Location
Colorado, United States
Drive-in Access
All-Inclusive?
All-inclusive lodges include:
  • accommodation
  • all equipment/gear/tackle
  • boats and fuel
  • guiding
  • all meals
  • fish processing (unless fishing is catch-and-release only)
See below to find out exactly what is included in the price.
Fishing
freshwater (rivers),
Guided + Unguided
8 hours/day
2:1 guest-to-guide ratio
Fly fishing (In most of the waters around the ranch you may use flies, spin cast or bait.)
RATING
Avg.
4.5/5
394 reviews

Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Rainbow Trout Ranch boasts a rich history and unparalleled natural beauty. The ranch’s Grand Lodge, built in the early 1920s, stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of the era, constructed entirely of Engelmann Spruce without a single nail. As you step into this 18,000 square foot marvel, you’re transported back in time, surrounded by tales of yesteryears. Originally a private fishing club, the ranch opened its doors to the public in the 1920s, evolving into a haven for family vacations. Whether you’re lounging by the outdoor heated pool, embarking on a horseback adventure, or simply soaking in the serene views from your cabin porch, Rainbow Trout Ranch promises an experience that lingers in your memory long after you leave.

What makes us unique:

  1. LEGENDARY WILD WEST RIDING

What We Catch

List
Species Availability Calendar
  • 29741 1Trout - Rainbow
  • 29742 2Trout - Brook
  • 29743 3Trout - Cutthroat
  • Brown Trout
SpeciesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Trout - Rainbow
Trout - Brook
Trout - Cutthroat

Our season runs from May 1 to Sept 16.

Packages/prices

Estimated PER-DAY fishing vacation rate:

US$620.00
CA$849.31
£489.98
€579.85

PER PERSON

6 nights / 5 days fishingSUMMER SEASON RATES
US$3,100.00
CA$4,246.54
£2,449.91
€2,899.23
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6 nights / 5 days fishingADULT ONLY / SEPTEMBER RATES
US$3,100.00
CA$4,246.54
£2,449.91
€2,899.23
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NOTES

Rates DO NOT include the state sales tax of 4.9% or the county lodging tax of $10 per person/per stay.

We like for our guests to have the freedom to decide about the gratuity and so we do not have a service charge. Instead, it is completely up to you. Gratuities generally run in the 17-20% range and are split evenly among the staff. Please know that any and all gratuities are very much appreciated.

Unless otherwise stated, prices do not include taxes, gratuities, or fishing license/stamp.

This lodge charges in $USD.
Prices that have been converted to your chosen currency are based on today’s exchange rate. This lodge charges in $USD, so the amount billed to you may be different than the converted value shown here. Source: openexchangerates.org

What's Included?

How many hours of guided fishing?

8 hours

Return transportation:

If YES, the lodge covers all transportation costs to and from the Travel Destination. If NO, you are responsible for all costs getting to and from the lodge.

Equipment / gear / tackle / bait:

Fish processing:

Cleaning, filleting, vacuum packing and refrigerated (or frozen) storage.

All meals / snacks / non-alcoholic drinks:

Alcohol:

Avaliable for purchase

Deposit required: $500

Balance due: Day of arrival


To hold reservations, we request a deposit of $500 per person at the time of reservation which includes the 50% non-refundable booking fee. Cancellations more than 90 days in advance of arrival will be refunded in half, and less than 90 days in advance of arrival will be non-refundable.

Groups of 10 or more and travel agent bookings require a deposit of $500 per person at the time of reservation and in addition, require non-refundable payment in full 90 days in advance of arrival. The initial deposit includes the 50% non-refundable booking fee. Cancellations more than 90 days in advance of arrival will be refunded in half.

We highly encourage trip insurance in the unlikely event that you have to cancel your reservation with us less than 90 days in advance of arrival. Trip insurance is very reasonable and we can make a recommendation should you wish.

Arrival and Departure: We request that you plan your arrival at the ranch between 4:30 and 6:00pm on Sunday. We serve dinner at 6:30pm and we have an Orientation at 7:30pm, neither of which you will want to miss. Check-out time is 9:00am on the following Saturday.

In addition to Monday afternoon casting lessons on the lawn, there are *fly- fishing guides available for at least one on-ranch guided session per week, as well as advice/suggestions as needed throughout your stay.

Please note that our riding weight limit is 240lbs.

Rates are in US currency and we accept all major credit cards.


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Weather

°C / MM
°F / IN.

Temperature, °C

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

mm

Weather data based on closest weather station which is 150 kilometersfrom the lodge, so the actual climate at the lodge can vary a bit. Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015
Jan
7
-6
2.9
Feb
10
-4
2.4
Mar
15
-1
7.6
Apr
20
2
6.6
May
25
7
8.8
Jun
30
12
12.6
Jul
31
15
28.3
Aug
30
14
27.4
Sep
27
10
19.9
Oct
20
4
18.2
Nov
12
-2
4.7
Dec
6
-7
5.3

Temperature, °F

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

inches

Weather data based on closest weather station which is 150 kilometersfrom the lodge, so the actual climate at the lodge can vary a bit. Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015
Jan
45
20
0.11
Feb
50
25
0.09
Mar
59
29
0.3
Apr
67
35
0.26
May
76
44
0.34
Jun
87
53
0.5
Jul
88
59
1.11
Aug
86
57
1.08
Sep
80
50
0.78
Oct
68
39
0.72
Nov
54
28
0.18
Dec
44
20
0.21

ACCOMMODATIONS

Description

The ranch offers cozy cabins that combine Western style with modern comfort. All cabins are either two or three bedrooms and come with fireplaces, living areas, scenic front porches, private bathrooms, comfortable bedding, and daily housekeeping. The cabins are beautifully appointed in Western themes and are built mostly from aspen logs.

Details

Corporate buyout:

A corporate buyout is a single group booking the entire lodge. Often done for executive retreats.

WiFi available:

Maximum capacity:

60

Average travel time to fishing grounds:

0-10 minutes

Amenities

The Grand Lodge is a historic structure built in the early 1920s. It was the largest log structure of its day, built with wooden pegs and no nails. The lodge has a double-sided fireplace, a library, an office, and a trading post. Outside, there’s a heated pool, a poolside hot tub, and a volleyball/basketball area.

Meals

At Rainbow Trout Ranch, every meal is celebrated as a unique event. Guided by a chef who is a graduate of the Culinary School of Arts, the ranch emphasizes traditional home cooking, where most dishes are crafted from scratch. Baking is a particular specialty, and guests can anticipate delightful entrees ranging from steak, ribs, fresh trout, to tenderloin and turkey. Accompanied by a generous spread of vegetables, fruits, and salads, meals are served family-style, ensuring everyone has their fill. The ranch also caters to children’s preferences and those with specific dietary needs. Throughout the week, guests can relish outdoor barbecue cookouts, which stand out as memorable experiences. The ranch’s commitment to culinary excellence ensures that every guest’s dietary preferences and needs are met, making meals an integral part of the vacation experience.

Other Activities

Apart from fishing, the ranch offers excellent riding, day trips, hiking, swimming, bird watching, playing horseshoes, trapshooting, archery, volleyball/basketball, and games in the large Rec Room. They also have an outdoor heated swimming pool and two cookout lunches a week by the pool.

BOATS

Description

Drift for fly fishing.

Details

Bathroom:

n/a

Heated cabins:

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    Lama Airport, Colorado

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    Details

    For the nights, you’ll need jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and a light to medium-weight jacket. Days are usually between 75° – 85°, so swimsuits, short-sleeved shirts, shorts, and tennis shoes are recommended. They have a “fancy dinner” where casual dress is fine, but you can wear fancy Western clothes if you want. If hiking, bring good hiking boots. Other useful items include sunscreen, a cowboy hat or baseball cap, chapstick, and a canteen or water bottle. For riding, bring slip-on boots, long-sleeved shirts for bushwhacking rides, tall socks, and optionally chaps.

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