Tucked into the mountains just outside of Winter Park, CO is an amazingly peaceful, beautiful getaway you have to see to believe. Adding to its award-wining honors as a top eco-friendly year round ranch resort and spa, Devil’s Thumb Ranch was recently named one of the 2011 Best Hotels of the West and one of the top 25 weekend getaways by editors of Sunset magazine. It only takes one visit to see why!
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to escape for a night with some girlfriends and get away from it all. My only complaint? One night is not nearly long enough to enjoy all the wonderful things to do here. Just about a 90 minute drive from the Denver area though makes Devil’s Thumb Ranch the perfect weekend getaway. Just be sure to book at least 2 nights. Some of the activities my girlfriends and I enjoyed were yoga (unbelievable setting), horseback riding, cooking class, fly fishing, and of course, the spa! All of us left saying that we could have stayed there a week and still wouldn’t want to leave. I plan on bringing my family back as soon as possible.
More on my trip in the next few days but for now, here are the basics that you need to know to get started planning your getaway vacation.
Noted rates are subject to change, vary by room type, holiday season, and are per night based on double or maximum occupancy – visit devilsthumbranch.com for most current pricing.
- The Bunkhouse — from $83/night shared bath; $115/night private bath
- Main lodge guest rooms — from $260/night. I stayed here in a King bed with a fire place. It is perfect for a couple but I wouldn’t suggest it for a family. Go for the suites or cabins.
- Ridgetop cabins — from $315/night for a one-bedroom loft cabin; $475/night two bedroom cabins; $895/night four-bedroom cabins.
On-site 100+ km (65 miles) of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed and tracked trails, including 10km of dog-friendly/skijoring trails (skiing with your dog) with harnesses and quick release leashes available, 4km of lighted trails for night skiing (and monthly Full Moon skiing and snowshoeing), guided ski and snowshoe tours, campfire and horse feed sleigh rides, outdoor ice-skating, sledding and hockey, and outdoor hot tub. Yoga and Meditation classes are also offered throughout the week in the 2nd floor Ranch Creek Spa studio. Equipment, professional instruction and guide service for all ability levels available at the onsite Activity Center.
Nearby: Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Winter Park and SolVista at Granby Ranch ski areas, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and hot air ballooning.
Summer & Fall Recreation
On-site fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hay rides, swimming in heated indoor access/outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, guided mountain bike tours, nature and bird walks. Also offered are Performance Stability, Nordic Walking, yoga and Meditation classes, Outdoor Challenge Course, and guided fly-fishing excursions on the famed Colorado River and the Ranch’s own private stretch of the Fraser River.
Nearby: River rafting, golfing at three championship courses, hot air ballooning, scenic chair lift rides, alpine slide, 100+ mile mountain bike trail system, boating on Grand Lake and Lake Granby. Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake are 45 minutes west of the Ranch.
The main lodge and access to all of the building I saw is completely wheelchair accessible. What is wonderful is that accessibility wasn’t an afterthought here. Ramps blend beautifully and naturally into the environment. According to their media guide, four-bedroom Caroga Cabin is handicap accessible. Blue Sky and Ranch Creek cabins have just one or two small steps. Four additional rooms are ADA outfitted in the new main lodge. The Broad Axe Barn and main lodge have elevator service. Ranch Creek Spa is also ADA compliant. Lessons and instruction for disabled and limited mobility recreation enthusiasts are also available through the Activities Center.
*I was hosted for this weekend by Devil’s Thumb Ranch free of charge. Compensation did not influence my opinions in this article.