Oleo Ranch
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Frequently Asked Questions

Location: Oleo is located off of Highway 149 north of Creede between mile marker 56 and 57. The entrance will be before the start of Slumgullion Pass and Rambouillet Creek. You will see the Oleo Ranch sign from the highway.  From the highway, you will need to drive a mile or so down a gravel road before you see the ranch on the left.

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/5OZLG

Miles From:
Lake City, CO – 17
Creede, CO – 36
Gunnison, CO – 72
Denver, CO – 272
Albuquerque, NM – 303

 Weather: Average temperatures are around 70 during day and 30 at night. Short rain storms often roll in, but it is usually just a quick storm.

 Altitude: Oleo is at 10,500 feet. It may take a day to get acclimated to the altitude. Drink plenty of water before coming up and continue when at the ranch. Some people may benefit from getting a high altitude medicine from their doctor or a homeopathic version from their all natural grocer to prevent altitude sickness.

Electricity: There is no electricity at the ranch. Everything runs off of propane.  So this means no outlets or plugs to charge any device or run anything that requires electricity.

Water: The water for the ranch comes directly from a mountain spring and is tested each year, is clean tasting and safe to drink.

Hot water: Each cabin has a standard water heater, just like you find in most homes.

TV/Internet/Cell Phones/WIFI : None of these items can work off of propane (thankfully) so no to all.  Some people are able to get cell service off the highway but this is not a guarantee.

Generators: we do not allow generators to be run at any time. This is to keep the noise down.

Lights: The lights work off of propane and are turned on by a lever and using a match (we provide matches) Very simple operation. If you plan on reading at night you should bring a book light.

Heater: There is a wall heater in each cabin in the living room, but the cabins retain heat well and you may not need the heater.

Kitchen: The kitchen has a 4 burner stove/oven, freezer top refrigerator (which is not full size), and full size sink but no dishwasher.

Utensils, pots/pans, glasses and dishes: Each cabin has everything you need. You may want to bring some sturdy paper plates as it is all hand washing/drying.

Coffee: Coffee is brewed using a percolator. If you are not familiar with this type of brewing please see the links below:

* Percolator overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_percolator
* How to brew: http://www.howtobrewcoffee.com/percolator.htm

Some people may  prefer to bring their own French coffee press.

FOOD and Grocery stores: : YOU WILL NEED TO BRING IN ALL OF YOUR FOOD. Alamosa and Gunnison will have your large grocery stores where you can stock up on perishables, ice, beer, wine and liquor there. Dry ice is also great for keeping your coolers cold longer, if you can find it at the larger grocery stores.   Creede will have a grocery store (36 miles) but higher prices and very limited selections. Lake City (17 miles) has a grocery store as well, but with the same situation as Creede. There is a bare bones convenience store at Freemon’s General Store (over Spring Creek pass on the way to Creede) and they serve great hamburgers and ice cream (cash only!)

Grills: Each cabin has a gas grill on the deck.

How does food stay cool: There is a fridge in each cabin, but it is smaller than normal. If your stay is only a couple days you will be just fine. If you have a big party or are staying longer, then we suggest bringing in some coolers and ice. The ice will stay frozen if the coolers are kept outside.

Suggested food items (stuff you may not think about while the temps are in the 100’s where you are): hot chocolate mix (marshmallows), tea, coffee, spices (salt and pepper are in the cabins already), cooking oil.

Also water boils at a lower temperature at this altitude compared to sea level. This can alter cooking times for some dishes like pastas and beans. You will also need to make adjustments to baking using high altitude guidelines:


Good Meals: Pretty much everything will taste good up there, but here are a few suggestions that always seem to work well:
Breakfast – eggs, sausage, blueberry pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, etc.
Lunch – sandwiches, soups
Dinner – steaks, grilled chicken, spaghetti, baked potatoes, chili, corn bread, etc.

It is also suggested to pre-make casseroles and soups at home, then freeze them in foil casserole pans or Ziploc bags.  They make great ice packs as well.

Bathroom: The bathrooms have walk in showers, sink and a toilet.  You will need to bring your own shampoo/conditioner/lotion/soap. Hand soap is provided.

Bath and dish towels, paper towels, and toilet paper: all are provided.

Cleaning supplies: dishwashing soap, garbage bags are provided.

Fireplace and wood: each cabin has a fireplace and there will be wood provided on your deck. If splitting is needed, each cabin will have an ax and chopping block.

Suggested Clothes: normal cool weather clothes. It can get very cold in evenings and early morning.  Expect 30’s even in July.  Rain gear and mud boots if you plan to fly fish in river.  Layering is best at these altitudes.

Other suggested items: batteries flashlight, binoculars, camera, lightweight fishing gear, sunscreen, lip balm, books and magazines, deck of cards/games/puzzle, First aid kit.  We provide blankets but your own sleeping bag is a cozy addition.  Without the internet it is possible to finish a book so bring that one you been planning on reading for some time now. If you use a Kindle or IPAD, download your material before coming to the ranch.  A small portable battery bank/charger to charge your device, portable speaker with downloaded music.  Remember, there is no internet or WIFI to download.

Fishing on the Ranch: You do need a fishing license over the age of 16.  You can purchase a fishing license at Freemon’s General Store or a one of the few fly fishing shops in Lake City.  Please see state website for how to buy license –


There are 5 ponds on the ranch that will provide great fishing by either using a fly rod or a basic rod/reel set up. There is a worm farm by the old corral next to the Willows cabin, if you choose to use a hook. We urge “catch and release” but keeping a few for dinner is always ok. Fly or spin fishing is also available in the small Cebolla Creek that runs through the ranch. Many streams and lakes are in the area nearby as well and the Rio Grande close by.

Area attractions: For area things to do, scenic drives, outdoor recreation, and much more info about the Lake City / Creede area please see the Lake City and Creede website at – https://lakecity.com/   –  https://www.creede.com/

ATV’s: We do not allow ATV’s to be driven on the ranch property. You can park your trailer in the barn area, and trailer them to the many trailheads in the area. Be sure and get the required permit by the state of Colorado.

SMOKING:  All cabins are non-smoking.  You may smoke outdoors, please safely dispose of and distinguish smoking material.

OUTDOOR FIRES:  Not allowed.

DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS:  Not allowed on Oleo Property

WILDLIFE: You are in the great, grand outdoors.  You will see deer, chipmunks, birds, marmots and even moose.  You may get lucky and see Elk or a bear.  Remember, do not feed or engage with the wildlife.  Do not approach them.  Take pictures from afar.  DO NOT LEAVE BAGS OF TRASH ON YOUR PORCH AS THIS MAY ATTACT ANIMALS AND DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS.


  • $20 per dog, per night, with a $200 damage deposit per dog, at time of check-in. Deposit check will be destroyed after cabin is cleaned, if no damage occurs.
  • Limit of 2 dogs per cabin. Dogs over 75 lbs. must have approval of management at time of reservation. You must bring a plastic or metal dog kennel for your dog when you are away from cabin.  Pets must ALWAYS be secured inside the kennel when the cabin is unoccupied.
  • If your dog is one that barks at anything that moves, flies or walks, they will not be accepted.
  • Dogs must be kept under control at all times. When your dog is around others, it is expected to be on a leash.  If management asks you to have your dog on a leash, it is expected for you to do so promptly.  We have extra leashes on site at the managers cabin.
  • Bring your own poop bags and dispose of dog poop properly.
  • Renter is expected to clean cabin of all dog hair before leaving.
  • When registering at check in, the pet owner agrees to abide by the Oleo Ranch Pet Policy. You are responsible for any damage or injury caused by your pet and must absolve Oleo Limited of any liability resulting from your pets actions.


  • A growing number of people are now bringing their horses with them. You are very welcome to bring your horse and there is NO CHARGE for using our facilities. You will be asked to sign a waiver.
  • Your horse is welcome here if she or he is healthy and well mannered. No stallions or mare/foalpairs. Horses from out of state must have proof of a negative Coggins and a Health Certificate within the last six months.
  • Remember that we have other guests here, some of whom are small children, some of whom sometimes find their way down to the corrals without parental supervision. Oleo Ranch cannot be liable for the behavior of guest children, nor can we be liable for the behavior of your animals. There may be legal and liability issues if a guest child interacts with your horse and is injured.
  • We provide an open corral with fresh water, you are responsible for feed, hay, and all your horses care and tacking.
  • The adaptation to 10,500 feet elevation takes some humans by surprise, some horses too! If your horse is not in good physical condition, he or she may not be able to carry you on the trail without risking exhaustion or colic.
  • Don’t forget sun block or zinc oxide if your horse is white skinned.
  • There may be other guest horses and/or dogs here at the same time yours are here. The ranch cannot take any responsibility or liability for any negative experiences suffered by your horse because of other guest horses and/or dogs on the ranch.
    The ranch cannot be liable for any injury or illness that your horse sustains while here.
  • We are not veterinarians. We cannot treat your horse if she or he is injured or becomes ill. We can refer you to our local veterinarian Doc Howard, Creede Animal Clinic, 24251 Highway 149, Creede, CO 81130, 719-658-2614.

Rv’S, Trailers, ATV’s:

  • RV’s of any kind and trailers are not allowed at cabins for any reason. RV’s can only be parked at barn area and NOT USED AS SLEEPING QUARTERS FOR GUESTS OR VISITORS.  The manager will designate the parking area.
  • Horse trailers will be parked in area designated by manager. Trailers with sleeping quarters are not allowed to be used as such.
  • ATV’s, are not to be unloaded from trailers on Oleo Property. We do not allow them to be ridden on Oleo Property.  You are welcome to bring them and ride the many miles of trails in the area, but must trailer them to your unloading designation.  No parking of ATV’s on road that goes through Oleo Property.

Gasoline:  Nearest Gas station is in Lake City or Creede, so fill up before coming to the ranch.

Medical Assistance/Urgent Care: In case of an emergency while at Oleo, please go to the manager’s cabin.  They will be able to radio for help, (EMERGENCIES ONLY).  For all minor instances there is an urgent care – Lake City Area Medical Center, http://lcamc.net.

Oleo Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Oleo-Ranch-132190976807206/

Got a question?  We want your stay to be as enjoyable as possible so please do not hesitate to ask us anything.