Nestled in the San Isabel National Forest with off-the-beaten path charm. Adjacent to the Browns Canyon National Monument. Weekly vacation package for 30 pampered guests. Unique for our spectacular location, horseback rides of unmatched beauty, variety of activities, superb menu, and intimate capacity. Here at Elk Mountain Ranch you will savor hospitality that is second to none – warm, friendly, and sincere. One of Colorado’s real gems! Nearby Buena Vista is home to the largest collection of peaks over 14,000 feet and the “White-water Capital of Colorado”. The ranch is a pleasant two-hour drive from the Denver or Colorado Springs airports. Ranch transfer service is available. Proud to offer a full seven-night adventure package ~ best value in dude ranching!

Guest Capacity:
Meeting Capacity:
Dates Open:
Spring: Jun. 05,2022 - Jun. 12,2022
Summer: Jun. 05,2022 - Sep. 18,2022
Fall: Aug. 21,2022 - Sep. 18,2022
Riding Dates:
Jun. 05,2022 - Sep. 18,2022
Minimum Age For Independent Riding:
Minimum Age Accepted at Ranch:

Lodging Overview

Comfortable and clean cabins with high quality bedding and western décor. The main lodge houses the dining room with fireplace, sitting room, library, sundeck and upstairs Elk suite. There are six one-, two- or three-bedroom log cabins with private baths and queen- or king-size beds. The Pioneer Lodge has three private rooms with baths, all tastefully furnished. Daily housekeeping service. A gift basket and fresh flowers await your arrival. Interior and exterior photos of each accommodation can be found on our website.

Relax in our hot tub nestled in a quaking aspen stand. Small guest laundry room available for your convenience. Mandy loves flowers and has a colorful array everywhere. The ranch generates its own electricity. Lights out at 11 p.m. - enjoy the stargazing and solitude.

Recreation Overview

Our seven-night stay allows us to provide the best activities that Colorado has to offer.

Horseback riding through unspoiled wilderness. Mandy and Paul are advocates of natural horsemanship, and you will enjoy their excellent horse orientation. Ranch owns its own horses and one will be matched to suit your riding ability.

Although horses are our main emphasis, there are plenty of activities for all to enjoy. RATES INCLUDE thrilling white-water raft trip, trapshooting, marksmanship, archery, scenic van trip to Aspen over Independence Pass, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, excursion to Browns Canyon Ropes and Adventure Park, square-dancing, hayride, campfires, evening entertainment and more!

Jacuzzi, horseshoes, petting zoo, basketball court, tether ball, volleyball, badminton, western movies, piano and board games for your added enjoyment.

Massage available for additional charge.

Dining Overview

Superb, varied, home-cooked meals to delight both hearty and discerning appetities . . . sure to be a highlight. Trail ride cookouts, champagne brunch, steak fry, hors d-oeuvres, fabulous desserts, and kid-friendly options. The highlight at week's end is the country candlelight dinner.

Fresh baked cookies and a fruit bowl are always available between meals. Special diets are happily accommodated.


Adult Rate:

Full Seven-Night Stay
(Sunday to Sunday)

Peak Season (June 12-August 21, 2022)
Off Season (June 5-June 12 and August 21-September 18, 2022)
Child Rate:
Peak Season:
Children 8-12~$2025
Children 3-7~$1525
Off Season:
Children 8-12~$1825
Children 3-7~$1425
Service Charge/Tip Rate:
Gratuity is optional and greatly appreciated ~ 10-18% is common.
Tax Rate:
Accepted Payment Methods:
Deposit of $1000 per person via a personal check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover to hold space. Balance due at departure and can be paid with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
Travel Agents Accepted:


Lodging Accomodations:
Cabin Accomodations:
Dedicated Arrival Day
Minimum Night Stay
Summer (Peak Season)
7 Nights
Fall (Off Peak Season)
4 Nights
Winter (Off Peak Season)
Spring (Off Peak Season)
4 Nights


Children's Program:
Children's Program Start/End Age:
3 - 7
Baby Sitting:
Trip to local Hot Springs Pool and Waterslide in lieu of rafting
Cattle Gathering:
Team Penning:
Cattle Drives:
Additional Cattle Activities:
Two stocked ponds on ranch and fly-fishing clinic on ponds. Option to hire professional guide on Arkansas River is additional.
River Rafting:
Yes-No Charge
Guided Hiking:
Yes-No Charge
Mountain Biking:
Mountain bikes and helmets available for your use
Shooting Sports:
Yes-No Charge
Hay/Wagon Ride:
Adult Only Weeks: