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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”.

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!!



North Fork Ranch a “Bucket Must” in 2013

Happy New Year from all of us at North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge!

All is calm & bright at the ranch…quiet, peaceful & white this time of year!  Just hard to believe it is three weeks into January already! We hope this finds you enjoying each day & that the spirit of the past holiday season, family & friends remains with you throughout the year! We are all busy with our resolutions & Bucket List’s this time of year….we hope you will put North Fork in as your “Bucket Must”!!

The ranch is picturesque this time of year as each season brings to us a new wonderful Colorado look!  Right now we have views of beautiful snow capped Colorado Rocky Mountains, gentle water flowing in the North Fork of the South Platte River which is decorated with a little ice, soft snow & colorful festive lights lining the fences.  All of our horses are enjoying grazing leisurely in winter pastures and have grown a full coat of extra winter hair to keep them warm! They will most certainly be happy to see you & anxiously wait to take you horseback riding on your next ranch holiday or family vacation!

Snow may be on the ground but we are already looking forward to our upcoming ranch season & continue to strive to offer you something better or new.  The addition of zip line & our new western dance night to our program were a big success.  What an honor it was this year to be awarded “The Best Fly Fishing Dude Ranch in the USA & Canada”!! You just can’t beat fly fishing in Colorado…in particular at North Fork Ranch!

Speaking of new; Dean is busy remodeling a bathroom (a walk in shower & heated tile floors) in the Wildhorse Lodge in between plowing snow, feeding horses & other minor fix & update projects. We can’t wait to show you the new doors he recently replaced into the lodge as well!!  Many enjoyed the remodeled bathrooms inStonehenge mansion last summer.  We always look forward to greeting you with a fresh new look each season!

We are beginning our hiring of yet another fabulous North Fork Ranch staff for our 29th year!  You will see some familiar faces along with energetic new ones! They too are looking forward to enjoying with you horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, fly fishing, zip line, trap shooting & all the fun adventures offered at North Fork Ranch!

Those of you that have joined us know that a Colorado Dude Ranch vacation is a unique experience. If you missed out last year and have been saying, “we must return”, this is your year to join us for your Colorado Adventure! We have added an extra incentive…we’ve lowered our 2013 rates…give us a call or look on our website!!

As we begin our 29th ranch season, we look back with Great memories & say “Thank You” for sharing your families & lives with us!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Spring Has Sprung

The Grass is Always Greener on the other side of the fence!! Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!!

Greetings from our entire herd & in particular, Scotch, our newest addition! He certainly has this concept down already…leaning right over the fence for that patch of green grass! You can see the pool & hot tub in the background…it won’t be long until it is surrounded by green grass & sounds of laughter & fun!

It IS Dude Ranch Vacation time!!

We are thrilled about our upcoming 27th season! The horses have a spring in their step enjoying our warm temperatures, the river is beginning to thaw…the kitchen & ranch is getting a deep clean…a wonderful fun filled staff is being lined up! We are SO ready to have all of you with us!!

Planning is simpled at North Fork Ranch; the perfect Colorado family vacation!! All you have to do is join us…we’ll take care of the rest!!

We are thrilled to be adding several New activities for you to enjoy (like there wasn’t enough to do)! Your new selections are: Mountain Biking, a Jeep Tour & Zip Line!! These will be in addition to all of our already popular & familiar activities; horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, hiking & kids activities including the always busy petting zoo.

In my last blog I showed you a picture of Dean remodeling the 1940 bathroom in the Stonehenge, he is delighted to report the new walk in shower & tile work is complete! It is a Great new look & quite stunning as one of our Colorado Lodging options! We will also be adding new wooden southwestern headboards which will polish off this wonderful showpiece mansion! Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see the pictures of all of the happenings at North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge!

New News…The secret is out….We feel very honored to have been chosen to be included as one of the Top 50 Ranches in the world! You can see us at http://www.top50ranches.com/ Don’t forget to tell all of your friends about us & add us to your social media pages as well! A Big Thank You to all of you who have helped us along in our journey!

With summer right around the corner don’t wait to make your reservations & invite your friends to join you as well! http://www.northforkranch.com/ Your week at North Fork Ranch, the best Colorado Dude Ranch vacation is waiting!

In With The New…North Fork Ranch Year!!

Happy New Year from all of us at the Ranch!!

The holidays seem to have flown by & we certainly hope they were filled with joy, friends & of course lots of food!! The New Year is always filled with slogans of “loosing”; weight, bad habits, you’ve heard them! We’d like to twist that message for 2012 & encourage you to “gain”; creating memories of a lifetime, spending time with friends & family, taking time for yourself & reconnecting! North Fork is your perfect destination!

We are busy in preparation just for that! Winter at the ranch is moving quickly and we are already getting excited about our 27th season! Many of you have asked…what do you do in the winter? Well, here are a few of the improvements we have been working on getting ready for your dude ranch vacation!!
In our last blog, if you missed it, we have built new beautiful log benches around the campfire & at the trap shooting range. Make sure you scroll down to see the photo. Our classic Stonehenge was built between 1930-1940 & it is a challenge to make changes to. Dean has been chisling out the tile that has been in place for over 70 years…quite literaly! He is putting in a walk in shower, new southwest tile, a granite counter & sink in the upper unit, the Santa Fe. The two downstairs bathrooms both have had some more minor improvements with tile work, new stain on the cabinets in the Mesa & a new pedistal sink & counter adding more counter space in the Taos unit.

Our river is frozen over for the time being but brings on a new, different, beautiful look & sounds in the winter. Most days we see the local bald eagle fly through the valley…my goal is to capture a photo of him to share with you…be patient! We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Orvis as a premier Colorado Fishing Lodge. If you look in any of the Orvis Fly Fishing catalogs such as their Guide to Adventure, Orvis Fly Fishing or on their website you will see us featured as one of their promoted destinations.

Now that you know a little of what goes on behind the scene both during & off season…We want to personally invite each & everyone of you to help all of those you know “gain” in 2012! Spread the word about North Fork Ranch…any way you choose, Facebook, Twitter, tell a co-worker, neighbor, put a flier/brochure at your school/gym, drop a brochure to your local travel agent, newspaper, ask for our banner to put at a local event…the sky is the limit!! Contact us for any material you would like to have in hand….share your stories….Isn’t it time everyone heard about your Colorado Ranch Vacation? We can’t wait to meet your friends! Let’s Celebrate 2012 together, North Fork style!