North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge

Established in 1985, North Fork Ranch rests quietly along one-half mile of the tranquil North Fork of the South Platte River. Our 520 acre ranch sits at an elevation of 8100 ft. and adjoins the Pike National Forest, Lost Creek Wilderness and Mt. Evans Wilderness. The Continental Divide with its 14,000 foot snow-capped peaks is always visible to our west.

The North Fork valley is oriented east and west, boasting amazing sunsets and long relaxing days of sunshine. The fresh evening air will sway your curtains and the quiet of the mountains will give you a magical night of sleep.

Five Reasons You'll Love North Fork Ranch...

  1. Your Activities and Meals are INCLUDED so you SAVE MONEY over many other vacation alternatives. That’s right, you’ll have activities available every single day. On top of that, you’ll be treated to a hearty breakfast (best way to start your adventure filled days), riverside lunch, 5-star dinner and decadent snacks in between every day of your stay.
  2. You get a TRUE Dude Ranch experience. A real ranch family hosting guest families is the essence of a true dude ranch. North Fork Ranch has been operated by the May family for over 30 years. It’s our passion and it’s our lifestyle. We’re not owned by a big corporation with red tape and “false” ranch heritage. At North Fork you get our authentic “brand” of ranch hospitality. No costumes or uniforms, just the real deal here!
  3. You’ll be relaxing in the beautiful Colorado Mountains soon after your arrival since we’re only an hour from Denver. North Fork Ranch is closer to Denver International Airport than any other ranch in Colorado so you don’t waste any precious vacation time traveling. Don’t worry, we’re nowhere near the city. You’ll be surrounded by mountain splendor in the heart of the Colorado mountains and resting on the peaceful banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River.
  4. You won’t have to stand in line for hours or race back to the ship! Why wait in line forever just to get on a 5 minute ride and then do it all over again? Our adventures last for hours and will create long lasting memories for everyone in your party! From the magical bond you’ll create with your horse (our horses are REAL … and you can brush & love on them) to the excitement of white water rafting or mountain biking, you’ll enjoy “rides” that are exhilarating and memorable. Learn more about all the exciting adventures at North Fork Ranch.
  5. You have access to “The Best and Most Beautiful Fish in the South Platte.” Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or want to try fly fishing for the very first time, our professional guides will ensure an unforgettable experience. North Fork Ranch is one of only a few Orvis endorsed lodges in Colorado. Learn more about our world-class fly fishing.

Contact North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge

Dean and Karen Kaiser
P.O. Box B
55395 Highway 285
Shawnee, Colorado  80475
Phone: 303-838-9873
Toll Free: 800-843-7895


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Park County, Colorado

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