Lost Valley Ranch
Saddle up and get the real dude ranch experience at Lost Valley Ranch. It’s a place to learn the horsemanship of the American West, from stand-out children's riding programs to Cattle Round Ups, Lost Valley is all about living the cowboy dream.
At a Glance
Authentic warm Western hospitality has guests returning year after year
Located two hours southwest of Denver Colorado
Advanced riders shouldn't miss horsemanship clinics or cattle round ups
Assigned your own horse for the week - focus on horsemanship and riding development
Hearty, healthy meals served in the lodge or outdoors cook-outs
Incredible children and teenagers programs from three years upwards
Alcohol can only be consumed in your cabin - the ranch does not have a licence
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Lost Valley Ranch
Lost Valley Ranch is a family orientated dude ranch with real heart and hospitality that ensures guests returning year after year. Horse Riding is at the heart of the ranch, but hiking, fishing, trapshooting and cook outs under the stars also make for an all-American family ranch adventure. Lope through meadows of wildflowers, try your hand at rodeo and sing around the camp fire.
During the summer months, Lost Valley Ranch is orientated around a family dude ranch experience. The ranch is set on 480 acres, with access to over 26,000 acres of Pike National Forest trails that allow guests to explore the high open rocky mountain trails and open landscapes make for endless big sky views. The ranch was settled over a century ago in a scenic grazing spot on the old cattle drive in Goose Creek and was bought by the Foster family who yearned to live the cowboy dream and invite guests in. Still family run, the traditions and values of the old West are the cornerstone of the ranch today and the staff exude warmth and hospitality.
Cabins come with one, two or three bedrooms and all have their own porch swing, sumptuous beds and linens, fireplaces and comfortable living areas. Décor is western-style and rooms come with fireplaces, refrigerators and a good stack of cowboy literature. A bell is rang three times daily for hearty and delicious meals served in the dining room or outdoors if it’s a cook out, so guests can leave their watches at home.
In the summer, the ranch is orientated around family and children. Children aged six years and up can ride in groups. Groups are divided into age range with the intention of allowing children and teenagers to learn with confidence and skill with those of a similar age. From applying sunscreen to telling cowboy stories on the trails, the wranglers and staff ensure children are professionally supervised. Accommodating all levels of expertise the wranglers will ensure riders feel comfortable whether they are beginners walking the trails or advanced riders loping at speed over the meadows. It’s also an opportunity for adults to relax and unwind on the hiking trails, go fly fishing on or off ranch, try their hand at trap shooting or simply read a book when the children are busy out on the trails. For those hot summer days Lost Valley has a great swimming pool, deck and hot tub for soothing tired muscles.
There are also four specialty weeks throughout the Fall. These include Horsemanship Clinics with renowned Western horse trainers where guests can develop their riding skills and learn to better communicate with their horse as well as heading out onto the beautiful trails. There is also Ride Ride Ride week where keen riders spend up to 10 hours a day in the saddle exploring the back country of Lost Valley and for the real cowboys, there is Cattle Round Up week assisting with the ranches cattle operation making sure all of our livestock are gathered and shipped in a timely manner. The ranch welcomes the help and fellowship provided by their guests during this week.
The one, two and three-bedroom cabins are decked out in traditional western furnishings with cosy beds and separate living areas. All 23 of the cabins are nestled in the pines overlooking the ranch and feature shaded porches with lounge swings offering the perfect respite after an exciting day riding the trails or hiking through the Pike National Forest. Many feature multiple bathrooms and some even have their own Jacuzzi tubs. Cabins come with refrigerators for guests to store cool drinks, snacks and alcoholic beverages.
In the summer, the ranch is orientated around family and children. Children aged 3 to 5 years are able to ride on a lead rein with their wrangler supervisor. For this age range each day is themed whether it be Cowboys and Indians or super hero's - games and crafts are orientated around the theme for a full day of fun on the ranch. Children aged 6 to 12 years will be able to go out riding on the trail with children their own age, they will learn to mount and dismount and walk their horse in the corral before hitting the trails. They can also enjoy games in the fields, cooling off in Goosecreek, learning to fish, a pool party and guided hikes. Teenagers will also be out on the trails or learning fun and fearless skills like barrel racing, the flag and other rodeo games as well as other activities such as volleyball, hiking and learning to square dance.
No dude ranch experience would be complete without good hearty western food. Breakfast is made to order, light fluffy waffles and ranch eggs are recommended. Sit down lunch and dinner orders are taken in the mornings, of which guests are given a choice out of two - unless it’s a cook-out which is a barbecue style dinner outside. Soft drinks are available at meal times, and coffee and cookies always available at the lobby.
The ranch does not have an alcohol license. Guests are free to bring their own and consume it in their cabin or on their porch, or the ranch will pick up any wine, beer or spirits for guests when they are going to town. The ranch want to have a family-oriented atmosphere and ask guests not bring drinks into any of the public areas or our lodge at meals.
Entertainment is done the way it was in the old days, there are no televisions and there is no cell phone reception due to the remote location, although there is wi-fi in the lobby. Instead sing around the campfire, scoot your boots at the square dance, cheer the heroine and boo the villain in the hay loft melodrama or read on your deck, play cards or sit out under the starry night sky.
The Ranch is predominantly focused on horsemanship with a daily morning and afternoon ride and each guest assigned their own horse for the week. Whether it be bushwhacking out on the trails, learning how to round-up cattle in the pen or trying your hand at rodeo, Lost Valley Ranch has an extraordinary young team of wranglers who are on hand to make each experience unique. Guests can be complete beginners who have never ridden before, intermediate or advanced riders.
Advanced riders would be most interested in staying during the Fall when the ranch hosts horsemanship weeks with well-known western horse trainers, as well as specialty weeks focussed on pack-riding with long 8-hour daily rides and cross country cattle drives across 40,00 acres forest.
You can also enjoy optional activities on or near the ranch like trapshooting, white water rafting and fly fishing (fishing instruction at an extra charge).
Location & Directions
The ranch is located in the Goose Creek Valley in the Colorado Rockies at approximately 7,000 ft altitude. The ranch is approximately 500 acres, with Pike Forest surrounding the property. It is important to note that the area suffered a fire in 2002 that lead to destruction of aspen and pine trees, this resulted in a change in the landscape from purely alpine to the valley opening up with more opportunity for exploration on horseback and many say, a new kind of beauty to the landscapes.
When to go
From May 25 to August 24 Lost Valley Ranch operates on a Sunday arrival and departure. From April through May and September through November, the ranch offers shorter stays and rates are lower making Lost Valley an excellent choice for half-term vacations. During September and October the ranch operates adult only weeks - including the Cattle Round Ups and Horsemanship Clinics. The ranch closes down from November through to April for the cold, snowy winter season.