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Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

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3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO 80478
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Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an environmentally friendly year-round Ranch resort and spa offering rustically upscale accommodations, fine dining and an array of winter and summer outdoor and wilderness recreation activities including Nordic skiing, flyfishing and horseback riding. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 65 miles west of Denver, 10 minutes from Winter Park. Our Ranch encompasses 6,500 acres at the foot of the Continental Divide in the beautiful Ranch Creek Valley of Grand County.
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cologuppy wrote a review Mar 2022
Littleton, Colorado9 contributions6 helpful votes
Just a breathtaking place! Beauty like you can't imagine just a handful of miles off the road. The buildings were beautiful, the staff friendly and accommodating. The rooms were clean, well apportioned and lovely. Easily a 5 star stay - except for their restaurant/lounge, Heck's Tavern. Sadly it's the only place to congregate in the evenings, and the service was so bad that it wore the shine off the entire experience. Heck's is a beautiful space for certain. But the service was abysmal - truly awful. The first night we met friends there in the lounge area (some space is for dining, although they bleed together). After 40 minutes without service they asked if there was a server - only to be told that service was only for the restaurant. They did offer to bring them a drink, but it never arrived. I went to the bar, which only had 1 couple there at the time. I waited a full 10 minutes to even be acknowledged. That was the first night. Unfortunate, but it can happen. Then the next night came - we dined at the Ranch house (LOVED IT!) and then met our friends at Heck's who dined there. It was approaching 9:00, when the restaurant closes (although the bar remains open). The polite server took our drink order. After 30 minutes we hadn't seen her, so went to see about our order. She had left the building and never even put our order in! I didn't have the appetite to be ignored for the 4th time at this place so we just went back to our room.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Teresa W wrote a review Feb 2022
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This is the most beautiful ranch and ski Lodge I have ever seen, sat in a beautiful valley with mountain views in all directions. It is so adorable, in every direction you look there is some homemade log furniture, or an artists composition of horses. They decorated it superbly! The cross country skiing here is amazing, plenty of beginner terrain, and the intermediate and advanced terrain is pretty intense. It is a real working ranch with cattle and horses. It was fun to cross country ski around the ranch, and to participate in some of the ranch activities like feeding the horses. The accommodations were amazing, with beautiful views, comfortable bedding, and gorgeous ranch style furniture. The main recommendations I would have to improve would be better communication between the staff in the different areas, particularly when making the itinerary. we were asked to make reservations weeks in advance of our stay, and we received an itinerary by email. we had to write back-and-forth several times because the itinerary was never really correct. even after our arrival when we reviewed the itinerary with the receptionist, things just didn’t line up. for example, rather than listing my husband and I separately so that you could see on the itinerary that I was going to yoga while he was going to a lesson, they would have his name booked in both places. They had us going to yoga at the same time is taking lessons, everything was overlapping. They had us double booked with the 90 minute snow cat ride starting just an hour before dinner. I think it would be helpful if a concierge would look over the entire plan and help coordinate between the different teams to ensure that the itinerary is feasible. Despite the fact that some of the activities were very expensive, the staff did not seem to care to ensure that the activities started on time or that you were receiving your full experience. The snow cat tour was shockingly more than $500 for the two of us for an hour and a half. this seems really overpriced as other ski resorts offer a similar experience for $50-75 a person. Our tour was supposed to start at 4:30 PM and we had dinner reservations at 5:30 PM. The snow cat driver arrived at 4:40 PM and told us that the engine still needed to warm up. Also he said there was some food included but it wasn’t quite ready yet. So we ended up leaving at closer to 5 PM and only getting in about a half an hour ride which seemed ridiculous having spent $500. When we signed up for the ski lessons we were told to meet outside at the yurt. We showed up on time and there was no instructor. 15 minutes later we went inside to ask if the instructor was OK and he said that he would get his boots on and be right with us. Our lesson started 25 minutes late for an hour long lesson. The hot tub was not very hot and it smelled bad. Several of the menu items were marked as market price, and we were not told how much it was going to cost when we ordered them. Dinner ended up being very expensive, $580 for dinner for the two of us. Overall it is a gorgeous retreat with many amazing experiences and amenities. I think it would’ve taken very little to make it a perfect experience, namely having a concierge and sure that the itinerary was feasible, to help coordinate between the different areas of service to ensure a more seamless experience, and to provide price transparency so we could have made more wise decisions in our spending. Later I found out that the YMCA offers a very similar experience at a 10th of the price. you can rent a cabin, have dinners, cross country ski, in the same beautiful valley just a few miles away. If the service was up to par and the prices were more transparent and fair I would definitely return to the Devil’sThumb resort, but sadly it looks like I am looking around.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Kathleen B wrote a review Feb 2022
Denver, Colorado3 contributions4 helpful votes
I have gone to DTR for years and was so disappointed when i went a few weeks ago for dinner, this is not an inexpensive dinner and I was sorely disappointed, I reached out to give them feedback which was completely ignored so in case you are considering fine dining here be forewarned, the portions were so mediocre, the lobster tail dinner was unappealing and minisucle, so bad my husband and son felt sorry for my pathetic plate, not good when you spend this much and go home hungry, sadly the decor and location is now much better than the food . I will not be back anytime soon.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Sheila L wrote a review Feb 2022
Milton, Massachusetts3 contributions6 helpful votes
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The scenery of the ranch is breathtaking. The West in all it’s glory. The sunrise was so beautiful. The decor is rustic but authentic. It was really interesting to walk around and look at all the artifacts. There was a convention taking place so the restaurant was filled and they could not accommodate us. The hostess was nice but stressed out and seemed alarmed when we simply wanted to walk through the restaurant to go out on the patio. We had nothing to do because we couldn’t get into the restaurant so we just walked around dressed up with no place to go. If you don’t have a reservation you will not eat and if there is a convention taking place they take up the whole place for the entire night. We went to the grocery store and bought chip and dip and our own drinks. I didn’t get any s’mores but that would have been nice because once you get to the ranch at night you don’t want to have to leave and we were hungry after our long trip. The emphasis was definitely on the convention guests we were non entities and even found our own luggage cart and brought our bags in ourselves. No one said a word at reception when they saw us hauling our own luggage. I’ve never had that happen before at an upscale resort. I asked at the reception desk for restaurant recommendations and was told to go to the Ranch House for dinner. The prices are ridiculous if I want to spend that kind of money I can go to the best restaurant in Boston. We asked about some decent options in town. We were told it’s a mountain town so there were not many interesting options. The activities are all extra nothing is included in your stay so we passed on activities. The scenery from the hot tub is really beautiful. At the end of the day the ponies running back to the stable is fun to watch. I think the staff is a little overwhelmed and I would not say it’s anywhere near a four star in service. If there is a convention going on you will not be able to get into the main restaurant and you will have to go back to town to get something to eat. The woman working at the coffee shop did not have much personality and the expensive muffin was still frozen. The coffee is good but a little pricey. Beautiful landscape breathtaking scenery but lacking in food options and service worthy of a four star location. I did enjoy the experience of being on a ranch out West but there is definitely room for improvement at Devil’s Thumb.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Avoid when there is a convention taking place
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Dr. Max wrote a review Jan 2022
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The resort is absolutely gorgeous; We stayed in the high lonesome lodge and were blown away by the beautiful architecture, scenic views, and fantastic service. The dining was great, however there were very few options(which is understandable considering the conditions of COVID). The spa was incredibly relaxing and was certainly my favorite part. I would recommend going here to couples looking for a romantic weekend, or for a family looking to have some fun.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: High lonesome lodge is great because you get a balcony and more privacy.
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Nicole wrote a review Dec 2021
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Beautiful resort overshadowed by terrible customer service. Heck’s closed for the duration of our stay with no warning and no reasonable alternatives. Had to check at the front desk multiple times for our Christmas dinner alternative- buffet was mediocre at best. Breakfast sandwich from coffee shop was served still partially frozen. Signed up for daily yoga which was also cancelled for the duration of our stay- we were not told in advance and found out when we showed up the first morning. Arranged a shuttle to town for dinner - this was cancelled and again no one told us before we arrived. Lack of communication was appalling and will be the reason we do not recommend this resort to others.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled
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GailDStorey wrote a review Dec 2021
Boulder, Colorado91 contributions33 helpful votes
We thought we died and went to heaven at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa! The staff is truly outstanding, from Michael who brought in our luggage to everyone at the front desk, the housekeepers, and restaurant staff, especially Nicole, Bailey, Dylan, Chef Brandon, Assistant Manager Joe, and Austin, the Food and Beverage manager. Erika, the bartender in Heck's Tavern, created the most delicious hot liqueur latte drink I've ever tasted--the Golden Goddess. The food and wine selections at Heck's are excellent, and the ambience is warm and inviting with high beamed ceilings and a spectacular fireplace. Autumn and Milade in the Hallowed Grounds coffee shop are excellent baristas. The Ranch House Restaurant is outstanding, with Chef Ricky, manager Lisa, and server Jeff. Our suite was gorgeous, with attention to every amenity, from fine linens and spa robes to elegantly rustic furnishings, a fireplace, and stunning views of the mountains and meadows. And the deep tub with a view of the meadow, oh my! We were there when the lodge was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and so festive with all the trees lit up outside. Our stay was one astounding experience after another--outdoor heated pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, spa treatments, and s'mores around the fire-pit. We look forward to coming back for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Devil's Thumb is the very best combination of fun and blissful relaxation.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Danielle D wrote a review Sep 2021
Stow, Massachusetts18 contributions4 helpful votes
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I spent countless hours researching places for my husband and I to visit for our 10 year anniversary trip. We had planned to travel back to Florence, but as a result of the pandemic decided to stay somewhere in the States. After many winter months of research, many travel reviews, multiple deciding factors we settled on DTR. I had seen many of the conflicted reviews here on TA, but decided to give it a try. We wanted someplace that felt a bit remote, but offered a spa and fun activities to do. Who opted for the Relax & Play package, which for us was a MAJOR splurge (read: we never usually spend money on unnecessary add ons.) The package was the best investment in our trip, giving us the freedom and flexibility to do as many activities as we wanted each day. On our 2night/3 day stay we did trail rides x2, couples massages x3, archery, zip lining, biking, and use of the game room. We felt happy to know our meals were included, and it took the pressure off of us to just enjoy our pre-paid experience (again, something we never do!) We enjoyed the beauty of the Ranch tremendously, and I may have teared up as we left knowing that this was such a rare treat for us, and we are unlikely to get a chance to experience it again. A few notes about any "flaws" which did not impact our overall trip in any way for me to give this anything less than a 5 star review. Some of the front lobby staff seeming overwhelmed a bit-- not rude, just tired and worn out. I will post a different review for Heck's, as that has its own host of problems, but just be aware they move slow and their staff is a bit overwhelmed which comes across to the guests regularly. You also need to make sure you make reservations in advance. The rooms are a bit simple, but they are clean, and well cared for. There is a coffee machine, that I wish was a little less loud in the morning, or that instead coffee was offered in the lobby via a carafe. I wish that there was only one "concierge" that could book the spa, stables, and mercantile items all at once, because it was tricky to have to adjust via 3 locations when we wanted to change anything. The pool area was very clean and a great place to relax. We left the kids at home, but I loved the family vibe at the pool, and didn't feel that it was at all intrusive to our adult getaway. I feel these little things are worth mentioning, but on the grand scheme scale, I cannot express how much of a wonderful time we had. Trip & Hayden, who work activities in the Mercantile really made the whole zip lining experience unforgettable, and the spa staff was wonderful and very accommodating. For those that know that there is never a perfectly perfect experience, I would say that this place is perfect!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Lexie K wrote a review Sep 2021
San Diego, California14 contributions17 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I stayed here for three nights in the main lodge for a long weekend. Everything was perfect! We went horseback riding, hiking, ziplining, archery, hatchet throwing, used the spa, pool, and fitness center. There were so many activities to choose from that we wanted to do them all! All the guides and staff were overly friendly and were able to answer any questions we had. They also went out of their way to fit us into some activities that we planned last minute. The spa was amazing. One of the best massages we've ever had. We also ate at the Ranch House and Hecks (both on property). Both were great. The free smores every night was also much appreciated and added to the ambience of our time there. Make sure to get the Wagyu at The Ranch House. IT was the best steak we have ever had in our lives. We couldn't get enough! The property is absolutely beautiful and we couldn't get enough of the sunrises and sunsets. The grounds are kept up very well and the trails are easy to follow with all of the signage. Our room overlooked the entire property and was super clean. The bed was also very comfortable. The fireplace in the room added the perfect touch. This was the perfect weekend! I can't wait to come back!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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smjjjs wrote a review Aug 2021
Milwaukee36 contributions33 helpful votes
We spent 4 nights with our teenage daughters at the ranch. The Good - actually great: The property is fantastic. It is 2 hours from Denver airport and was an relatively easy drive. About 10 minutes from Winter Park. Lots of things to do. Went on a 90 minute horseback ride with my daughter - we had our own guide. Another horseback riding trip rounded up cattle. We went zip-lining on property which was a lot of fun. They have a 15 minute ride in a 1970s war-era truck. Zip-lines felt safe and the tour guides were a lot of fun. Spent 60 minutes shooting archery and 30 minutes hatchet throwing. Went mountain biking one morning with a guide. Lots of nice hiking trails. They have a game room which they rent out per family during Covid which was fun - duck pin bowling lanes - foosball, air hockey, ping pong and more. They have complimentary s'mores kits each night. The spa was very nice. Two main restaurants - Ranch House open 2 nights a week - very nice restaurant and Heck's - a bit more casual. They have a coffee shop on premise. We went to the pool each day with an outdoor hot tub. So a lot of fun activities for those that are active and a pool and spa for those not as active. The Bad: Hopefully this is just part of the nationwide employee shortage because the ranch seemed to be short employees along with several poorly trained employees. Upon check-in we were not given much information. I learned this while sitting in the lobby the next day while I overheard another employee explaining checkin to other guests. They didn't tell us to park in the overnight lot. The failed to remind me we had to change rooms after 1 day (to be closer to our 2nd room). By the way they didn't move us much closer. They did send a bottle of wine for giving us 60 minutes to pack up and move to another room. Again - we knew when we booked 4 months ago we had to change rooms - but didn't remember and should have been reminded at check in not at noon when we were supposed to move down the hall. We were not told where to check in for activities. For example our itinerary of activities said to go to the archery field for archery. After waiting for a while - we found out we were supposed to check in somewhere else (nobody told us). When we got to dinner at the Ranch House our first night - the hostess was telling the people in front of us their table wasn't ready and to sit at the bar. She saw us standing there - walked away without acknowledging us then disappeared for 10 minutes. I had to ask 2 waiters to help us. Finally one did and our reservation did not exist - despite the reservation being on our itinerary they just printed out. We had made the reservation almost 4 months earlier. They told us it was going to be 30 minutes and maybe we should go to the other restaurant. I said no, we sat at the bar and they did get us a table in about 5 minutes. Didn't see the hostess during that 15 minute period. Waygu steak was good - but be aware it is a 5 oz min steak at $18/oz. The pool was nice and there was a bartender there (she just sat there never coming around to any chairs) for 2 of the 4 days. The other 2 days nobody was at the pool at all. They make you reserve hot tub times due to covid. Yet there was nobody at the hot tub to monitor. When it was our time - I didn't want to kick out 6 people from the hot tub. The hot tub is fairly large so even 6 people in the hot tub isn't crowded. A couple of the days there was nobody at the activity desk. Another night at dinner at Heck's, we can tell the waiter wasn't very polished. We ordered appetizers and entrees. After appetizers he asked if we wanted the check. We told him we were waiting for entrees. Then the manager came over and said there was a software glitch and our orders never made it in - he took our orders - had them out quickly and comped the meal. We took a 90 minute guided mountain bike ride. It was fairly hard and we took breaks every 10 minutes. The guide had us turn around because if we did the entire trail we wouldn't make it back in time. We ended up back in 70 minutes (but still paid a lot for 90 minutes). Archery equipment was old and the hatchet throwing was hard as the wood targets were chopped up so much that it was hard for the hatchets to stick. We each stuck the hatchet once out of maybe 20+ throws. Skip this activity unless they replace the board. Overall we had a nice time - but there were constant reminders of several poorly trained employees and just a lack of employees. I said to my family - if they had 5-10 extra employees they could have service that matched the Four Seasons and charge. a lot more. People we met at the ranch come back year after year - so hopefully this is a temporary 2021 issue with their employees. Some employees were excellent and some were just horrible. We ended up eating in Winter Park 2 of the 4 nights. If they can get staffing improved - I would increase my rating from Very Good to Excellent.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Fraser Tubing Hill (2.6 miles), Colorado Adventure Park (2.8 miles), and The Foundry Cinema & Bowl (3.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pepe Osaka's Fishtaco, Hernando's Pizza Pub, and Elevation Pizza.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.