May 16-21, 2024 | Starting at $4,295 — Enjoy fly fishing the South Platte River in Colorado during Orvis Week at North Fork Ranch.

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September 9 - 14, 2023

May 16 -21, 2024
September 11 - 16, 2024

Length of Trip:
5 nights, 4 days of guided fishing

From $4,245 per person (double occupancy)
From $4,295 per person (double occupancy)

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The Story

Go fly fishing in Colorado and join us for Orvis Week at North Fork Ranch. This special property is only 45 minutes from Denver. The North Fork Ranch is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River, a major tributary of the famed river. We are located near the town of Shawnee, Colorado. The ranch is situated within striking distance of the popular tailwaters of the South Platte River as well as countless miles of tributaries. Whether you are exploring the South Platte drainage on your own, or you're allowing our premier guides to show you an unforgettable fly-fishing experience, the North Fork Ranch is your perfect location.


  • September 9-14, 2023


  • May 16-21, 2024
  • September 11-16, 2024
Rates 2023 2024
Double occupancy per person $4,245 $4,295
Single occupancy shared guide $5,745 $5,795
Single occupancy private guide $6,545 $6,595

*Non-angler sharing a room with an angler is $1,450 for both 2023 and 2024

**For accommodations and meals only - 4% CO lodging tax. 18% Service fee for Ranch staff. Paid at checkout.

What Is Included?

  • Five night’s lodging.
  • Four-full days of fishing on private water with lunch (prices may vary on properties).
  • Three meals a day.
  • Access to ranch facilities and property, such as the pool, internet, and laundry facilities.

What Am I responsible For?

  • Transfers from and to airport.
  • Fishing license.
  • Gratuities for fishing guides. Trading Post items.
  • Alcohol (please bring your own).

How Many People On This Trip?

10 Anglers.

Arrival day:
Please arrive to the Lodge by 5:00 PM for dinner at 6:30 PM.

Fishing days:
Hearty breakfasts are served at 8:00 AM, and your guide will be ready to take you fishing starting at 8:30 AM. The guide will provide a unique lunch. You will return to the Ranch late in the afternoon, where you can clean up, relax, and get ready for dinner at 6:30 PM.

Departure days:
These are always tough because no one wants to leave, but the ranch requests a departure time of 10:00 AM.

Lodging options include everything from one-bedroom suites to three-bedroom family units with cathedral ceilings, sitting areas, and stone fireplaces. Suites and cabins include private baths and cozy pillow-top beds in king, queen, and twin size configurations. Each cabin is uniquely decorated, and all share wonderful views of the wilderness surrounding the ranch. It’s like being at home… but better — just relax, grab an appetizer and a glass of wine, put your feet up and let us take care of all the details.

Wildhorse Lodge – a small lodge with five suite-style rooms: perfect for couples, singles, or families with adult children.

Stonehenge Mansion – Our largest accommodation sleeps 12: a six-bedroom, three-bath lodge, with three large common areas, each with wood-burning fireplaces—great for a family reunion, families traveling together or large families, and perfect for corporate groups or retreats.

Klondike Cabin – A true log cabin with a common sitting area and impressive large rock fireplace. Perfect Colorado lodging for families with younger kids, this cabin is just across from the pool. Gather ‘round the fireplace in the evening and share stories about your day!

Homestead Cabin – Great for larger families visiting our Colorado Dude Ranch: this cabin sleeps up to nine people. Older kids can sleep separately from the adult area with plenty of privacy for all. You can all come together in the common area for games, snacks, and socializing around the stone fireplace and coffee bar or enjoy the views from any of the multiple porches.

What Is Included?

  • Five night’s lodging.
  • Four-full days of fishing on private water with lunch (prices may vary on properties).
  • Three meals a day.
  • Access to ranch facilities and property, such as the pool, internet, and laundry facilities.

What Am I responsible For?

  • Transfers from and to airport.
  • Fishing license.
  • Gratuities for fishing guides. Trading Post items.
  • Alcohol (please bring your own).

How Many People On This Trip?

10 Anglers.

Skill Levels/Experience

All skill levels are welcome.

How Strenuous Are The Activities?

Moderate. Wading and light hiking.

Is This A Child Friendly Trip?

Children are permitted. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.

Meals & Dining

The ranch takes great pride in feeding guests well! Exceptional family dining with a gourmet flair is sure to satisfy every appetite. Full, hearty breakfasts, unique lunches, and dinners served that are anything but typical. **Alcoholic beverages are not included. Please come prepared with your own alcohol.


The North Fork Ranch is home to a variety of trout. Primarily larger than your average rainbow trout. We also see brown trout, cutthroat trout, and the rare but occasional brook trout.

Typical Weather

North Fork Ranch is located within the Colorado Rockies. During your typical Summer months, days can be warm and arid with typically cooler evenings. 70's & 80's during the day and 50's - 60's in the evenings. During those Summer months we can experience afternoon rain showers brought in by what is called "monsoonal flow", so pack a rain jacket. Spring and Fall weather can change at a moments notice. It can be a comfortable 70 degree day, and within minutes you could experience a quick drop in tempature and have rain showers. Bring a rain jacket. Any day that we have sun all day, it can get quite warm.


All anglers should be prepared for the variable weather of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Gear Recommendations:

The North Fork Ranch Guide Service has their guide shed located at the ranch. All equipment is available and included in the cost of a guide trip. This includes a rod and reel, waders and boots, flies and terminal tackle. Of course all anglers are welcome to bring your own equipment.

Fly rod. We do not allow anything smaller then a 5-wt. at the ranch. A 9 foot 5-wt. is great. This is also a great chance to fish your 6-wt.

Fly reel. Be sure you have an adequate drag system for an epic trout battle.

Fly Line. Floating. Match your rod/reel.

Waders. Breathable suggested.

Wading boots. We do allow felt boots. We suggest studs in rubber bottom boots. Please stay off decks and walkways with studded boots.

Tippet 3X, 4X Mirage Fluorocarbon.

Net. If you do not have a large hoop net with a long handle leave it at home. We have extra.

The North Fork Ranch Guide Service does provide daily rentals of all the above equipment. We do recommend you bring your own flies and terminal tackle if you are not fishing with a guide. We can provide a list of fly shops on the way to the ranch.

What Else To Bring?

  • Sunscreen
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat (warm hat spring and fall)
  • Gloves (spring and fall)
  • Rain jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Layers
  • Camera

Additional Activities:

  • Orvis Fly Fishing Clinic - $150.00/person
  • Trap/Skeet Shoot - $140.00/person
  • 2-hour Horseback Riding - $130.00/person
  • 4-hour Mountain Biking Tour - $120/person-30 min drive
  • Whitewater Rafting - $110.00/person - 1.5 hour drive
  • Guided Alpine Hike & Fishing - $130.00/person
  • .22 Target / Bow & Arrow - $50.00/person
  • 4-hour Lunch Horseback Ride - $190.00/person
  • Zip Line Adventure - $100.00/person -30 min drive
  • Pony Rides - $40 (30 min)
  • Massage - $120.00/hr & $170.00/1.5 hr

Getting There:

Address of the Ranch; 55395 US Hwy 285, Shawnee, CO 80475 Location of Ranch via Google maps is here.

If you are not planning on renting a car please give the RIDE service a call at 303-564-5858. They offer airport transportation to and from the ranch.

Cancellation Policy:

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. The balance will be due 90-days before the trip. Please see Orvis Adventures Terms & Conditions to read the full Terms & Conditions for this trip.

Fishing the area:

North Fork of The South Platte River: Each private fly-fishing ranch is only accessible with a fly-fishing guide and based on availability. Each is meticulously managed for optimum fishing opportunity through catch-and-release and strictly limited access. Rainbow Trout average three pounds, and many have been caught and released up to 10 pounds. The river is also home to brown trout, brook trout, and cutthroat trout. Boxwood Ranch and Long Meadow Ranch are located one mile away from the North Fork Ranch on the same stretch of river.

South Park Private Ranches: Think of each of these as your own dry-fly fishing paradise! Each of these private fly-fishing ranches is managed as fly fishing only with minimal pressure. Average fish varies depending on the ranch, however average in the 8-14" range. Although we have seen fish upward of 20" on each of these ranches. A great mix of wild browns and rainbows. Typically dry fly with a dropper or just dry flies. Drive times from the North Fork Ranch vary anywhere from 30-70 minutes.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the trip proposal and materials (trip planner and confirmation email). In some cases, deposits are non-refundable, this depends on the destination and will be clearly noted in the trip proposal and materials as well. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips (stated in the trip proposal and materials), the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

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Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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