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The Home Ranch

54880 County Road 129

Since its inception in 1980, our Colorado dude ranch known as The Home Ranch has been distinguished by the beauty of its setting, its singular charm and style, its gifted and hospitable staff, and its amazing food. The quality of the guest experience, its memorable and challenging activities in both winter and summer, is now legendary.

Since 1987, membership in the famed Relais & Chateaux small hotel association has extended its reach and reputation, and The Home Ranch is now one of the best dude ranches and beloved guest ranches in the world. We invite you to come and experience the warmth of our Western Hospitality and the stunning beauty of the Elk River Valley.


Jeff Paine

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Just back from work week--yup, the Home Ranch lets you help them spruce the place up. We work with staff at their direction to mend tack, brush and exercise horses, mend fences, plant gardens and pots, and much more. Our reward? The best food and hospitality imaginable and all with newly made friends from around the country after the same work and tranquility that only the Elk River Valley and the Home Ranch can provide! This was our 3rd work week, we're headed back again next year.

Travis Wright

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Amazing, magical, beautiful... there are not enough positive adjectives to properly describe this place. The staff is wonderful, the food is spectacular, and the horses are tons of fun. Great place for a getaway with your spouse or family vacation.

Harrison Alter

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Probably the most personal and ... magical? ... resort experience I've ever had. The staff -- as friendly and warm as you can imagine - anticipated and accommodated every need and want. The setting is ranch and wildlands, but inside you are enfolded in warmth and luxury.

Kerem Hanci

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
My wife and my 6-year-old daughter spent 3 nights at Home Ranch. The entire staff was very pleasant, courteous and helpful throughout our stay, and we feel like we have a new family in Clark, CO. We were picked up from the Hayden Airport by Lizzie, who is a cross-country ski guide at the Ranch and who iss so knowledgeable about the ranch and not only did she answer all our questions, she was also very patient with my super excited daughter's million questions. Shelby at the front desk, who is also a fly-fishing guide at the ranch was incredibly helpful to make us feel welcome. She took really good care of our daughter too. She took her see the horses and the two barn cats the first day. Allison took our daughter with her to feed the chickens, where my daughter fell in love with "Fluffy" and wanted to take her home. Michael and Harrrison were great at the sleigh ride. Basically the guests hop on the sleigh and go with them to feed the horses and cows. It is a unique opportunity to connect with nature and animals while listening to Michael share his well of knowledge about the ranch and the ranch life. We also had an amazing experience again with Michael as our guide for our horseback riding around the ranch. While the ranch staff groomed the trail for us following the heavy snow of the previous days, we still had some deep snow our horses had to deal with graciously and our guide Michael's professional, calm and collected demeanor affected all of us in such a positive way we actually enjoyed the challenging ground. My 6 year old daughter was on a horse by herself for the first time and Michael held her and her horse close to him, keeping the reigns in his hands. He made this little girl's experience so much more safe, precious, and memorable. In the evening, Michael and his wife Dawn were at the living area of the main lodge (where hors d'oeuvres and cocktails are served before dinner every night) to provide us with an amazing feast of live music consisting of their original songs. I bought their cd and if you like mellow American folk music, you should definitely check them out. Just google Michael and Dawn Moon. I had the misfortune of injuring my ankle and the staff went out of their way to make sure I was included in the ranch life of the guests. They gave me a ride to and from the doctor. Laura was just amazing in helping me that day. They gave me rides between the cabin and the lodge. Mike, who has been referred to as the rest of the staff as "a legend" in skiing instruction patiently and firmly thought my daughter how to ski for the first time and thanks to his experienced approach, my daughter was skiing in no time! And, in general, if you are looking to experience an all-inclusive vacation in a ranch where you get to taste Executive Chef Jonathon Gillespie's culinary creations at every meal, where you get the experience a truly authentic ranch life including horseback riding, seasonal activities (snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, fly-fishing etc.) or opt for the option to just stay in your luxurious cabin, fully stocked with delicious snacks and refreshing beverages, with a hot tub on its deck, don't even think about it and book your trip there. Thank you Home Ranch and we will see you soon!

Justine Andollo

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Last year was by far our most magical Christmas thanks to The Home Ranch. It breaks my heart that we will not be there this year to celebrate with the amazing friends we made. This was the kind of experience you dream of and one that becomes a most cherished family memory! From the food, which was fitting of Five Stars, to the never-ending activities (horseback riding, tubing, skiing, sleigh rides, nightly activities) to the most incredible, unparalleled staff, The Home Ranch took the greatest care of every little detail. Brooks even went out of his way and drove to the store to get cold medicine for my son, who arrived horribly sick. They took such great care of him, making him special meals and delivering them to our cabin.Speaking of our cabin ... it was magical, with a Christmas tree for us to decorate, plenty of firewood available for the wood stove and a hot tub on the porch - and it was impeccably maintained. I really can't say enough about this place and the people-each and every one. I almost forgot to point out those incredible scones and my favorite nightly cookies!! I look forward to our next visit ... it cannot come soon enough!

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