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The High Lonesome Ranch


 The High Lonesome Ranch fly fishing vacation ranch in DeBeque Colorado

Explore your western heritage. Find your inner cowboy.

You’ll ford streams, ride miles of mountain valleys and trails, and drive cattle. A trip to The High Lonesome Dude Ranch will bond your family or group like never before. You’ll also bond with your horse, which is hand picked just for you and chosen to fit your riding ability and temperament. You will also have a new “ranch family” that includes other guests, your wranglers, and especially your horses.

It’s a time of new experiences, unusual activities, and western adventure. We are a working cattle ranch using best new practices and are excited to share how that works and what that means. Every day will entertain you. Your time here might even teach you a few things if you’re open to that. We are a conservation organization first, and a guest ranch second. Our ways of doing things are calculated and we are happy to share our thinking on our new Land Ethic. There is a real method to our every move.

We’ll keep you busy with riding lessons, trail rides, western obstacle courses, participation in a real cattle drive, team penning, roping, fly-fishing, sporting clays, wild horse viewing, picnics, and wildlife viewing. There will never be a dull moment, but you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the company of friends and family, great food, restful sleep, and lots of laughs.

If it’s your first time in the saddle or your 50th year, we’re a good fit. First of all, you’ll really get to know your horse so you two can learn to work together. You’ll get to know your fellow dude ranchers so you can have company along the way or help each other on the trail. You’ll see things from the height of a horse with all new eyes.

Our Dude Ranch weeks give you time to get to know your horse and form relationships. Our Tenderfoot Experience is an abbreviated trip, and we offer a Ladies Week each year. With any choice, you’ll bond with your group and make new friends.

Every day concludes with a social and dinner then a story or game or s’mores around the fire pit. These are great times to share your day’s adventures. It’s all about making memories that will last a lifetime for you and your group.

Capacity: Ranch capacity varies depending on the guest lodging configurations required. Using all guest rooms at max capacity the ranch can welcome up to 58 total guests. Our lodgings include a nice and wide range of guest houses from a large 8 bedroom/8 bath guesthouse to a small and remote 3 bedroom cabin.
Open: The ranch is open year-round an therefore offers activities specific to the various seasons. Spring means fly-fishing, summer is peak time for the family dude ranch programming, fall for incredible wing shooting and other awesome weather fun and winter is peak for both shooting sports and big game hunting. Year-round we welcome guest ranch visitors for all the activities including, horseback rides, hiking, sporting clays, mountain biking, birding and of course excellent fishing.
Altitude: The ranch ranges in altitude from 5,000 to 9,000 feet on 400+ square miles and sits along the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. This is an ecosystem consisting of a large, central valley with astonishingly beautiful mountains and adjoining valleys, each lush and fertile in its own right. This means a wide variety of wildlife and terrain, which makes for ruggedly beautiful scenery.
Location: The ranch is located just outside of the small cowboy town of DeBeque, Colorado. Easy access to the ranch from our closest airport in Grand Junction, CO.
Reservations: 970-283-9420
Rates: All pricing is customizable to meet the needs of each guests visit. Most of our rates are activity specific - fly-fishing packages, wing shooting, dude ranch offers two different pricing schemes depending on the length of stay. The ranch's reservations staff will be happy to work directly with each request on detailed reservation quotes.
Minimum Stay: There is no minimum stay required.
Deposit: A 50% deposit is required at the time the reservation is made to ensure the dates and accommodations are held. Deposits are non-refundable; however, they may be used for another trip during the same season if notified of cancellation at least 60 days prior to the scheduled arrival date.
Payment: The balance of the reservation is due in full 60 days prior to arrival. For the protection of the guests, we highly recommend trip insurance to over any unexpected emergency cancellations. Gratuities are included in our 15% resort service fee that is added along with applicable taxes to the various reservation quotes.
Transportation: Transfers can be arranged with the ranch staff in advance of your plans to visit. Transfer for up to 4 guests is $200 round-trip from Grand Junction's Airport. The transfer time is approximately 45 minutes.
Travel Agents: We welcome the opportunity to work with any and all travel partners for their guests/customers.
Lodging: Western luxury lodging in private cabins & shared house suites offer space, privacy & choices. WIFI is available at headquarters, the main pavilion, and in most of the houses and cabins if you really want to stay connected while getting away to the western wilderness. All the accommodations have full stocked kitchens and large outdoor kennels are available for wing shooters who like to hunt over their own dogs.

The sprawling ranch sleeps only 37 within its 400+ square miles, giving an intimate, yet spacious feel to the experience. There is plenty of room and opportunity to feel like you own the place and get truly personalized service. Houses and cabins are spread out to optimize privacy. You’ll feel the close attention of our professional associates and skilled guides as they cater to your every wish. Guests can choose their favored type of accommodations based on availability and seasonality.
Kids' Program: Kids are very welcomed at the ranch! Our Dude Ranch programming is ideally suited for the entire family including children. For the Dude Ranch packages youth pricing is good for ages 4 through 15.
Food/Dining: HLR Angus beef, great local farm-to-table food sourced from the HLR orchard and herb garden with local pork and lamb from neighboring ranches paired with excellent local wines followed by starry fire pits are our inspired standards.

The culinary structure here at The High Lonesome Ranch is very unique. Our dining program is based on the needs and desires of the guests staying with us at the time. Menus can range from classical preparations, to family style, to multi course-tasting menus.

Dining experiences range from Dude Ranch family-style meals to Elevated Dining Experiences of multiple courses paired with appropriate excellent wines. Our own custom team-designed and fabricated barbeque pit is often used when we are serving outdoors or when we’re preparing anything that is perfect for grilling outdoors. Meals are served either in the HLR Pavilion, the Headquarters Dining Room near the fireplace, or Castle Rock Pavilion for a change of scenery. Sometimes we even take banquet tables and tablecloths out on the trail and welcome riders for a freshly prepared seated lunch under a stand of old trees. Many styles and many choices are always options, but every one is always an experience to look forward to.

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