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"Smith Fork Dude Ranch,"from Colorado Expression Magazine, August/September 2006

In the dude ranch heyday of the 1920s and 1930s, wealthy East Coast couples with their offspring in tow loved to hightail it out West to play summer buckeroo in the wide open spaces. They'd gather at the great guest ranches of the high country to horseback ride, fish and laze away the days in the crisp mountain air far from civilization.

Though the old places are mostly gone now, a slice of the authentic dude experience is still alive and well at Smith Fork Ranch, which actually began life as a guest ranch in the 1930s.