The Bates Family over the years have owned several highly successful and award winning guest ranches and decided once again they wanted to find another ranch, a really special one. They did just that! Mill Creek Ranch and Resort is located on the historic old west Hoagland Stagecoach Stop for the Barlow and Sanderson Stagecoach Line and the northern branch of the Old Santa Fe Trail. You will see a few original buildings from the 1800s? still standing on the property. You will be transported back in time when you arrive and enter the reproduction of an old west town on this incredible property of 320 acres.
The ranch was acquired in the spring of 2016 and the business plan has been evolving since then. After many hours of market research and discussions with professionals in the shooting industry it was realized that there was a tremendous opportunity to create a unique guest ranch and shooting facility combination. Demand for personal protection training and interest in shooting sports is quite high and continues to grow. There are plenty of tactical firearms training facilities throughout the U.S., but there are VERY few full-service resorts that offer world class firearms instruction as well. This is when the plan for Mill Creek Shooting Resort first took form.
At Mill Creek it is our goal to offer the best of both worlds. Guests are able to immerse themselves in the guest ranch experience with horseback riding, hiking, UTVs, white water rafting, zip lining, technical rock climbing and much more. At the same time we offer our guests the opportunity to learn to shoot the best custom made rifles in the country long distances, to polish and perfect their handgun shooting skills and to challenge themselves with carbine rifles. The excitement and sense of accomplishment that comes with hearing your first impact of a steel target at 1000, 1500 yards or even a mile will never be forgotten. We can help you make that happen!!
We have assembled a team of the most prominent long distance, carbine and pistol instructors you will find anywhere. They have trained elite Special Forces, law enforcement and some of the top competition shooters in the country and and around the world. It should be noted however, that they also have a passion for sharing the basics with inexperienced shooters just as much as the avid enthusiast. Do plan to join us for an instructional class, private instruction, a family vacation or a company outing where you can do it all. You may shoot as much or as little as you wish, ride horses, enjoy the rapids on the Arkansas River or just plain relax and enjoy the great Colorado outdoors.
With your guidance we will be able to offer you the experiences of a lifetime!