view of ranch house from pondWood fired Hot tub
Buffalo Ranch & Guest House

Entire home/apt

10 guests

5 bedrooms

5 beds
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Stunning landscape, buffalo roaming, make yourself at home on a friendly ranch! New appliances in kitchen, stove/oven dishwasher, fridge. Fireplace, campfire, roam ranch, river frontage, wildlife, 360 mtn & glacier views. Beautiful wood fired Hot Tub and Super Host status!

The space

When you stay on the ranch you are also helping me save a breeding herd of buffalo. Please feel at home. Thousands of people from all over the world support our educational buffalo tours and they are number #1 of 64 'Things To Do' in Golden. From mid May to mid October, a free buffalo tour is included in your stay when you join in on any tour in progress. In winter, tours are by prior arrangement, feel free to ask about how those work. Guests are free to wander the ranch and view and photograph the buffalo and other wildlife freely. p.s. It is very quiet here, tour guests park at the barn and walk down the driveway to my cabin deck.

Guest access

Guests have access to wander the ranch, view the buffalo, pristine river frontage on the glacier fed Blaeberry River. You can have a campfire at the river at most times. You can enjoy a beautiful wood fired Hot Tub surrounded by snow and mountains. Guests are all invited to feel at home, wander the ranch and view the buffalo. Snowshoe, ski or walk. The ranch is set in a big meadow with 360 degree breathtaking views of the mountains.
note* please see house rules for liability waiver that applies to all guests

Interaction with guests

I am very happy to share about the buffalo with guests, although sometimes ranch responsibilities don't give me a lot of time. We hope to be offering private Dog Sled rides by arrangement on and from the ranch this coming winter.

Other things to note

The ranch house will be open and ready for you upon arrival. We will give you the lay of the land, and point out the trail to the river etc. There are horse rides a few minutes up the valley and a long list of fun and wonderful things you can do in the surrounding area. We are in the heart of the parks and the Blaeberry Valley is like the park with hardly any people.
Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Leo Downey
WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

DEFINITIONS:

"Activity" means any activity sponsored by Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co., including transportation to and from such an Activity;

"Staff" means all volunteers, directors, employees, or contractors working with Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co.

"NEGLIGENCE" includes the negligence of the Staff or other participants on a Activity or both the Staff and other participants.

In consideration of the Staff and Organizers allowing me to participate in an Activity as part of Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co, and for other good and valuable consideration, I agree as follows:

ASSUMPTION OF RISKS

I accept all the dangers and risks inherent in outdoor activities including but not limited to the hazards presented by changeable weather, wild animals, and the possibility of becoming lost or separated from other participants or the guide(URL HIDDEN)RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND WAIVER OF CLAIMS

1) I hereby agree to WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS that I or any other person may have against the Staff and Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co arising out of my participation in an Activity.

2) I hereby agree to RELEASE the Staff and Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury including death that I may suffer as a result of my participation in a Activity, DUE TO ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, OR BREACH OF ANY STATUTORY OR OTHER DUTY OF CARE.

I hereby agree that this AGREEMENT shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns, representatives and all other parties seeking to claim under or through me in the event of my death(URL HIDDEN)

This AGREEMENT shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Any litigation involving the parties to this AGREEMENT shall be brought within the Province of British Columbia.


The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 5
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Doorman

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: 25 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 30
Security Deposit: 200
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Please leave the ranch house as clean as when you arrived as possible. Have fun! The wifi is free and has no pw, but please watch movies on low res and please do not upload big files. The security deposit is for extra cleaning or damage or stains on the carpet and things like that that cost money to clean or replace. No shoes in house, please be very careful of candles, only use them with an enclosed container. No pets. Fire wood is supplied for the fireplace in the living room and for the fire pit outside,and for the wood fired hot tub. Please don't waste it though. Fires should not be any bigger than needed. Kindling is supplied. Please only use as much kindling as it takes to light the fire, a small handful and some paper. There are night lights. Please turn other lights off if you're not using them. If you find the main gate closed or a rope across the driveway, please open it, drive through, and close it behind you.
Hot Tub Rules:
You use the hot tub at your own risk and it is your responsibility to use it safely and without damaging it. Always check the temperature carefully before you get in it. it can be hotter at the top than the bottom. A few stirs fixes that. It is Extremely Important that the water level never drops below the top of the fire box, for instance if six big people crammed into the tub and then all got out, the water level might drop below the fire box, then it will melt. Normally you shouldn't have to ad water, and I try and help monitor the hot tub when it's not in use and while not disturbing your privacy, but if you should need to ad water there is a hose available for that in the basement. Another things is, if you ad wood to the fire box, never pile it in there higher than the tubes that run across the inside top of the fire box. basically the wood should not be higher than about a foot or so from the bottom. I'll show you how the hot tub works when you arrive.
*Booking the ranch house means that you have read and agree to all terms
"Activity" means any activity sponsored by Sanctuary Retreat or Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co., including transportation to and from such an Activity;
"Staff" means all volunteers, directors, employees, or contractors working with Sanctuary Retreat or Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co.
"NEGLIGENCE" includes the negligence of the Staff or other participants on a Activity or both the Staff and other participants.
In consideration of the Staff and Organizers allowing me to participate in an Activity as part of Sanctuary Retreat or Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co, and for other good and valuable consideration, I agree as follows:
My personal information will remain secure and never be shared with any third party.
ASSUMPTION OF RISKS
I accept all the dangers and risks inherent in outdoor activities including but not limited to the hazards presented by changeable weather, wild animals, and the possibility of becoming lost or separated from other participants or the guide.
Your personal information will never be shared with third parties.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND WAIVER OF CLAIMS
1) I hereby agree to WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS that I or any other person may have against the Staff and Sanctuary Retreat or Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co arising out of my participation in an Activity.
2) I hereby agree to RELEASE the Staff and Sanctuary Retreat or Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Co from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury including death that I may suffer as a result of my participation in a Activity, DUE TO ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, OR BREACH OF ANY STATUTORY OR OTHER DUTY OF CARE.
I hereby agree that this AGREEMENT shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns, representatives and all other parties seeking to claim under or through me in the event of my death.
This AGREEMENT shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Any litigation involving the parties to this AGREEMENT shall be brought within the Province of British Columbia.
NAME OF PARTICIPANT _____________________________________
SIGNATURE OF PARTICIPANT _____________________________________


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

Availability
On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

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Anna User Profile
August 2017
This is such a special place to stay. The buffalo tour was amazing. We also spent some time down by the river - it was secluded and peaceful with amazing mountain views. We can't wait to come back!

Christian User Profile
August 2017
Leo is friendly, and the ranch feel is real. Bison grazing out our side windows in the morning! He welcomed us as overnighters, and gave a few tips on our short stay. Stunning scenery of course!!

Teri User Profile
August 2017
This Buffalo Ranch is awesome! The location is great, the buffalo tour is interesting, watching the buffalo is very interesting, soaking in the wood fired hot tub in the evening - superb, and the hike to the glacier fed river is stunning! We highly recommend this as a place to stay and we hope to return one day.

Nate User Profile
August 2017
Secluded location with great views of the tranquil surroundings. A nice location, removed from the busyness of Banff, Lake Louise, and Canmore. We stayed most of our days here on our honeymoon when we visited the Canadian Rockies area.

Taryn User Profile
July 2017
Basic accommodations in a fantastic setting and warm, personal interaction with Leo. The guest house meets the needs, but this stay is not about the house. Spend time on the porches, in the fields, and by the river. The mountains are magnificent and the town of Golden is 10-15 minutes away. The buffalo tour and ranch are interesting and unique. Leo is a believer, he's passionate about his vision, and he's a delight to spend time with and get to know. He has great recommendations for locals-only hikes. Stay here, please.
Leo User ProfileLeo is a superhost.
Response from Leo:
Thank you guys so much for staying us. You were such a pleasure to have here and the girls were so happy, funny, smart and well behaved! Beautiful families! :) I hope you'll come back and see Chester Jr get as big as his dad.
July 2017

Stephanie User Profile
July 2017
We loved our stay at Leo's ranch. The house was spacious and had everything we needed. We soaked in the hot tub while enjoying the view of mountains. The buffalo tour was very interesting. Leo is so knowledgeable about the buffalo and surroundings. We will be back to see Chester Jr. when he is full grown.
Leo User ProfileLeo is a superhost.
Response from Leo:
Thank you Stephanie!! :) I can't wait to show you Chester Jr when he's HUGE!!! hahhahahaha You guys are always welcome here.
July 2017

Robert User Profile
July 2017
A truly unique location. If you are looking to get away from it all I can't think of a better place. Staff were also fantastic. Just like staying next to friends.
Leo User ProfileLeo is a superhost.
Response from Leo:
Thank you!!! Robert :) You're always welcome!!
July 2017

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