The High Lonesome Ranch sits on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. Its nearly 300 square miles of deeded and permitted lands stretch far and away from civilization. From the mountain forests, grasslands, spring creeks, and alpine mesas, the ranch is a mecca for wildlife. At an altitude ranging from around 5,000 to 9,000 feet, this is an ecosystem consisting of a large, central valley with astonishingly beautiful mountains and adjoining valleys, each lush and fertile in its own right.
The Ranch is located near the small cowboy town of DeBeque, Colorado, a 40-minute drive to Grand Junction’s Walker Field Airport.
At The High Lonesome Ranch anglers experience an entirely unique and natural fishery. High mountain snow melt and springs form our valley’s North Dry Fork spring creek that flows for 16 miles from our uppermost reservoir at 7200 feet down past the ranch headquarters and then beyond to our lowest fishery at 4300 feet. As the cold, pure water gradually cascades down through our valley, you’ll find the exciting byproduct created in part by our resident beaver population. For decades they’ve sharpened their teeth on the aspen, cottonwoods, and oaks that line the creek’s perimeter. Over time the downed trees have helped form a series of 18 spring-creek pools, each of which is full of heavy and healthy trout. The pristine water gives our guests goose bumps when they sight cast to cruising 20+ inch brookies, browns, rainbows, cutthroats and cuttbows.
The pools vary in size. Some are small and intimate which allow for sight fishing to cruising trout. In other instances you’ll work medium-sized pools, which vary in depth. For the larger waters you’ll find all the gear you need on the bank. From small rowboats and float tubes to PFD’s and anchors all you need to do is to be ready to cast. And if you’re a little rusty, one of our guides will help sharpen your skills.
Wing shooting, cast & blast packages, big game hunting, hiking, birding, mountain biking, wild-horse viewing, yoga classes, massage, whitewater rafting, golf, winery tours, cooking classes, horseback riding.
Accommodations and Meals
At The High Lonesome Ranch’s epicenter are the ranch headquarters and cookhouse. Both log buildings are from an authentic, pioneer homestead. The Lonesome Outfitter shop has all the hard and soft goods you’ll need for your adventures. Cocktail hour is held by the stone hearth on the living room’s leather chairs and couches. The adjoining dining room has aspen tables and chairs that can be configured in any way to best accommodate your group. A private guest business center in our headquarters is complete with a computer and a hard phone line as well as WiFi. We now feature WiFi access at several of our guest quarters.
The Guest House
Eight bedrooms offer a combination of a luxury suite, deluxe guest rooms with private baths, and rooms with shared baths. Find a full kitchen, screened reading porch, great room and recreation room with an antique gaming table, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, WiFi, a stone fireplace and pool table.
The Pond House
The five-bedroom five-bath house offers a full kitchen, a great room, a screened sunroom, and a private trout pond in your front yard. A flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, and WiFi are there for you to enjoy.
Located in North Dry Fork Valley, the two-bedroom, two-bath Forshay log cabin offers all the creature comforts and an awesome view. Next door is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin. Perfect for the adventurous.
Situated on 500 private acres with a creek and two trout-filled ponds just off the porch. The 3-bedroom cabin has a dining room, kitchen, reading room, and 3 baths.
Castle Rock Camp
Our Kimball Creek lodging features an upscale safari-tent experience for up to 20 guests. Tents come complete with a king bed, dresser, and even a heater to take the chill off the evening air. You will have your own private locked luxury bathroom with stone shower, closet, and safe. Enjoy a fine dinner and bottle of wine in the nearby 2,800 square foot lodge with outdoor pavillion.
McCay Fork Camp
An authentic turn-of-the-century camp for cowboys, McCay Fork offers 5 bedrooms. A master suite with bath, galley kitchen, living room, and enclosed porch. Next door are a two-bedroom cabin, a two-level cabin, and a bath house with two additional full baths. There is a covered outdoor pavilion with dining area, complete with a fire pit.
Day 1: Arrive High Lonesome Ranch.
Days 2-7: Full days of activities.
Day 8: Depart lodge.
Typical Daily Schedule:
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Morning activities
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch
1:30 – 6:00 PM: Afternoon activities
6:30 PM: Cocktails and appetizers
7:00 PM: Dinner
2020 Rate: $3,084 plus tax per person for a 5 night/4 day package based on double occupancy
*Variable length stays welcome, please inquire for rates.
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, flies and terminal tackle, one round per visit of 25 sporting clays, taxes, gratuities and resort services fees.
Not Included: Airfare, accommodations and meals other than lodge, alcohol, licenses, airport transfers.
Capacity: 62 guests
Species: Rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout