A Week of Fun at Elk Mountain Ranch

Horseback riding is just the beginning of the Elk Mountain Ranch experience. Each day promises exhilarating outings and activities including: Van trip to Aspen over Independence Pass, Children’s program for ages 3-7, excursion to Brown’s Canyon Adventure Park, evening entertainment, white water rafting, fishing, trap shooting, marksmanship, archery, hiking, mountain biking, volleyball, hayrides and campfires! For those looking for some adult time away from the kids, be sure to explore our Adult Only weeks.

Explore Elk Mountain Ranch Activities:

Weekly Schedule

Fun for all Ages!

A Caring and Fun

Children’s Program

They’ll have fun, you’ll have fun!


Horseback Riding

through the wilderness


Adult Only Weeks

Come Join Us!

White-Water Raft Trip Spectacular: Ride the rapids of the roaring Arkansas River through the heart of Brown’s Canyon – and the most recently designated Browns Canyon National Monument. Buena Vista is known as the “white water capital of Colorado.” Enjoy a full-day raft trip with lunch on the river bank. You will be in the hands of a thoroughly professional and bonded rafting company who will provide fully equipped white-water rafts, expert boatmen, and life jackets. Wetsuits and booties are available to rent for a minimal charge.

Hiking, Biking & Exploring: The remote high mountain location of our dude ranch in Colorado places you in the very heart of unspoiled wilderness scenery. Single track or dirt roads can be hiked, biked and explored.  Mountain bikes are available for your use. Wildflowers and wildlife are abundant. Just over every rise is a ghost town, a prospector’s cabin or a mine shaft tailing left as historic testimony of the gold and silver rush fever of more then a century ago.

Scenic Trips: To give our guests a chance to appreciate our region, we offer weekly vehicle trips to Aspen. Aspen, formally Ute City, is one of the most famous ski resorts in the U.S. During the summer it offers the visitor a day filled with tours of historic buildings, fine shops, boutiques, and quaint restaurants. The spectacular drive to Aspen will take you across Independence Pass, the Continental Divide, and Mt. Elbert… Colorado’s highest.

Trap Shooting & Riflery: Included in your stay will be the opportunity to “prove” and “improve” your marksmanship on our ranch target range. We provide the guns, competent supervision and instruction, and the targets. It’s great fun and something you will want to try your hand at if you have never had the chance.

Excursion to Browns Canyon Ropes & Adventure Park: Experience this state-of-the-art adventure challenge . . . with zip-lines, high rope bridges, a giant swing and much more. The Browns Canyon Adventure Park is the perfect addition to your Colorado family vacation! This off-site excursion is included in your stay.

Fishing: Bring your fly rod or spinning tackle (or use ranch equipment). There are two stocked ponds on the ranch property. Professional guides will be at the ranch on Tuesday afternoon offering a hands-on fly fishing clinic.  Option for a guided trip on the Gold Medal waters of the Arkansas River can be arranged at an additional charge.  We can show you how to clean your trout, and we will fry it for dinner. Delicious.

And Much, Much More: Enjoy hayrides, campfires, archery, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, tetherball, basketball, arena soccer, softball, square-dancing, musical entertainment, checkers, chess, backgammon, frisbee, spectacular sunsets, and more. Massage is available. There is also a golf course nearby.