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The North Fork Ranch is an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing lodge situated in a picturesque setting in the mountains of Colorado. We have been a dude ranch for 30 years and a fishing lodge for over 10 years. The North Fork Ranch legend begins with our unique combination of ambiance, world class fishing, and unsurpassed hospitably.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Only 45 minutes from Denver, the North Fork Ranch is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River, a major tributary of the famed South Platte River.  The ranch is situated within striking distance of the popular tailwaters of the South Platte River as well as countless miles of tributaries of the South Platte River. Whether you are exploring the South Platte drainage on your own, or you are allowing our premier guides to show you into an unforgettable fly fishing experience, the North Fork Ranch is your perfect location.

On-site Activities

We offer Guided Fly Fishing, Hiking, Massage, Gourmet Home Cooked Meals, Target Shooting, Bow and Arrow Shooting, Trail Rides, Champagne Brunch, Campfires, Fly-Fishing Classes, Horsemanship Clinics, Mountain Man Story Time, Game Nights, Square and Line Dancing, Riverside Lunches and Hayrides.   

Off-site Activities

We offer Zip-Line Tours, White Water Rafting, Breckenridge Trips and more.

History of the lodge, operation and/or family owners:
Established in 1984, North Fork Ranch rests quietly along one-half mile of the tranquil North Fork of the South Platte River.  A beautiful 520 acre ranch sits at an elevation of 8100 ft. and adjoins the Pike National Forest, Lost Creek Wilderness and Mt. Evans Wilderness.

The history of this ranch property goes back to the early 1900’s and was named for the section of river that runs through it, the North Fork of the South Platte River.  At one time, it was the home of the National Organization of Wild American Horses, preventing the destruction of wild horses and burros on open lands that were prone to development. The animals were brought in for care and then put up for adoption. Many of these horses and burros are still in the area today.

North Fork Ranch is family-owned and operated and we take great pride in getting to know each one of our guests and sharing our special kind of western hospitality.

The Staff and Your Hosts:

One of the unexpected joys of a vacation at North Fork Ranch is getting to know our exceptional staff.  They truly make you feel at home and you can count on them for everything from mapping your trip, landing one of your many trout or handing you a refreshing beverage when you’re ready to relax.  Everyone is committed to making your stay at the ranch the adventure of your life.

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"I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water."

- William Tapply “A Fly-Fishing Life”

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Fishing Guide, Lodge, Land & Water Access
Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Brown Trout