Elk Mountain Ranch

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Wonderful, remote, small, family-oriented guest ranch. Great for couples and singles, too! Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with off-the-beaten path charm. We are Colorado’s highest guest ranch located adjacent to Browns Canyon National Monument at 9,600 feet. Weekly package includes horseback riding through unspoiled wilderness, Browns Canyon adventure park ropes course, thrilling whitewater raft trip, trapshooting, marksmanship, archery, van trip to Aspen, fishing, hiking, hayride, square-dance, hammer dulcimer concert, cowboy poet, mountain biking and more. Excellent children’s program for ages 3-7 years. Each day has a unique theme–Indian Day, Cowboy Day, Water Day, etc. Superb full-course meals . . . sure to be a highlight. Trail ride cookouts, steak fry, hor d’oeuvres, candlelight supper, fabulous desserts. Families encouraged to ride and raft together. Adults Only in September.

The main lodge house the dining room with fireplace, cowboy and mining artifacts, sitting room and upstairs Elk Suite. There are six one and two bedroom log cabins with private bath. The Pioneer Lodge has three guest rooms. All lodging is carpeted, tastefully furnished with daily housekeeping.

Superb, varied, full course meals to delight both hearty and discerning appetites. Children’s menu items an option. Special occasions and diets are happily accommodated. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit, chips and the cookie jar are available in the main lodge any time. Evening appetizers. Liquor is BYOB. Bar area available in the main lodge. Ranch provides lemons, limes, and ice. Saturday night country candlelight dinner. Beef tenderloin is just one of the choices – you don’t want to miss it.

Buena Vista is the white-water capital of Colorado and home to the largest collection of 14,000 peaks in the lower 48 states.

Tom and Sue, along with their children Hunter, and Tyler, are your hosts. Elk Mountain Ranch has been the Murphy family’s home and passion since 1985.




  • Address Co Rd 185 Buena Vista, CO 81211
  • Phone 800-432-8812
  • E-mail info@elkmtn.com
  • Category Colorado
  • Location Colorado, United States
  • Tags Airport Transportation, Beginner, Brown Canyon Adventure Park Ropes Course, cabins, Child Care, Children's Programs, Dancing, Experienced, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Hay Rides, Hiking, Horseback Instruction, Horseback riding, Indoor Games, Intermediate, Internet Connection, laundry facilities, Library, lodge, massages, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Games, Petting Zoo, Professional, Riding All-Levels, Rodeos, Ropes Course, Roping, Square Dancing, Trail Rides, Whitewater Rafting


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Elk Mountain Ranch
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  • Email: rick@pacificleisure.com
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Ranch Type / Accomodations :
•Guest Ranch •Lodge •Cabins
Western Experiences & Actvities:
•Hay Rides •Horseback Instruction •Horseback Riding • Brown Canyon Adventure Park Ropes Course •Rodeos •Trail Rides •Pack Trips •Children’s Programs• Dancing •Fishing •Fly Fishing •Hiking •Indoor Games •Mountain Biking •Outdoor Games •Petting Zoo •Skeet Shooting •Whitewater Rafting
Ranch Amenities:
•Adult Only Vacations •Airport Transportation •Child Care •Gift Shop •Hot Tub •Internet Connection •Laundry Facilities •Library •Massages
Riding Skill Levels:
•Beginner •Intermediate •Experienced •Professional •All-Levels
•Family Reunions
Operating Months:
•May •June •July •August •September


“We wanted to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful vacation. We all had a wonderful time and have many great memories to look back on. The first evening we said we were at Elk Mountain for fresh air, vistas and fun. There’s no question our wished were fulfilled. What we didn’t expect was how much we’d enjoy the outstanding staff and other guests. Your staff is always friendly, fun-loving and welcoming. Our enjoyment felt like a priority and we are all grateful!” – The Turcot Family

“We had so much fun with you and your crew. Your ranch is beautiful, your horses are great, the staff was exceptional and the weather was near perfect! We appreciated all of the effort you put into everything. It really made for a wonderful family vacation that we will always treasure. Elk Mountain Ranch certainly has a warm spot in each of our hearts.” – The Pittenger Family

“What a wonderful place for a family reunion! In our 60+ years, our week at the ranch was the best vacation of our lives. Thank you! You delivered everything you advertised and more. The wranglers were genuinely friendly, helpful, caring and above all safety conscious. Staff responsible for the children’s program were excellent. We never had any concern for the welfare of our grandchildren. Food preparation and housekeeping were outstanding. Meals and entertainment were great. Accommodations were comfortable and charming. Horses school taught by Tom was tremendous and we attribute his instruction to our lack of soreness. Su was a delightful host. The ranch was perfect for our diverse family.” – N & G Weaver

“If you are a couple, friends or a family, you will have the time of your life at Elk Mountain. The place is made even more special by the owners, Tom and Sue, and their professional, friendly and hardworking staff who cannot do enough for you. The cabins were spotlessly clean and the food plentiful, freshly prepared and excellent quality. The scenery was breathtaking both at the ranch and on the rides. We rode most days, but there are also activities for non riders. Or, if you feel like a break, you can go white water rafting or take a trip to the hot springs. There is always something to do in the evening too. You are encouraged to do as little or as much as you like . . . we only sat down to eat!” – R Carter & M Herbert

“We came to Elk Mountain Ranch not knowing what to expect. We had such a great time! Beautiful trail rides, great food, clean cabins, but mostly the great people and pleasant attitudes. Thank you so much for a memorable and fun vacation!” – The Brincho Family

“Thank you to my Rocky Mountain family. It was another amazing week full of fun, friendship and laughter. My soul is restored for another year.” – Beth