DETAILS FOR YOUR Camping STAY
We are so excited to have you stay with us this summer
and we want to make sure you are as prepared as possible for your stay!
Arapaho Valley Ranch is an OFF GRID guest ranch.
We do not have access to regular public works resources like electricity, water, sewer, trash, and internet.
Our generator and solar panels run all of our electricity and make our water flow
We have septic tanks rather than a public water and sewer system.
We do have limited internet access.
Understanding how precious these resources are is vital to enjoying your stay with us.
We hope you will have the same respect for these resources as we do and are happy to answer any questions you might have about our rules and regulations!
Please read through the information below and contact us with any questions via email : [email protected]
What to bringFOODWATERCLOTHINGOTHER ITEMS
What NOT to bring!
Good to knowDogs
One dog per campsite is welcome at AVR for personal tent camping only.
Dogs are not permitted in our glamping tents, tipis, lodge rooms, or cabins. Dogs must be with their owners and on a leash at all times, cleaned up after promptly, and must not disrupt other guests.
The Rocky Mountains are full of wildlife and dogs are at risk of not only being attacked but also disturbing the wildlife. We respect the wildlife living amongst us first and foremost.
We can provide names of local doggie daycare services if you decide this is not a good fit for your dog.
If any damages are incurred as a result of your dog’s actions, AVR may charge for services and repairs. IF YOUR DOG IS DEEMED DANGEROUS, HARMFUL, OR DISRUPTIVE, AVR HAS SOLE DISCRETION TO REQUIRE YOU TO FIND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS OR CALL ANIMAL CONTROL IF NECESSARY. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.
Arapaho Valley Ranch is BYOB for camping guests.
Our historic lodge contains the famous Red Dog Saloon, Colorado’s Smallest Bar! Red Dog Saloon is a legally operating licensed bar serving beer, wine, and liquor. We would love your support during your stay, but you are welcome to bring your own alcohol.
Our liquor license involves the entire lodge when our bar is open, so you cannot bring your own alcohol anywhere in the lodge during open bar hours. NO UNDERAGE DRINKING.
Due to the distance from local fire services, we have strict rules on fires at AVR, and often there are fire bans – make sure you have read all our detailed rules and regulations. Fire bans are regulated by the county and we follow all county guidelines. If there is a fire ban in place during your stay we will let you know when you arrive and we have signs placed throughout the ranch notifying guests of these bans. Here is a helpful link if you would like to check on fire bans before you visit:
With our close proximity to the National Forest, our property and guests are at a greater risk of fire.
Fires are only allowed in designated fire pits. AVR sells firewood in our store, or you can bring your own pre-bundled. NEVER leave fires unattended; fires must be fully extinguished before going to sleep or leaving your site for any reason!
AVR is always in Stage I – which means no open fires set on the ground. If the county enters STAGE II, there are no fires allowed, even in our designated fire pits. Propane camping stoves or smaller propane fire pits are permitted under stage II bans. As Colorado is often under fire bans, it is your responsibility to pay attention to fire bans in our area and plan accordingly. If fire bans are in effect, we do not offer refunds
ABSOLUTELY NO FIREWORKS EVER!
We have a small store where we sell ice, firewood, t-shirts, snacks, candy, drinks, basic need items, and various camping items guests might forget. Store hours vary and will be posted on the front door.
AVR has limited WIFI services available at the lodge. We recommend completely unplugging for your stay to fully enjoy your surroundings and the people you’re here with. However, if you need to check emails or make calls, we will have service at the lodge. We have limited bandwidth, so no streaming movies, videos, or games are allowed.
If there is an emergency, we can help you contact whomever you need. Cell service is minimal. The best service by far seems to be Verizon.
Getting to Arapaho Valley Ranch
We are 9 miles down County Road 6, it is a well-maintained dirt road that winds along Lake Granby. Please use caution driving on this road. There are significant drop offs without guard-rails.
The best speed to drive on this road is 25 mph and the scenery is gorgeous. Drivers taking pictures and sightseeing should pull over safely to do this. We do not recommend driving this road at night, but if it is necessary, slower speeds are recommended. At the beginning of this road you will see signs that discuss purchasing a pass to drive and park on this road. You do not need to
purchase this pass to drive to our property, unless you want to drive up to Monarch Lake and park there, or park near Lake Granby to fish. Making “quick” run to the store is a pretty long adventure.
We recommend coming prepared with what you need before you get here, but of course we forget things sometimes, so if you need anything, just ask –we are usually in and out of town regularly and are much more used to the long dirt road than most.
Arapaho Valley Ranch is located 45 minutes from the nearest emergency and Fire departments. Granby is 17 miles away, and contains the nearest grocery store. Grand Lake is 20 miles away. If any of your guests have medical problems, special needs, etc., please plan accordingly.
Here is a link to the contact page of our website. We recommend following these directions rather than trusting GPS. Following the instructions here will get you right to out gate.