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“Elkhorn Stables - nice ride”

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Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch
Reviewed April 30, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

My husband and I stumbled across this place and are SO GLAD we did! They are very laid back and SO kind here. The accommodations are more than adequate, but if you're looking for something fancy you'll want to head to a B&B or something. If you want a real mountain experience, in an historic location on a beautiful property with fantastic views... stay here!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Jesljensen
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

I loved this place because it's rustic and for the more adventurous soul, you won't find too many prissy city folk here! The rooms are comfortable and have an old western feel to them, and the staff is very friendly! There is also a rumor that the place is haunted, which is just a bonus for me! And they allow pets so overall, it was a GREAT place to stay!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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4  Thank MakaiPro
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

This is an interesting place, especially if you are in to history! Estes Park out one door (shopping & dining) & Rocky Mountain National Park out the other. When we left a cabin close to the lodge had a pair of welcoming Mule Deer at the steps. Who can beat that?
This is not the Hampden Inn: This place was built in 1874 & is on the CO register of Historic Places so don't expect flat screen TVs, refrigerators or ringing telephones in your room (some don't have heat), but it is reasonably priced & clean. The hospitality is great including the free entertainment in the evenings. We've also stayed in the schoolhouse cabin with a great covered front porch.
It is hard for us to find places we can stay with our horses. But this place works for us. I do have to say $20/night for a horse is a bit steep since the pens were not clean & we had to dip buckets out of the river, but the pens are managed by a separate concessionaire for the dude rides & not controlled by the lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Julie C
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

I originally booked a drop camp fly fishing trip with Elkhorn Stables. In early June we were unable to reach our destination due to snow, so the trip was cancelled. So we called in August to reschedule the trip, they gave us trips for September 16th - 18th. When we arrived in Colorado, Gary told us they were unable to take us up the mountain, because it was covered with snow, which was a lie. Also he told us that Trail Ridge Drive was closed, after getting our refund we drove up there to the Summit, it was NOT closed, and there was NO snow. On our way back through Estes we stopped at Estes Anglers, and asked them about getting us up to Lawn Lake and they said no problem. They had been taking people there all week, which confirmed to us that Gary with Elkhorn Stables lied. Elkhorn Stables might be good for kiddy horserides, otherewise I would not recommend them. Gary made it seem like it was our fault that we picked too early and then too late of dates, when actually he was the one that gave us the dates.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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12  Thank Jeff L
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

If you like the above, you'll love this place. I'm surprised it's even allowed to be open. We stayed one night. We walked in the "office" and told them this was not going to work for us. Snotty receptionist told us we had already paid for the one night. She wanted to resell it regardless. Didn't get a wink of sleep. biggest waste of $150 in my life.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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12  Thank FamilyVacationer1223
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

We were very disappointed in the quality of the rooms, cleanliness & service. They claimed to have a trout pond, but it was drained. They claimed to have a cowboy shoot out, but one of the cowboy's didn't show up 1 night and the next night the cowboy was so drunk he couldn't perform. I left there doubting whether or not they changed the bed sheets. Estes Park has many good lodges, but unfortunately, I cannot recommend this one.
Only good thing is the location. It's very close to downtown & Old Man mountain.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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9  Thank Harris5917
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Additional Information about Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch

Address: 600 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9139
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #74 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 21
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 
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