The Focus is a Working cattle and Dude Ranch that invites adults and kids to share in the day-to-day operation of moving cattle to different pastures.
The herd at The Focus Ranch numbers some 1300 Yearlings that are being bought on for the markets. This means regular changes of pasture and, as the idea is to move the herds carefully, this is one of the few ranches where kids, that are able riders, can join in the fun.
The best times to visit are from the end of May to early August. After this general ranch riding is offered, checking fences and pastures and scenic trail rides.
A brand new lodge was completed in 2003 and this is where guests meet up. There is a maple buffet counter where meals that are prepared in the commercial kitchen, are served.
All meals are home-cooked, whole-some and meant to satisfy the hungry appetite. Breads and pastries are freshly baked daily. The menu has variety to meet a variety of tastes. They prepare well-balanced meals and serve these meals buffet style. A picnic meal is provided for those on an all day trip. On Saturday night they offer a steak fry or, if the fishing has been good - trout is added to the menu. Special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Upstairs the Lodge has 3 spacious guest rooms offering views of the Little Snake River and mountains. All rooms have hardwood floors, pine walls and tiled bathrooms. The cabins are situated close to the lodge around the yard.
All three have a similar layout with a common entrance that leads to 2 separate sides of the cabin. Each side has its own bathroom. The cabins were designed to accommodate either 2 private parties or a family. There are both queen and twin beds. Each cabin has a deck and provides great views of the ranch.
The ranch was established in 1896 situated in the upper end of the Little Snake River Valley, a valley that was very familiar to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
With over 1300 head of yearling cattle, guests may be given the opportunity to enjoy their western lifestyle moving the cattle onto new pasture every 5-10 days Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.
Horseback riding is characterized as cross country rather than head to tail or trail riding. The cattle are the reason for this and also the reason their horseback riding programme appeals to many riders of all ages. Depending on the ability of the rider and the work at hand, the horses walk, trot, canter and if necessary, they will do what quarter horses do best, cover a short distance quickly to keep the cattle going in the right direction.
Safety of the rider comes before “getting the job done” and when working cattle, everyone is placed in a comfort zone based on ability.
Riding is available from Monday to Saturday. Weight limit is generally 16 stone or 225 lbs.
Hiking is the big thing in this glorious area and wildlife is plentiful and can be seen on the many hikes beginning from the front gate. For those wishing to walk on more gentle trails, there are paths along the one track roads that intersect the ranch and forest. These vary from 1 mile to 15 miles, or more. Guides are available.
With all the water from the surrounding hills, guests have 4 miles of river to enjoy fly fishing on a catch and release basis of Rainbow, Cutthroat and Cutbow trout
Swimming is in the Little Snake River on the ranch.
From £1369 per ADULT PER WEEK
All prices are per person unless otherwise specified. Please EMAIL or call American Round-Up on 01798 865946 to book this ranch. We have first hand knowledge from our many ranch visits.
Prices are for a 7 nights stay from Sunday to Sunday and include full board, all the riding and included ranch activities, taxes and ranch gratuity :
The season runs from 17th May- 4th October 2015
Double rate : £1197.00pp plus £173.00 gratuity.
Single rate : £1329.00pp plus £192 gratuity.
Youth rates: 13-17 years £1071.00 plus £155 gratuity.
Child rates: 7-12 years £693.00 plus £100 gratuity.
Child rates : 4-6 years £441.00 plus £64 gratuity.
Child under 4 is free of charge
A 25% deposit is required to hold a booking.
Transfers are only from Steamboat Springs at $100 return per car. Alternatively hire a car from Denver and drive to the ranch.
We can tailormake your holiday with or without flights car hire, motorhome, hotels for those who wish to explore the area they are visiting.
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