This year, we are introducing several new opportunities to enjoy the Colorado outdoors and give the adventure enthusiast in your family something to write back home about. These new upgraded adventures are specific fee-for-service expeditions at Deer Valley Ranch for this summer. They are all managed by professional guides from Deer Valley Ranch or with a partnered organization within Arkansas Valley that we have worked with for years. We hope that these amazing new experiences will allow your family time to connect and experience Colorado in an exceptional way.
Never been on a horse? No problem. Our experienced and helpful wranglers can start you out a ride to fit your level of experience. We offer trail rides at three levels – I for beginners, II for intermediate riders and III for advanced riders.
Horseback Rides are an additional charge. Rates are $40/Hour.
Overnight Pack Trip
Experience an iconic tradition of the old west! Our single overnight pack trips provide a unique way to explore Colorado. You will start the first day on horses, then ride into camp where the team will have a campfire and hot meal waiting for you. Wake up the next morning to the smell of hot coffee and breakfast, then saddle up for a second day of riding.
$350 Per person
Cost includes all meals, sleeping gear (sleeping bags, pillows, tents), rain slickers, etc.
Half Day Climbing
Have you ever wanted to try the amazing sport of rock climbing or transition to the outdoor environment from gym climbing? This is a great introduction to the sport of rock climbing while learning some of the basic safety systems and getting the chance to climb on some incredible structures of granite and sandstone. This 3.5-hour trip or course is meant to get the beginner or novice climber outdoors and help those who have climbed before but want a refresher. This is a great trip for families, groups, wedding parties, reunions, individuals, aspiring photographers, and those wanting a great 1/2 day of climbing.
Half-day trips leave the ranch at 8:30am (transportation provided). We travel to climbing locations close to the ranch. Upon arrival, we communicate safety procedures, then outfit our guests with the necessary gear. We will return to the ranch by 1:00pm. Lunch is included with the half-day climb.
Cost: $30 Per Person
Full Day Climbing
Our goal is to continue to build a solid rock climbing foundation. Depending upon the level of our guests, we will customize this experience. Skills covered include: intro and intermediate crack climbing, rappelling, intermediate climbing techniques (footwork, off-widths), anchor basics and extended routes.
Half-day trips leave the ranch at 8:30am. We travel to climbing locations close to the ranch. Upon arrival, we communicate safety procedures, then outfit our guests with the necessary gear. We will return to the ranch by 4:30pm. Lunch is included with the full-day climb.
Cost: $60 Per Person
Colorado provides some of the best rocking climbing in the country. Many of today’s top climbers train and live here, as Colorado offers thousands of routes on many different kinds of rock.
Deer Valley Ranch holds safety as the highest priority for all of our climbing expeditions. We utilize industry standard gear, practices and procedures. Our climbing guides have formal training in Risk management, climbing instruction and first aid.
Guided Fishing Expedition
Half Day Guided Wade Trip
This is an ideal trip for the first-timer who wants to get a feel for what fly-fishing is all about or for the more experienced angler who wants an orientation to the Arkansas River fishery. Available year-round in Salida and March-October in Buena Vista, this trip can be conducted on the Arkansas River, tributary streams, or area stillwater fisheries depending on fishing conditions and ability/fitness of guests. For beginners, the trip will often start on a nearby pond and then move to the river/stream once basic casting and line-management skills are acquired. More experienced guests will go immediately to the river. Designed for 4 hours on the water, the trip is generally scheduled to meet at our shops at 8:00 am or 1:00 pm. The trip includes use of any needed gear, flies and terminal tackle, and a one-day license if needed.
Trip Cost: 1 Angler $250 | 2 Anglers $300 | 3 Anglers $370
Full Day Guided Wade Trip
While the half-day trip is apt to experience one significant aquatic insect event and associated feeding behavior from the fish, a full-day trip would more typically experience three. In that regard, and the actual time out on the water (approximately 8 hours), this is truly a full day of fishing. Same availability as the half day wade trip in terms of location and time of year, and same inclusions, this full day pricing also applies to our High Lakes trips in the San Isabel National Forest. Meets at either shop, generally at 8:00 am.
Trip Cost: 1 Angler $370 | 2 Anglers $420 | 3 Anglers $495
Guided Float Trips
Half Day Guided Float Trip
Float fishing from our custom-framed rafts is an amazing way to experience the Arkansas River. These trips combine the sheer pleasure of boating with ever-changing scenery, access to private or hard-to-reach water, and the enjoyment of spending quality time in close quarters with a favorite fishing partner. Covering 5-9 miles (depending on flow), this style of fishing is best for those who have already mastered the basics of casting and line management. Departs either shop at 8:00 or 1:00. Includes use of gear – does not include flies/terminal tackle or license. Available March – October.
1 Angler $295 | 2 Anglers $325
Full Day Guided Float Trip
For guests who have basic fly-fishing skills or better, this is an amazing day on the water. Covering 7-15 miles, these trips typically traverse a significant portion of Browns or Bighorn Sheep Canyons, taking anglers into water that is inaccessible to the wade fisherman. Over the course of the day, guests frequently experience three or more distinct feeding patterns as water temperatures and lighting changes and different aquatic insects become active. A great way for two experienced fishermen to spend quality time together! Departs either shop at 8:00 am, March – October. Includes use of gear – does not include flies/terminal tackle or license.
1 Angler $415 | 2 Anglers $450
Trophy Trout Trips
Powerboat trips on Spinney Mountain or Antero reservoirs, these trips offer our best opportunity at 20-inch+ fish. Best conducted in May and June, these trips depart early (expect to meet about 5:30 am) due to fish behavior and afternoon winds. Includes use of gear, flies/terminal tackle, and onboard breakfast. License not included.
$450/Boat: 1-3 Anglers
Overnight Backcountry Expedition
Includes: All meals while on the trail, camping supplies (tents and cookware). This backcountry experience is a one night experience. We will typically leave after breakfast making our way to a pre-arranged trailhead were we will start our ascent in some of Colorado's pristine wilderness. Plan on spending on of the most exciting nights under the stars you have ever experienced. The next day we will break camp, hike out and plan on returning back to the ranch sometime after lunch. If you have never experienced this opportunity it is an excellent way to spend a a day and a night with your family, you wont be disappointed. Prior planning is necessary to accomplish this and to make your week's stay at DVR seamless. Please contact our office staff of adventure coordinator to schedule an overnight experience during your week at the ranch this summer!
Price does not include: taxes, gear (hiking shoes, water-hydration packs, headlamp/flashlight/backpack, etc. We can arrange for the purchase of any gear you might need), use of any pack animals or special gear as needed, Any additional days while at Deer Valley Ranch other than what is listed in package.
Adult (18+) – $ 90 per person
Child (8-17) – $ 70 per person
Paddle Boarding Expeditions
Explore more of Colorado's finest mountain lakes and waterways with a Sol Paddle Boards. Whether fishing, relaxing or looking for a new adventure, paddle boards are a terrific option! If this is an experience you and your family wish to enjoy during your stay, contact us early so we can arrange them for you. This is a great way to get in some fun exercise time while you are away from home. This adventure is truly a family favorite.
Guide and transportation service available upon request and at an additional fee*
Half Day: $25 (4 hour)
Full Day: $40 (8 hours)
non-guided Hiking and fishing
There are tons of places near the ranch to hike, fish and mountain bike. Many of these places are easy to find and can be explored without a guide. If you want to set out on your own to explore, just ask any of the team members on the ranch, and they will provide all the information you will need.
If you are interested in fishing on your own, we have several fishing poles and basic gear available for our guests to use free of charge. Fly's and lures incur an additional charge, and can be purchased in our general store.