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SMITH FORK RANCH

Retreat to the land of the Ute Indians and stay in a traditional homestead surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and rolling meadows of Colorado. True to its history and blissfully serene, Smith Fork provides a winning combination of unspoilt wilderness, old fashioned Western hospitality, and the sophisticated wine and cuisine for which Colorado has become known.

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Smith Fork lies halfway between the cosmopolitan towns of Aspen and Telluride, straddling the Smith Fork River Valley in Colorado's Western Slope region, surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest. Accommodation comprises authentic log cabins. Though some-might-say humble in appearance, the cosy mountain lodges envelop you in homely comfort in the form of plush furnishings, wood burning fire places, original artwork, slate tiled bathrooms, handmade soaps and organic lotions, feather beds with fine linens, and hot tubs. The undulating landscape is teeming with wildlife and offers superb hiking, while activities on the ranch are vast in choice and enough to keep everyone busy for the duration of your stay. Venture off property for local galleries, workshops, organic farms and excellent wineries. Smith Fork has a great reputation for its wine collection and serves healthy, hearty cuisine that really showcases the abundance of local ingredients. Guests are welcome to assist with harvesting organic fruit and vegetables from the garden in order for the chefs to cook up a storm; and the dining settings will be equally creative; you might find yourself having hors d'oeuvres and wine on the mountain top, enjoying drinks on the pavilion deck as the sun sets over Needle Rock, or hunkering down by the fire at historic Old Elk Lodge.

ACTIVITIES

  • Riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Sports shooting (clay shooting, wing shooting, archeryetc)
  • Fly fishing or wade fishing
  • Hiking
  • Whitewater rafting on Gunnison Gorge
  • Boat trips
  • Kayaking
  • Lake swimming
  • Visit art galleries and studios
  • Winery and vineyard tours
  • Head to a local rodeo

PRE AND POST SUGGESTIONS

  • White-water rafting on the Colorado River
  • Exploring any of the numerous national parks in the region -Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands or Zion to name justsome
  • Take a houseboat out on Lake Powell
  • See the bright lights of Vegas and take in a show
  • Finish on the Californian coast with the vineyards of Napa Valley and the stunning coastline around Big Sur and Carmel
  • Visit the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
  • Drive from town to town exploring the Rocky Mountains
  • Fly to Los Angeles for a combination of beach, shopping and Hollywood highlights including Universal Studios, Rodeo Drive and celebrity-filled restaurants

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FEATURES

  • WiFi
  • Pool Table
££££

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Destination Expert Mel Matthews

MELISSA MATTHEWS

North America Specialist

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LOCATION

Approximate location.

NEARBY

  • Restaurant icon
    Restaurant

    At the ranch, local produce

  • Spa icon
    Spa

    At the ranch or creekside

TRANSPORT

  • Grand Junction Airport icon
    Grand Junction Airport

    1 hour 30 minutes drive

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