Elk Mountain Ranch


altitideAltitude: 9,600 ft
capacityCapacity: 30 Guests
openOpen: May-Sept
acresAcres: 20,000
minstayMin Stay: 7 Nights
payRates: $250-$350/N
[NOTE: Elk Mountain Ranch is no longer operating as a Dude Ranch]
A ten mile dirt road is the “Gateway to Adventure” at Elk Mountain Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado. At 9,600 feet, it’s Colorado’s highest elevation dude ranch, and they’re adjacent to Browns Canyon National Monument. Rodeo Week, September Adult-Only Weeks, and Family Reunion Specials are special weeks set aside each year that contain added fun for guests. Their award winning Children’s programs (The Buckaroo’s) is available for children between the ages of 3 and 7. This secluded ranch houses up to 30 people so the stays here are comfortable and intimate. A sample of the weekly schedule is available prior to arrival and includes activities such as square dancing, white water rafting, volleyball, candlelit dinner, luncheon trail rides and, of course, horseback riding. The town of Buena Vista is the home to the largest collection of 14,000 peaks in the lower 48 states and is also the ‘white water’ capital of Colorado. Van trips to Aspen (2hrs away) are also offered. If dreaming of the best of both worlds, Elk Mountain Ranch has it.

Website: [NOTE: as of 2023, URL not working]


PO Box 910, Buena Vista, CO

Featured Activities:

  • Horseback Riding
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Browns Canyon Ropes Course
  • Trout Fishing
  • Aspen Van Trips
  • Riflery
  • Supervised Kids Program

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  • Rates Are All-Inclusive

Worth Noting:

  • Award Winning Kids Program


Elk Mountain Ranch

Nearby Airport:

  • Denver, CO

Website: [NOTE: as of 2023, URL not working]