Latigo Ranch was founded as a dude ranch in Grand County, Colorado by Frederick Kasdorf, Jr. It was originally named Snowshoe Ranch. Kasdorf single-handedly built the Main Log Lodge in 1923 soon after he and his wife arrived (by covered wagon from Denver) to homestead in the Kremmling area. He built up and ran the 550-acre (2.2 km2) Snowshoe Dude Ranch for over 30 years.Discover how to plan a Kremmling trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
Grand County Historical Society speculates that Zane Grey stayed at the Snowshoe Ranch or at least camped nearby while he wrote The Mysterious Rider as the Kasdorfs did say in their advertisements that "guests could ride 'forest-Indian' trails that Theodore Roosevelt and Zane Grey knew"! In 1959, Kasdorf sold the dude ranch operation and headed into retirement. The Christiansons bought the 53 acres (210,000 m2) which included the Lodge, and they added a few cabins and continued the ranching operation. Jack and Dot Lyons bought Snowshoe in 1973, and they sold it to Cece and Sharon Krewson in 1977. He sold it in 1982 to David Wasserstrom of Pennsylvania who, with Bill and Carol Hillier as managers, bought the balance of the original Kasdorf ranch, and making many contemporary improvements, changed the name to Latigo Ranch. Their improvements included construction of a new access road into the ranch, addition of the Social Club, swimming pool, fishing pond, barn and arena, and 3 duplex guest cabins. They sold the ranch in 1987 to Randy and Lisa George and Jim and Kathie Yost. As of 2017, the Yosts went into retirement and currently, Randy and Lisa George as well as their children run and manage the ranch full time.
The George family lives at the ranch year-round and operate Latigo as a Nordic center in the winter and a dude ranch in the summer. Latigo Ranch is relatively small, having a guest capacity of 35. Around 50,000 acres (202 km2) of the land that Latigo uses for horseback riding and cross country skiing is part of the adjacent Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest.
In 2004, Latigo Ranch was voted "Best Dude Ranch in Colorado" by Colorado's Best: The Essential Guide to Favorite Places.
Latigo Ranch Reviews
I do not ski and I know nothing about horses, so why would I go to Latigo Ranch in the dead of winter? Winter Fat Biking in the snow in a gorgeous setting with incredible hospitality and food... more »
My family and I can't praise Latigo Ranch enough! This family-run ranch simply can't do enough for its guests - I've never encountered a holiday where the hosts were so flexible and attuned to guest.... more »
My family and I can't praise Latigo Ranch enough! This family-run ranch simply can't do enough for its guests - I've never encountered a holiday where the hosts were so flexible and attuned to guest needs. Bear in mind if you are price-comparing with other ranches that this ranch quotes all-inclusive prices, including taxes and gratuities - you will not be asked to pay a cent more (except if you wish to buy alcohol and there is a great wine selection!). The welfare and condition of the horses is excellent, and there are plenty of horses available for different ability and confidence levels. Wonderful trails all through the picturesque Rockies - in a full week of riding, we didn't get near to exploring all of the trails. There are plenty of fast trails for riders wanting to lope/canter. All of the staff (wranglers, maintenance, housekeeping, kitchen) are excellent - well-trained and a happy, cohesive team - and they are clearly cherished by the family because they come back as often as they can! The food is incredible, with lots of options for even the pickiest of kids. There are many optional activities for riders and non-riders, from rafting, shooting, swimming, hiking, yoga, etc. The week's activities are so well conceived that you never feel rushed, but there is always something to do, with plenty of variety so it's impossible to get bored. Time can be spent with the family as well as getting down time for parents. Simply a perfect destination! We are a family that loves to explore new places but we make an exception for Latigo - we can't wait to go back.
We just returned from our stay at Latigo and we have had 2 crying children over how much they loved their horses and didn't want to leave them. The atmosphere is so peaceful and serene, a perfect place to unplug and connect with the beauty around you. The scenery is incredible, the wildflowers are stunning and the people are some of the sweetest we have ever met. The George's hire wonderful staff that take care of all of their guests from babysitting to taking them on trail rides at the last minute. Everyone was so accommodating and flexible. We were very thankful for that. All of that was amazing but I have to tell you that the thing I was most excited about every day was the food! Spencer George is an amazing chef and prepared creative and delicious food! This experience is well worth drive and money. Don't miss this amazing vacation!
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