Elk River Guest Ranch | Clark, Colorado

  • Minimum: $235
  • Maximum: $320
  • Email: info@elkrivergr.com
  • Phone: 970-879-1946
  • Location: Clark, Colorado
  • Closest Airport: Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN)
  • Elevation: 7502 feet
  • Guest Capacity: 15
  • Open: June 10 - August 25, 2018
  • Check In/Out: 3 pm or after on Sunday - 11 am-12 pm on Saturday
  • Minimum Stay: 3
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About Elk River Guest Ranch

Tucked in the Elk River Valley and almost completely surrounded by the Routt National Forest, the Elk River Guest Ranch has distant views of the Zirkel Mountain Range upstream while also offering a secluded feel with both pine and aspen forests on either side of the valley. Located about 30 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs, the ranch gives you access to scores of activities in and around town while also providing you with a secluded retreat.

Our horseback riding program is organized based on riding ability and age groups and gives you the opportunity to strengthen your riding skills and horse knowledge throughout the week while also getting you out on the trail to explore, trot, lope, climb mountains, and go through diverse landscapes. We do not have set kid's programs but do allow children (3-5) to get ponied around the ranch and those 6-7 years to enjoy different activities from arena work to easier trail options to fort building and western arts and crafts. Those 8 years and older can enjoy all of our rides, and we can offer family rides as well as rides catering to different ability levels. Throughout the week, we'll offer an overnight ride as well as an all-day ride to the gorgeous Pearl Lake...you won't want to miss it!

While on the ranch, you also have the option to participate in archery, soak in the river or hot tub, fish our private stretch of the Elk River, hike, go rafting or tubing, or kayak on a high mountain lake.

Our evenings are always fun-filled with an orientation the first night and campfire, overnight camp trip, western singers, candlelight dinner, and the Steamboat Rodeo.

One of the benefits of choosing Elk River Guest Ranch is that there's always something for each member of your family or group to enjoy. Whether you choose to sit by the river and enjoy a cup of coffee or go on every horseback ride of the week, we offer you an adventure-filled schedule where you can choose to do as much or as little as you please. And, when there's something in Steamboat that you'd really like to do that's not part of our schedule, let us know and we'll help you find what you need.

While those young buckaroos love visiting the Elk River Guest Ranch, we cater our adventure vacations to families that have children 8+, singles and couples.

Our ranch vacations are 6-night all-inclusive stays during the summer months (June-September), and we offer nightly lodging in the spring, fall and winter months.

Join us for your western vacation of a lifetime!

Ranch Dining: Cowboy cuisine doesn't have to leave you loosening your belt buckle a couple of notches. At Elk River Guest Ranch we provide a dining experience that blends the hearty with the healthy, utilizing many locally-grown and raised food along with some beautiful desserts. We understand you are here for the beautiful Colorado outdoor experience, but we strive to make your dining experience something to remember as well.
Ranch Activities: While we do not have a minimum age requirement at the ranch, our activities are geared toward those 6 and older. We have a complete vacation program with many horseback riding options (half-day, all-day and overnight ride, arena work and horsemanship instruction, family rides, beginner, intermediate and advanced rides), archery, cowboy singers, campfires, fly fishing, hiking, Steamboat rodeo, and more.
Ranch Lodging: ERGR has four cabins that include a small kitchen and dining area, a living room area, as well as bedroom(s) and bath. All are equipped with the modern comforts, comfortable beds (kings in the one-bedroom cabins and queens, full and twins in the two-bedroom cabins) for a good night's rest, and all either have a deck or porch for outdoor seating. Your cabin will give you a great home-base for all the adventures you're bound to have during your week with us!


  • - 8-20


  • - Archery
  • - Biking
  • - Fishing/Guided
  • - Hiking
  • - Camping - Pack Trips
  • - River Rafting
  • - Water Sports


  • - Ranch/Western
  • - Special Diets Accommodated


  • - All day ride
  • - Half day rides
  • - Fast rides
  • - Private lessons
  • - Group lessons
  • - Family rides
  • - Arena games
  • - Advanced rides
  • - Kid only rides
  • - Pony Rides - 5 and under
  • - Beginner rides
  • - Intermediate rides
  • - Trail Riding 6+
  • - Trail Riding 7+
  • - Trail Riding 8+

Dates Open:

  • - January
  • - February
  • - March
  • - April
  • - May
  • - June
  • - August
  • - September
  • - October
  • - December
  • - July
  • - November

Length of Stay:

  • - 3 nights
  • - 4 nights
  • - 5 nights
  • - 6 nights

Lodging and Amenities:

  • - Airport Shuttle
  • - Cabins
  • - Internet
  • - Hot tub
  • - Horse Safety Program

Specialty Events/Weeks:

  • - Adult Oriented
  • - Hunting

Cancellation Policy:

A 25% deposit is required to make the reservation for dude ranch stays. Cancel 90 days in advance and we'll refund less a 10% handling charge. Less than 90 days in advance the deposit is refundable (less 10%) only if we can rebook the space.
Located in: Clark, Colorado
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