by Julie Bielenberg
This is a year-round ranch that focuses on all types of Western outdoor sport such as fishing, hunting and more. The High Lonesome Ranch is made up of modern wood buildings and converted historic homestead and located 9.6 miles from the town of De Beque and 41.9 miles from Grand Junction Regional Airport. Families can choose from five different-sized cabins that all have upscale rustic decor, kitchens and bathrooms. Some have Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TVs and DVD players.
When it comes to meals, no one will ever go hungry at the ranch. The chef-prepared meals use local produce and are served in a modern-rustic dining room. Family activities include horseback-riding, fly-fishing and hunting. There’s an outdoor supplies shop, and massages are offered for an additional fee.
The ranch really prides itself on wild nature of the area as the size and scope of the ranch offer so many possibilities such as fly-fishing for five species of trout, wing shooting for upland game birds in pristine coverts, dude ranch weeks where families and friends can participate in real cattle drives, glamorous camping in safari-style tents, family reunions, weddings, corporate group retreats, big game hunting and much, much more. There is also an outdoor swimming pool.
Our Editor Loves
- Top rated cuisine
- Fly-fishing and horseback riding
- Wranglers, staff and customer service
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
by Al I
This was my fifth hunting trip to the ranch and I was super excited. Unfortunately the ranch has experienced some staff changes and has also changed the guest experience. For hunters there is no more fine dining with passed appetizers before dinner, nice wines and gourmet food. Instead hunters get a crock pot of mystery slop put out in the kitchen of the lodging building they are staying in. There's a commercial coffee pot in the morning where you make the coffee while you navigate the mess in the kitchen from the night before...the staff don't come by until midday to clean up the dishes and take away all the food from the prior night. Needless to say there are bugs having a party on the mess.
The first night the caters brought the food by, they didn't bring serving utensils so we ended up serving potatoes with a table spoon we found. I asked about wine and they found a couple bottles and then attempted to open them. They destroyed the corks and had to pour the wine through a coffee filter.
To say I was disappointed is an understatement. It really felt like the ranch was trying to cut corners and pinch pennies. Maybe they are having financial issues?
The hunting was fair, the main valley was very dry so most fields were fallow. You used to see hundreds of deer going through, now most have moved elsewhere.
If you like a first class operation...this place is no longer it. I will probably not be back. What a bummer.
5 years ago we had a team meeting at the High Lonesome Ranch. We loved it so much that we went back again this week. Once again the accomodations, the activities, the meeting space were all amazing! We loved seeing Aunt Linda with her granola every morning! After four days of unbelievably delicious food we all started diets as soon as we left!
The only thing I hadn't been impressed with 5 years ago were the quality of the wines, which I really didn't believe were at the same level as the food. Well wow has that changed! Justin does an outstanding job of providing high quality wines that are excellently paired with the food. And a different cocktail every evening. I give the wine list and everything else five stars!! And would enjoy going back soon!!!