The Home Ranch
What We Love
- True Rocky Mountain hideaway in Elk River Valley with just 14 cabins on over 500 rugged acres of the American West
- Open year-round, the ranch is as popular for horseback riding and fly-fishing in the summer as cross-country skiing and sleigh rides in the winter
- The only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Colorado, this upscale dude ranch is known for its cuisine and luxe facilities
What To Know
- Summer reservations require a seven-day (Sunday to Sunday) stay
- Rooms are divided between the main lodge and standalone cabins that are dotted across the grounds
- All-inclusive rate excludes alcohol, bar charges and excursions with outside outfitters
On 500 acres of Elk River Valley in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Home Ranch is a classic American West dude ranch and year-round favorite for families, outdoorsy types, skiers and seclusion seekers. There are just 14 rooms divided between the main lodge and standalone cabins, all done up in a traditional ranch style with raw wood from floor to ceiling, leather furnishings, potbelly stoves (in most) and plaid fabrics. All have en-suite bathrooms and idyllic views across the ranch’s meadows and aspens. On the dining front, chef Clyde Nelson is at the helm of the celebrated restaurant, which takes a slow food approach to New Western classics and makes use of the ranch’s own organic farm. For serious foodies, there are annual harvest weeks with cooking classes, special dinners and a chance to meet local craft brewers and artisans. Beyond the lodge, Home Ranch is best known for its horseback riding programs, which range from two-hour trail rides to all-day adventures in the Routt National Forest’s 1.1 million acres, plus junior wrangling, roping workshops and more. For non-riders, there are year-round activities including snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, dogsledding, fly fishing, hiking, yoga and more.
In the Area
While Home Ranch has enough activities to keep guests entertained year-round, adventure types can get their fix in Steamboat Springs, around 20 miles south. In summer, Steamboat attracts serious whitewater paddlers, anglers, mountain bikers and trail runners. In the winter, it’s all about the “champagne powder” and massive snowfall, with some of the best tree skiing in the U.S. and a season that stretches into late spring. For a meal try Café Diva, a charming bistro at the base of the mountain. EagleRidge is about three miles from Steamboat Springs’ historic main street, Lincoln Avenue, where you’ll find one of two hot springs resorts. Try Mahogany Ridge Brewery for American fare, craft brews and live music. For breakfast, don’t skip the eggs benedict and giant cinnamon rolls at local favorite Winona’s Restaurant & Bakery.
How to Get There
Everything was perfect with the exception the kitchen did not take note of my dietary restrictions. The catered to others but not me. Food, horses, staff, activities and off ranch activities were so organized and amazing. They had a barn dance, BBQ that was so much fun. My granddaughter asked for a repeat trip every year!
The Home Ranch is simply paradise. Wonderful ranch experience, great horses, breathtaking setting, staff beyond terrific! Every detail is taken care of by Selina and Michael. Jonathan is one of the most original and creative chefs ever. Everyone at the Ranch is committed to excellence. We, and scores of others, come here year after year, for the magic which is only found here.
We stayed for 4 nights and got so much out of our trip
Airport pickup was well organized and meant we were out of the airport and on property really efficiently - same for the return.
They have great equipment and trails for skiing and snowshoeing. However, it is the guides that make a difference. They really looked after us, gave us patient but fun tuition and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves every day. They can and will cater to any ability level in any activity they offer.
It’s a R&C property so the standard of cuisine is high - it’s a point of pride for them. We were lucky enough to experience the talent of their chefs in a very intimate setting and it was something we will remember.
It’s a small property in a gigantic setting. You’ll interact with all the staff and they were one of the best things about the Home Ranch. Closely followed by their fantastic ski trails!
We stayed in a lodge room. It was cozy but spacious and we liked relaxing in the main house.
One of our most favorite places - this was our 10th visit, this time with a group of 23 for a family get-together. Always the BEST!, Everyone there is so welcoming and friendly. Food is wonderful and more than you can eat - but you do anyway! And delicious snacks in case you want more to eat. Mike is ever patient with the x country skiing and can't do enough to help, Accommodations are perfect. The whole place is so upscale, but delightfully understated. We love it and hopefully will get back. Thanks to everyone who made our special long weekend very special.
Winter at The Home Ranch is magical - whether enjoying the outdoors on snowshoes or x-country skis, riding the hay wagon at feeding time for the horses, enjoying the first-rate cuisine, or simply relaxing in the lodge with friends or family, playing games, or reading a book. The outstanding natural beauty of the ranch is is matched by the quality of thoughtful and caring service provided by every member of the staff.