Initially the idea of no electricity was a little off putting for the teenagers, but we adapted and learned to love the place. It's a step away from the grind. Even when the place is booked full, you're not crowded. If you want to interact with others you can, but you can also enjoy some peace and quiet.
My family has been vacationing at Oleo since 1996. In fact, since we started going to Oleo we've not vacationed anywhere else as a family. Our first year, we crammed the 6 of us into Alabama. We've stayed in Ramboullet, Willows, Loft, and La Garita as well. Even after a multi year break while the kids got through college, we were recognized and spoken to by name when we returned (all of us!).
Ronnie, Barbara, and their family work very hard to maintain Oleo and to provide an outstanding backdrop for the experience of every guest. They're sweet, honest folks who will stop and chat with you but wouldn't dream of interfering with your stay. They're as much a part of our experience at Oleo as the scenery, the fishing, and the peace. They're always responsive if anything turns up that needs attending. They also are very helpful when you realize you've forgotten something.
I was at Oleo twice last summer. The first trip was with friends to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday in her favorite place and the second time with my younger brothers, 93 year old grandfather, and some friends. Both stays were terrific. We were in La Garita for the first trip and in Loft for the second stay. Neither trip could have gone better and the newcomers are all hooked on the place.
I'll be back in late July and, hopefully, again in September. Don't let the lack of electricity intimidate you. You won't miss it at all once you're there. In fact, you'll be grateful for the respite. Even if you're not particularly interested in hiking & fishing, this is a spot you don't want to miss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At 10,500 feet of elevation, a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains surrounds Oleo Ranch in south central Colorado. Miles and miles of scenic trails for hiking, photography, fishing, hunting, or just relaxing await you upon arrival. The colorful wildflowers in summer and the spectacular fall foliage are seasonal highlights. Five stocked ponds and 1.5 miles of Cebolla Creek provide guests with private fishing. Beginners to the avid fly fisherman will have ample opportunity to wet their lines. Located just 18 miles south of Lake City, Co., Oleo Ranch is two miles below the Continental Divide and joins the La Garita Wilderness. ... more less