It's been 10 years since being a vacationer at NFR. Obviously time may have changed the way things are now run at the ranch, and that obviously should be taken into consideration when planning a return trip- but I felt we needed to share what we experienced, so others can at least take it into consideration when making plans to vacation at this particular dude ranch.
The scenery and food were great- in fact, superb. However, our experiences were anything but fun- in fact attitude meant everything at NFR.
After doing hospice care for a dying relative, going to a dude ranch in one of the most beautiful parts of the country seemed like the best retreat possible. It was for the most part comfortable, as long as we kept our distance from Dean, (Karen & Dean owners of NFR). His negative attitude and spoiled rotten behavior about his health, paying vacationers, weather and employees was just rotten, and anything but hospitable. Trying to avoid the negativity at NFR deemed impossible and clearly after several days we noticed how Dean's attitude had effected everyone who worked at NFR, including his wife, Karen, and those of us who were paying guests.
Weeks after our vacation at NFR we received a newsletter Karen had written that went on to describe how sick Dean had become and how his pneumonia and mono had effected everything. It's very unfortunate he had become so ill, but after caring for a dying relative and witnessing her incredible positive attitude about life and death, and then witnessing a grown man's spoiled rotten attitude about his own health and making it everyone's problem at the time, years later has given me and my family much thought as to what his attitude would be like now that he's ten years older.
Age mellows some people, others it makes rotten. I wonder what Dean is like today? We don't think we want to find out, but if we do- we'll surely write another review from a fresh perspective.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to life at North Fork Ranch a premier guest ranch and fishing lodge. Established in 1985, this family oriented ranch rests on a half mile of private river, the North Fork of the South Platte. One hour from Denver, in the majestic Rocky Mountains, you'll find horseback riding, whitewater rafting, world class fly fishing, campfire, intimate accommodations, dining with a gourmet flare and activities for all ages! **Colorado's Newest, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Lodge** ... more less