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
My first visit to The Home Ranch for the October yoga & riding retreat for women was a profound and life-changing experience. Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter are kind, encouraging instructors. My confidence in the saddle improved, and I left the retreat with renewed enthusiasm for my yoga and meditation practice. Selina and Michael have assembled a warm and welcoming staff who care for guests on the trail and in the lodge. The horses are impeccably trained, the rooms are comfortable, and the meals are plentiful and delicious. I am so psyched to come back next year!
This was the most wonderful vacation I’ve had in years. I was there for a special program, so we had a slightly different schedule than the norm. Hence my Not Sure comments below. Aside from that difference, I cannot say enough overall about the incredible staff, the wonderful rooms, the spectacular setting and, not least, the totally every-meal-amazing food!
I highly recommend it and I would go back in a heartbeat!
Breath-taking views, wonderful cabin accommodations, delicious food and 5-star service. Every meal was wonderfully prepared to accommodate my preferences. All the staff were friendly, polite and made me feel at home. I stayed in Roo cabin- it was perfect. Loved the private hot tub on deck. Went riding on a horse selected for me - it was an excellent match. The wranglers were wonderful, helpful people. I had a memorable Fall experience and look forward to returning in the winter.