We recently visited Elk Mountain Ranch as part of a family vacation. My wife, sister and her parents had an experience at a Colorado Dude Ranch 30 years ago and now that our family has grown they wanted to share the experience with our children and their grandchildren. My mother and father in law did extensive research on several dude ranches and let's just say he picked the right one! Tom and Sue Murphy (the owners) welcome and treat everyone at the ranch like family. From the time Tom picked us up at the airport to the time we left the service, atmosphere and commardarie was five star. The staff and wranglers that Tom and Sue hire are first class individuals, no matter what the request was, we never heard no for an answer, everything was yes! The food was fantastistic with an elegant cowboy flair. Options were always available if the kids were not interested in the main course or dessert. The dining room was intimate and Tom, Sue their children and staff joined guests nightly. On site entertainment was provided at least five nights of our stay. Wonderful experience, other industries could learn from the 5 Star experience offerred at Elk Mountain Ranch. Very kid friendly as well, daily activities no matter what the age. Children's program had a different theme each day. Children were able to horse back ride daily as well as partake in age appropriate activities. The kids truely couldn't wait to start their day! Children's activities were designed in a way that children could play with kids their age while adults partook in rides or other activities at the ranch while still joining their parents for meals. Truely can't imagine a better experience and something we will all remember for a lifetime. This was a Ritz Carlton like experience with a better view!!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9600 feet. Adjacent to the Browns Canyon National Monument. Weekly package includes meals, lodging and activities - horseback riding, white water rafting, shooting sports, van trip to Aspen, excursion to ropes & adventure park, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, hayride, square dance, childrens' program and more. Massage extra. 35 pampered guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elk Mountain Ranch Hotel Buena Vista