Home Ranch

Colorado USA: (GRCO04)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/co_home_ranch.aspx

Introduction
Colorado USA
Through the aspen trees surrounding your cabin come glimpses of Hahn's Peak which beckoned prospectors a century ago. To the North and East lies the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area. A hundred thousand acres of road- less territory. Sprawled at the northern end of Colorado's Elk River Valley, the ranch offers its guests a step back in time and a true taste of life on a real ranch. The tradition of taking guests on a ranch was founded of a desire for company and help by early ranchers, and was welcomed by their city cousins who yearned for respite and space. Thus was born "western hospitality." Within this framework lies a mutual respect for each other's needs and lifestyles. The Elk River Valley Home Ranch is the place to carry on this compliment of values. One is essentially a guest in the home of a big western family.  The ranch has an outstanding horsemanship program for adults and children alike. They are located in a picture perfect setting in Colorado's Elk River Valley. Quality is their trademark. The ranch is rated 4 stars by Mobil and is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux organization since 1987. Whether you choose a cabin or lodge room, you'll feel special in the  individually decorated rooms. The children's program is comprehensive and casual. Nightly activities are family oriented and fun for all ages. The Home Ranch is one of the best dude ranches and beloved guest ranches in the world. We invite you to come and experience the warmth of the Western Hospitality and the stunning beauty of the Elk River Valley.
It is advisable to make reservations as soon as possible - the summer months are usually sold out 6 months in advance.

The All Inclusive Packages Include:
- Western Hospitality in the spirited communal dining room
- Well-appointed lodging in one of the 8 private cabins or 6 lodge rooms
- Experienced wranglers, hiking guides, fly fishing guides, ski guides, gear, and equipment
- Exceptional horseback riding vacations, equestrian lessons, and natural horsemanship clinics
- Colorado fly fishing at the Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge
- Excellent children's program with outdoor adventures and activities that kids and teens love
- Great live music, roaring campfires, health, and happiness for your whole family
- Shuttle service to and from Hayden Airport (HDN) or Steamboat Springs Colorado
- Winter: Colorado cross country skiing, skate skiing, backcountry skiing, and shuttle to Steamboat Ski Resort

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride where all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
Our elegant Western accommodations are comprised of our main lodge with its 6 unique lodge rooms, as well as 8 distinctive cabins, nestled in the aspens surrounding our lodge. Each of our accommodations is a winsome original, lovingly furnished and decorated with great care. Each cabin and lodge room offers a rich sense of place, with magnificent views of mountains, meadows, horses and aspens. Bathrooms are private. At full occupancy, our ranch is capable of lodging 45 people. There is a pool and hot tub where guests can relax after a long day in the saddle. Wi-Fi access and laundry facilities are available.It is an exceptional setting for large groups, family reunions, and smaller weddings. Please explore all of our lodging options and find the accommodations that best suit your wishes and needs.

Lodge Rooms
Lodge rooms, are well appointed with antiques, Native American rugs, cozy down comforters, coffee pots, hair dryers and snuggly robes. The coziness of the lodge with its proximity to the pool, hot tub, laundry facilities, and dining room is ideal for romantic getaways or family vacations.


Bonanza
Northeastern exposure, and features a high, vaulted ceiling, a hand-carved Southwestern King bed, a comfortable writing desk that looks out on the aspens, and a truly delightful sofa: a modern take on a Victorian loveseat.
Accommodates up to 2 people.


Seegate
A north-facing room with adobe-style log beams, a lodgepole pine king bed, a sleigh bed that converts into a sofa, and a writing desk.
Accommodates up to 2 people.


Quickdraw
A south-facing room with lovely views of the meadow, the pond, and Round Mountain. Features an adobe-style ceiling, hand-painted log king bed, an antique iron twin bed, a loveseat and a writing desk.
Accommodates up to 3 people.


Lonesome Cow
A south-facing room with beautiful views of the meadow and pond, vaulted ceiling, a pencil post king bed, an iron twin bed, a generous leather chair, and a writing desk.
Accommodates up to 3 people.


Baby Doe
A romantic, high-ceilinged room with a wrought-iron king bed, an over stuffed chair, a stunning Eastlake armoire, and a private loft with a twin bed and room for a cot for a younger child.
Accommodates up to 3 people.


Hahn's Peek

A handsome, high-ceiling room with a wrought-iron king bed, Eastlake armoire, over stuffed chair and a private loft with a twin bed and room for a cot for a younger child.
Accommodates up to 4 people.

Cabins
There are 8 private cabins, varying in size, from a one-bedroom studio to a three-bedroom, three-bath "Home on the Ranch." Each cabin is appointed with antiques, Native American rugs, cozy down comforters, wood-burning stoves, coffee pots, and some with lofts perfect for the kids. Each cabin has its own front porch and a hot tub to work out the kinks from a long day on the trail. To make you feel even more at home, you will find a small refrigerator stocked with coffee, crackers and cheese for an afternoon snack (if you haven't already filled up on the chocolate chip cookies in the bottomless cookie jar).


Roo
Cozy, studio loft and one bath cabin. Has a queen bed with small seating area with writing desk. It has a twin bed in the alcove and in the loft area. 
Accommodates up to 4 people.


Kanga
A one-bedroom cabin with a living room and loft, nestled in the trees by the pasture. The bedroom has a king bed and a woodstove. The loft has two twin beds. The living room has two loveseats, an antique dry sink and armoire and a writing desk.
Accommodates up to 4 people.


Birdhouse
It is surrounded by aspens, with a great view of the horses. It features a queen bed, a snug sitting area, a sleeping alcove with a writing desk and twin bed, and a very special loft with its own twin bed. The alcove configuration makes it work well for a single parent and child, or two adult friends. The loft is highly prized by children of all ages.
Accommodates up to 4 people.


Whistler
A living room and one-bedroom cabin in the aspens, looking out over the horse pasture. It features a big bedroom with a king-size bed, and a cozy living room with two sofas that can be converted to daybeds. Whistler is the farthest cabin from the Lodge, so it is much loved by those who want privacy amid the aspens and a long walk after dinner.
Accommodates up to 4 people.


Sundown
A one-bedroom cabin with a living room and a loft, and spectacular views across the valley. The bedroom has a queen and a twin bed; the loft has two twin beds. Sundown was recently remodeled to allow more space in its living room –  and also offers a very comfortable sofa bed, if the need arises.
Accommodates up to 5 people.


Compromise
One bedroom with living room and loft cabin nestled in an aspen grove. The bedroom features a queen bed and twin bed. The loft has two twin beds.
Accommodates up to 5 people.


Bunkhouse

A big high Western cabin with two bedrooms each with a bath separated by a spacious living room. The south bedroom has two queen beds; the north bedroom has a queen bed and a bunkbed.
Accommodates 4- 6 people.


Columbine

The largest and most luxurious cabin features a spacious living room with a stone fireplace and three bedrooms, each with its own bath. The master bedroom downstairs has a king bed and the bathroom has a steam shower. The front bedroom upstairs also has a king bed. The "kid's room" has two twin beds. The twin beds may be converted into one king bed if needed.
Accommodates minimum of 6 people.

Room Occupancy
The single supplement fee applies if we are unable to find another rider to share.
Triple occupancy is possible.




Meals

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. The exquisite food has been called "haute mountain cuisine" and designated as "cooking of the highest standard." We have been duly praised by Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food and Wine, etc... (but it's not polite to brag.) Mainly we believe an all-inclusive vacation at our Colorado dude ranch is more than just a vacation, it is a culinary getaway of the highest order. Meals are eaten in our dining room, around a campfire, or out on our front deck. We offer lunch rides or all-day activities where a packed lunch is provided. Alcoholic drinks are not included in the trip but can be purchased directly at the ranch.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Level
We welcome all riding levels to our ranch! First-time riders will learn much more than just surface knowledge, it’s unique in comparison to other ranches. Advanced riders tell us they learned something new – wranglers keep up on what’s happening in the horse trainer world.

Riding Activities
Our guests have access to acres and acres of National Forest right out our back door.  We have so many choices of trails and terrains, a week isn’t enough time to see them all. If trail riding isn’t quite your calling, we offer a multitude of lessons, workshops and clinics including working cattle, drill team, and horsemanship workshops. If the children also want something more out of their horse experience, they can join our Junior Wrangler Program. For riders who like clinics with experts in the fields, The Home Ranch offers multiple opportunities. How often you ride is up to you!

Horses
One of the main attractions of The Home Ranch is our incredible herd of over 75 happy, healthy horses.  We can find a match for you whether you’re a first time rider or an experienced horse rider or even horse owner.   The goal is to make your experience unforgettable. Having a herd this large really gives us the freedom and opportunity to meet a variety of different experience levels and to give riders a chance to experience different breeds. Some of the breeds we offer are appaloosas, quarter horses, paints, thoroughbreds, Missouri fox trotters, Canadian sport horses, and drafts.

Our Wranglers
Our guests say our wranglers really enhance the riding experience at The Home Ranch. Our wranglers have varied backgrounds – hunter jumpers, dressage riders, ropers, barrel racers, as well as ranch-raised cowboys and cowgirls. They offer a broad perspective when it comes to riding and teaching. Rest assured, if you have only ridden English in the past, odds are we have a wrangler with the same prior experience. While our wranglers are capable, experienced, and most importantly, fun to be around, they have the credentials. All are certified in the Dude Ranch Association Safety Program as well as CPR and First-Aid.




Itinerary


Welcome to our Ranch!

Your all-inclusive dude ranch vacation at one of the best guest ranches in Colorado puts the wild and scenic Elk River, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, and the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, at your doorstep. The Home Ranch makes an ideal home base for all kinds of healthy outdoor activities and adventure travel options. We offer you and your family a wide variety of all-inclusive on-ranch adventures and activities to suit any age, taste or desire. We also help you and your family arrange off-ranch excursions with some of the best adventure travel outfitters in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado area.

Summer family vacations at The Home Ranch are spectacular. The Elk River Valley comes to life and the Ranch offers classic Western vacations with a gourmet twist. The Home Ranch serves exceptional cuisine at every meal. We highly recommend working up a hearty appetite with family adventures into the sublime Rocky Mountain wilderness. Our picture perfect Western setting is the ideal location for immediate wilderness access by horseback or foot and provides your entire family with endless opportunities for outdoor play and activity, combined with authentic Western hospitality.





On-Ranch Activities


Horseback Riding
For over 30 years, The Home Ranch has welcomed families and equestrian travelers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy trail riding along the edge of the western continental divide. Our guests have access to acres and acres of National Forest right out our back door.  We have so many choices of trails and terrains, a week isn’t enough time to see them all. If you already ride, you’ll love the variety of horses and trails. If you’re a novice, you’ll learn to ride from our experienced Team of Wranglers. First-time riders will learn much more than just surface knowledge, it’s unique in comparison to other ranches. Advanced riders tell us they learned something new – wranglers keep up on what’s happening in the horse trainer world. If trail riding isn’t quite your calling, we offer a multitude of lessons, workshops and clinics including working cattle, drill team, and horsemanship workshops. If the children also want something more out of their horse experience, they can join our Junior Wrangler Program. For riders who like clinics with experts in the fields, The Home Ranch offers multiple opportunities.

Working Cattle
Another activity well loved by our returning guests is the Friday morning Cattle Competition.  Some dude ranches offer cattle activities, working cattle at The Home Ranch is different. It’s similar to team penning, but we put our own spin on it.  We like to call it Home Ranch Stockmanship. We teach you to move cattle efficiently via effective communication with your horse.  It’s a form of horsemanship with cattle largely overlooked, and widely misunderstood. Many would think that the faster you can move on horseback, the better. The truth is, the faster you go, the less predictable the cattle become. Just like with horsemanship, it is one of the ‘less is more’ scenarios.  But learning to do it right is as thrilling as any other type of ‘Ranch Rodeo’. For guests that want to learn more about stockmanship, check out our fall Cattle Round-Up week.

Private Lessons
If you prefer private lessons, that can be arranged with some advance notice.  If you want to build your skills in a particular area, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor arena or personal time out on the trail, we’re confident that with a private lesson you will be more comfortable in the saddle in no time.

Fly Fishing
The Home Ranch is an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge with about three miles of the Elk River flowing through the property. The Elk River is a classic rocky mountain freestone river that supports abundant populations of wild rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout. There is also a private pond stocked with rainbow trout just a few yards from the main lodge. The best nymph fishing is usually in mid-July as the river begins to warm and descend (some of the largest trout are caught this time of year). The best dry fly fishing is usually in August and September. The fall is a great time of year to hunt for trophy rainbows and browns with large streamer patterns. We can provide rods, but feel free to bring your own!

Swimming
After a long day on the trail, nothing feels better than a dip in our outdoor heated pool. Our swimming pool is a favorite spot for kids to play, but is also a quiet place for adults to read or connect with friends when kids are off on other adventures. Enjoy a quiet afternoon poolside, relax in the sun, read a book, and breathe in the clean mountain air. It’s a great place to rest and make new friends.

Hiking
We offer guided hikes for every level of climber from easy-going acclimation hikes, to the challenge of the 12,000 foot Mount Zirkel, which is less than a 20-minute drive from the ranch. The Zirkel Wilderness has many alpine lakes that make perfect destinations for all-day hikes. So, whether you would like to learn the names of alpine wildflowers or see Steamboat Springs, Colorado from the top of Hahn’s Peak, The Home Ranch will make sure you accomplish your goal, or at least have fun trying!

Yoga
We offer a one hour yoga class each week. This is an all levels class that is designed to ease the muscles and ligaments used in the activities and exercise offered at the ranch. Yoga is offered each Tuesday morning at 7:00am.

Children's Program
Dedicated kid counselors offer a wide menu of daily activities and adventure for kids and teens.  The whole family can relax, unwind, do what they want, when they want.   Our counselors are available to keep your kids occupied and entertained every day of the week, from 8:30am until 9:00pm. A family-friendly vacation at The Home Ranch requires no advance planning, no childcare arrangements, no dinner planning, and no stress. Our Recreation Room is well stocked with arts and crafts materials, foosball, ping pong, and tons of games for indoor and outdoor entertainment. The shallow creek that meanders past the lodge offers hours of entertainment for racing handmade boats of every description. Activities for kids are practically endless and our kids counselors are always available and willing to create games and entertain.

Teen's Program
In addition to riding, hiking, and fishing options available to everyone, teens can head to the hills for an overnight campout, or head out on the trails together. We tailor our program to the ages and interests of each week’s group. Our enthusiastic counselors are flexible enough to adapt to what the kids and teens want to do, assuming it’s safe and fun! Parents are also encouraged to join us for activities such as rock climbing, rafting, and even lessons on barrel racing.

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Off-Ranch Activities

Available at additional cost

Cycling
Begin your vacation cycling one of the prettiest landscapes in North America – on the saddle of some of the world’s finest high-performance road bikes. You can choose full-day, or weekly rental of choice bikes.

Rock Climbing
We offer beginning rock climbing during the week. A qualified outfitter provides excellent instruction for those who want to try their hand at off-ranch technical climbing. This is also a great activity for adults.

White Water Rafting
June is whitewater rafting month at The Home Ranch and we will be glad to schedule a half-day rafting trip for your family on the Elk River during your June vacation.

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Fall

Autumn arrives early at The Home Ranch bringing a sublime, golden season to the Elk River Valley. It is a slower-paced time of year, when the children have returned to school and the atmosphere of the ranch beckons to adult travelers in search of this dramatic setting in the Rocky Mountains. We structure unique September weeks to cater to the interests of the adult traveler. Please check out the offerings below and let us know how we may help make the arrangements for you.

Fall Schedule

August 25 – Oct 12 Adults Only!

August 26 – September 8 Harvest Weeks
Celebrate the bounty of the summer with local artisans and fellow food lovers

September 1 -4  Bikes & Brews
Mountain bike these wild trails and enjoy craft beers after the ride

September 4 – 8 Whiskey & Fishing
Stranahans Whiskey will inspire an Elk River fish story or two

September 8 – 15 Horsemanship week with Curt Pate
Learn the lessons of stockmanship from the real horse whisperer

September 15 – 22 Cattle Round up Week
Ride herd as we bring the cattle down from the high country

September 29 – October 5  Women’s Yoga & Horses – Traditional

October 6 –  12  Women’s Yoga & Horses – Limited
Yoga and horsemanship combined for women only


Rates and Dates for Home Ranch

Rates include:

Standard lodge/cabin lodging with 3 daily meals (poolside or at our long tables), horseback riding & Horsemanship classes, guided Fly-fishing and lessons, guided nature hikes, evening activities, children's program (ages 6 and older), teen program.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20198 day Ranch, AP- Standard Lodge Room (Seegate or Bonanza)$4400
  • B
    20198 day Ranch, AP- Junior Deluxe Lodge Room (Quickdraw or Lonesome Cow)$4615
  • C
    20198 day Ranch, AP- Deluxe Lodge Room (Hahn's Peek or Baby Doe)$4870
  • D
    20198 day Ranch, AP- Standard Cabin (Roo or Birdhouse)$4870
  • E
    20198 day Ranch, AP- Junior Deluxe Cabin (Kanga or Whistler)$5200
  • F
    20198 day Ranch, AP- Deluxe Cabin (Sundown or Compromise)$5595
Gratuity:
A 15% Gratuity is added to your invoice. 
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Tax 1: 3.9 %

Rates Note:

** inquire about rates for groups of 3 or more in the same lodge or cabin

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 15 %
Tax: 3.9 %  

Rates Note:

** inquire about rates for groups of 3 or more in the same lodge or cabin


Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfer from Hayden Yampa Valley is included, return

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 06/02 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP- Standard Lo... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 06/02 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP- Junior Delu... 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 06/02 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP- Deluxe Lodg... 2 /8 Reserve
D 2019 06/02 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP- Standard Ca... 2 /8 Reserve
E 2019 06/02 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP- Junior Delu... 2 /8 Reserve
F 2019 06/02 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP- Deluxe Cabi... 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:
Sunday to Sunday

Sold Out Dates: Feb 15-16, May 19-24, Sep 22-27 & Dec 27 to Jan 2 2020

Rates do not include:

Upgrade to different lodge/cabin, alcoholic beverages

Other Info
Meeting: Clark
Airport: Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN)
Transfer: Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN)

Climate:
                                                Clark area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

34

36

42

47

54

66

71

69

61

49

39

32

Average Low Temperature (°F)

11

13

19

26

34

42

47

46

39

31

18

11

Average High Temperature (°C)

1

2

6

8

12

19

22

20

16

10

4

0

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-12

-10

-7

-4

1

5

9

8

4

-1

-8

-12

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

16

14

15

15

11

6

8

7

8

10

14

15

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The Ranch is located in Clark, Colorado and sits at about 7200 feet.

Spring
Although the calendar says Spring begins March 21st, we don’t find that to be true here. We’re still skiing until the end of March when families enjoying a late winter vacation in the snow!  The ranch is generally closed from late March to mid-May each year as Colorado yields to “Mud Season.” Spring arrives only after the snow and mud disappear and we see the first appearance of warmer, dryer days as summer unfolds in the high Rockies.

Summer
Summer family vacations at The Home Ranch are spectacular. The Elk River Valley comes to life. This is our season of awakening – and it’s as lush and verdant a landscape as you’ve ever seen. 

Autumn
Autumn arrives early at The Home Ranch bringing a sublime, golden season to the Elk River Valley. It is a slower-paced time of year, when the children have returned to school and the atmosphere of the ranch beckons to adult travelers in search of this dramatic setting in the Rocky Mountains.

What To Bring:
The days are warm with occasional showers. Summertime temperatures at the ranch can fluctuate between 30 degrees at night and 95 degrees during the day.  We recommend a system of dressing in layers. Bring comfortable clothes: jeans, sweaters, a warm jacket, a comfortable hat and cowboy boots for riding. Hiking boots, shorts and short-sleeve shirts are best for hiking. Other suggested items include: bathing suit, sweater or fleece jacket, bug repellent, fanny pack, light rain jacket and camera. The Home Ranch is located at 7200 feet. Sunglasses and sunscreen are very helpful in protecting you from the intense sun. We do require riding boots and have a small selection for you to choose from, if you don’t have your own. However, most of our guests prefer to buy their own. There are a number of stores in Steamboat Springs or online. We do not require helmets. If you would prefer to wear one, you may bring your own or borrow on of ours.

We provide rain slickers for the adults. The very young children should bring their own. Don't forget your bathing suit so you can soak in the hot tub or take a dip in the pool after a day on the trail. And bring an extra pair of old sneakers if you plan to go white-water rafting because you will need to wear a light shoe on the trip and it will be sure to get wet!

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Camera and enough extra films and batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm