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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Elkhorn Lodge And Guest Ranch Hotel Estes Park