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“Incredible Experience”
Review of North Fork Ranch

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North Fork Ranch
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shawnee
Tucson, Arizona
1 review
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“Incredible Experience”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

The North Fork Ranch is a wonderful couples or family experience within 1.5 hrs. of Denver. The fishing on property was incredible; great thrill catching our first trout using fly fishing gear. And the food was absolutely delicious. Karen and Dean May have taken a beautiful setting on the South Platte River and built it into a 35-guest dude ranch and fishing lodge with lots of love and attention. Their staff members all convey the same energy and desire as the owners to ensure the guests have a memorable visit and are eager to return. We hope to make another visit next summer.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sedona, Arizona
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Fishing, riding, relaxing, eating, hiking...you name it - North Fork delivers! Our family just returned from a long weekend stay. We couldn't have been more pleased with the location, the quality of the fishing, the trailriding, the food and the staff. All of us had a great time. The accommodations are spaced out so everyone feels like they have their own little part of the ranch. Our entire family was wowed once again by the quality of the fly fishing - really world class! And, whether you are an experienced trailrider, or this is your first day on a horse, they have you covered. It is that perfect vacation combination where you can be busy enough to be tired at the end of the day, and relaxed enough to completely unwind.
The food is served family style with enough variety and options to please everyone. You will NOT go hungry! And one final word about the entire staff. Dean and Karen May, the owners, set the example and EVERYONE makes you feel welcome. Whether it's a wrangler adjusting a stirrup for the 1000th time or the kitchen staff washing your dishes, everyone goes the extra mile to make sure your vacation is a great one!

Room Tip: The Homestead and the Klondike cabins are the nicest overall.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Boston
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Karen and Dean May have created the most wonderful ranch experience you can imagine. We have been on many vacations as a family and our week at North Fork (spanning Memorial Day) ranks as one of our best ever. The riding is top notch, the fishing is fantastic and the food and lodging were beyond our expectations.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Miami Beach, Florida
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014

The accommodations were luxurious with great detail in the decor. The property is beautiful. Wedged in the Rockly Mountains. Nice scenic drive from the airport to the ranch. Easy ride. Fun driving up the mountains. Greeted immediately by the owner. I can't say enough about the food. No beans and hotdogs. The animals are just beautiful and well taken care of. The owners are very involved and ensure that you have the very best experience. I stayed in the cottage. I highly recommend it. Every day I woke up and looked at the decorations. Every nook and cranny was thought out. I was there for a business conference. I am going to come back and bring my husband and daughter. It is an Orvis Awarded Fly fishing destination. After seeing the groups going on fishing expeditions, I am now convinced that I should start flyfishing. You hear the river, you look at the mountains, and wow, the stars. Don't pass up this experience. I recommend stoping at the liquor store near the airport and buying a bottle of champagne to put in your frig in your room. Also, a nice cognac, while you are sitting in the rocking chair looking at the view.

Room Tip: The cottage is perfect. 2 floors. Large bedrooms. Fireplace in two of the rooms. Porch and living...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Castle Pines, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Staying at the North Fork Ranch is pure joy! I was one of a group of 13 men who participated in a cancer recovery retreat and experienced two and a half days of amazing hospitality from the entire staff, fabulous gourmet meals, service beyond compare and guided fly fishing that resulted in landing several gorgeous rainbow trout almost too big to hold in your hands for photos. The ranch is owned by Karen and Dean and their well-deserved pride shows in every aspect of their operation. I am truly appreciative of my experience at the North Fork Ranch, and can confidently recommend it to families, couples or individuals who want a respite they will remember for the rest of their lives.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

This is a very special place. The fishing is truly phenomenal, and Jeff is a world class guide. Karen's food is amazing so come hungry! If you cant have fun here, There is something wrong. Can't wait to go back...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2013

A great girls getaway for my Sister's 60th Birthday. We fished and rode horses and ate too much of Karen's gourmet cooking. Five of us were able to stay in the beautifully appointed Homestead Cabin. We enjoyed our cocktails in front of a crackling fire and fell asleep listening to the river rushing past. A great escape!

Travis and Casey took us on an unforgettable trail ride with beautiful scenery. We caught HUGE fish under the guidance of Jeff and Monroe. Lots of laughter and fun the entire time.

I would highly recommend the hospitality of Karen and Dean May at the N. Fork Ranch to anyone looking for a great get away. You will love this property and the people who lovingly care for it.

Room Tip: Stonehenge for large groups and great privacy. We stayed in Homestead and it was so quiet and comfor...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about North Fork Ranch

Property: North Fork Ranch
Address: 55395 Highway 285, P.O. Box B, Shawnee, CO 80475
Region: United States > Colorado > Shawnee
Amenities:
Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shawnee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — North Fork Ranch 5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to life at North Fork Ranch a premier guest ranch and fishing lodge. Established in 1985, this family oriented ranch rests on a half mile of private river, the North Fork of the South Platte. One hour from Denver, in the majestic Rocky Mountains, you'll find horseback riding, whitewater rafting, world class fly fishing, campfire, intimate accommodations, dining with a gourmet flare and activities for all ages! **Colorado's Newest, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Lodge** ... more   less 
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