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North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge “The Experience”

Check out our newest published Orvis article below, found in the January/February Issue of the Orvis Fishing News!



A day of fishing at North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge is always exceptional and an unforgettable experience!

Start strengthening your biceps in preparation to lift these hefty & healthy beauties! One cast can produce a fourteen inch brown trout, the next might be a 3-5 pound rainbow! In addition to rainbows & browns, cutthroat & brook trout are also seen in this healthy pristine private stretch. The Ranch is one of the most exclusive pieces of private water in Colorado & is known

for large fish. Trout over 10 pounds have been known to be caught! The river caters to all skill levels from first time fly fishermen to experts looking for big fish.

The ranch is secluded in a picturesque mountain setting yet it is conveniently located on the North Fork of the South Platte River, an easy one hour drive from Denver. The ranch is an ideal base for anglers fishing the entire South Plate River drainage. This private water fishery is guided only but for anglers wanting to venture out on their own, the ranch is equal distances from the legendary tailwaters of the South Platte River: Cheesman Canyon, Elevnmile Canyon, Spinney Mountain Ranch (The “Dream Stream”). The South Platte River is home to endless small back country creeks, rivers, reservoirs & high country lakes to be explored.

For the passionate, dedicated angler who wants to accomplish both family time & great fishing the ranch offers a multitude of amenities. Recently awarded “Best Fly Fishing Dude Ranch in the USA” & featured as one of the “Top 50 Ranches in the USA”. Experience the west as a cowboy or cowgirl, while horseback riding at 8,100 feet. Enjoy adventures such as zip line, whitewater rafting, alpine hiking, trap shooting, in house fly fishing clinic, stocked fishing pond, and more. Or simply relax in the riverside swimming pool and hot tub or with our on site masseuse. Gourmet home cooked meals from your legendary hosts Karen & Dean May are anything but typical.

This unique environment with spectacular fishing on legendary water (President Dwight D Eisenhower’s favorite stretch of river) opens up opportunities to gather, bond, celebrate special occasions or simply reconnect.

Best quoted by a recent guest, “Overwhelmingly comfortable place to fish, relax, wind up in a fun activity or wind down surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature. North Fork Ranch is

Truly an Experience”.

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North Fork Ranch featured in Cowgirl Magazine’s Travel Issue

Look for North Fork Ranch in the February/March issue of Cowgirl Magazine,in news stands today! North Fork Ranch was featured as one of the select Dude Ranches, to be listed in the magazine’s annual travel issue! An excerpt from the article reads, “The real deal when it comes to traditional-style dude ranch vacations, North Fork Ranch is a premier family-friendly, all inclusive destination that your family will be talking about for years!” Be sure to pick up your copy today of Cowgirl Magazine or order a subscription at www.cowgirlmagazine.com or call 1-855-370-7228, and look for the full article on page 50 under “Great Dude Ranches”!

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North Fork Ranch makes Reunions Magazine!

North Fork Ranch Family Reunions




Hot off the press, North Fork Ranch has made it into the latest issue (November-January 2014) of Reunions Magazine!  Thanks to the Gilligan family, four generations, all gathered in Colorado for adventure, relaxing & reconnecting! We hope you will enjoy reading their testimonial in Reunions Magazine!

As our 30th season quickly approaches, we invite your family to come discover why North Fork Ranch, has been a popular destination for family reunions year after year! Take a glance at our Top Ten reasons why North Fork Ranch, is the ultimate Colorado Ranch for your family reunion!

1-Upfront Pricing- Inclusive pricing, meals, lodging, horseback riding, hiking, trap shooting, and evening activities! You will have the peace of mind knowing you will stay within the budget.

2-It’s not all about horses- From an avid equestrian to a horse phobic, there’s activites for everyone in your family!  With Whitewater rafting, zip lining, mountain biking, shooting sports, and fly fishing there’s something for everyone!

3-Simple Location- Only 1 hour from Denver, less drive time means more precious family time:)

4-Family Memories- From group trail rides, to rafting down the pristine Arkansas River, to gourmet meals.  All activities can be enjoyed together, creating memories with your family!

5-Connect with nature- Whether you live in the east or the west or a country far away the majestic Colorado Mountains can steal you away from reality! Disconnect and enjoy the fresh crisp air, beautiful blue skies, and wide open spaces.

6-Unplug from technology- Today’s world is filled with electronics…even though wireless is available (you can tell your friends and work that you are “disconnected giving you the excuse to kick back relax and enjoy!)  Children embrace the break from TV’s, I-pads, and Computers, and enjoy the pool, petting zoo, and trout pond.

7-Great Food- Who doesn’t love great food??  We are known for providing unique, hearty, family style meals with a gourmet flare!

8-Relaxtion- A place to sit back, unwind, rejuvenate, and enjoy!  From getting a hot stone massage to listening to the flowing river from a rustic rocking chair along the river, you will slip away into sheer relaxtion!

9-Size Matters- Only 30 lucky people, get to call North Fork Ranch their home for the week!

10- It’s all about you- Isn’t life about all those special times? A customized once of a lifetime family reunion that your family will never forget!!



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North Fork Ranch, so not your 70’s Dude Ranch!

Horseback riding in the majestic Colorado mountains
Peggy Sijswerda, publisher and editor of Tidewater Women along with her family, spent several days with us last fall.

Her article has just come out in the March 2013 edition of Tidewater Women.

Here are a few quick excerpts.

“Imagine a perfect summer day. A gentle wind washes over you as the sun beams down from a cobalt sky. All around you a stunning mountain panorama unfolds—rocky peaks and emerald valleys, soaring pine trees and cold, babbling brooks.”

“It’s like a scene from a movie, and you’re the star! You breathe in the fresh, pine-scented mountain air!”

“North Fork Ranch—about 70 miles west of Denver—looks like something out of a storybook. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, the ranch sits next to a sparkling river surrounded by green pastures, where horses graze peacefully.”

“I know, dude ranches seem so 70s, but today’s ranches offer families more activities than ever. Besides horseback riding (natch), you can go fly fishing, white water rafting, mountain biking, zip lining, hiking, and more.”

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Orvis News

Welcome” to North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge!
Jan/Feb 2009, 2010, 2011

“North Fork Ranch offers something to please every interest.”

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Casting for Recovery

View the video on KRDO.com.

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Featured in AAA Encompass Magazine

Winter Fun at Guest Ranches Nov/Dec 2010

Winter Fly Fishing Destinations 2008

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Great Fishing Lodges of North America, Fly Fishing’s Finest Destinations

Published by Orvis, 2010

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The Miami Herald

From the Mountains to the Prairie, July 2009

“Dude Ranches have options for all ages: riding, rafting or fly-fishing”

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Colorado Outdoors

Budget-Friendly Private-Water Fishing, May/June 2009

“Discover some of the best fishing spots in Colorado”

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