Smith Fork Ranch - Book your memorable one week vacation stay at this magnificent 250 acres straddling the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River. You will return year after year! Extensive high end lodging and facilities. Spend your days fly fishing on three private miles of river and six trout ponds, horseback riding, or indulging in the five-star farm-to-table cuisine and fine wines. A luxurious outpost of comfortable rustic elegance that delivers a world class, yet authentic western experience.
Pride of the Old West: Private Ranch Retreat on 250 Acres Straddling three miles of Colorado's majestic Smith Fork River Valley lies a magnificent estate compound fittingly called, "Smith Fork Ranch." The name bears the legacy and significance of a property that has made its home on 250 magical acres along the western edge of the Rocky Mountains for nearly eight decades, and stands as an homage to the authentic old American West: rugged, wildly beautiful and undisturbed by traffic or urban sprawl.
Smith Fork Ranch presents a unique opportunity, inspiring as a private family retreat or as an exclusive guest ranch or both. Spread across the land are three residences, three guest cabins, staff housing and extensive facilities including barns, corrals, pastures and trails.
Decades of family stewardship is evident in so many aspects of the ranch and its operation. Made to feel both comfortable and rustically elegant, the interiors throughout Smith Fork Ranch reveal the owner's appreciation for the great art and design traditions of the American West. Rich wood and leather blend with hand-forged details, hand-blown glass and hammered metal lighting, rooting each space in a sense of timelessness. Custom designed and hand-made pieces mix with American Primitive antiques, art, rugs and accessories from the leading western and Native American artisans of the past 80 years. No guest who stays at Smith Fork Ranch will be left for wanting. An array of amenities make it possible to experience your very own world-class western fantasy. There's fly fishing on three private miles of the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River plus six trout ponds, a sporting clays/trap shooting center, a swimming pond with dock, an archery range, 10 mountain bikes and trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding. An award-winning farmstead offers an 8,000 square-foot organic garden and chickens, which supply most of the vegetables, fruits and eggs for the ranch's kitchen. A renowned wine cellar is also onsite for pairing with the farm-to-table cuisine at Smith Fork Ranch. Other amenities passed down to the next owner include tractors, vehicles, equipment and tools for daily ranch management, plus an extensive portfolio of water rights for irrigation, pure mountain spring drinking water and year-round permits from the U.S. Forest Service for both recreation and hunting in the surrounding Gunnison National Forest.
Smith Fork Ranch is truly an outpost of luxury in the wilderness, with a deep, enduring connection to the Old West. Few legacy properties exist like Smith Fork Ranch a rare treasure on a hidden, pristine piece of Colorado.
Guest Ranch Open annually from late May to late October, Smith Fork Ranch is an intimate luxury destination that prides itself on having a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio. Service is of the utmost importance at the Smith Fork Ranch, and this turn-key operation is ready for the next homeowner.
Farm-to-table Celebrating farm-to-table, five-star cuisine, Smith Fork Ranch is also a renowned culinary destination, with an on-site organic garden that produces more than 80 varieties of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Smith Fork Ranch is the only ranch of its kind to be recognized by Wine Spectator for its extensive selection of more than 400 fine wines from around the world. As an added touch of character, the ranch also has its own signature wine, created in collaboration with Eames Peterson, a premier North Fork Valley winemaker.
Plentiful Water There is an enviable portfolio of historic irrigation rights and a carefully thought out court-approved plan of augmentation which means the beautiful fishing ponds are filled and maintained, the ranch domestic water supply is plentiful, and the historic irrigation rights are preserved through use.