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“The BEST place we've ever been”
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Lost Valley Ranch
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sedalia
Certificate of Excellence
St. Louis
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“The BEST place we've ever been”
Reviewed August 17, 2010

As my 4 year old said on her first trip to Lost Valley, "This is the BEST place EVER!" My parents took me to Lost Valley as a child in the mid1980s, and I was thrilled to take my own children there this summer for the first time. Very little has changed there in the last 25 years, which makes this such a memorable experience. Spending time at Lost Valley is like no other vacation you'll ever take. It's one of the only places left where you can feel free letting your children run free and allow them to experience freedom. After a week there the staff and other guests feel like your extended family. This ranch is on the American Plan, so your room, meals, horseback riding, and most other activities are included in the price--extras include fly fishing classes, massage, skeet shooting, and family photos.

Accommodations are in 1-3 bedroom cabins with ceiling fans. Each cabin is very homey and decorated with a western/cowboy/outdoorsy theme. The living area of each cabin contains a mini-fridge, fireplace (with plenty of wood supplied on the front porch), coffee maker, CD player, and 1-2 pullout sofas. Our family of five (kids ages 10, 7, and 4) fit very comfortably into a 1-bedroom cabin. The front porch swing was one of our favorite places at the ranch!

Meals were delicious and filling. The breads and desserts made by the on-site baker were incredible. The homemade raspberry jam was delicious! Breakfasts were cooked to order from a menu most mornings---eggs, omelettes, bacon, sausage, ham, pancakes, waffles, toast, hash browns, fruits, cold cereals, oatmeal, fresh breakfast bread (changes daily), yogurt, etc. Some lunches and dinners are served as buffets but most give you two plated options from which to choose. Don't like the choices? No problem--the kitchen staff is extremely accommodating and very flexible. There is a kids' menu from which the young ones can choose (unless they are at a separate kids' meal)--grilled cheese, burger, chicken fingers, etc. Our favorite meal by far was the barbecue dinner on Friday evening! If the meals don't fill you up, there is an old-fashioned soda fountain open throughout the day where you can get a milkshake, soda, candy, etc. to hold you over until the next meal.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests stay from Sunday to Sunday. A full children's (ages 3-12) and teens' program are run. During this time children can spend from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. with their "kiddie sups" most days, if you choose, or you can choose to have them with you. Morning and afternoon trail rides are taken most days (ages 6 and up) with an occasional afternoon off for tubing down Goose Creek or a swimming party. Thursday the kids take an all-day ride to a swimming hole. Most days there is also a separate supervised kids' lunch or dinner offered to allow parents some time for adult conversation. Children from age 3-5 can ride their horse around the corral and spend their days around the ranch property doing crafts and activities around a different theme each day. Despite no TVs or cell phone reception, our children were never at a loss for things to do. We've only been home for a few days, and they are already begging to return. There is also family-friendly nightly entertainment offered during the summer months--square dancing, melodrama & ice cream social, programs, etc. Babysitting is available, for an additional hourly fee, for children 2 and younger during the daily rides as well as on some evenings.

Adults can choose to ride on either or both morning and afternoon rides daily through the surrounding Pike National Forest. The surroundings are breath-taking! Despite the change in the scenery caused by the Hayman Fire of 2002, rides at Lost Valley are still amazing. (I almost like them better as you can see so much more now that the trees are gone.) If you are not a horse person, there are lots of other activities as well--numerous hiking trails (and some staff-led hikes), fly fishing classes, hot tubs, pool & sunbathing deck, a stocked fishing pond, etc.

The collegiate staff on site are like no other. They are exactly the type of people I want my kids to become--wholesome, well-mannered, responsible, hard-working! The level of care and interest they take in their guests is exemplary.

I cannot say enough good things about Lost Valley. It truly is a vacation not to be missed.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2010

It is hard to imagine a better run, better equipped, better staffed, family-focused vacation destination. The philosophy and business model developed by the Foster family and the execution thereof, are clearly exceptional. The staff does an outstanding job of catering to all ages and needs. If you only go to one dude ranch in your lifetime, you can't go wrong by choosing Lost Valley. Nancy and Joe Schmitt

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2010

Visiting Lost Valley is like stepping back in time to a wholesome family run ranch. Located about 75 minutes outside Denver, 9 miles off a dirt road in the middle of Pikes Peak National Park, the scenery is breathtaking, with skies so blue it looks fake. This was the second year in a row we took my sons away from the big city . My kids (Ages 5, 8 and 11) were in tears when we left because this experience is really like no other. Everyone is assigned a horse for the week and kids stay in supervised groups with kids their own age and the MOST amazing staff you can every ask for. Adults ride, swim, hike or just relax. No cell phone service at all here! The food is excellent (no alcohol or sodas), the accomodations are comfortable private cabins and the scenery is breathtaking.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

I have been going to Lost Valley for 9 years. I do not think I will ever stop. I have been to resorts that cost $1,000. per night that cannot compare to Lost Valley in terms of the rest, fun and adventure that Lost Valley provides. The staff is amazing, riding is great no matter what level of rider, food is great and the other guests become great friends at the end of your stay. I honestly can say the only bad thing about Lost Valley is that is too far away for me to visit more often!! Go for a visit, you will not be sorry!!!

Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Mt Joy, PA
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Beautiful scenery, friendly people, great food, fun horse trails and ranglers!!!! Cabins are beautiful and immaculate. OOOOOOO - AAHHHHHH!!!! Join the fun!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 17, 2009

I'm from Minnesota and returned to the valley after a 5 year absence to take care of an ailing son. I released a amall amount of his ashes there so part of me will always be there. Lost Valley is a place where you can regenerate your soul and discover an inner peace you forgot you had. The staff is amazing. Thank you Bob and Karen for all the effort you put into keeping Lost Valley Ranch God driven.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 1, 2009

From the minute I stepped off the plane in Denver to be met by one of the Ranch Staff and some other guests till the moment another member of staff hugged me goodbye at the airport, I was amongst friends. No-one need worry about travelling alone to holiday at Lost Valley.

The staff were the warmest, friendliest, most polite and hospitable I have ever come across anywhere. The cabins are luxurious whilst being cosy and comfortable. Having my own porch with a swing just put the icing on the cake!

The scenery quite took my breath away (don't let the fact that there was a devastating fire in 2002 put you off). though that was a dreadful thing to happen, one advantage is that it opens up the landscape and makes it possible to see further.

The horses are great and the Wranglers really look after you on the rides. They will always make sure you are given the best horse to suit your riding ability.

The food is fabulous, the entertainment brilliant ;even the dogs are friendly.

I can't wait to go back!

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Lost Valley Ranch
Address: 29555 Goose Creek Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135-9000
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Location: United States > Colorado > Sedalia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sedalia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lost Valley Ranch, Colorado's premier dude ranch, provides an unforgettable guest ranch experience for your Colorado family vacation. Recognized as the only Colorado ranch to receive AAA's Four Diamond rating for 40 consecutive years, it is no wonder Lost Valley Ranch guests keep coming back time and time again. ... more   less 
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