You have to search hard for a prettier place to have lunch than the Pine Creek Cookhouse by Ashcroft. The mountains that pinch off the canyon are breathtaking at any time of year and with an early dusting of snow especially so. With a view like that they could serve mediocre food but they don't: the food is great, too. Our group had Elk Bratwurst, Curried Chicken naan, Ruby Trout, and the momos. All great. Our server was personable and had a good sense of humor.