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“Colorado History and Customer Care” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch

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Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch
600 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517   |  
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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Colorado History and Customer Care”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

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.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Brighton, Colorado
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Wonderful weekend. The cabins were old but very clean and comfortable, the main lodge open for use and like stepping into a wild west museum. Wonderful calm and very well looked after horses. LOVED IT!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greeley, Colorado
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

My partner, my Family and I went on a breakfast and morning ride deal with Travelzoo. Although it was a bit confusing at check in on the breakfast, other than that it was an amazing time! The horses are treated good and taken care of. (my main concern) The guide was very knowledgeable gave us alot of information, it was just the 7 of us so he joked with us and gave us some great insight. This place is over 100 years old so if you're expecting the Hilton it's not for you, but for great hospitality and friendship, I highly recommend it....

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights via a groupon offer. The cabins are very rustic.!!! It was the begining of the season so there were alot of mishaps. There was no breakfast our first morning. Our horseback ride was canceled due to over booking. Rooms were clean but the place is 100 years old so it has seen better days. Went for the experience and that's what we got -the my daughter said she felt like a cowboy staying there.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Parker, Colorado
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9 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

The hubs and I booked a lunch ride and had a nice time. Our guide (Brennan?) was really nice and had a lot of information on the area. The lunch was a sandwich, water bottle and a bag of chips but the view at the top of the trail was amazing. Unfortunately on our way back down the horses got spooked - we saw a coyote just before this, so maybe there were more in the area? Anyway, the horses freaked out and my horse threw me. Thankfully I wasn't hurt and we were almost back to the stables so we just walked back. Our guide felt bad - his horse, Calamity, was a bit skittish. Despite all of this we had a nice time anyway. On a side note, the grounds/cabins look like they can use some help. The pool has been completely filled in with dirt, the check in office for the stables totally stinks like cigarette smoke and the grounds could use some clean-up, but I was told that they're under new management so maybe things will improve in that aspect.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

My husband and I stumbled across this place and are SO GLAD we did! They are very laid back and SO kind here. The accommodations are more than adequate, but if you're looking for something fancy you'll want to head to a B&B or something. If you want a real mountain experience, in an historic location on a beautiful property with fantastic views... stay here!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Golden, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I loved this place because it's rustic and for the more adventurous soul, you won't find too many prissy city folk here! The rooms are comfortable and have an old western feel to them, and the staff is very friendly! There is also a rumor that the place is haunted, which is just a bonus for me! And they allow pets so overall, it was a GREAT place to stay!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch

Address: 600 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #74 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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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