongside the Elk River, or working cattle on the historic Murphy-Larsen Ranch.
Additional activities include fly-fishing, swimming, children’s programs, white water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, yoga, cycling, skiing, snow shoeing and sleigh rides.
The dining at Home Ranch is its own exceptional adventure. An on-site organic farm ensures both the freshest ingredients and a true farm-to-table experience. Meals and conversation in the spirited, communal dining room are the heart and soul of the Home Ranch experience!
(Originally published in the November 2014 issue of Cowgirl Magazine).