Established in 1948, Rawah Ranch was meant to be a premier place for visitors to explore the Colorado wilderness and experience an authentic western guest ranch. Seventy years later, we haven’t lost the vision.
Northern Colorado’s historic Rawah Guest Ranch is an authentic western dude ranch located in one of the most scenic and unspoiled valleys in North America. Experience thrilling Colorado fly fishing, casting flies over trout on our private stretch of the Big Laramie River. Bring out your inner cowboy on a backcountry horseback ride along alpine ridges or through groves of aspen. Relax on a spectacular hike along the meandering trails through the surrounding Rawah Wilderness Area. Or simply kick back in a rocking chair on the front porch or curl up by a crackling fire in the rustic Rawah Lodge.
When you visit this American legacy we call home, you’ll get a taste of the authentic west while immersed in the breathtaking majesty of the Colorado wilderness – an experience we believe is unforgettable.
To the mountain tribe of Ute Indians, Rawah was the word for “abundance.” Resting at 8,400 feet just south of the Colorado-Wyoming border, Rawah Ranch occupies a beautiful spot in the still practically undiscovered Laramie River Valley.
The railroad companies set our ranch legacy in motion when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the deed of trust for the land Rawah Ranch occupies as part of a land acquisition. Soon after, our valley was added to what would eventually become the Roosevelt National Forest. With the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, our Rawah Wilderness Area was preserved indefinitely. Earlier – in 1948 – a man by the name of Ralph Jordan had the great foresight to establish Rawah Ranch, not as a cattle ranch, but as a place for guests to simply visit – to stay in comfortable accommodations, enjoy hearty meals, and take in the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. Today Rawah Ranch seeks to capture the same original vision by welcoming guests from across the country and around the world to our historic mountain escape.
We believe the ranch’s legacy continues with each new visitor that makes this place their own – we can’t wait to welcome you home to Rawah.