Our extended family visited Elk Mountain Ranch to celebrate our parents' 50th wedding anniversary, so there were 13 of us, including our 7-year-old and 9-year-old daughters, 4 teenagers, one 21-year-old, several 40-somethings, and two 70-somethings. We all agreed it was the best vacation ever! Our daughters actually said it was better than our trip to Disneyworld, so that sure says a lot! We cannot say enough about the staff at the ranch. Tom and Sue (the owners) were so gracious and helpful even before we arrived, answering emails promptly and helping us to prepare for the trip, as we were all "newbies" to the ranch vacation idea. Once we arrived, we were immediately impressed. The transportation from the airport was perfect (It was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy the increasingly beautiful scenery.), and we were greeted so warmly by the entire staff upon arrival at the ranch. We immediately felt at home, and the cabins are great--clean, comfy, and cozy-but-not-cramped. The schedule for each day allows for each person to choose the best way to spend their time. The activities are varied enough, and there really is something for everyone, even volleyball and basketball courts and a game room for the kids between activities. And the food! Amazing! But truly the best part of Elk Mountain Ranch is the staff. Everyone knew our names from the first time we met them, and they often anticipated our needs even before we did! It sounds corny, but we really did feel like part of the family there. From Tom and Sue to the kitchen and housekeeping staff to the wranglers, everyone was fabulous! The kids' program was perfect for our daughters. They rode their horses every day, helped care for them by brushing and feeding them--they even thought it was fun to clean up the poop!--and doing other fun things like roping practice, hiking, hunting for arrowheads and panning for gold, and crafts and games. Even the wranglers took an interest in our kids, as we ate meals with them and squaredanced with them, in addition to the riding, of course! At dinner on the last night, Tom gave out fun "awards" for the kids, including cute little stuffed horses that actually looked like the horses the kids had ridden all week! Seriously, they think of EVERYTHING! All of us felt sad when it was time to leave because it was such a perfect vacation. We've been home for 2 weeks and still cannot stop talking about the trip, looking at our amazing pictures, and imagining exactly "what the new group is doing right now." I could go on and on, but the EMR website does give a great overview of the fabulous vacation experience they provide for you! We definitely plan to go back!
- 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