Just take a few steps from your accommodations and you’ll find yourself in a Rocky Mountain wonderland. From a quick stroll to Needle Rock or an all-day excursion to the top of Bald Mountain, hiking trails for all ages and abilities will lead you from one sweeping panorama to the next.
Bike & Hike to Needle Rock
The iconic, 800-foot-tall Needle Rock is one of Smith Fork Ranch’s most lovely sights. Want a closer look? Take a mountain bike 2.5 miles out to Needle Rock, then hike up the Needle Rock trail (one mile each way) to get a good view of the valley, then bike back to the compound. A perfect morning or afternoon adventure.
The No Moose Trail
If you’re craving some communion with nature, the No Moose Trail is your best bet Hiking this trail takes a good part of the day to complete, with elevations gains of 1,000 feet. On the trails you may see predator birds, eagles, bobcats, deer, elk, and bears.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The awe-inspiring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just a short drive from Smith Fork Ranch, and offers spectacular viewpoints along a wide array of hiking trails. A key trail off the North Rim Ranger Station is Exclamation Point, which is about one mile each way and offers spectacular views of the canyon depths, the Gunnison River below, as well as excellent bird watching. Feel like hiking further? The North Vista Trail goes on for miles past Exclamation Point with varied terrain and a forest of Douglas Fir, Aspen, and Gamble Oak.