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Ranked #1,368 of 2,516 things to do in Colorado
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Owner description: This Colorado area is comprised of over five miles of trails and a lodge.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Awesome place with uber cool history and architecture . Great short trails with good elevation and superb views. The lodge and the observatory are extraordinary, the river with walkable adjacent trails and equally accessible and beautiful winter or summer. Hate to review so highly as hate to see it over run but.......

3  Thank unclegrumps
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Pine Valley Ranch Park is a great place for large picnics, easy bike or hike (as well as some more challenging ones), and a FABULOUS place for seniors or wheelchair bound folks....as it is accessible...even to the lake for fishing!!!

Not remote or secluded, but a nice day park!

2  Thank WorldTvlerParker_CO
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

There's nothing not to like about this place:

* It's close to Denver
* It's free
* It has a nice lake with fishing posts
* It is right next to the river
* It has family friendly trails
* There's a nice picnic area. Some of it can be reserved (and free to use if there are no reservations) and some is 'first come first serve'.
* there are restrooms

So I would definitely recommend

2  Thank mango1908
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Pine Valley Ranch Park is a wonderful place to visit. I should know because as the son of one of the owners, I spent most of my summers there in the 1960's. There are many things about the park that people don't know, or have forgotten.

There is a cement post in the River - you can see from the bridge to the lake. That post (or pad) once held a gravity fed pump, called a Ram Jet pump that filled the big water tower up behind the lodge.

The lodge had many famous visitors. Some of them were as follows.
Mr. and Mrs Eisenhower while Ike went fishing at Pine Valley and downstream and Swans Ranch in Pine.

Elvis visited Pine Valley twice without being bothered by the press. He and his friend flew in by helicopter and went up to Geneva Basin for skiing.

The Urban Coalition met once at Pine Vally Ranch for a week of strategy meetings.

Members of the Jerry Lewis telethon team unwound at Pine Valley Ranch at least once.

There is a spring fed fountain in the dining room in the lodge. some of the bedrooms have sinks made from granit rocks and also have spring water.

There were many guests that stayed in room one that reported seeing strange things and hearing strange noises.

At the top of the rocks across the valley and over looking the ranch was a downed tree that every one called Dudley the Dragon.

Can you find the big rock painted like an Easter Egg on the original Pine Valley Ranch property. Hint - it is out side the valley and in the ravine that runs along the hiway from Pine Junction to Pine.

In the 1960's and 70's there were races held on the Pine Valley Lake and Crystal Lake near the entrance to Pine Valley Ranch.

Did you know that the road that goes up the hill to the left at the round about leads to a wonderful antique six inch refractor telescope? It has a copper dome that opens, is clock driven and still works like a charm.

In the hills around the ranch, if you look carefully - especially up in the Pike National Forest, you can find trees that are marked with carvings made by young couples that took the train up from Denver. You know what I mean S.D. + E.W and marks like that.

Did you know that there are bears that come down from the forest in the spring with their young. There is a family of cougar that live in the hills sound of the main Pine Vally Ranch valley.

The islands on the lake were put there to keep the ranch Angora Goat under control. His name was Shagnasty and the name was totally appropriate.

All in all there are many wonderful things. The best for me was sitting on the porch of the lodgeon a late Sunday summer evening, after many people had left. I turned on the radio to listen to Classical music on KLIR and I swear the trees in the valley would sway to the sounds of the music that could be heard all over the valley. I guess the sound was turned up way to high but it was magnificent.

7  Thank javaman-Steve-Dudley
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We went to the mountains to view the fall colors and found out about Pine Valley Ranch Park. Walked some trails, viewed the small lake, learned about the lodge and how it was built. Met two people who worked at the park. They were very friendly and helpful.

Would recommend to go during the week. Plenty of parking. Place to have lunch by the creek.

1  Thank Paul H
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