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45362 Needle Rock Rd, Crawford, CO 81415-9114
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#1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Crawford
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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. 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. The Ranch itself has three miles of frontage along the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River and seven trout ponds.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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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45362 Needle Rock Rd, Crawford, CO 81415-9114
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lee r wrote a review Jan 2019
St. Croix2 contributions1 helpful vote
My family visited this exquisite dude ranch in Crawford colorado in July 2018. My 10 year old daughter had never ridden horses before. The very qualified wranglers took grest pains to make her proficient as a rider. By the second day she was able to take a fabulous ride in the mountains with a picnic lunch for several hours. The chef is fabulous. The owners are hands on and are present and such genuine host and hostess. The morning coffee left on your door step for when you wake up is so thoughtful. The cocktail ride up in the mountains with breathtaking views was spectacular, as was the morning campfire breakfast. This is an incredible find. We will be back for years
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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rmmtraveler wrote a review Nov 2018
Greenville, South Carolina18 contributions37 helpful votes
We feel so lucky to have landed at SFR after having to change plans last minute due to a hurricane on the east coast. There were so many positives it is hard to know where to start. We went in September with the temperatures cool and perfect for outdoor activities. Courtney and the rest of the staff made sure our stay was relaxing and enjoyable. The choices of activities were a great chance to try something new (fly fishing) but also do some things we love (hiking). The Food was fantastic with several dishes with ingredients grown in the garden. Hard to explain but can't express how much the ranch buildings and grounds creates an environment of relaxation and beauty. Sitting on the front porch drinking coffee early in the morning looking at the beautiful grounds was a perfect start of the day and that feeling of "the day was made for me" continued throughout the day.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Response from CourtneySFR, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Dec 31, 2018
Thanks so much for all your kind words! While we are never happy to hear that plans changed due to hurricanes we are happy that you were brought to our neck of the woods somehow. It was wonderful meeting the both of you and we hope to see you again sometime (and you get to enjoy your original plans as well).
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Mitchell W wrote a review Jun 2018
Chicago, Illinois26 contributions30 helpful votes
This was an extraordinary and phenomenal vacation and if we could give Smith Fork Ranch (SFR) 6 stars out of 5, we would. The activities (horseback riding, fly fishing, archery, clay shooting and spa) were so much fun and made even more so by the outstanding and incredibly attentive and accommodating guide staff (Levi, Alex, Paul and Lewis) and wrangler staff (Stacy, Hannah, Eve and Kayla). From the moment we arrived, Courtney and Casey (front of house?) made us feel so at home and welcomed us with open arms – we felt like part of the SFR family. Every request was met with a smile and “we can make that happen.” If you wanted the moon they would have lassoed it for you. Even the smallest detail was attended to, like a pot of coffee magically appearing in our house every morning. We rode almost every day on horses that we so very well cared for and on some of the most beautiful trails imaginable. The wranglers made sure that we were all comfortable with our horses and assigned horses that matched our skill levels and personalities. You could tell that they put al lot of thought into selecting the right horses for everyone in our group. Being new to fly fishing, after a few days we walked away having learned a fun new sport (that we will definitely try again soon) and pictures of lots of fish that we caught! The guides were great and took us out on the river in waders – it was a zen-like experience. The food was just outstanding and a match for any 4 star restaurant. At breakfast, lunch and dinner we were offered a variety of choices and enough to satisfy any appetite. The chef (Marcus) and his staff were very accommodating and baked a special cake to help us celebrate our son’s birthday. It was a great surprise for him. Everywhere he went that day, everyone wished him a happy birthday. The service and bar staff (Taylor, Dylan, Chelsea and Mike) were outstanding, making phenomenal cocktails and just taking such good care of us all around. And what a great wine selection, we had so much fun trying different wines at dinner every evening. We could go on and on raving about SFR, but what is really telling is that as we sit here writing this review, we are trying to figure out when we can get there next – very soon.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: We stayed in the Mountain house with our family (7 people) and it was perfect.
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jac391 wrote a review Oct 2017
Beaver Creek, Colorado5 contributions
Our room was spacious including a living room with fireplace. The standards at this ranch compare to the finest found anywhere. Beautifully trained staff, excellent meals and presentation, incredibly friendly and personable employees at every level. We especially enjoyed the intimate size with a maximum capacity of just 24 guests. The farm to table fresh food was incredible. The eggs came from the neighboring farm. The beef was from a nearby ranch. The cheese was produced locally. The fruits and vegetables were grown onsite. Delicious food that made us feel good as well.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: We were on the main floor of Mountain House in a one bedroom suite. Wonderful!
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Response from Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Nov 8, 2017
Thank you for the great review. I agree that Chef Marcus runs an outstanding culinary program here at Smith Fork Ranch. He utilizes the bounty of the local farms and ranches in addition to our own farmstead garden. We had a very productive year in the garden and are already making plans for improvement next year! We hope to see you back on the ranch soon! Tim
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hqalley wrote a review Oct 2017
Hotchkiss67 contributions18 helpful votes
The food here is what is amazing. We are locals and eat here about once a month. The atmosphere is real old West and the service is perfect. Everything is locally sourced and the presentation is beautifully understated.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Try their Smith Fork wine...ver nice
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Response from Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Nov 8, 2017
We always enjoy seeing our local friends and while our 2017 guest season is coming to a close for this year, we will be having our monthly supper club for locals starting on November 17! We hope to see you again soon. Thank you! Tim
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BWilson-B wrote a review Aug 2017
Malaga, Spain6 contributions1 helpful vote
Whilst in Vancouver and due to many forest fires our Canadian dude ranch cancelled on us which turned out in our favor because our travel agents Scott Dunn recommended smithfork ranch who had space for my family of six in their river house From the moment we arrived from an arduous two plane journeys and five hour drive we were made so welcome the staff were sunny and helpful even delivering to our lodge our delayed luggage at 4 am what can I say about this wonderful place amazing food all organic and local produce lovely well cared for horses friendly patient and happy guides beautiful setting the owners Marley and Linda joined in on most events and are a warm and welcoming couple who have led fascinating lives and have great stories to share Tim is an excellent manager who is friendly approachable and effortlessly likable we became friendly with all the staff which was easy as they are all so lovely I have no problem giving this holiday destination full marks and hope to return soon well done guys
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: All rooms and lodges are first class for the cowboy experience
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Response from Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Aug 13, 2017
While we are never happy about a forest fire, we are very happy that we were given the opportunity to meet you and your family. We enjoyed your visit very much and are all very happy that you were able to have some fun. I enjoyed all of our conversations and look forward to seeing you back at he ranch soon! Thank you. Tim
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PGHinCLT wrote a review Jun 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina23 contributions15 helpful votes
SFR has stunning scenery, picture-perfect accommodations, and beyond delicious food. But the best part? The staff who make you feel so welcome and are sincerely focused on ensuring sure your stay is the best it can be. It was so perfect that we stayed an extra night - that says it all! My husband and I hiked, fished the ponds (river was still up since it was spring), rode horses and mountain bikes, enjoyed the snowcapped mountain view from the hot tub, and visited nearby Black Canyon National Park. Our horse guide took the time to truly teach us about the animal, and I walked away with a new cowgirl confidence. Another daily highlight was lunch served on the porch - peaceful, with an incredible view. The kitchen staff even happily accommodated our special diet and we can't say enough about the fresh, gourmet food. Still missing the spring water that serves the ranch... and that breakfast bacon! Our cabin was spacious and beautifully themed. The attention to detail of the ranch and the staff is what makes SFR exceptional. It's a luxury western ranch experience as you hope it to be, and without any attitude. You will leave feeling refreshed, pampered - and wondering how soon you can go back.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Response from Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Aug 11, 2017
Thank you for the great review Jarrod and Jenette! We are all very happy that you enjoyed yourselves. It was great to have you and we hope you can come back soon! Tim
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thansch wrote a review Jun 2017
Los Gatos, California1 contribution
Wanting to enjoy a smaller remote full service Colorado dude ranch, we decided on this one and were more than pleased with the over the top attention given to each guest. Plenty of daily activities to choose from and a special evening riverside cookout, line dancing entertainment, etc. You leave there thinking you just spent time with extended family, or at least good neighbors!
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: lodge rooms plus multi bedroom cabins to choose from
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Response from Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Jun 13, 2017
Thank you Tom! It was great getting to know you and Pat. I agree that you feel like extended family now! Please let us know when you will be back for a visit, the big fish in the Smith Fork will be waiting for you...
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gevans5 wrote a review Oct 2016
Houston2 contributions2 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: October 2016
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Response from Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Oct 15, 2016
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
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Michael S wrote a review Sep 2016
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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 very highly.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Response from Tim J, General Manager at Smith Fork Ranch
Responded Sep 28, 2016
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
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Frequently Asked Questions about Smith Fork Ranch
What are some of the property amenities at Smith Fork Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Smith Fork Ranch?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Smith Fork Ranch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Smith Fork Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Smith Fork Ranch have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Smith Fork Ranch offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Smith Fork Ranch have airport transportation?
Yes, Smith Fork Ranch offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Smith Fork Ranch have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Smith Fork Ranch accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.