• Established

    1991. Guest ranch since 2018
  • Owner

    The Hunter Family
  • Manager

    Justin and Sheryl Walker
  • Tel

  • Nightly Rates (exclusive use)

    $12,000 - $18,000
  • Minimum Stay

    1 week
  • Maximum Guests

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Colorado Horse Council, National Bison Association, Country Natural Beef, Global Animal Partnership

Nestled under the rimrock just outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Middle Creek Ranch invites visitors to an authentic Rocky Mountain experience. A family-owned, working ranch spanning 10,000 acres, Middle Creek Ranch beckons private groups, up to 20 people, to rest, play, and take in the extraordinary mountain air. Guests will have the entire property to themselves: a one-of-a-kind ranch vacation in the utmost seclusion.

Both a private retreat and a wildlife refuge, Middle Creek Ranch boasts a rich Western history. Take in unbelievable views while horseback riding, fly-fishing or cross-country skiing, or let our expert guides design a custom adventure for you. When you’re ready to relax, the hot tub on our sun deck is ready. Savor one-of-a-kind meals from a private chef, and say goodnight in cabins that are as rustic as the Colorado countryside – but so thoughtfully designed, you might want to stay in bed for another hour or two.

Good time to go

June through September for horseback riding, hiking, and other summer activiites.

December through March for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and other winter activities.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 5 and over

Riding is supervised by ranch wranglers. All other activities require children to be supervised by their parent/guardian.

Minimum age children can ride

5 and over


hiking, biking, picnics, cookouts


board games, horseshoes, ping pong, pool table

Ranch History

While our story dates back to 1862 and Abraham Lincoln’s Homestead Act, our time as a family-owned guest ranch is more recent. Middle Creek Ranch has been under the ownership of the Hunter family since 1991. Their goal has been to instill healthy and sustainable land, wildlife and livestock management and ranching practices, while allowing family, friends, and guests to experience everything the ranch has to offer. With bison, cattle, horse, and hay operations, Middle Creek Ranch employs a year-round staff to manage commercial activities and maintain a full-sized riding arena, natural ponds, and a mile and a half of frontage on Trout Creek.


  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented

At Middle Creek Ranch, a private chef prepares delicious, nourishing meals using fresh local and organic ingredients. Accommodating guest preferences and any dietary restrictions, our meals in the main dining room are a treat any time of day. We also offer special dining during every week-long stay, including a cookout at the swimming hole, a breakfast horseback ride, and Mexican Fiesta night with live musical entertainment.


  • Address

    26760 Rimrock Trail
    Oak Creek
  • Remote Location

  • Private Land

    1000-5000 acres
  • Public Land

    250-1000 acres

Nearest Town - Oak Creek

Oak Creek has a population of 1000 (approx), and is situated 7 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Oak Creek include: pharmacy, school, post office, medical clinic, bank, atm, gas station.

For shopping Oak Creek offers: small hometown necessity shops.

Nearest Airports

Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN), Oak Creek


7 miles / 15 mins


Delta, United, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines, JetBlue


  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Everyone rides together, Rides tailored to guest requests
  • Max riders per ride

  • Wranglers per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot
  • Guest Horses

  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (1000-5000 acres)

Public Land (250-1000 acres)

Our Riding

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

Riders should be confident without a wrangler by their side

Why our riding stands out

  • Safe and well trained horses and riding instruction
  • Clean and comfortable saddles and tack
  • Beautiful trail rides for all riding levels, plus a full-size riding arena for any riders who want special instruction

Arena Work


outdoor arena


  • Nightly Rates (exclusive use)

    $12,000 - $18,000
  • Minimum Stay

    1 week
  • Preferred Arrival Day

  • Preferred Departure Day

  • Style of accommodation

    Luxury 5-Star
  • Packages available

    1 week

Middle Creek Ranch can cater for up to 20 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

House | Main House, Cookhouse Cabin and Columbine Cabin

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $18,000
Winter: $12,000

Minimum Stay

1 week


The Main House has four bedrooms with king beds, each with its own en-suite bath with heated floors. Downstairs is a four-bed children’s bunk room with its own bathroom, TV room and game table. Also includes an outdoor hot tub, great room with pitched ceiling, and wraparound deck. Cookhouse is a 2 bed/2 bath cabin with a 2 bed loft, sitting room and mini-kitchen.  Columbine is a 2 bed/2 bath cabin with a 2 loft bed, sitting room and mini-kitchen.




Private bathroom


fridge, microwave, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer


tv, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

Booking Policy

50% deposit required at time of booking, refundable up to 60 days before arrival. Remaining 50% non-refundable balance due 60 days before arrival date.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, ranch shuttle, lodging, Riding, All on-site activities.



Food and beverage costs, spa services, off-property activities.


Expected gratuity of 15-20%


Can be arranged. Not included in nightly rate.


Can be arranged. Not included in nightly rate.

Guided Fly Fishing

Can be arranged. Not included in nightly rate.


Can be arranged. Not included in nightly rate.


  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets, Saddle bags
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    printers, common computer.




Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, sporting clays, ATV Rentals - guided, ATV Rentals - inclusive, Shooting - trap / clays, Hiking, gun ranch, paintball field, outdoor games like horseshoes and cornhole

Water based Activities

hot tub, swimming hole with rope swing and deck


relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, facials

Winter Activities

cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, down hill skiing, snowshoeing

Fishing & Wildlife

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond, stream, equipment available, guided non-inclusive, BYO equipment


Elk, deer, moose, black bear, sandhill cranes, eagles and hawks, beaver.

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

Yes for up to 16 adults


Yes for up to 20 people

Local Attractions

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is an authentic mountain town, steeped in adventure, history and culture yet full of modern amenities.  


25 miles / 45 mins

Ranch shuttle



  • The ranch offers complete privacy for you and your family, friends or function. Ten thousand acres is all yours to explore and enjoy as they only host one group at a time, to make sure your stay is truly unique and memorable.
  • The ranch accommodates up to 20, so whether it’s a family reunion, a vacation with friends, or a corporate retreat, there's ample space for all.
  • The cozy cabin accommodations offer spectacular views of the valleys and rimrock, enjoy them from your porch with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.
  • Enjoy the range of experiences they have to offer, or let them curate an adventure just for you. Whether you're looking for energized fun or a chance to wind down, there's something for everyone. Although each day brings a roster of scheduled activities, your time is yours to design. Your itinerary can be as customized as you want it to be, with staff available at all times to organize group plans and meals, and to help with offsite activities.
  • Good for foodies! A private chef prepares delicious, nourishing meals using only fresh local and organic ingredients. They also offer special dining during every week-long stay, including a cookout at the swimming hole, a breakfast horseback ride and Mexican Fiesta night with live musical entertainment.