If you’ve never visited a guest ranch before, then you’ll most likely have many questions. We have identified a list of FAQs below to assist you with initial knowledge on The Home Ranch, Relais & Chateaux, in colorful Colorado.
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1. What makes The Home Ranch different and unique from other guest ranches or dude ranches?
What sets The Home Ranch apart is our intimate size (14 accommodations and 45 total guests) that allows us to provide exceptional service, immersive, personalized experiences and the finest in cuisine. We were the first guest ranch member of Relais & Chateaux and have pioneered the luxury guest ranch experience since 1980, all in the spirit of fine accommodations, service and culinary offerings you have come to expect from a Relais & Chateaux anywhere in the world.
2. Where is The Home Ranch located?
We’re located in the Elk River valley in a small ranching community called Clark, Colorado. We are just twenty miles north of the Steamboat Springs Ski Area. The Home Ranch is a 50-minute drive away from Yampa Valley Airport (HDN) airport. We offer complimentary roundtrip shuttle service to / from HDN year-round.
3. What are the popular activities at the ranch during the summer and fall?
We have a variety of fun activities for every guest to enjoy, both indoor and outdoor, such as horseback riding, guided hiking, Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing, biking, and more. The options here at The Home Ranch are endless.
Our luxury Colorado resort caters to every guest, as we make sure that everyone has an enjoyable experience even if their interests are different. We also offer a kids and teens program, where our counselors take younger guests out on an adventure while the rest of the family enjoys adult activities or some quiet time. Aside from the day-time activities, guests can enjoy the evenings with great live music, campfires, and barn dances.
4. Can you describe the accommodations at the ranch?
As the only Relais & Chateaux guest ranch in Colorado, we aim to provide you with the best lodging experience in Western living. Our main lodge is comprised of six unique lodge rooms, along with eight cabins burrowed in the surrounding aspens. Each room is carefully decorated in traditional designs by our owner and founder, Ann Stranahan.
The Home Ranch brings nature right to your doorstep. Each lodge and cabin come with a lovely view of the outdoors, including views of the mountains, meadows, horses, and aspens. Our luxury resort can hold up to 45 guests at capacity and is a great setting for group and social events, including corporate meetings and incentives, weddings, family reunions, couples’ getaways, just to name a few.
5. Why should we stay at a guest ranch?
If you’ve never visited a western guest ranch, The Home Ranch is a great place to have your first luxury ranch experience. What is a guest ranch vacation? It’s an immersive trip where guests can experience western life, authentically on a working ranch. So, if you’ve ever wanted to feel like a cowboy, then consider booking a guest ranch vacation.
One of the great things about luxury guest ranch vacations is that they’re all-inclusive, from the wide range of activities to the high-quality food and most everything in between, one daily rate encompasses your entire stay – leave your wallet in your room.
What do you do on a dude ranch, you might ask? You have a long list of activity options—whether it’s summer, spring, fall, or winter—including horseback riding, cross-country skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, hiking, fly fishing, and more.
If you’d rather stay indoors and relax, we offer yoga retreats and spa treatments. Many of our guests from urban locations love the ranch as it’s simply easy to relax and witness the beauty of nature.
Guest ranch vacations are a unique experience that will have you returning annually.