Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather like?

May 15—June 15
Gets warm during the day. Approximately 65*F. When the sun goes down and into the night is starts cooling off. At night it might get down to 35*F in mid-May and down to about 45*F in mid-June.  It's always a good idea to wear layers. 

June 15—July 15
Quite a bit warmer in the daytime. Possible showers in the afternoon around 2:00 pm and last for almost an hour. Then the sun comes back out. Temperatures get up to about 75-80*F and down to around 45*F at night. 

July 15—August 15
The weather is similar to spring in Texas and California (minus the humidity). Maybe 80-85* (it has been as warm as 90*F) during the day with possible afternoon shower and down to 40-45*F at night.

August 15—Early September
Starting to cool off just a bit. Some days will still feel like late July here but it could be as cool as 75-80*F. The nights go back down, too. Maybe as low as 40*F in the evenings.

What do I bring to wear?

Check the weather conditions from the above questions. Keep in mind that it may rain during the afternoon or early evening. Jeans are definitely in order. Comfortable shoes or boots for walking or hiking. Boots with a heel is advisable for riding and a cowboy hat to keep the sun off of your face. Depending on when you come, a light jacket and/or a sweater will keep you warm in the evenings. Shorts during the day for the height of the summer. Layering your clothing is always a good bet.  And don't forget your bathing suit!

What airport is closest to Harmel's Ranch Resort?

Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (call letters GUC) is just 30 minutes from the ranch. We will be happy to come pick you up from there. Just give us a call to let us know the date and time you will be arriving.  

How far is the nearest town or hospital?

To get to Gunnison from the ranch, go seven miles west down Taylor Canyon Road (County Road 742) then south on highway 135 for 10.5 miles. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get there.

Are there any hiking trails close to the ranch?

There are too many trails for us to list. Stop by the store or office and pick up a print out of hiking trail descriptions of the surrounding trails.  They are listed easy, moderate, and difficult.  There are also maps for purchase in the store that have a lot of great trails throughout the entire valley.

Do you allow pets at the ranch?

Yes, we believe you should bring the whole family! This includes your pets. We ask that they be well-behaved and leashed while on ranch property. We are surrounded by 1.6 million acres of the Gunnison National Forest.  Please see our Pet Friendly page for more information.

Do you have fishing equipment for rent?

Yes, available in the gift store & fly shop. We have a variety of sizes of waders, boots, gravel guards, and fly rods (some spin casting rods) available for rent.

How old does my child need to be in order to ride horses?

We ask that your child be at least seven years old for trail rides. You can sign your six year old up for a lesson and ask the head wrangler to see how he/she handles the horse.  If your child "passes" according to Bode "Doc" or Gaelan McKee they can go on the trail at six years old.  However; we do allow four, five and six year olds to take horsemanship lessons at the stables.  These are offered once per day in the afternoon only.  And the wee ones can get a five min pony ride on one of our wonderful children's ponies scheduled at 10am or 2pm.  This gives them the chance to ride safely under the supervision of our experienced wranglers and gives you great photo opportunities!  Activities by appointment only - call or stop by to sign up at the office.

Do we really need a car for our stay at Harmel's?

No, you do not. Everything we say we offer is located right here on the ranch. If we pick you up from the airport and you plan on fishing, tell the driver to stop at the sporting goods store so you may buy a Colorado state fishing license.  We're also happy to stop by the grocery, liquor store, or any other place along the way.  Click to purchase a Colorado state fishing license online.

What day of the week do I need to start my vacation?

Any day of the week is just fine with us!

What plan is best for my family?

For the best way to make this decision - check out our Plan Comparison page for more information.

  • Standard Package --accommodations, use of facilities are included.  Other amenities like fishing permits, meals, and activities can be purchased ala carte.
  • Run of the Ranch Package  --breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.  Most all of our activities included along with airport transfers to and from Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. This is a great value if you're planning on an active vacation!

Are all of your trail rides "nose to tail"?

For the most part, yes. This is largely due to the terrain of the mountains. Don't worry, there are plenty of terrific vistas to check out. Harmel's advanced rides are, of course, more adventurous.  We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced rides going out daily.  Specify your riding ability upon signing-up at the office.

Do you offer discounted rates?

We have a 10% discount for active military.  There are also lower rates during our spring and fall seasons.  Check with the office for more specifics.  

Sorry, we do not offer group discounts.

Why do you offer off-season rates?

This is largely due to the cool night weather. We will not be offering nightly entertainment, hay rides, or cookouts at the chuckwagon grounds. This is to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Do I need a Colorado fishing license to fish Harmel's private waters?

Yes, you do, for adults 16 and up. However, we do not sell them in our store. You will need to stop by a sporting goods store to pick one up. If we pick you up from the airport and plan on fishing, please let the driver know you need to purchase your Colorado fishing license. Or you can click to purchase your CO license online.  Harmel's has the Private Fishing Permits available to fish our mile of the Taylor River.

How long does it take to get to Harmel's from Denver or Colorado Springs?

Approximately 3.5 to 4 hours from the Denver airport.  From Colorado Springs about 3.5 hours. Cottonwood Pass is a bit of a shortcut if you don't mind unpaved mountain roads. Monarch Pass will take you through Gunnison if you prefer a mellower, paved drive. This is the best way if you need to stop by the grocery, liquor store, or  Wal-Mart before coming to the ranch. Please see our Directions page for more information.

When is check-in and check-out time?

  • Check-in time is after 2:00pm
  • Check-out time is before 10:00am

What is the elevation at Harmel's?

We are at 8,412' in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.

What is your guest capacity?

We have 37 different cabins with the ability to sleep 150 guests comfortably. This does not include our hide-a-ways, roll-a-ways, or cribs.

Is there laundry facilities on the ranch?

Yes, it is located just down from our restaurant in the main strip. Open 24 hours a day. The machines, laundry soap & fabric softener are included with your stay.

What type of flies should I bring?

We have a great fly shop located in our store. Our guides keep it well stocked and will be able to assist you with exactly what you need to catch those wiley trout. However, if you have some to bring, we have some suggestions. The main stay choices are; stone flies, caddis, green drakes, copper johns, prince nymphs, and in the spring woolly buggers and egg patterns.  We have the common hatches of mayflies during the warmer time of the season.  Feel free to call and ask to speak to a fly guide at 1-800-235-3402.