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Lowdown

  • Established

    1993. Guest ranch since 2018
  • Manager

    Auberge Resorts
  • Tel

    970-429-7641
  • Nightly Rates (exclusive use)

    $15,000 - $25,000
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 5 days
    Winter: 3 days
  • Maximum Guests

    22
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude

From the moment you cross the magnificent log bridge for Sleeping Indian Ranch, the majestic view of the ranch comes into view and you’ll know you’ve arrived at something special. This private estate, set on 15,000 acres, is nestled in a broad valley on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, known as the 'Gateway to the San Juan Mountains'.

The showpiece 40,000-plus square-foot, eight-bedroom lodge welcomes families who dream of wide open spaces. Built in 1993 as a private family vacation estate, Sleeping Indian Ranch was designed by Douglas S. Ewing, FAIA and is an American Institute of Architects award-winning home. The largest post-and-beam log structure ever built, evoking the arts and crafts movement, Sleeping Indian Ranch was inspired by the legendary great lodges of Yellowstone and Yosemite. This warm and comfortable home, which can sleep up to 18 guests, is a rare architectural masterpiece constructed with reclaimed logs from the 1988 Yellowstone fire, some of which are up to 50 inches in diameter.

Located 47 miles northwest of Telluride and just six miles southeast of Ridgway, Sleeping Indian Ranch is situated in the unspoiled Cimarron Range – a haven where elk, deer, black bears and bald eagles grace the land and the blue Colorado skies. Guests are completely surrounded by sublime nature with stunning vistas of steep forested mountains, and the cliffs of Cimarron Ridge and Chimney Rock. The pioneering spirit of the destination embraces guests with an aura of liberty, adventure and limitless creativity, while maintaining a sense of complete privacy.

A private retreat intended for family getaways, intimate reunions, corporate groups and stunning weddings, Sleeping Indian Ranch marries the grandness of the west with all the desired conveniences, exquisite furnishings and personal high-touch service. Guests have the rare opportunity to escape the hustle and noise pollution of city life, and enter a place where the air is crisp and imagination is as boundless as the reigning big sky. The ranch invites travelers to marvel at the possibilities of its immense domain while sitting by the fire and sharing stories.

As the seasons change, so do the spectacular views of brilliant fall color, transitioning to snow-capped mountains, and spring foliage to the bright summer wildflowers. Activities include heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, fly fishing, trap shooting, ATV riding, snowmobiling, hiking and more.

Whether celebrating life’s simple pleasures such as sipping an aged bourbon on the patio terrace and bundling up under a fur-lined blanket while overlooking the grazing elk; or indulging in more extravagant displays such as romantic hot air balloon rides at sunset and dogsledding across the snowy fields, Sleeping Indian is an unrivaled place to create stories and memories alongside loved ones. After returning from an early hike or heli-ski excursion, savor a delicious lunch by Madeline’s executive chef in the grand dining room before heading off to the shooting range for target practice. A more intrepid experience can be had at 9,000 feet at the picture-perfect Elk Cabin, which used to house sheep herders and features intricate carvings from the 1930s.

Good time to go

For winter activities such as snow shoeing and snow mobiling, mid-February through end of March are the ideal times. For summer activies such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and skeet shooting, late May through mid-October are optimal months.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 8 and over

We welcome children to the ranch. We have a playroom in the basement of the ranch with games and toys as well as a theater room with lots of movie selections for children to enjoy. Outside we have lawn games and a basketball court. We also have an observatory to view the stars at night.

Minimum age children can ride

9 and over

Activities

hiking

Games

board games, horseshoes, badminton, ping pong, pool table

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 17. Hourly cost $25.00.

Baby Sitting Provided By

We can arrange to hire local sitters through an agency to come to the ranch upon request 

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    buffet style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together
  • Alcohol

    BYOB, available for purchase, wine cellar
  • Enjoy dining in

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

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

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

We curate each culinary experience for the guests staying at the ranch, based on their preferences. Our chef from Madeline Hotel in Telluride will work the family or meeting planner ahead of time to plan out a menu. We source most of our ingredients from locally sustainable farms in the area.

Your Chef, Billy Boyle

American born Billy Boyle started his career to become a chef at the age of 13 and has worked his way up through kitchens and culinary schools to be the excellent Chef that he is today. Before joining Auberge Resorts, he gained experience from top dining establishments across the United States including the Jer-ne Restaurant at Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, California, LAVO at The Palazzo in Las Vegas and The Grill at 14.61 at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina.

Lowdown

  • Address

    284 County Road 8A
    Ridgway
    CO
    81432
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    6985 ft
  • Private Land

    5000-10000 acres
  • Public Land

    250-1000 acres

Nearest Town - Montrose

Montrose has a population of 19000 (approx), and is situated 20 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Montrose include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station.

For shopping Montrose offers: boutique shops, malls, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

no

Rental car

Required, 4x4 recommended

Nearest Airports

Montrose, MTJ, Montrose

Distance

20 miles / 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Allegiant, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

no

Rental car

Required, 4x4 recommended

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Rides tailored to guest requests
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot
  • Guest Horses

    6
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Paints
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (5000-10000 acres)

Public Land (250-1000 acres)


Our Riding

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, Riders should be confident without a wrangler by their side, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

We customize the ride based on the groups preferences


Why our riding stands out

  • Private land to explore
  • Only riders during your experience
  • Customize experience based on the group

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (exclusive use)

    $15,000 - $25,000
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 5 days
    Winter: 3 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Western rustic chic, Luxury 5-Star

Sleeping Indian Ranch can cater for up to 22 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Lodge | Sleeping Indian Ranch

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

$14,000 - $25,000

Minimum Stay

1 week

Description

Perfect for that family vacation, special occasion, or corporate retreat this stunning log home comfortably sleeps up to 16-18 guests. The expansive Living Room with a built-in bar and sweeping views of Chimney Rock and elk grazing in the meadows immediately sets the stage for western adventure. 8 bedrooms, including two family suites that have two bedrooms plus a private living/dining/kitchnette. 

Rooms

8


Booking Policy

Rates start at $25,000 per night for a 3 night stay, $20,000 per night for a 5 night stay and $15,000 per night for a 7 night stay. These rates include daily breakfast and snacks, airport transfers to/from Montrose (MTJ) and the complimentary amenities at the house.

We are happy to customize an all-inclusive price, based on preferred activities, meal preferences, and the size of the group.

Included in your stay

ranch shuttle, lodging, Movie room, fitness room, lawn games, board games, shuffle board and billiards, basketball court, and s'mores by the fire

Extras

Tax

12.0%

Gratuity

at guests discretion

Massage

$100/hour

Yoga

depends on guests preferences

Guided Fly Fishing

varies

Other

n/a

Lowdown

  • Communications

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

    verizon.
  • Business Services

    computer and fax hookups, printers.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, sporting clays, ATV Rentals - guided, ATV Rentals - unguided

Water based Activities

hot springs, whitewater rafting-adventure

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, couples massage, manicures, pedicures

Winter Activities

cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing


Fishing & Wildlife

On property, we have two stocked ponds to offer spin fishing. We can also set up guided fly fishing a short drive from the ranch for a half day excursion. 

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of up to 30.

We can accommodate corporate retreats up to 24 guests. The formal dining room can be used for boardroom style meetings with the ability to set up a monitor for presentations. The main house has 8 bedrooms and we have 4 additional housing units on the property groups can use for guest rooms. 12 separate bedrooms total.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 100 & over.

We accept a small number of weddings on the ranch each year. To rent the grounds is $45,000 per day with a 3 day minimum for set-up, ceremony, and tear down. This does not include use of the house.


Local Attractions

Madeline Hotel, Telluride

Guests of Sleeping Indian Ranch are encouraged to enjoy the amenities of our sister property, Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride. In winter, Ranch guests have complimentary use of the ski valet and we can set up a suite for you to use as a private lounge space for you and your family to enjoy. In the summer, Ranch guests have complimentary access to the rooftop pool and hot tubs as well as preferred treatment times in the spa.

 

Distance

45 miles / 45 mins


Ouray, CO

Ouray, CO is a quaint town 20 minutes from the Ranch. Guests can enjoy world renowned ice climbing, soak in the natural hot springs, and shop the quaint local stores.

Distance

18 miles / 15 mins

Highs

  • Part of the esteemed Auberge Resorts Collection, Sleeping Indian has been described by guests as 'Heaven on earth'
  • Set in the stunning Cimarron Range in Colorado, you'll find yourself amid steep forested mountains and cliffs in a haven where elk, moose, black bears and bald eagles grace the land and skies
  • You and your family and friends can rent the entire Ranch Home for your special private event or gathering – you'll be amazed by the largest post-and-beam log structure ever built!
  • There are so many activities for everyone to enjoy, including heli-skiing and winter sports, lawn games, horse riding, wilderness adventures and more

Lows

  • There's a three-night minimum stay so if you're looking for a quick one- or two-night getaway you should bear this in mind