Pure Wing Shooting trips: October - February
Cast and Blast trips: September - October (weather permitting)
Fin & Feather Expeditions: September - October
Wingshooting packages include lodging, meals, guided hunting with dogs, daily round of 25 sporting clays, and ten birds/day. Fly-fishing packages include lodging, meals, guided fly-fishing, flies, accessories and terminal tackle. Rates are per person and include lodging and meals.
At an altitude ranging from around 5,000 to 9,000 feet, this is an ecosystem consisting of a large, central valley with astonishingly beautiful mountains and adjoining valleys, each lush and fertile in its own right. Hunt wheat and rye fields, creek bottoms, and sage and oak-brush flats for wild and early-release pheasant, chukar and Hungarian partridge, and quail.
The Ranch, sitting on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies, is in high desert and temperatures can be comfortably in the high 70's in September. Many later fall days will be in the slightly cool 50's range, and heading into December the temps can drop into the lower 40's when you'll definitely need a jacket. There is minimal rainfall during these months, although from late October to February there is always a chance of a light dusting of snow.
Trips range from 2 day/3 night to 5 day/6 night bookings. Join us for Cast and Blast packages from September 1 through October 31 where you’ll wing shoot in the cool mornings and fly-fish in the warmer afternoons. Pure wing shooting trips are typically booked from October 1 through February 29. When you arrive, you’ll settle into your western elegant accommodations and then join us for appetizers and refreshments at 6:30, then at 7:00 contemporary western cuisine paired with just the perfect selection of wines.
Cast and Blast trip days begin with an 8am big, hearty breakfast followed by morning wing shooting, then a delicious lunch at 12:30 and fly-fishing in the afternoon – or spending some time at the clays range if the guest prefers.
Fin & Feather Expeditions are 5-night/4-day trips that begins on the main ranch with sporting clays and a mixed-bag bird hunt in the morning then fishing the main ranch in the afternoon – both on day one. Day two will take you on a drift boat on either the Roaring Fork or the Lower Colorado, depending on which has the best fishing when you're here. Day three takes you back out in wheat and rye fields, creek bottoms, and sage and oak-brush flats during the cool morning, and it's your choice of sporting clays or fishing the main ranch in the afternoon. Day four takes you to the legendary White River to wade fish on our 5-mile private stretch at the K-T Ranch. Expeditions begin right after breakfast and you'll be back to the ranch in time for appetizers.
Any sporting enthusiast will find a tremendous number of activities at The High Lonesome Ranch. Among the most coveted of endorsements is the Double Orvis Endorsed Lodge for fly-fishing and for wing shooting. The High Lonesome Ranch is one of the few venues to be awarded such a dual distinction. Sporting activities include fly-fishing, wing shooting, big game hunting, equestrian adventures, mountain biking, hiking, birding, science activities, and more.
In addition to wing shooting for 4 species of upland game birds and fly-fishing for five species of trout, guests have many activities from which to choose. One of our specialties is our equestrian program. We also offer Dude Ranch weeks, so we’re well equipped for all the ways to use a horse – including driving cattle, trail rides, lassoing and branding cattle. Birding is one of our most popular activities since our range in elevation offers many excellent opportunities to see birds from multiple ecosystems. Mountain biking, wildlife viewing – especially wild horses who are descendants of Native American and Spanish horses brought to this land many years ago. You’ll find black bears, elk, mule deer, eagles, mountain lions, and even moose, antelope or the occasional big horn sheep. The list of activities goes on: Science Activities, Ecotourism, Hiking, Yoga, Massage, Cooking Classes, and Kids’ Activities.
Just a short drive away are winery tours, golfing, the famous Glenwood Hot Springs, Powderhorn for winter sports, and white water rafting.
Accommodations are elegantly western, all new and range from deluxe master suites to guest rooms with private baths. Choices include guesthouses, private cabins, and even glamorous Out-of-Africa-style tents. A typical lodge choice will have a full kitchen, screened reading porch, great room and recreation room with a gaming table, western antiques, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, WIFI, a stone fireplace and pool table. Every choice is more than comfortable and could be described as luxurious.
Meals are events at The High Lonesome Ranch. Our Executive Chef, Patrick Ayres practices a farm-to-table philosophy, uses homegrown and locally produced ingredients, as well as our own High Lonesome Angus beef aged on the ranch. Chef Ayres' meals are truly inspired and will wow your taste buds as well as your imagination. The famous Aunt Linda Doden prepares hearty breakfasts every day and it is all home made, from the bread that she makes her French toast from to her secret recipe granola. Most days you’ll be offered eggs, potatoes of one kind or another, omelets, bacon, sausage, homemade biscuits and gravy, along with homemade jams and jellies, fresh berries in season and fruits from our own orchards.
Hunt four species of birds in the tens of thousands of acres of pristine upland coverts. Anticipate rising birds that range from the wily pheasant to the covey-oriented chukar and Hungarian partridge. Quail inhabit the property as well, and enthusiasts have an opportunity to hunt our wide variety of hard-flying game birds every day.
Guests should bring whatever they might want to provide the most enjoyable experience possible, including clothing, footwear, personal shotguns, favorite rod and reel, personal items, etc. Shotguns, rods, and reels are available for rental if desired. Our Lonesome Outfitter Shop is well stocked with anything guests might forget or want to add to their enjoyment.
Q. Where is the ranch located?
A. The Ranch is located near the small cowboy town of DeBeque, Colorado, a 40-minute drive to Grand Junction’s Walker Field Airport. We’re happy to provide roundtrip airport service for $200 per group or family of four or less. A private guest business center in our headquarters is complete with a computer and a hard phone line as well as WiFi. We now feature WiFi access at most of our guest quarters. The Lonesome Outfitter shop is stocked with anything you might need. We accept credit cards, traveler’s checks and personal checks. Gratuities are included in our 15% resort service fee that is added along with applicable sales tax to your package.