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Sky Ranch Ute Trail offers a unique and beautiful venue to serve your fall and spring retreat needs. Nestled in the stunning San Juan Mountains near Lake City, Colorado, Ute Trail is perfectly suited for small groups from 15 to 75, and spiritual retreats.
For the outdoorsmen, we offer fly fishing retreats using our private stretch on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River or you may plan for a hiking adventure in the adjacent Uncompahgre National Forest and surrounding wilderness areas.
Ute Trail is located eight miles north of Lake City and forty-three miles south of Gunnison, Colorado. Gunnison offers regular commercial airline service and rental cars. Our facility offers you eleven private cabins and spacious meeting and dining facilities.
Now is a great time to let us help you plan your church, small group or business retreat. Our professionally trained staff is ready to accommodate all of your meals and other guest service needs. We welcome group sizes from 15 to 75.
Call (800) 962-2267 and talk with our Retreat Sales Team to learn about rates and special pricings. Prices include meals, lodging, meeting room, AV, sound equipment and activities unless otherwise quoted. You may also email us at Retreats@SkyRanch.org to request more information.
Sky Ranch Ute Trail
1329 State Highway 149
Powderhorn, CO 81243
Phone: (970) 641-0717
Fax: (970) 641-6098
Nothing compares to waking up in the great outdoors. The warm sunlight and smell of fresh air strike a chord in your heart. It makes you feel close to nature, and in turn close to God.
Waking up in one of these cabins should feel a lot like waking up at home with all the comfort and amenities that you would expect. Sky Ranch Ute Trail offers wheelchair accessible cabins and facilities. For special needs please call for complete details.
In addition to activities on camp, there is a lot to do in the area: shopping in picturesque Lake City, scenic drives, hunting, hiking, four-wheeling and more. During the winter months, there are two skiing sites within an hour and a half - Monarch Mountain and Crested Butte, as well as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice climbing.
Ute Trail Ranch was homesteaded in 1890 when Harry Youmans claimed 160 acres under the United States Homestead Act. Youmans was a craftsman/builder who had moved to the Lake City area in the 1880s. In 1902 Youmans sold the ranch to Karl Benson. Benson had a wife and six sons and he operated the ranch as a cattle ranch from 1902 to 1946. He built the old barn (now 100 years old) and some other structures. Many of the agricultural tools and machines he used are displayed now at the ranch.
In 1946, Karl Benson sold the ranch (which he had expanded to 1200 acres) to Dr. Malcolm Bowers and Alton (Hop) Hopkins. Hop Hopkins built five cabins in 1946 and started Ute Trail Ranch, Western Camp for Boys. Hop and his wife, Susan, operated the camp from 1946 through 1973. They had 40 boys a term for three summer terms. Malcolm Bowers and his wife, Virginia, and the Hopkins also had cattle on the ranch during these years. In 1965 Hop Hopkins built the A Frame Lodge for the Bowers.
In 1973, the Bowers and Hopkins sold the 1200 acres to George and Nancy Seay of Dallas, Texas who continued the camp for another six years. They added a riding ring, softball field and converted the store to a sixth cabin. The Seays continued the camp program emphasizing horseback riding, backpacking, horseback pack trips, crafts, riflery, archery, softball, fishing and river rafting.
In 1978, George and Nancy Seay sold the ranch to George's uncle and aunt, Charlie and Sadie Seay. The camp was closed in 1979, and the Seays used the ranch mainly for fishing and guests. They built a new pond at the Horseshoe Meadow by the river, enlarged the A Frame and purchased several contiguous ranches.
In 1993, the Seays sold the ranch (now 1400 acres) back to George and Nancy Seay and their children, George and Pauline. The Seay Family began searching for a Christian camp operator and in 1996 entered into a lease with Presbyterians For Renewal Youth Ministry. PFR Youth Ministry ran the camp for eight summers. After this, a new lease was made with Sky Ranch who has now operated the camp since 2005.
At Sky Ranch we understand that location is the key to a great retreat. From expansive meeting space, climate-controlled lodging, delicious meals and exciting activities, Sky Ranch offers the complete package when it comes to the retreat experience. Large group or small, we have everything you need to create an effective and memorable retreat.
What better place to hold a company picnic than the wide-open spaces of Sky Ranch!?! From barbeque to fine dining, Sky Ranch can accommodate the atmosphere and style of your corporation or group. Enjoy the great outdoors along with our exquisite dining services.