While our story dates back to 1862 and Abraham Lincoln’s Homestead Act, our time as a family-owned guest ranch is more recent. Middle Creek Ranch has been under the ownership of the Hunter family since 1991. Their goal has been to instill healthy and sustainable land, wildlife and livestock management and ranching practices, while allowing family, friends, and guests to experience everything the ranch has to offer. With bison, cattle, horse, and hay operations, Middle Creek Ranch employs a year-round staff to manage commercial activities and maintain a full-sized riding arena, natural ponds, and a mile and a half of frontage on Trout Creek.
With over 50 miles of wilderness trails, the ranch offers endless opportunities to explore the property, whether on horseback, mountain bike, or foot. On hot days, we point guests in the direction of the swimming hole, complete with sun deck, canoe, rope swing, and lawn games like horseshoes and corn hole. And when it snows, there’s cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding at the ready – not to mention nearby Steamboat Springs, where we arrange downhill ski trips for our guests.
While all of Middle Creek Ranch is remarkable, what really sets it apart is the fact that it offers complete privacy. Ten thousand acres, all yours to explore and enjoy. We only host one group at a time, to make your stay here truly unique and memorable. The ranch accommodates up to 20, so whether it’s a family reunion, a vacation with friends, or a corporate retreat, you can rest assured that your visit will be unforgettable.