Smith Fork Ranch

453 Needle Rock Road

  • Baby Ready
  • Toddler Fun
  • School Age Action
  • Cool for Teens
  • Hotels with In-Room Kitchens
  • Hotels with Kids' Clubs
  • Smith Fork Ranch is a wonderful guest ranch experience. Guests feel pampered with private services and gourmet food/wine, although the accommodations and facilities are ‘rustic’ enough to make it feel like a real ranch. There is a kids program for younger children and older kids can join parents riding and fishing. There is less structure here then at other guest ranches – a nice combination of independence and group activities.

    • Category: Ranch
    • Location: Countryside
    • Standard: Upscale
    • Style: Traditional
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    Our Reviewer's Favorite Features

    • Baby Ready: Crib and highchair available
    • Toddler Fun: Open, safe areas for running around
    • School Age Action: Near age-appropriate sights and activities
    • Cool For Teens: Near age-appropriate sights and activities
    • Variety of room options for families
    • Fantastic atmosphere and views
    • Variety of onsite sports and activities
    • Families can ride and fish together

    Families Should Know

    • Some room categories are small
    • Focus of ranch is horseback riding and fishing
    • Lake swimming – no swimming pool
    • Kids must be 7 to participate in trail rides
    • Babysitting starts at $US 15 per hour
    • Kids’ Club (for 5 and up) is complimentary
    • Free WIFI in public areas and rooms
    • No air-conditioning
    • Isolated rural location midway between Aspen and Telluride
    • Resort is adults only during fall months

    Sports + Activities

    • swimming
    • horseback riding
    • fishing
    • hiking
    • whitewater rafting
    • glassblowing in nearby professional studio
    • campfires and staff sing-along
    • wagon rides
    • arts & crafts for kids 

    Local Excursions

    • Aspen
    • Telluride


    • weekly pricing includes meals, lodging, and activities
    • rooms and cabins, fully equipped kitchen in largest unit
    • daily housekeeping
    • laundery service
    • fitness center
    • snooker table/darts/game room
    • hot tub
    • stables
    • free WIFI available in all the buildings on the ranch
    • onsite trout pond/private river
    • guided fishing and horseback riding
    • archery/clay sport shooting range
    • teepee
    • kids’ club ages 5 and up
    • babysitting on request
    • onsite restaurant with kids menu available
    • in-room massage available
    • private parking
    • disabled access
    • private guest office with computer and phone
    # of peopleStarting at
    2-3$US6,300W I
    4$US13,600W I
    5-6$US18,900W I
    • D - daily pricing
    • W - weekly pricing
    • T - tax included
    • B - breakfast included
    • I - all-inclusive

    Preferred Room

    Not provided

    Guest Room Highlights

    • Well-appointed
    • Comfortable beds
    • Convenient location on property
    • Rooms are modern western style accommodations with private baths

    Booking Conditions

    • Deposit required
    • Cancellation >60 days: 10% deposit forfeit
    • Cancellation <60 days: 100% deposit forfeit
    • Cribs and highchairs: complimentary
    • Kids’ Club is complimentary
    • Check-in is 3p and check out is 10a
    • Babysitting: $US 14 per hour – 2 hour minimum
    • Weekly pricing includes all meals and activities
    • Price packages available