Smith Fork Ranch
“My husband loves the outdoors, Wild West style life and dreams of one day having a ranch, so as a birthday treat I decided to give him the opportunity to live it – for a long weekend… Smith Fork Ranch is my kind of ranch – it has an authentic Western feel, but it doesn’t skimp on pleasure. The whole design and atmosphere honor the heritage of the ranch and almost everything has been crafted by local artisans – pottery, elk-antler chandeliers, stone fireplaces, iron hardware…
There are never more than 26 guests at a time, so it feels very personal. We spent the days fishing, riding and relaxing, but keen outdoorsmen can also head out hunting or on overnight treks. Back at the hotel, rooms and lodges are rustic but luxurious, with Western style and modern amenities. We liked the River House, packed with Navajo rugs, American primitive antiques, original art and handmade furnishings from Western and Native American artisans and on the banks of the river.
I was a little nervous about the food, but it turned out to be a real highlight. The culinary consultant is formerly of the Little Nell in Aspen and works with the onsite team to create beautifully simple dishes from prime local ingredients – think pumpkin crusted trout and home-baked bread. Followed by whisky by the fire it makes for a perfect evening. Owner Marley Jr is on hand to dine and chat with guests and is full of tales about the area and the ranch. He’s a great guy and clearly passionate about providing an authentic luxury ranch experience.”
- Experienced by Trusted Friend Katy Morton, Los Angeles
(Date Experienced: June 2014)
We loved it as a couple.
Sitting by the campfire when one of the horse wranglers started singing and all of the guests joined in – there’s a real sense of camaraderie and shared experience.
Best time to go
You want to be able to take advantage of the outdoors, so summer is best.
This is simple pleasures done very well
Bed & Breakfast rates start at $349 per night.