allure abounds at Ute Trail River Ranch where anglers can fly fish right out their door on approximately
two miles of private water on the Tarryall River offering some of the finest
fly fishing in the region.
Hikers and trail runners can
hit the trail just across the river and head up into the magnificent Lost Creek Wilderness on the Ute Creek Trail.
Birders will find a variety of birds to observe on the Ranch's
70+ acres who make this valley their home or migrate seasonally through the area.
No doubt everyone can enjoy
the leisurely pace and quiet beauty found here.
what it is like to skip some rocks across the water?
Lose yourself in a good book? ~ Take that much-deserved nap in the middle of the day?
~ Gaze at the star-filled night sky and make a wish on a falling star?
Ute Trail River Ranch is the ideal place where simply
doing nothing is time well spent.
Charming mountain lodge decor and warm comfort await guests behind each cabin door.
All cabins and guest suites have been restored to reflect a simpler time,
yet with updated conveniences.
We do welcome families
and guests of all ages. However, due to our altitude
(9,000 feet above sea level), the natural rocky
terrain and proximity to
water on the river, we are best suited for families with older children.
homesteaded by George & Margaret Ellen Wheeler in the early 1920s,
the Ranch has changed ownership only 3 times throughout its history.
Today's owners Jim Fagerstrom & Debra Baxter are enjoying their 20th year at the Ranch in 2013.
From the beginning, the Wheelers offered a fishing and hunting retreat in
this spectacular mountain valley.
Initially lodging was provided in wood-framed, canvas-roofed
tents. Eventually, log cabins were brought in
from the town of Puma City (now known as
the unincorporated town of Tarryall) 8 miles down the road
that once housed miners seeking their
fortunes in gold in the Tarryall Mountains during the late 1800s.
Today, these historic cabins with their hand hewn logs and antique furnishings entice guests
to discover just
what makes the Tarryall River
Valley and historic Ute Trail River Ranch so special.