Elk Mountain Lodge is Colorado's highest guest ranch, at a height of 9,600 feet and offers the most awe-inspiring views of the San Isabel National Forest, Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas Valley. The ranch is just a few hours drive from both Denver and Colorado Springs and accessible via a dirt road. Elk Mountain is well suited to novice riders with its trail rides and welcomes both families and couples, as well as offering an adults only week.
Owned by the Murphy family, it offers an intimate experience with a limit of 30 guests. The nature of the remote high location offers an opportunity to ride alongside countless wildflowers and wildlife, including deer, elk and antelope. In the main lodge, there is a dining area, lodge room filled with games and puzzles and also a Washin' Room for guest use. Meals range from trail ride cook outs to steak frys and candlelight suppers and kids items are also offered. Hot drinks, fresh fruit and cookies are always on offer.
There are six cabins which all have separate bathrooms and can sleep from four to six people.
Elk Mountain Ranch is open from 18 June - 17 September 2017. The ranch offers 7 night stays with arrivals from 15:00 or later on the Sunday and departures before 10:00 the following Sunday.
The program largely features trail rides, between one to two daily, particularly great for beginners, and rides are in small groups, tailored by interest and ability. Included in your stay is a luncheon trail ride and a brunch trail ride (not all activities are available in September).
Included in your weekly schedule is a guided hike, marksmanship tournament, a square dance, ropes course, archery tournament, white water rafting trip, mountain biking, volleyball a visit to Aspen and trapshooting.
Elk Mountain is extremely family friendly. A full children's program is offered for ages 3 to 7. Kids are looked after daily by two counsellors and activities include arena riding, a goat walk, an afternoon at the hot springs pool and slide, petting the animals, outdoor games and a rodeo. Ages 8 and over usually take part in the adults program but can also join in with the kids.
The ranch can also arrange weekly trips to Aspen and white water rafting trips on Arkansas River, Browns Canyon.
Adults-only Weeks are available on 3 & 10 September 2017.
Please note some activities may be curtailed in September such as, the rafting trip, in which case a trip to Cripple Creek will be offered.