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Tom and Sue Murphy
P.O. Box 910
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Traditional Dude Ranch

Today's traditional dude ranch invokes the spirit of the American West for all to experience and gives everyone a special touch of western hospitality. These horseback-centered ranches offer multi-night stays with affordable rates, delicious chef prepared meals, rustic but elegant cabins and many special amenities unique to ranching, and a host of mountain adventures.

9500 ft
Denver - 2 1/2 hours - Transfers available
Colorado Springs - 2 hours
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High and remote 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. Great children’s rates!

Guest Capacity:
Meeting Capacity:
Dates Open:
spring: Jun. 02,2019 - Jun. 16,2019
summer: May. 31,2020 - Sep. 13,2020
fall: Aug. 18,2019 - Sep. 15,2019
Riding Dates:
Jun. 02,2019 - Sep. 09,2019
Minimum Age For Independent Riding:
Minimum Age Accepted at Ranch:
Nearest Airport:
Denver - 2 1/2 hours - Transfers available
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.

Eight-person hot tub and large deck. Small guest laundry room available for your convenience. Sue 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 package includes the best activities that Colorado has to offer.

Horseback riding through unspoiled wilderness. Tom is an advocate of natural horsemanship, and you will enjoy his 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:
Peak Season (June 16-August 18, 2019) Adults~$2295 Off Season (June 2-16 and August 18-September 15, 2019) Adults~$2095
Child Rate:
Peak Season Children 8-12~$1695 Children 3-7~$1295 Off Season Children 8-12~$1495 Children 3-7~$1195
Service Charge/Tip Rate:
Gratuity is optional and greatly appreciated ~ 8-18% is common.
Tax Rate:
Accepted Payment Methods:
Deposit of $800 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)
7 Nights
Winter (Off Peak Season)
Spring (Off Peak Season)
7 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:
Other Amenities
Whirlpool Spa:
Wheelchair Accessible:
Massage Available on Ranch:
Laundry Facilities:
Information Technology Facilities:
Wi-Fi Available
Special Events
Conventions, Meetings & Retreats
Available in early June and September for small group and corporate retreats or team building.
Early June or late August through September
Progam available if desired
Minimum Nights:
Small intimate weddings can be arranged in late May or in September. Food service from simple to gourmet provided on the premise.
Wedding Planning:
Sue would be happy to help you with the many details in your wedding planning.
Wedding Officiant:
We can help arrange for a civil or religious official.
Family Reunions
We would be honored to have your family join us and take great pride in providing a memorable vacation experience. Leave the chores to us. Allow yourself time to recreate, relax and rekindle family ties.
Book Entire Ranch:
Up to 35 persons
10% discount for groups of 10 or more. Group reservation policy applies. 15% discount offered for groups of 15 or more during the week of June 16, 2019.
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