Welcome to Phipps La Garita Ranch.
In 2014 we are open for the rental of cabins, guest suites and lodge rooms through VRBO. We are a 1,882-acre breath-taking jewel in Colorado’s mountain crown, cradled on three sides by the Rio Grande National Forest and the La Garita Wilderness Area seven miles south of Creede, Colorado.
Purchased in 1908 by Senator Lawrence C. Phipps (a partner of Andrew Carnegie), the Ranch has been a second home to five generations of our family. Guests at the Ranch have included General “Black Jack” Pershing, President Dwight Eisenhower, (Pictured below with Graham and Tony Phipps in 1948) Walt Disney, and Supreme Court Justice Byron White. Since 1956 we have enjoyed enduring friendships with more than 90 families from all over the US and Europe who have returned generation after generation to enjoy our wonderful facilities and stunning scenery.
We are known for our superb trout fishing. We offer 2-1/2 private miles of blue-ribbon Rio Grande, 3-1/2 miles of Bellows Creek, four lakes, three ponds, Allan’s Alley and Senator’s Creek—all private, pristine trout habitat for testing your casting skills (with or without the assistance of our professional angling guide).
By special arrangement with our wrangler, our guests can enjoy awesome horseback rides or choose to hike by themselves through lupin-laden forests of aspen, spruce and fir–trips likely to silence even the noisiest mind with spectacular views of the Continental Divide and the Rio Grande valley. For the more adventuresome, all-day rides to the Wheeler Geologic Area 5-1/2 miles above the Ranch can be arranged.
We provide a diversity of outstanding accommodations that include the Phipps House (5 bedrooms, 4-1/2 baths); the Ritz, Biltmore, Waldorf, Pierre and Plaza Cabins, (each with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, living rooms, kitchens, fireplaces and decks); one Lodge suite (with living room,and microwave but no kitchen), and five other luxury double bedrooms in the Lodge (each with its own bath). In addition we offer another small suite, the Stardust, that has a livingroom, microwave and small refrigerator; and two other bunkhouse bedrooms (Angler’s Roost and Trout Nook). (For details see www.vrbo.com/373663 and http://www.vrbo.com/385177.
In addition to fishing, riding, hiking and swimming, guests of all ages can find themselves in a friendly game of horseshoes, mountain biking up to Hansen Sawmill, photographing local wildlife, enduring a round-robin game of ping-pong after dinner, plunging down the Rio Grande in a raft or kayak, playing 18 holes of golf at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork (20 minutes away), or jeeping up to the silver mines above Creede.
Phipps La Garita Ranch has hosted numerous special events—family reunions, weddings, art workshops, fishing clinics, corporate retreats, educational seminars, business meetings,mother/daughter weekends, health and fitness weeks.—an endless palette of opportunities to paint memories, to learn the meaning of place, and to become more ourselves.
We are part of a dynamic community. Against the fabulous backdrop of its rowdy silver-mining past, the nearby town of Creede thrives as an unpretentious blend of Old West and new with art galleries, the nationally known Creede Repertory Theater, the Underground Mining Museum, great restaurants, rafting companies, fishing supplies, jewelry stores, museums, jeep tours, mushroom forays, pack trips, mining competitions and numerous other events throughout the summer. For more information check www.creede.com/
We are an intimate, friendly, family-oriented ranch celebrating our 106th year. We may be relatively small, but we will take the time to focus on the quality of your stay here, and to help make your visit an experience you will find unforgetable.
For reservations PLEASE GIVE US A CALL at 719-658-2239 (9 A.M. – 4 P.M. summer or winter; For Phipps House reservations Call 303-596-7447 Winter and/or Summer.
FROM THE GUEST BOOKS…
“…I have had numerous fishing trips at various places in Colorado, but at none have I had more fun and real enjoyment, both in the surroundings and in the company, than I had at La Garita. Sincerely,” –Dwight D. Eisenhower, 30 August 1948
“…our grandchildren’s first trip to the Ranch. A great start for the fourth generation at the Ranch. Good food, good weather and great fishing!” — Pete and Susy, 7/18/08
“The most beautiful place on earth in our eyes. It’s always a wonderful homecoming when welcomed by your family here. We will miss you all. It is our hope to be able to return for many, many years to come.” –Brent, Laurie and Alex, 8/8/09