Welcome to Phipps La Garita Ranch.
In 2013 we are open for the rental of cabins, guest suites and lodge rooms through VRBO exclusively. 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 7 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, 4 lakes, 3 ponds, Allan’s Alley and Senator’s Creek—all private, pristine trout habitat for testing your casting skills with or without the assistance of a professional guide.
By special arrangement with local wranglers, our guests can enjoy awesome horseback rides or hiking 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 far below. 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 and Waldorf Cabins, (each with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, living rooms, kitchens, fireplaces and decks); the Pierre and Plaza cabins (each with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, living rooms, kitchens, fireplaces and decks); 1 Lodge suite (with living room, but no kitchen), and five other luzury double bedrooms in the Lodge (each with its own bath). 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, going on a cattle drive with a local rancher, plunging down the Rio Grande in a raft, playing 18 holes of golf at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, 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, 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 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.
We are an intimate, friendly, family-oriented ranch celebrating our 105th year. We may be small and may not charge like the rest, but we will take the time to focus on the quality of your stay here, and make it an experience you will hardly forget.
For reservations PLEASE GIVE US A CALL at 719-658-2239 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