Spent a few days this spring at the Smith Fork while at a conference. It was superb in every way - the staff, the owners !, the cuisine, the furnishings, architecture, setting. quietude, locals. What an owner-operated mountain hideaway should be - but seldom is. To put it in perspective - it was as if RockResorts (remember them ?) had done a secluded Rocky Mountain retreat - and Lawrence Rockefeller was the on-site host. Get the picture ?
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Smith Fork Ranch Hotel Crawford