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Elk Mountain Ranch

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13000 CR 185B, Buena Vista, CO 81211
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Elk Mountain Ranch is set high in the Rockies with wondrous views of the Collegiate Peaks. While the wildlife and vistas make the setting magnificent, it is the people that make the experience special. Tom and Sue Murphy, the ranch owners, do a tremendous job getting their staff ready to receive each week’s guests. Everyone is extremely polite and ready... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I arrived at Elk ranch Solo, but was soon part of Tom & Sue's " Family" which included everybody on the Ranch, guests and the TEAM consisting of expert wranglers who ensured safe riding over exciting trails with awesome views. The food, served with a smile, was varied and enjoyable. Other activities, included ,Trapshooting, rifle shooting, Archery, Horse shoes, Fishing.... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thanks Ken, Wow what an honor to have you with us to celebrate your 85th birthday. It was a pleasure to have you with us. You are certainly good company. Here's to 86! Cheers. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Tom and Sue will provide you with the holiday of a lifetime. This was a holiday my wife had wanted to do for years and has been riding for 5 years, but I had never been on a horse. It didn't matter. After an hour or so's orientation from Tom I was on a horse. The horses are so well... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

What a pleasure to have you and your family with us. From the birthday celebration hat on Sunday to through out the week you had us all laughing with your wonderful sense of humor. We are happy that we were able to get you comfortable on the horses and had you cantering by the end of the week. The riding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

What a wonderful experience. The owners and staff are all top notch. We had the best vacation ever. I doubt we will ever be able to top it.. Not to mention all of the great home cooked food.... We cannot wait until our next trip here.

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure to show a Floridian our beautiful neck of the woods. Thank you again for coming to the ranch. We hope to see you soon. More 

Beavercreek, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We had an incredible vacation with our daughter (age 4). This was our 2nd trip to Elk Mountain and we cannot recommend it enough! The ranch and surrounding national forest is beautiful. Tom & Sue are wonderful hosts and the staff is amazing – friendly, enthusiastic, and attentive. There are many activities to choose from – horseback riding, shooting, whitewater... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

What an honor to have you all back at the ranch... and better yet with your daughter. We are so happy that she enjoyed the children's program. We look forward to your return with all of you riding out on the trail. Happy trails until we see you again. More 

Concho, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We had never been to a dude ranch before. We have owned horses most of our lives, until recently. Really missing them decided on this vacation. I picked EMR by reading all the other reviews. I never read one bad review and decided this was the ranch of choice. It was everything I expected and more. From the moment we... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

We are anxiously awaiting your return to the ranch next year for the adult's only week. We were thrilled that you chose us for your first dude ranch experience and that we will get to see you next year. Until then,....Happy Trails. More 

Winter Haven, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

My husband and I spent a week at Elk Mountain Ranch on the last week of their season, adults only. The views were incredible, the cabins were perfect and very clean, the staff and owners were amazing - they make you feel like family (in a good way) and guest service is out of this world! Everyone is very friendly... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

We are so happy that we were able to exceed your expectations. It was an honor and pleasure to have you and your husband with us at the ranch for our adults only week. It is so easy to take care of such wonderful people and guests. We hope to see you soon. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

It has been my dream to visit a guest ranch for many years and I can honestly say that EMR was the perfect dream. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome, being greeted by name by Sue, Tom and all the staff as we met them. The setting is superb with stunning scenery all around,... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

We thank you for such a lovely review. Your family was an absolute joy to have at the ranch. It was a pleasure to serve you and really enjoyed all your company. It means so much to us that we were able to please your diverse family interests. We look forward to your return. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My visit to EMR was not only my first visit to a guest ranch, but my first trip alone so I was a little anxious as to how it would all go but from the minute I arrived I was warmly greeted and made to feel at ease and more than welcome! Tom and Sue have done an amazing job... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for your faith in us for your first solo trip across the pond. We enjoyed our rides and conversations with you and the moose on the trip back to the airport was an added treat. We are so happy that we were able to fulfill all your expectations. We look forward to your return. Cheers. More 

eastern Mass.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I've been to other guest ranches and they all have their moments, but Elk Mountain was one Big Moment. The owners are super horseman/women, cooks are great, wranglers delightful and competent. The cabin was most comfortable and the rides well modulated for skills and safety. I did go on adult week but gather that people bringing kids would have an... More 

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

We are happy to be your "ranch of choice". It is a great honor to know that you have been to many other ranches and choose to return to us. It was an honor and pleasure to have you and we look forward to see you next year! More 

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