We just returned from a week long stay at Elk Mountain Ranch with our 3 kids ages 5,6 and 9. As with most vacations, we did lots of research and read all the reviews. EMR is everything and more. First off, for the parents, this place is staffed with youthful, happy and energetic young adults - mostly college age or a bit older. Equestrian experience, child experience and overall young professionals in their approach to treating "guests". They like and want to hang out with you and /or your kids.....and the ranch has a kids pgm which allows you to enjoy some time on the trails/horses while the kids hunt for teepees or pan for gold with their ranch counselors....the ranch was clean, full of time to rest or do activities. Really the perfect blend of down time and an agenda... which is nice when you have small kids who get bored easily. My 9 yr old son fished plenty in the pond on the grounds, did archery, rifle shooting, horse riding of course, river rafted.... and he met other kids his age..The food was by far one of the most impressive aspects of this trip. 3 meals a day and each and every one was fantastic. Really the perfect mix of "dude ranch" lifestyle and upscale customer service. Always a smile from Sue and Tom the owners who were always around and SO accomodating. We also had booked the first week for the season which was great - because the staff was fresh and ready for the season. No bugs (yet!) and the cabins were impeccable. The weather was great - cool mornings and evenings but warm days. My kids loved the "lights out" from 11 pm until 6 am to conserve power....the flashlights were a hit for the middle of the night bathrrom break when needed ! A huge thumbs up - great place to go on your own OR with a couple friends. You will not be disappointed. Afterwards we drove down to the Grand Canyon and onto AZ for some hotel resort R&R....the chlorine in the pool was needed after a dusty but VERY worth it week at Elk Mountain!! We hope to return again someday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9600 feet. Weekly package includes meals, lodging and activities - horseback riding, white water rafting, shooting sports, van trip to Aspen, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, hayride, square dance, childrens' program and more. Massage and overnight pack trip extra. 35 pampered guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elk Mountain Ranch Hotel Buena Vista