WHAT-TO-KNOW Before You Go

The Diamond J Guest Ranch is about 8,250 feet above sea level, and 26 miles or 45 minutes from Basalt, Colorado. Our elevation and location off the beaten path are what make us so special and unique; they are also good reasons to come prepared for your stay. These are some tips to maximize your Diamond J vacation:

Suggested gear and clothing

• Bring casual outdoor clothing and footwear for all family members.
• Be prepared for rapid weather changes, with extra layers of clothing and outerwear, including rain gear. Fleece layers are a good idea, even in summer.
• Sunscreen and hat. Even when the temperature is mild, the rays of the sun at our elevation are intense.
• Extra socks.
• Day pack for day hikes and on-foot exploration, to carry your extra clothes, food and water.
• Water bottles or hydration pack.
• Fishing licenses, poles and tackle.

Suggested food list

Diamond J Ranch cabin guests often like to provision themselves for breakfasts, picnics and snacks. Kitchenettes in our medium and large cabins provide necessary items for simple meal preparation, and with a small refrigerator available there are some items that may make your stay more comfortable. Considering bringing:

• Cereal and breakfast food
• Sandwich and lunch fixings
• Snacks and beverages
• Cooler with ice


Diamond J Ranch is in the midst of the White River National Forest, a 2.3 million acre expanse of public land. If you keep a watchful eye on the way to the ranch you may catch glimpses of bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and possibly fox, coyote and turkeys. The occasional moose will amble into our territory. Birds of prey including eagles, hawks, osprey and owls live here. Jays, hummingbirds and a large variety of songbirds are right on site.

Other inhabitants of the forest include marmots, chipmunks, mice, raccoons, skunks and bear, who really like to visit the Diamond J if there’s a chance at an easy meal! Please be mindful of your food, trash and coolers and keep them inside your closed cabin or vehicle in order to keep these inhabitants of the forest at a safe distance. If you do chance to spot visiting wildlife, please look but do not touch or feed them.

Diamond J Ranch Information & Policies

For reservations Call 970-927-4188 between 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time, or make a request online.

Check in time is after 2:00 p.m. – Check out is by 11:00 a.m.

All rates are subject to Colorado sales tax.

Cash, Personal Checks, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted.

Ranch office hours are 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

For the enjoyment of all guests visiting the Diamond J, all facilities are non-smoking.

Pets are only allowed in strict compliance with our Pet Policy. Be sure and read before bringing your pet. Pets are welcome for a charge of $15.00 per night per pet, with a maximum of two pets.

Cell phone service, gasoline, fishing and hunting licenses are not available up the Frying Pan River valley beyond Basalt.

There are no guest laundry facilities.

Wireless internet connection is provided at the lodge. Bring your own laptop or tablet. The office computer is for staff use only.

Telephone service is available as well. We ask that our guests please bring a calling card for long distance conversations, or call collect.

A TV, VCR, and DVD are available for your enjoyment in the main lodge as well as a bar/lounge area with games, cards and videotapes.

Our bar is “Bring Your Own Beverage” (BYOB), so if you desire adult beverages please bring them with you to the ranch.

Information about horseback rides, rafting, fishing and hunting outfitters and other outdoor activities is available at the lodge.

Hagerman Pass (Continental Divide) and Crooked Creek Pass (Eagle/Thomasville Road) are closed in the winter. They are open in the summer, but when wet they are impassable. Check the weather before you set out on these routes.

No inhabiting (or use) of motor homes or campers on Diamond J property.

Pet Policy

At all times during a stay at the Diamond J Guest Ranch, guests with pets agree to comply with the following:

1. All pets must be registered at the time of check-in, with a fee of $15.00/pet per night, up to a maximum of $60.00/stay.

2. No more than two (2) pets are allowed in a cabin.

3. No pets are allowed in the lodge at any time, and all pets around the lodge must be leashed.

4. When outside of the cabins in other areas, pets must either be kept on a leash or under direct guest supervision at all times. Pets may not roam the property unless within the direct verbal and physical control of the guest.

5. Pets are not allowed on the furniture in any of the cabins, including beds or sofas.

6. Guests will promptly clean up after pets and dispose of all waste properly.

7. Guests shall prevent pet from causing any disruption or interference with the use and enjoyment of the property by other guests, including excessive barking. If another guest is fishing any pond on the property, pets may not enter the water.

July and August lodging parameters:

• One and two night stays are available in lodge rooms and/or small cabins