The Lodge and Guest Ranch proudly displays its place in Colorado History, and continues the traditions with friendly customer care. We did not stay overnight at the Lodge, but visited it for an early morning breakfast and trail ride. Enterring the main lodge building was stepping back in time. All that was missing was the rattling of spurs and the swish of long dresses. Breakfast was hearty and hot -- and there was a good selection of options -- eggs, bacon, french toast, fruits and cereals. After breakfast, the staff at the Elkhorn Stables took a great deal of time talking to guests and pairing them up with the right horses. I was especially impressed with the time and attention given to small children, and to a large family reunion group also there that day. The horses are very well cared for and in excellent condition. No overworked, overtired, underfed scrawny beasts here! All of them were pampered and loved, and well-groomed. The paddocks and stables were clean. And the staff was exceptional -- professional, fun, and friendly. They made safety a top priority . . . especially after the mountain lion sighting on our return trip. The Stables are also home to wonderful barn cats (one invited herself into our truck for cuddles), friendly dogs, inquistive hens, and even little Jack.
This location shouldn't be listed under 'restaurants' -- as it offers so much more than just good food. The new management team is going to great lengths to refurbish and restore the lodge, protecting its place in history.
I am looking forward to bringing other nieces and nephews here in the future. And we will likely rent a cabin to enhance the experience even more.
It would be nice to see the Lodge enhance its internet profile . . . searching for facts about the place was a challenge. . . . and there are discrepancies in dating the age of the property. One site said 1883, but the building clearly promotes 1874 as the founding year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Elkhorn Lodge is the oldest continuous operating lodge in the Rocky Mountain region and is the most historical property in Estes park. Dating to 1874 when Reverend McCreary from Ft. Collins built a small summer cabin on what was to become the Elkhorn property, to today's struggles to save and restore this jewel of the West, the Elkhorn Lodge has been and continues to be a major part of Estes Park. With a fully functioning main lodge, cabins galore, and several spacious buildings for large parties, there's accommodations for any and all at the Elkhorn Lodge and Ranch. And Don't forget about the horseback riding! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elkhorn Lodge And Guest Ranch Hotel Estes Park