Intimate size, diverse activities, personal attention to detail & the ability to create your own ranch experience/package stay. North Fork Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch and fly fishing lodge that's been welcoming families since 1985. Located just an hour from Denver, the ranch offers a multitude of activities to satisfy everyone's interests.
Enjoy activities ranging from guided fly fishing, horseback riding, ziplining, hiking in the beautiful Colorado backcountry and whitewater rafting. As an Orvis-endorsed fishing lodge, North Fork Ranch guarantees a world-class fishing experience.
North Fork Ranch excels at luxury in both accommodations and dining, without compromising its focus on families. A beautiful property in a great location - a vacation here is never long enough!
Good time to go
It's always a great day at North Fork
Children at the Ranch
Great for children aged 8 and over
We encourage families to take part in ranch activites together. We want the parents to be the ones remembered for being the hero, catching their first fish, camping out together, taking a pony ride, and swimming in the pool together.
We're here to help you have a memorable vacation with your children. For the older kids we provide supervised .22 target shooting, skeet shooting and bow-and-arrow, and they are also are encouraged to help the wranglers in the corral and to feed the horses, and anything else to get them involved with ranching.
After a hot, dusty day of riding and ranching, kids will love splashing into our heated pool!
Arts & Crafts
coloring, painting, stick-art
hiking, picnics, outdoor play area, petting zoo, supervised swimming, Fishing in the pond
scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, volleyball, ping pong, pool table
Riding based activities
From age 0 to 7. Hourly cost $10.
Baby Sitting Provided By
Environmental & Social Practices
North Forks practices "leave no trace" wilderness and forest use, and feeds only certified, weed-free hay to its animals.
The ranch hosts "Casting For Recovery" twice a year, and has hosted "Wounded Warriors". North Forks supports the local school with its "Chances" scholarship fund, and regularly hosts local church fund raisers and food drives. The ranch team also visits local nursing homes with their quiet horses and mules.
The Knisley family homesteaded the ranch in 1910, harvesting hay and supplying timber to the mines, smelters and railroads.
In 1930 the Peterson Family built the Stonehenge Mansion, and the two properties combined a decade later in 1940. In the 1950s, the Carter Family founded an egg-laying operation on the then named Stonehenge Ranch, and when the egg market fell out in 1960, an existing building was converted to a lodge, providing accommodations to the local ski area.
In 1984 the property was purchased by Jim Gordon, who begain remodeling to open as a dude ranch a year later. Dean May was hired as manager and, after later being given the opportunity to work into the partnership, bought out the partners.
In 1986 Dean married his beautiful bride, Karen, and they raised their two children, Hayley and Tyler, at North Fork Ranch while developing it into a premier ranch and Orvis-endorsed fishing lodge.