The River House is situated on the banks the Smith Fork of theGunnison River and a short cast away fromone of our five stocked trout ponds It boasts three suites, a large living room with stone fireplace, screened porch and a wraparound deck with private hot tub
The River HouseStunning views from every direction
Horseback RidingSmith Fork Ranch offers aunique luxurious horsebackriding vacation. We have astable full of strong, well-trainedhorses and endless miles ofriding trails on the ranch andsurrounding national forest andwilderness.
Fly FishingThere is nothing quite like fly fishing in the Colorado Rockies. Smith Fork Ranchis uniquely blessed with three miles of its own river ….five stocked troutponds….a mountain stream that is one of only two natural habitats in the state forthe rare A-strain Colorado Cutthroat trout. And on top of that, SFR sits closer tomore Gold Medal fishing water than any other 5 star destination in Colorado.
For the ultimate in fly-fishing, a day on “the Gunny” is not to be missed. The Gunnison River is a world-renowned, gold medal trout fishery. A float through the steep walled Gunnison Gorge is recognized as one of the top fly fishing trips in the lower 48.This National Conservation Area lies just downstream of the Black Canyon of theGunnison National Park and features spectacular scenery, interesting geology,sightings of varied wildlife, and most importantly excellent fly fishing for rainbow andbrown trout. Trophy rainbows measuring 20”+ are the prize of the “Gunny”. TheGunnison River holds more fish per mile than any other river in the state. The latestdata showed 8,779 fish per mile.
New for 2013Sporting ClaysOur Five Stand boasts one of the best backdropsimaginable - thoughtfully situated among thescrub oak in the shadow of Saddle Mountain withthe West Elk range’s snow-capped MendicantRidge and Mount Guero looming overhead. Mountain Bikes Enjoy the peace and solitude of a leisurely ride through the ranch property and Gunnison National Forest or kick it up a notch and hit one of our technical single-track trails to get the heart rate and adrenaline pumping.
Hiking & ArcheryHike scenic mountain trails…Climb to the base of NeedleRock…Take an all-day hiketo the top of BaldMountain….. Practice long-bow archery on our short - medium - long distance target range…Try your woodsman’s archery skills on our six-stage adventure course through the woods.
Relax in one ofthe hottubs…..take arefreshing dip inthe swimminghole….the perfectnap in ahammock by thewater….a warmcampfire in theevening
A visit to theBlack Canyon ofthe GunnisonNational Park isnot to be missed America’s newest and least-visited National Park is just 30 minutes from Smith Fork Ranch
The North Fork Valley is abundant withlocal color, rich history, Colorado’s bestwine region, a plethora of organic farms& orchards and prominent artists andcraftspeople.Visit Colorado’s best wineries andvineyards….Tour organic farms andorchards that produce Colorado’sluscious fruits and produce.…Experiencean authentic Western rodeo….Visit thegalleries and workshops of exceptionallocal artists and craftsmen…Learn toblow glass, or make pottery
To top off a full day of activities,dinner at Smith Fork Ranch is anexperience…• True Farm-to Table cuisine from our own organic farmstead garden as well as fruit, produce and meats from our valley neighbors• A Wine Spectator award winning wine list featuring 400 labels• Culinary expertise rarely seen at this altitude• Every meal at the ranch is a relaxing occasion to embellish your stay in this Rocky Mountain paradise.
The Cocktail Ride House-made Bread and charcuterie
Our chefsgather freshproduce, herbsand fruit dailyfrom our organicgarden