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Smith Fork Ranch

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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Smith Fork Ranch offers an exceptional mountain ranch experience. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and anxious to help. Moreover, the scenery is perfect. I attended with my six year old son and enjoyed a mix of activities (archery, hiking, fishing, horseback riding) along with excellent meals and hospitality. We look forward to going back.

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Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Greg! We had a great time trying to keep up with you and Henry and are very happy that you both enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to meeting the rest of your family next year! Tim

Reviewed 24 September 2016

We rented out the entire ranch for a fall wedding and it couldn't have been more magical. The food, the staff, all the daily activities, the scenery, the rooms and everything in between was nothing short of perfection. This place caters to the guests every want and need. We will continue to come back to the SFR and recommend it...

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Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Mike! What a great group of guests! It was our pleasure to host such a magical wedding. I think our staff had as much fun working this weekend as your guests did celebrating. Congratulations to you and Mike! We look forward to seeing you back at SFR soon. Tim

Reviewed 9 September 2016

One of the best family weeks of holiday we have had. Tim the GM is one of the best hosts ever. Scenery was spectacular. Great family feeling from the staff, we traveled with 12 year old and 15 year old and they enjoyed all the activities. Great to be horse treking, fishing for the first time and clay shooting. Food...

Thank EvanMD
Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We all really enjoyed meeting you and your family. It was fun to hear all of the stories about the activities that you were doing for the first time. I might add that you were quite good shooters and fishermen by the time you left. I agree with you that we have a great...

Lexington, Kentucky
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We've been to a number of high end ranches. This is the best. It was small and intimate and the food was outstanding. We would go back just for the food! However, the service was unparalleled. The staff bent over backwards, was so friendly, and likable. They were very accommodating in terms of planning activities and made it easy for...

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Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Bill! I am happy to hear that you, Erin and the family enjoyed your stay with us. We loved how excited your group was to fish every river, pond and creek while you were here. Our guides had as much fun as you did! We hope to see you all back for the salmon fly hatch on the...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Spent three fantastic nights/days at the ranch. Everything was perfect including our accommodations, the cuisine & the activities. We enjoyed horseback riding, skeet shooting & flyfishing. The instruction and equipment we used was first rate. The wranglers & guides made sure we had an exceptional experience. The food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) is excellent. During our stay we enjoyed the...

Thank morandc
Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Dennis and Cindy! It was great to meet you and hear about all of your adventures over the years at SFR. It is always nice to see our guests return and you are the one of two families that have been here the most. Thank you for helping us create a special place and we look forward to...

Chappaqua, New York
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Everyone including Marley and Linda, owners, Tim, the GM, the wranglers and guides were exceptional. The service and food could not have been better. It's the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There is something for everyone. David and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at the ranch.

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Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Debbie! We are very happy that you and David enjoyed yourselves and were able to relax here at Smith Fork Ranch. I agree that we have some great guides and wranglers. (and an outstanding Chef!) We enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to seeing you back soon. Tim

Reviewed 21 August 2016

wasn't sure when my husband planned a trip to a dude ranch but it was one of the best vacations ever! we have three children ranging in age from 11-14 and they never had a dull moment. hard to say what i enjoyed the most….the food (incredible), best margaritas ever…the service was above and beyond…the horse rides and hiking through...

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Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Hope! It was great getting to know you and the family. I am very happy that you enjoyed yourselves and were able to try all of our activities. John was asking about coming back in the fall, which is a great idea! The fall at Smith Fork Ranch is amazing. The days are warm, the nights are cool...

Bethesda, Maryland
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Smith Fork Ranch is a very special place, like non other. The real magic is in the Staff- they are what made our family vacation incredible and unforgettable! From the General Manager- Tim Johnson and his wife Heather, to the Wranglers, Activity Director & Guides, Chefs, and on and on- these folks were passionate, engaging, kind and caring and made...

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Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Janna! Your kind words are very much appreciated. It was fun to get to know you and all of the Oxmans and we feel like you are part of our SFR family now. We hope to see you back at he ranch soon!

Reviewed 11 August 2016

We stayed at the stunningly beautiful River House and enjoyed riding, shooting, fly fishing, archery, and hiking. All of the wranglers and guides were amazing, friendly, and knowledgeable. The food was prepared perfectly and featured delicious local fare. Tim and his staff produced a flawless and exciting and memorable week that our family will never forget. Thanks Smith Fork Ranch!...

Thank Laura G
Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review Laura! I am happy you and your family were able to take some time out of your busy schedule to experience Smith Fork Ranch. We all had a great week and look forward to seeing you again. We will be practicing our Cookout games so we are able to compete with your family next...

Reviewed 1 August 2016

Smith Fork Ranch is a jem. We were with the largest group the ranch had ever hosted, but they never missed a beat. We made special memories, had exciting activities , and top notch food and service! every facet of the property is top notch. Tim, the GM made sure no detail was missed, and all our needs were anticipated....

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Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you Chris! We are happy everyone was able to help celebrate Emily's birthday and enjoyed meeting everyone. Smith Fork Ranch is a very special place, but even more special when one group stays for the week. Your group was amazing and it was our pleasure to meet all of you. We can't wait to see you again on the...

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Concierge
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Smith Fork luxury ranch is located on Colorado's Western Slope, approximately 7 1/2 miles east of the town of Crawford at an elevation of 7200'. The Ranch is nestled within the beautiful Gunnison National Forest adjoining the wild, untamed West Elk Wilderness Area. The luxury ranch and its surrounding areas are home to stunning mountains, abundant rivers, high altitude streams and lakes, and breathtaking views. The Ranch itself has three miles of frontage along the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River and seven trout ponds. Intimate Colorado ranch offering rustic luxury in the Rockies. Customize your unique family adventure. You can enjoy horseback riding, fishing and hiking the same land that the Ute Indians, Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir fell in love with. Experience a horseback riding vacation in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Discover our special part of Colorado where generations of western ranch culture blend with exceptional artists, craftsmen and artisanal makers of Colorado's best foods and wines. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Smith Fork Ranch

Address: 45362 Needle Rock Rd, Crawford, CO 81415-9114
Region: United States > Colorado > Crawford
Price Range: RM1,081 - RM1,946 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Smith Fork Ranch Hotel Crawford
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“Rooms are not large but more than adequate and as you spend your time enjoying yourself on all the activities they suit the experience”
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EvanMD, 8 Sep 2016 | Read review
“West Elk Suite is excellent for a couple looking for comfort & a private getaway”
morandc, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We spent 2 nights in the Mountain house and 2 in the River house. Both houses were immaculate and gave of the mountain ranch feeling.”
624nicholask, 6 Jun 2016 | Read review
“River cottage is the way to go!!”
PWjr, 29 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Cabins are great for families; couples should consider the River House or Mountain House (especially the West Elk Suite)”
morandc, 12 Sep 2015 | Read review
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