New Adventure For 2016: A Smith Fork Safari
A Smith Fork Ranch guest ranch vacation in Colorado is guaranteed to get you close to nature. But maybe you’d like to get even closer?
This year, a new overnight adventure, guided by Landsend Outfitters, will take you into the heart of the Colorado mountain wilderness.
The father/son team of Tony and Darby Pendergrast knows every inch of Smith Fork’s backcountry and they’ll lead you to hidden lakes and streams, incredible scenic panoramas, teeming wildlife habitats and more, all with a touch of the rustic luxury Smith Fork Ranch is famous for.
What To Expect on Your Smith Fork Safari
The day before your Smith Fork Safari begins, you’ll get to know your guides and the specially trained, sure footed mountain horses and pack mules that will be carrying you and your food and gear.
The next morning, you’ll set off on a spectacular, 2-½ hour ride along the same trails used by the Ute Indians 150 years ago. Surrounded by rugged mountain beauty and endless blue skies, this leisurely journey is like having your own private caravan through the Rockies.
Your final destination is Sink Creek, Tony’s private camp located 10,000 feet above sea level, underneath the towering Mount Guaro. Everything will be set up when you arrive, with top quality, safari-style walk-in tents, cots with mattresses, cozy sleeping bags, a private toilet tent and more. Let’s just say that even though you’re “roughing it,” Tony and his guides know the art of comfortable outdoor living. Sit back, breathe in the fresh air and soak in the sights – the gentle, clear creek, a meadow with endless wildflowers bordering a shimmering Aspen grove, and gorgeous mountain views.
As the sun starts to set, enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouevres and watch the gorgeous shades of light change on the mountaintops. This must be that purple mountain majesty you’ve heard so much about! Then it’s time for dinner, served in a lantern-lit tent, and featuring organic, grass-fed beef from Tony’s own cattle and veggies from Smith Fork’s farmstead garden. Gather around the campfire afterwards for conversation and stargazing under the clearest night sky you’ve ever witnessed.
The next morning, you’ll wake up rested and refreshed to the smell of breakfast cooking on an open flame and fresh coffee brewing. After a walk through the flora and fauna, it’s time to saddle up and start the gentle downhill ride back to the ranch, a downhill trek that offers completely different – but no less awe-inspiring – vistas than on your way up to camp.
Your Smith Fork Safari comes to an end at this point, but you’ll be telling your friends and family stories about it for years to come …