High Lonesome Ranch, Colorado

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High Lonesome Ranch is located in DeBeque, Colorado. Any sporting enthusiast will find a tremendous number of activities at The High Lonesome Ranch. It sits on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. Almost 300 square miles of deeded and permitted lands transport you far from civilization. The mountain forests, grasslands, spring-fed creeks, all go together to make the ranch is a haven for wildlife.  Both the headquarters and cook-house are authentic log buildings from a  pioneer homestead. The Lonesome Outfitter shop has all the hard and soft goods you’ll need for your adventures.


The Guest house offers 8 bedrooms with a combination of luxury suites, deluxe guest rooms with private baths, and rooms with shared baths. You’ll find a full kitchen, screened reading porch, a great room and recreation room with a gaming table, western antiques, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, WIFI, a stone fireplace and pool table. The Pond House boasts five-bedrooms with a master suite, deluxe guest suites, rooms with shared baths, a full kitchen, a great room, a screened sunporch, and a private trout pond in your front yard. There is also a flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, and WIFI for your enjoyment. There are 4 additional choices slightly more remote from the main lodge, but all with plenty of creature comforts to make your stay restful, interesting, and wonderful! Meals at the ranch are casual in dress – but sumptuous to your taste buds. Breakfast is hot and a hearty meal featuring southern recipes from blueberry pancakes to eggs and sausage with home-made breads. Dinners are prepared with farm-fresh ingredients and may include Cowboy rib-eye steak or Oak roasted Pheasant each with a special sauce.

Cocktail hour will be by the stone hearth in the living room’s comfortable seating. The adjoining dining room with its aspen tables and chairs makes a pleasant place to dine as well as meet with your group.  A private guest business center in the headquarter building is equipped with a computer and land- line as well as WiFi. There is  WiFi access at several of the guest quarters.


The outstanding on-ranch opportunities for brook, brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and cut-bow trout are seemingly limitless. The Mountain snow run-off and springs form the valley’s North Dry Fork spring creek flowing 16 miles from the uppermost reservoir at 7200 feet down through the ranch and beyond to the lowest elevation fishery at 4300 feet. As the cold, pure water gradually cascades down through the valley, you’ll find the exciting byproduct created in part by the resident beaver population as they have sharpened their teeth on the aspen, cottonwoods, and oaks that line the creek’s perimeter. The downed trees have helped form a series of 18 spring-creek pools varying in size, full of heavy and healthy trout. The pristine water gives our guests goose bumps when they sight cast to cruising 20+ inch brook trout, browns, rainbows, cutthroats and cuttbows.                                                                                        

At larger ponds sites you’ll find all the additional gear you need on the bank. From small rowboats and float tubes to PFD’s and anchors; all you need is to be ready to cast. If you’re a bit rusty, one of the professional guides will help you sharpen your skills.

There are float trip fishing excursions as well. One or two anglers will go with a guide. All float guides are veterans of the rivers and have fished in a variety of venues. They will navigate anglers through a both slow and rapid water, with the day beginning at 9:00 AM, a lunchtime break in a cottonwood grove, and an afternoon float that concludes by about 4:00 PM.

Whether you prefer to fly-fish for trout or spin or bait cast for largemouth bass, an opportunity awaits you at High Lonesome Ranch.

Getting There

Fly into Grand Junction Airport, served by most major airlines. High Lonesome in Debeque Colorado, is a  scenic 40-minute drive.


Sporting activities include fly-fishing, wing shooting, big game hunting, equestrian adventures, mountain biking, hiking, birding, science activities, and more, nature tours, massage therapy, white-water rafting trips, wild-horse tours, golf, even cooking classes, and winery tours.

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