Have it exactly as wild as you want at The High Lonesome Ranch.

Explore breathtaking suroundings. Make memories that will last a lifetime. True western elegance, 400+ square miles of deeded and permitted lands that offer the size of a National Park, Rocky Mountain views, equestrian activities for all levels, fly-fishing, wing shooting, big game hunting, wild horse tours, five-star guest services, contemporary western culinary adventures, and more make this the perfect choice to please everyone in your family.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Belongs to

    Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association, Dude Ranch Association
  • Good time to go

    Open year round with activities to match every season.


  • Owner(s)

    Paul Vahldiek
  • Manager(s)

    Scott Stewart
  • Address

    275 County Highway 222, De Beque, Colorado, USA, 81630
  • Tel

  • Capacity

  • Open

    May-Aug, Nov - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $395-441 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages

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  • Unique and breathtaking scenery and terrain: heavily timbered north slopes contrast sharply with the eroding clay buttes on the south slopes.
  • They offer on-ranch fishing with private guide, stocked ponds and streams allow even the novice to enjoy fishing
  • Their cuisine is of high priority. Tasteful and innovative dinners, you also won't want to miss breakfasts with Aunt Linda and her organic granola!
  • Accommodating and customizable experience with conservation and education at the heart of the ranch
  • The feeling is a very high quality, detail-oriented ranch with very unassuming hosts, laid back and down-to-earth – you're sure to create a personal connection


  • Because of the terrain, sometimes on shorter rides you'll see the same country and views twice

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

  • Nightly rate

    $395-441   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

  • Nightly rate (children)

  • Minimum stay

    2 days
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • No nightly rates, but packages: Dude Ranch 5d/6n $2650 adult, $1500 children 15 and under. Fly-fishing 2d/3n $1755; 2d/3n Build your own Trip $1185. Ranch requires a 50% deposit upon booking with balance due 60 days prior to arrival.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, tax, gratuity, Riding, hiking, biking, picnics, board games, horseshoes, pool table, archery, cookouts, petting zoo, arts & crafts for kids
  • Extras

  • Other

    Babysitting 6 months - toddlers, alcoholic beverages other than local wines

Winter Season Rates & Booking  

  • Open

  • Nightly rate

    $395-878   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

  • Nightly rate (children)

  • Minimum stay

    2 days
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • No nightly rates, but packages: Dude Ranch 5d/6n $2650 adult, $1500 children 15 and under. Fly-fishing 2d/3n $1755; 2d/3n Build your own Trip $1185. Ranch requires a 50% deposit upon booking with balance due 60 days prior to arrival.
  • Included FREE in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, tax, gratuity, Riding
  • Extras

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • Multi use landscape that each forum compliments the others to create a healthy and diverse ecosystem. The mission statement for the High Lonesome describes a "model of sustainability" that preserves stewardship of a large western landscape, maintains biodiversity and ecological connectivity, enhances the lives of wildlife and fish, and preserves and restores degraded habitat while allowing a mix of uses - primarily ranching, recreation, and research.

  • Community

  • The Ranch is heavily involved in a local Parade, acknowledges local boys and girls with a free upland bird hunt in partnership with Colorado parks and Wildlife annually.Host a fundraising trail ride annually for the Wild Horse foundation. Provides outdoor courses thru local High Schools for  Mesa and Garfield Counties.

  • Food

  • Modern American cuisine with southwest influences. Farm to table fare.  Ingredient driven!

  • Conservation

  • The High Lonesome Ranch hosts numerous national and international conferences due to its living example of conservation and stewardship.


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  • Elevation

    4,000-9,000 ft.
  • Remote Location


Nearest Airports

  • Walker Field, Grand Junction, CO

  • Nearest town / city

    Grand Junction, CO
  • Time to ranch

    30 mins
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, United Express, American, Frontier, US Airways
  • Ranch shuttle

    200 for 4 people
  • Rental car

    4x4 recommended

Nearest Town / City

  • Grand Junction

  • Distance

    30 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Facilities

    grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, malls, western wear
  • Ranch shuttle

    200 for 4 people
  • Rental car

    4x4 recommended

Our riding stands out

  • Vast trails
  • Variety
  • Personal lessons

Our horses

  • guest horses

  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Thoroughbred, Draft Cross, Paints, Geldings, Mares

Our Riding

  • Scheduled rides

    Rides are scheduled daily
  • Guided rides

    All rides are guided
  • Program rides

    We offer clinics and arena work

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    225-250 lbs, no riding experience needed
  • Saddles



  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability
  • Wranglers per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

  • Riding

    Openly through property, On specified trails

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler, ranch owner or manager
  • Lessons located

    on the trail, in the arena

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    May, Jun, Jul, Aug
  • No. of cow/calf pairs

  • Interaction

    Guests watch, Guests participate

Branding work

  • When

    Feb, Mar

Wildlife Safaris

  • When

    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
  • Frequency


Pack Trips

  • Details

    overnight trips, day trips

Arena Work

  • Type

    outdoor arena
  • Activities

    sorting, roping from the ground, barrels, pole bending, gymkhana
  • Obstacle course, trust building activities

Horsemanship Clinic

  • Clinician

  • Details

    Additionally charged, Clinics occur in the arena, Clinics occur on the trail
  • Focuses on

    Group goals

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • 8 am Breakfast

    9:30 - noon Morning activity

    12-1:00 Lunch

    1:30 - 4:30 Afternoon activity

    4:45 - 6:00 Cocktails and wrangler entertainment

    6:00 - 7:00 Dinner

    7:00 - 9:00 Evening entertainment

    A "sampler" of weekly activities include: Rider'sorientation, obstacle course, orientation trail ride, balanced trail ride, orchard trail ride, wild horse tour, picnic ride to Picture Rock, Yoga with horses followed by a centered riding workshop, ranch riding workshop with cattle, a cattle drive and cocktail wagon ride! Wednesday is an open afternoon for your choice of activities like fly fishing, sporting clays, mountain biking, etc.


  • Private Land - 20,000-40,000 (acres)

  • 37,500 deeded acres combined with 260,000 permitted acres encompassing over 300 square miles
  • Public Land - more than 50k (acres)

Modern American cuisine with southwest influences. Farm to table fare. Ingredient driven!

Personalized services

Guests can choose menu, request favorite wine on-hand, request specific soda/non-alcoholic drinks

Good to know




Stocked refrigerator


  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, everyone eats together
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

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Guest Favorites

  • Grilled Corn and White Bean Hummus with House Made Flatbread , Celery Root – Jicama Slaw, Fried Red Bird Chicken, Broccoli Rice Casserole, Cheddar Drop Biscuits, and Peach Pie w/ Vanilla Peach Ice Cream.
  • Gruyere Fritters w/ Apricot Jam Wedge Salad w/ Blue Cheese, Tomato, Pecan and Ranch ,Grilled Beef Lifter Steak, “Baked Potato” and Green Beans, Warm Chocolate Cake, and Chocolate Ice Cream, Raspberry.
  • Soft Boiled Chicken Eggs with Mustard and Cheese Toast and Dill Ravigote, Plum Salad with Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Spinach Seared Duck Breast w/ Fresh Corn Polenta and Duck Jus, and Palisade Cherry Compote w/ Vanilla Pudding and Rosemary Shortbread

Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Executive Chef Jordan Asher

  • Jordan brings experience from the Houston culinary scene to the ranch.

Sample Menu


    HLR Beef Burger w/ Cheddar, Grilled Onion, Shredded Lettuce and Mayo w/ Fries

    Chocolate Chip Cookies



    Smoked Trout Rillettes with Boursin

    Roasted Yellow Beets with Arugula, Yogurt Dressing and Pistachio

    Roasted Pork Loin w/ Mashed Potato, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pan Gravy

    Peanut and Banana Pudding

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 6 and over

Children enjoy the wide open spaces, wholesomeness, and freedom that our ranch atmosphere offers. Ideal for ages 6 and over.

Detailed Activities

  • Arts & Crafts

    play-doh, coloring, sketching, Painting bird houses, making jewelry for kids, finger painting horses
  • Activities

  • Games

    board games, horseshoes, pool table
  • Riding based activities

    animal care, horse care, pony rides, arena riding, trail riding

A modern wilderness with a healthy respect for the past. If it’s possible to improve on what nature intended, this would be the place.

Our ranch is where brave and hardy pioneers settled at the turn of the century. Today at The High Lonesome Ranch, we diligently continue their ranching heritage, reinvesting a large portion of our revenues and using the latest conservation practices to enhance the land and waters, wildlife and fish, as well as the new best practices in ranching.


  • Ranch established

  • Guest ranch since


Our Staff

  • Personality
  • Knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • We have 5+ wranglers on our staff, aged 18+

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Owner Info

  • Owner - Paul Vahldiek

  • Languages spoken


Our Managers

  • Manager - Scott Stewart

  • With ranch since

  • Languages spoken

    english, spanish
  • Grew up ranching, under-graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, graduate work at UC Davis. Then went into Hospitality business and retired in 2010 as Sr. VP from Sage Hospitality Resources.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • House | Guest House, Pond House, Homestead Cabin, Creekside Cabin, Castle Rock Camp, Forshay Cabin (seasonal)$395-$0$395-$0

    • Description

      Numerous unique ranch houses and cabins for one or more families or groups. Also luxury tent camping with all the amenities at Castle Rock Camp (seasonal)
    • Rooms

    • Max occupancy

    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

      safe, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer
    • Entertainment

      tv, dvd



  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • Business Services

    • Executive business center
    • Conference center
    • computer and fax hookups
    • printers
    • common computer
    • Cell Networks

      • AT&T
      • verizon

Additional Services

  • Spa

    relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, manicures, facials, pedicures.
  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of 40-50. Ideal for groups up to 40
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 75-100. Please call the ranch at 970.283.9420



  • The Lonesome Outfitter has outdoor, fishing, and hunting apparel as well as fun gift apparel items, vests, jackets, etc. Also sunscreen, hats, equipment, supplies, gifts.

Outdoor Activities

  • mountain biking
  • Yoga
  • Golf - 9 hole course
  • Golf - 18 hole course
  • sporting clays
  • campouts
  • wagon rides
  • bird watching
  • Water based Activities

    • hot springs
    • whitewater rafting-adventure
    • Winter Activities  

      • down hill skiing
      • Additional Activities

        • Fire pits after dinner, stargazing

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    spin, fly, river, stocked pond, equipment available, guided inclusive

  • Wildlife and birding

  • Elk, Mule Deer, Bears, Coyotes, and occasionally a Bobcat or Mountain Lion

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Glenwood Hot Springs

  • Battlement Mesa Golf Club

  • Powderhorn Downhill skiing

  • Vineyard Tours

  • Wild Horse Viewing

  • Just off the ranch

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