Grab your hat, pull on your boots and meet your horse to explore our private 520 acres filled with rolling meadows & shimmering aspen's that adjoin the Pike National Forest. Riding is offered each day and accommodates all abilities. Our exciting inclusive program offers much more; thrilling whitewater rafting, guided hikes into spectacular surrounding high country, trap & target shooting, bow & arrow, petting zoo, even a sleep out in the teepee! Right off the back porch rests a mile of the M13663 of the South Platte River. Cast your luck at our world famous fly fishing (Orvis Endorsed Lodge)! Professional Orvis guides along with trophy trout makes your day an experience you will not soon forget! Rejuvenate in our riverside heated pool, hot tubs or pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage! No detail is overlooked with our diverse program. The ranch takes Great pride in feeding you well. You will find yourself surrounded by the aroma of bread baking, warm cookies each afternoon and hearty family dining with a gourmet flare. Special diets are easily accommodated by attentive staff.
The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Sitting around a campfire, watch a sunset while enjoying cowboy ballads, an authentic Mountain Man story teller or square dance and hayride that slowly takes you back in time. Don't forget to sit back & relax on your front porch counting stars or enjoy a glass of wine in front of a crackling fire in your cozy cabin. Enjoy the cool breeze as you rest and take in the cowboy western way of life. Hospitality is our passion. Join us where time is measured by the arc of the sun and the shadows of the mountains!
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
We are beginning our 27th year. M13663 ranch dates back to the early 1900’s, sitting on the banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River it has always been known as a fishing & recreation destination as the train would stop & let visitors off. We opened in 1985 as a Dude & Guest Ranch. Received our Orvis Lodge distinction in 2008.
2. What is your company's mission?
Excellence creates exceptional memories.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We are a traditional dude/guest ranch offering a wide variety of activities in the Majestic Rocky mountains yet conveniently located on hour from Denver. Stay a day or two or enjoy the entire week. We are also an Orvis Endorsed Fishing Lodge…world class fly fishing all footsteps away from your porch!
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Dean & Karen May, owners since 1985. Dean has a Forestry & Surveying background, Karen a registered nurse. Fell in love & with dude ranching raised their two children Hayley & Tyler at the ranch. Time flies here we are 27 years later.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our weekly dude/guest ranch stay is still the best value & experience. Spending a week bonding with your horse, breathing the fresh CO mountain air, fly fishing or just watching the water flow by, being pampered like a king or queen, there is just a feeling of comfort & home. Getting away from it all yet not giving up the comforts of home.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
When they say they can’t wait to come back!