River House

The name says it all. Tucked in among the Cottonwoods and Spruce along the bank above the Smith Fork Creek, the River House has incredible views of the West Elk range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, as well as one of the lower meadow ponds.

Enter through the hand-hewn timber door and relax amidst the Great Room’s Navajo rugs, American primitive antiques, original art and handmade furnishings from Western and Native American artisans. The house’s river rock fireplace will keep you warm and cozy, or you can head to the deck, offering sumptuous sights and a hot tub, listening to the sound of the river as it winds its way through the ranch. The cabin also features an enclosed summer porch with daybed/settee and kitchenette.

Note: River House can be reserved in its entirety. Depending on the make up of the group or family, River House accommodates a minimum of six to a maximum of 10 guests. Ideal for a large family or three couples. 

Rooms

Woodlands
2-Person Occupancy | King bed convertible to two twin beds

Pond
2-Person Occupancy | King bed convertible to two twin beds

Willow
2-5 Person Occupancy | King bed convertible to two twin beds | Two bunk beds and twin sleeper sofa

Living Space
Right outside your bedroom door is the Great Room, with its handsome river rock fireplace, hand-crafted furniture, antiques and comfortable seating. There is also an enclosed summer porch with daybed/settee and kitchenette, and wrapping around the river side of the house is a large deck with a hot tub.

Availability and Rates

Accommodation Spring

May 24-June 8
3-Night Minimum Stay

Summer

June 9-Sept. 1
6-Night Stay (Sun-Sat)

Fall

Sept. 2-Oct.31
3-Night Minimum Stay

River House
6 person minimum
$750
per adult/per night
$995
per adult/per night
$750
per adult/per night
Childrens rates
per night
0-3yrs, free
4-6yrs, $400
7-12yrs, $550
0-3yrs, free
4-6yrs, $475
7-12yrs, $650
0-3yrs, free
4-6yrs, $400
7-12yrs, $550

More About Your All-Inclusive Signature Experience

Access to all ranch recreational facilities:

  • Go fly fishing on three private miles of the Smith Fork of the Gunnison, Second Creek
  • Take one of our specialized mountain bikes for a spin up our dirt road and onto some mountain trails
  • Swim off the floating dock at the hillside swimming pond
  • Play a round or two of horseshoes or corn hole
  • Plant and pick vegetables and fruits in our organic farmstead garden
  • Relax in a hammock by the ponds
  • Walk the signed paths along river and ponds
  • Enjoy bird watching
  • Gather for a sing-a-long and s’mores around the fire
  • Star gaze up into the clearest sky you’ve ever seen
  • Enjoy our collection of books, games and puzzles

Half-day guided outdoor activities per person every day of your stay:

  • Begin with an orientation ride, where you'll meet your horse and learn from our expert wranglers
  • Saddle up for a guided horseback riding on ranch trails and up into the surrounding mountain wilderness
  • Hone your skills during a fly casting clinic and fly fishing experience with our guides; top-of-the-line equipment provided
  • Go on a private ½ day guided fly fishing adventure
  • Take a ride into the wilderness for back country fishing in pristine mountain drainages
  • Shoot sporting clays at our world-class five-stand shooting platform, featuring renowned Beretta shotguns, a flurry trap, 3 harrier traps and vistas, with instruction from our expert guides
  • Take aim with a long bow at our archery range and six-station adventure course, with instruction provided by our expert guide
  • Go on a guided mountain biking trek on ranch and National Forest trails; top quality bikes and equipment provided.
  • Hike gorgeous Rocky Mountain trails accompanied by a guide

Summer season ranch-organized events throughout the week:

  • Go on a morning horseback ride stopping along the way at a trailside camp for breakfast cooked over an open fire
  • Ride your horse up to Vista Mountain, stopping for hors d’oeuvres, wine, camaraderie and spectacular views
  • Gather for a weekly campfire with roasted s’mores
  • Dance or tap your feet to live music in our open-air pavilion

Half-day guided youth adventures for children ages 4-11 (available through September 1):

  • Climbing the multi-level tree house
  • Learning to ride horses and care for them
  • Developing new skills such as archery or mountain biking
  • Scavenger hunts, water balloon games, soccer, swimming in the pond and hiking
  • Nature walks learning about the flora and fauna of Colorado
  • Arts and crafts in the kids tents... and much more!

Note: Half-day adventures are typically 2-2.5 hours. Nightly kids dinners are available at 6 p.m.  All children are returned to their parents by 8:30 p.m. or babysitting rates at $18 per hour will be applied.



Included in our rates:

  • All lodging accommodations. Twice-daily housekeeping and all in-room luxury amenities.
  • Daily coffee & tea bar, breakfast, lunch, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Unlimited soft drinks and assorted beverages and snacks.
  • On-ranch, guided activities including all gear and equipment (Spring/Fall: 1 activity per person/per day Summer: 2 activities per person/per day)

*All accommodation rates are subject to an 18% ranch fee and Colorado taxes.

DEPOSIT POLICY

We require a 50% deposit of your total reservation payment upon booking. This includes the 18% ranch fee and Colorado taxes.

A second deposit, the remaining balance, is due 90 days prior to your arrival. For reservations placed 90 days or less prior to arrival, the full amount of reservation is due at time of booking

CANCELLATION POLICY

Due to our intimate size and remote location, cancellations can significantly affect us. As a result, we adhere to a strict cancellation policy. Please note: There are no exceptions to our cancellation policy, whether it be for reasons of illness, family emergency, travel or weather difficulties. We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Cancellation notification must occur at least 91 days prior to your arrival date to receive refunded payment. A 10% fee of your total reservation amount will be non-refundable.

Cancellation notifications occurring 90 days or less of arrival are not eligible for a refund. Your deposit may be applied as a credit for future reservation within one calendar year.

Current rates and restrictions apply at time of rebooking. No credit will be allowed for absences during your reserved stay or for early departures.

INCIDENTAL CHARGES

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff is happy to make additional Colorado adventure and relaxation opportunities available to our guests. Some of the items and services not included in the All-inclusive Rate and Service Charge are:

  • Smith Fork Ranch Spa services and treatments
  • Apparel and goods for sale in the Round-Up or Gallery
  • Alcohol purchases from the bar
  • Off-property excursions (e.g. float trips, rafting trips, glass blowing)
  • Colorado Fish, Wildlife & Parks Licenses
  • Round-trip airport ground transfers to and from Montrose, Grand Junction and Aspen Regional