Blue Lake Ranch

16000 Hwy. 140, Durango, Colorado 81326
Innkeeper(s): Mark and Rikke Hansen
  • Mountain View Living Area

    Mountain View Living Area

  • The Cabin on the Lake

    The Cabin on the Lake

  • Upper Spring House Living Area

    Upper Spring House Living Area

  • Introduction

    Blue Lake Ranch Bed & Breakfast - Hesperus, ColoradoBlue Lake Ranch Bed and Breakfast is just 15 minutes from the bustling frontier town of Durango, Colorado, we're also just 30 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and 10 minutes to spectacular mountain activities and off-road adventure.

    Counted among the top bed and breakfast inns in the United States by Country Inns, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure, Blue Lake Ranch remains a quiet and affordable getaway-truly a place to regroup, renew, and rediscover.


    Magical Evenings in Colorado



    Located on 200 secluded acres with its own trout-filled lake, the Blue Lake Ranch is tucked in a spring fed valley well off the county road. Famous for its sumptuous breakfasts made from home-made recipes, spectacular gardens and mountain views the Ranch offers unparalleled year-round sensory delights, from the quiet of a winter's snowfall to the fragrance of 10,000 iris in summer bloom. Visit our website to purchase our heirloom (old fashioned) flower seeds and jams & honeys online.


    Ridgewood Event Center

    Our Ridgewood Event Center and Ranch House have become a favorite venue for elegant country weddings and receptions, and exclusive corporate events and retreats. Our event specialists will help you create a magical event!

    Whether you're visiting for a wedding, honeymoon, family reunion, company gathering, or your own personal retreat, Blue Lake Ranch Bed and Breakfast in Durango, Colorado invites you to share a luxurious, magical experience in a magnificent private setting.


    We welcome you to discover Blue Lake Ranch, where the beauty of our peaceful and private 200 acres and our lovingly tended gardens will nourish that longing for a simpler, unhurried way of life. Recognized as one of the best "hidden getaways" in the United States, the Ranch provides an unsurpassed setting, exclusive, yet comfortably appointed lodging, and a superb staff to make your stay in Southwest Colorado one of your fondest memories. Call us and let our friendly, knowledgeable staff assist you with your travel plans.

    Shirley & David Alford

    The Perfect Place For Your Morning Coffee

    A complimentary full Southwest style buffet breakfast is served daily in the Main Inn. In addition to fresh fruits, berries, cereals, yogurt, meats, cheeses and tamales, a Regional entree is prepared daily. Breakfast is topped off with fresh roasted coffee, teas and juices. Guests enjoy dining in the dining room or outdoors on the garden patio overlooking Blue Lake.

    Relax in the privacy of your accommodation furnished with down pillows and duvets, and a very comfortable bed. Guest rooms have telephones (some with shared lines), televisions, VCRs. We have over 100 complimentary movies, wireless Internet, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and grinders, bathrobes, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. We've even stocked each accommodation's pantry with fresh roasted coffee beans and a selection of teas. Let us know if there is anything else you may need for your stay and we will do our best to accommodate you.

    Nationally acclaimed for our extensive gardens and heirloom flowers, words fail to describe the beauty that surrounds you during your stay. We also sell our heirloom seeds in the gift shop.

    Our gift shop in the Ranch House offers snacks and beverages, our famous jams and honey, heirloom seeds, toiletries, books, handmade items from around the world, elaborate gift baskets and a selection of vintage Navajo rugs and gifts. Stop by and browse our collections of complimentary movies, including children's movies and educational videos.


    Please visit our Sister Inns: Don Gaspar Inn located in Santa Fe, New Mexico
    and Casa Blanca Inn on a bluff overlooking Farmington, New Mexico

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Candice Wood for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our guests are looking for a unique private getaway. We have 16 different types of accommodations ranging from southwest style casitas to rustic cabins, so we really have something for everyone.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our award winning garden. We have the Iris Festival the first weekend in June every year where we sell our heirloom bulbs.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Most people come to visit the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We are 30 minutes to Mesa Verde National Park. Durango has more fine dining restaurant per capita than San Francisco.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    One of the best compliments we ever received was that our photos online didn't do us justice. They were blown away by the beauty of our property.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Th best kept secret here is that we are just minutes from National Forests.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Travelers staying more than a weekend should take a train to Mesa Verde National Park. take a day trip to Silverton, visit Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park, and spend a day enjoying downtown Durango.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    No, we are located out in the country. We do have groomed trails on our property.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The Kennebec Cafe and The Palace Restaurant

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 16 different accommodations: Southwest Style Casitas, a Rustic Cabin, Victorian Country Style Rooms, and a Restored Barn. Our newest accommodation is The Riverhouse, a renovated large homestead cottage on the banks of the river and 80 acres.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.


  • Weddings/Special Events

    Ridgewood Event Center

    The Ridgewood Event Center celebrates another season as one of the regions top locations for weddings, workshops and celebrations of up to 150 people. Please call (970) 385-4537, and let us help you plan your special occasion.


    "Thank you so much. Our wedding and reception were beyond what we could have
    dreamed. The setting was breathtaking and your staff was great." ~ Jessica, bride

    The Ridgewood Event Center is located in scenic La Plata River Valley of southwestern Colorado, minutes from Durango and Cortez, Colorado and Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico. It's a breathtaking high country setting for Durango weddings and other special events. The tall windows of the Ridgewood's stone and pine structure offer panoramic views of snow capped mountains, green meadows, 100 year old cottonwoods, and acres of our flower gardens.


    "It was a pleasure working with you. Your staff and facilities helped us create an event that everyone will remember
    - one that exceeded our vision and fit our budget. We couldn't be happier." ~ Penny, mother of the bride

    In addition to 1,500 square feet of interior space with expansive 12' high ceilings, the Center has a 1,000 square foot covered portal. Our catering kitchen allows food to be kept at appropriate temperatures and served in professional style. Ridgewood is wheelchair accessible and has parking for up to 150 cars. Rental of the Ridgewood Event Center includes the use of our tables, maple chairs, all linens, glassware, silverware, and china. Our experienced staff is committed to making your event a success. After we meet with you to review your plans, we take care of all the details from setup to cleanup - we're there behind the scenes to make sure that everything runs smoothly.


    "The peaceful setting, the simple elegance, the attentive staff, and the great food all enabled us to do the work we came to do with ease and joy. An excellent retreat." ~ Karen, business owner

    We invite you or your event planner to tour our grounds and facilities. Call us at (970) 385-4537 to arrange an appointment.


  • How to Find Us

    MapDirections: To protect the privacy of our guests, there is no highway signage for the Ranch. Use your odometer to find our gravel driveway.

    From the North, East or West: Take Highway 160 to Hesperus. Go south on Highway 140 6.5 miles to find our driveway on the right.

    From the South: Go North on Highway 170 in New Mexico, which changes to Colorado Highway 140 at the state line. The Ranch is 16.9 miles north of the state line (0.9 miles north of the 16 mile marker). The driveway is on the left.


  • Handicap Accessible

    The Sunrise Casita

    This spacious Casita enjoys mountain views from its covered portal as well as the living room with fireplace, queen sofa bed and wetbar. The plantation shuttered bedroom has a king bed. The sunny bathroom has a walk-in shower and a whirlpool tub. Winter $155 - Spring $185 - Summer $225 - Fall $205