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The view of the West Elk Range and Smith Fork Valley from Needle Rock in Spring

This spring take a break unlike any you have before.  Enough of the crowded beach resorts and the chaos.  Fly into the great Rocky Mountains of Colorado and stay at Smith Fork Ranch.  For one special month (May 19th – June 20th, 2011) we will be offering a unique variety of custom packages for you all, our friends, to come back to Smith Fork and take full advantage of springtime in the Rockies!

Learn to blow glass at a nearby studio

Raft the mighty waters of our nearby rivers, hike the peaks for epic views, fly fish the incomparable Gunnison River during the great salmon fly hatch, learn new horseback riding skills in our arena, even learn a new craft – pottery perhaps, painting, or glass blowing from world renowned masters.  The choice is yours.

The road to the Ranch in spring

Follow the road back to the Ranch this spring and take that horseback ride you didn’t get a chance to take last trip or land that big fish in the Gunnison or just kick back and relax with a creekside massage and spa treatment followed by a romantic fireside dinner on the Pavilion.  Spring and early summer are a unique time to be at SFR – the great winds from Utah have settled, the flowers are blooming, the mood is serene, and the activity options are endless.

Some of our friends from last year hiking through the great green woods

Let your friends at Smith Fork Ranch help you experience the extraordinary wonders of the Rockies and this special region of Colorado in spring.  We can customize a trip just for you complete with favorite activities, new adventures, and surprises!

 

Enjoy a comfortable suite in one of our historic cabins, each room uniquely decorated with American antiques and custom furnishings and every room has a view!

Ring or email reservations – 970.921.3454 – info@smithforkranch.com – for more details and availability.

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For several years SFR has enjoyed the beauty and serenity of a winter morning in the Rocky Mountains all to ourselves.  So we thought next year why not share the fun with all of you – and open for winter!  We will be offering a variety of nordic activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snowmobiling.

 

photo courtesy of James Ray Spahn Photographer

In addition, we will have indoor pursuits for those more inclined to a seat by a toasty fire or warm oven, such as puzzle and card game tournaments, knitting and cooking classes, learning to tie flies, or just enjoying the solitude of a good book, a hot drink, and a fire.  We will help you master the art of enjoying yourself at our one of a kind destination amongst incomparable Rocky Mountain surroundings.

Never tried cross country skiing before?  No worries!  We will have the equipment and knowledgable guides to introduce you to this wonderful sport.  Wanting to move a little faster?  Experience the exhilaration of snowmobiling in the wilderness!  Even a simple snow shoe expedition in the white woods is a thrill.  And returning to the lodge for a warm cider or coco and homemade soup is incredibly satisfying.

A Colorado mountain winter may have a chill some days but nearly every day the sun is out and the possibilities are endless.  And next year we’ll have great holiday packages available complete with unique classes, special events, and plenty of merriment!  Some special holiday events in the works include our Holiday Bazaar with a wide variety of local artists, craftsmen, and vintners, cookie and tree decorating, and speciality dinners and brunches.

courtesy of James Ray Spahn Photographer

So when you start thinking about Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years Eve and the holiday planning begins again, consider Smith Fork Ranch – where we’ll take care of everything and you can just have FUN!

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Subscribe to the fabulous and delicious edibleASPEN and be entered to win a trip for two to Smith Fork Ranch – including accommodations, gourmet farm to table cuisine, and ranch amenities!*

Visit http://www.ediblecommunities.com/aspen/ for more details and to subscribe!

And visit http://www.smithforkranch.com for more information on our Western Colorado luxury guest ranch!

Winner will be announced February 14th – enter to win today!!!

Savor farm to table cuisine from our organic farmstead garden and surrounding farms

Fly fish our three plus miles of private waters in pristine surroundings

Enjoy multi-course seated dinners with wine pairings from our cellar of over 500 wines

Horseback ride through thousands of acres of the surrounding forests and wilderness

Relax in our comfy beds with deluxe sheeting and down comforters

*some black out dates apply; tax, alcohol, guided activities, excursions, and service charge are not included

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Feelings around the holiday so often grow into anxiety and chaos rather than the genuine happiness and excitement for the season.  When we were children, the decorations magically appeared, the baked goods were endless, and the presents plentiful!  Well we can make things that way again.

This December reclaim the delight in a new kind of holiday shopping – one where there’s no driving in circles to find a parking space, there are no fighting the crowds, no screaming crying children waiting in line for hours for a photo with mall Santa, and no overpriced electronics or hustling salesmen.  Just a fantabulous array of unique and special gifts from our incredibly unique and special valley at the First Annual Holiday Bazaar at Smith Fork Ranch.  In a relaxed, cozy setting with the music playing, fires going, cookies, hot cider and coco, leisurely stroll the pavilion picking up all the delicious goodies, jubilant jewelry, super ceramics, terrific local wines, awesome apparel and accessories, and gorgeous glass – among other things.  And, to top it all off, a portion of the profits go to charity!  Now that you can feel good about.

Enjoy the fire in the Old Elk Lodge and relish in the delight of your one-of-a-kind Christmas finds!

The First Annual Holiday Bazaar at Smith Fork Ranch on Saturday December 11th will be a wonderful opportunity to bring the communities of the North Fork Valley together for a common cause: helping out the Crawford Town Hall while taking care of your holiday shopping and socializing!  With a wide variety of gifts for sale, you’re sure to find that perfect little something for every loved one on your list and enjoy the company of friends in relaxed, comfortable SFR style.  And we’ll even offer gift wrapping services!!!

Come out and see the beauty of the Smith Fork Ranch and surrounding mountains wrapped in a blanket of snow.

 

Featured vendors include:

K Dahl Glass, Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery, Smiling Son Pottery, Bob Little Hawk Heid, Peggy Papon Jewelry, Jim Dawson, Paradise Pottery, Pillow Postcards by Connie Willett, Alfred Eames Cellars, North Rim Glass Studio, David Strong Pottery, Lea’s Organic Herbal Skin Care, Smith Fork Ranch Round Up Store apparel and accessories, Alex Ridge Studios, Clay Chic Jewelry, Jack Rabbit Hill Winery, and MUCH MUCH MORE!

AND admission is FREE!

 

It's a stampede to the Smith Fork Ranch Holiday Bazaar!!!

You don’t want to miss this!

See you next Saturday December 11th from 1 – 5pm

Smith Fork Ranch

45362 Needle Rock Road Crawford, Colorado

970.921.3454

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Recent guest and diamond expert Rordan Shane, of The Shane Co., shares his proposal story (which took place here at Smith Fork Ranch) with the world.

Tom Shane’s World – The Big Moment

Congratulations Rordan and Amanda!

Do you have any memorable romantic moments from SFR?  Or would you like to make some?

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The Smith Fork Valley in the Fall.

As the days grow shorter and the nights a touch cooler, we turn our attention to Autumn – the most magical time of the year out here on the Western Slope. Riding over McClure Pass (coming from Aspen or Glenwood Springs) the great Rocky Mountains give way to the surrounding river valleys and steep canyons, and a meandering rural road south east leads you to us.  They say people come to Colorado for the winter but stay for the summer, however it’s well known between locals that the true spell is cast in the fall.  Coloradoans love the Autumn – blazing bright golden Aspens are everywhere and the various species colors streak across the hills and mountains, locals are picking, canning and eating, celebrating and exploring – there is so much to do and see and such an ideal climate to do it in!

A visitor to Smith Fork Ranch arrives in this unique region to find an epic landscape of green pastures, rows upon rows of orchards and vineyards, great desert-like mesas, vast deep canyons, and the awe inspiring peaks of the Raggeds and the West Elk Range. We are nestled in the Smith Fork Valley (hence the name) and enjoy a bounty of natural wonders including Needle Rock to the west, Mendicant Ridge to the east, and the aptly named Saddle Mountain and Sleeping Indian to the south and north.

Tipi at sunset with the River Cabin and Mendicant Ridge beyond (and Ranch pup Liberty).

It is easy to see why so many fall in love with this special place or even at this special place!  Romances, engagements, and weddings, among other things, have taken place here and it’s no wonder.  There are many opportunities for private moments and special occasions with the ones you love.  And virtually endless open space!  Hundreds of thousands of acres of the West Elk Wilderness and Gunnison National Forest surround us – you will love just to be here and gaze out to the peaks beyond and the great mesa.  The Ute Indians once called this area home and they have a prayer that includes the saying “Earth teach me freedom, as the eagle that soars in the sky” –  at Smith Fork there is no shortage of opportunities to learn freedom and witness the great birds at flight.   And the Fall is a fabulous time to do so.

Many creatures frequent the grounds of Smith Fork Ranch including deer, as seen here checking out the garden (and photographer).

Preparations for the fall truly begin in summer – with a wealth of local produce from the many outdoor markets and farm stands gathered up for preserving and canning.  Jarring up the local goodness for the winter is a real local ritual – pickled spring asparagus, palisade peach jam, service berry jelly, pickled cauliflower, mushrooms, spiced apples – the options are endless!   Local writer and foodie extraordinaire Eugenia Bone shares her North Fork Valley culinary experiences and recipes on her blog – Well Preserved.  A truly delicious read!  The North Fork and Smith Fork valleys really are love at first bite.  And you know what they say – the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach!

Our Organic Farmstead Garden will be exploding with goodness this Fall

And the quickest way to a fantastic fresh harvest meal is from our own garden.  Autumn is the time for harvesting the majority of crops in our area – with a series of events occurring around the community and several wonderful opportunities to learn more about growing your own food as well as the Slow Food Movement of the Western Slope – a non-profit educational organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting the food traditions of North America.   They host and partner on a variety of events.

And there is always the vineyards!  A favorite activity of locals and visitors alike is touring the grounds and chatting it up with the vintners while tasting a beautiful variety of Colorado wines.  You will love the relaxed atmosphere and inviting hospitality of our area vineyards and cellars.  And you will love enjoying the local wines we offer at our bar – along with fantastic local spirits!

In addition to eating and drinking the local good stuff, there are so many other activities Smith Fork Ranch has to offer this Autumn – excellent upland bird hunting, horseback riding the many marked trails of our property and surrounding wilderness, fly fishing the ponds, creeks, and rivers, hiking into the forests, biking, yoga, massage, even glass blowing!

A ride through the beautiful Aspen forest.

And, our most popular vacation activity – doing nothing at all!  There is an abundance of nothing to do here – be it falling asleep in a hammock cloaked in the fall foliage or having a quiet read in the lodge by the fire – a blanket and a hot tea or coffee always at the ready.  Or simply just enjoy the delicious feeling of sleeping in!  Cozy up under a big fluffy duvet and quilt on one of our pillow top deluxe mattresses and hibernate for awhile – our guests love our beds and relaxation is our specialty.

So go ahead, FALL for us this Autumn – we promise not to break your heart.

Smith Fork Ranch will be open through the end of November 2010.  Join us for an incredible fall season.

info@smithforkranch.com

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Ah, the crisp days of fall!   Nothing makes one feel as intensely alive as the prospect of Upland Bird Hunting….its refined and elegant traditions juxtaposed with the wild unpredictabilities of nature.

And Smith Fork Ranch can provide you with a most ideal home base from which one can experience the great sport of wing shooting and explore this wondrous valley.   SFR provides the finest in relaxed luxury and impeccable personal service.  Our haute western cuisine draws inspiration from the abundant surrounding valley and our own organic farmstead garden. We also have an extensive bar and wine cellar with over 500 wines including rare vintages from around the World and our valley.

For the quintessential sporting experience, we have combine Western Colorado wing shooting with the exclusive, private comfort of Smith Fork Ranch, featuring our gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, fine wines, and relaxed luxury.

The Sporting Life at Smith Fork Ranch begins when one starts the day with a robust ranch breakfast in our cookhouse. Farm fresh eggs, applewood smoked bacon, and home made bread, pastries, and granola.  Meet your guide and eager dogs at a civilized hour, and begin your day of guided wing shooting adventure found only in our secluded corner of Western Colorado.  Sporting tradition enriches the pursuit of quarry.  Success is a measure not of the day’s bag, but of the totality of the experience.

After a hot lunch at the club house, and an afternoon of more guided wing shooting, relax with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres by the great stone fireplace in our Old Elk Lodge.  Then comes a delicious dinner with suggested wine pairings from our extensive cellar.  After desert, linger by the fire with your choice of scotch or digestif, or gather your friends for a game of Snooker, Billiards, or cards.  

And then to sleep in the most comfortable bed you can imagine.

A customized hunting and fishing excursion, a relaxing massage at days end, multi-course delightful dinners among friends, drinks and great conversations by the fire, and many surprising personal touches –  Smith Fork Ranch has enough luxury and comfort for the most discriminating traveler and enough action and adventure for those looking for a true western experience. Our guests absolute satisfaction and pleasure are paramount to us.

Join us this Autumn for The Sporting Life at Smith Fork Ranch – it will be an unforgettable adventure.

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