North Fork Ranch

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Small, close to Denver and the North Fork of the South Platte River running through it! Customize your stay, arrive on any day, for any length of stay & choose the activities you want! Conveniently located just over an hour from the Denver International airport you will be relaxing instead of traveling yet feel remote at 8,100ft in the Pike National Forest. Horseback riding is available each day, 2 or 4 hour rides, enjoy riding through the majestic Rocky Mountains, stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch with a 360 degree view!

Lots of other options to fill your days with activities such as: a scenic drive through South Park arriving for a day of Whitewater rafting in the historic Brown’s Canyon, enjoy a thrilling view from above on Colorado’s highest, longest zip line tour, find yourself on a mountain top with a guided alpine hike, shooting sports, trap/skeet, archery & .22, mountain biking, rock climbing, guided Fly Fishing on the legendary North Fork of the South Platte River; Orvis Endorsed. Tranquil setting provides time for wellness; therapeutic massage, yoga, nature hikes at your leisure viewing birds, flowers & wildlife. Riverside swimming pool & hot tub. Healthy, hearty meals created with a gourmet flare, snacks, appetizers, warm cookies & the aroma of freshly baked bread.

Enjoy quiet evenings discovering an unending sky filled with stars, a walk along the river, catching a fish in the pond, a cool breeze on your cabin porch or a glass of wine by a crackling fire. Perfect for singles, couples, families, family reunions, adventure seekers. Intimate size, diverse activities, personal attention, creating your own ranch experience/package/stay sets us apart. You will quickly find North Fork Ranch to be magical!


  • Address 55395 Highway 285 Shawnee, Colorado 80475
  • Phone 303-838-9873
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  • Category Colorado, x-Archery, x-Family Reunions, x-Fishing, x-Hiking, x-Mountain Biking, x-Rafting, x-Shooting, x-Weddings
  • Location Colorado, United States
  • Tags Dancing, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Hay Rides, Hiking, Horseback riding, Indoor Games, massage, Pack Trips, Petting Zoo, Rodeos, Sporting Clays, Swimming, Trail Rides, Weddings, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, yoga, zip line


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Ranch Type / Accomodations :
•Guest Ranch •Lodge •Cabins
Western Experiences & Actvities:
•Hay Rides •Horseback Riding •Overnight Camp Outs •Rodeos •Trail Rides •Pack Trips •Children’s Programs •Dancing •Fishing •Fly Fishing •Hiking •Indoor Games •Petting Zoo •Sporting Clays •Swimming •Whitewater Rafting •Wildlife Viewing
Ranch Amenities:
•Airport Transportation •Handicapped •Heated Pool •Hot Tub •Internet Connection •Laundry Facilities •Library •Massages
Riding Skill Levels:
•Beginner •Intermediate •Experienced •All-Levels
•Conference Facilities •Corporate Events •Family Reunions •Honeymoon Pkgs
Operating Months:
•May •June •July •August •September

Guest Comments

” Dean and Karen have established an ambiance with your personality that is translated into all of your help that makes each visitor feel important, wanted, and at ease. The food was wonderful, the special touches in the accommodations worthy of five star rank, the fishing the best in the West, and the reason for Dude Ranches – horses- truly outstanding!” – Paul Phillips

“I’ve just returned home from the best vacation I’ve had in years. I wasn’t sure what to expect finding North Fork on the internet but I must say it was more than I could have imagined. Dean, Karen, and Kids have built the most beautiful home for their guests. What a beautiful location and what a wonderful staff. I’ll be back next year and many years to come.” – Cheryl Crawford

“As always, we enjoyed our stay with you again this year. Each year we return, we marvel at your warm welcome…our family away from home, the constant improvements you make…you have created a comforting oasis in those beautiful mountains…such a joy to become absorbed in the quieter, slower pace of life. We always want to stay another day, another week and return another year! Thank you…again…” – Edi and Larry

“We have just returned from the holiday of a lifetime at the North Fork Ranch. Our expectations were greatly exceeded on ALL fronts: accommodation, activities, locations, hospitality etc etc etc. We really cannot recommend the North Fork Ranch highly enough and would be more than happy to speak with anybody contemplating taking their holiday at this amazing place (or should we keep it quiet?). All our love to Dean, Karen, their family and the excellent staff at NFR, see you again soon.” – Jim & Georgina Howdle

“We didn’t know what to expect because we have never been on this sort of vacation before. We got more than we could have ever expected. The May family and their staff went above and beyond to make sure our week stay was the best. (we are going to try and may it back every year) Thanks again for a great time.” – Bill Strader & Cindy Emory

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