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“Cannot wait to go back to Elk Mountain Ranch!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Elk Mountain Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
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“Cannot wait to go back to Elk Mountain Ranch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

As I sit in the Denver airport waiting to return home, I am still amazed at how much fun I've had this past week.

Thanks to Elk Mountain Ranch, I can now proudly say that I've:
• ridden a horse across breathtaking countryside (walked, trotted and loped),
• rafted Category 3 and maybe 4 rapids,
• won a trap-shooting contest,
• caught rainbow trout from a mountain lake, and
• seen wild elk and a coyote.

One of the major highlights was meeting Tom, Sue, the wranglers and the staff. I was thoroughly impressed with the attention and authenticity they showed. It was clear that they do what they do because they care about the land, the animals, the guests and each other.

The activity choices were plentiful and unique. The facilities were basic (it's a ranch after all), but comfortable. Tons of great food. Almost every detail* was taken care of; I just had to show up.

Four best friends celebrating our 40th birthdays was certain to be fun. Thanks to Elk Mountain Ranch, it was unforgettable.

I cannot wait to return and share this wonderful place with my wife and daughter!

*One small example that showed me how tight a ship Tom and Sue run: Before the Aspen and fishing trips, the guides wiped every van window inside and out ... an effort rendered immediately useless as we departed the ranch on dirt roads. They didn't have to do this, but they did.

  • Stayed June 2013
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2 Thank Michang5
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
Hope to see you again some day - and would love to meet your family!
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

I had a wonderful three day stay at the Elk Mountain Ranch in early June. They were very gracious about accommodating my need for a short-term stay. My cabin was very clean and had very thoughtful amenities. I rode horses every day to spectacular high altitude views of the Collegiate Peaks. The food, three times a day, was outstanding. The staff was enthused and helpful. I don't know how many times I heard, "Whatever you want; this is your vacation." The hospitality made you feel like you were family. Everyday there were different exciting and fun programs to participate in --including the square dancing and local musical talent that inspired tow tapping.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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2 Thank camkattell
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, 14 June 2013
Loved having you and hope you can stay longer next time. Thank you for the kind words.
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

We would totally agree with all the other wonderful reviews of Elk Mountain ranch. The activities were fantastic. The horses were responsive and well-cared for, and the trail rides were spectacular. The week was organised with lots of fun activities. The whitewater rafting experience was great! Cabins were spacious and well-heated (needed for rather cool May/June evenings). Food was excellent and varied. But the best thing about the whole week's experience were Sue and Tom Murphy (the ranch owners), their family and their wonderful group of young staff. Even for my non-riding partner, there were excellent activities of fishing, archery, target and clay-shooting. Overall, we were totally impressed with the attention to detail. Many many thanks to the Murphys and their wonderful staff.

Room Tip: We had Deer cabin which was excellent. Spacious for 2 people, and comfortable
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank malvernian743
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, 14 June 2013
Thank you for the laughs, your company . . . and the dance lessons:>
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Dagenham, Essex
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

A new adventure for us and a very happy and memorable one looking back. Our American hosts are experienced and wonderfully organised in providing this kind of holiday, and would do anything to serve their guests. There is a lot of variety to the fun you have. The food also has one searching for superlatives. This place attracts guests who easily get on with each other (and that was also true of our week where we greatly valued the others on holiday with us).
The riding is VERY safe and ideal for those who’ve not sat on a horse before. Experienced riders need to know the pace is walk for 99% of the time. We were part of the experienced group and trotted and cantered a little - on a couple of days. The riding buzz is walking horses through beautiful scenery, up and down steep hills in warm sunshine.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank mikereith
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SmurphElkMtn, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, 10 May 2013
We loved having Mike and his wife and hope that they were not disappointed in the riding program. We do have many accomplished riders that stay with us that have greatly enjoyed their riding experience. We typically have some trotting and cantering opportunities our rides (with the exception of our Monday orientation ride.). Though we do not trot and canter 50% of the time; we do not believe walking 99% of the time is fair statement. We do own all of our own horses and their care and the guest's safety will always remain a priority. We have some of the most amazing country in which to ride and the scenery is awe-inspiring. You and your horse will be well cared for, and we are confident that we can provide a great riding experience.
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Paducah, Kentucky
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

This was a 'bucket list' vacation. I couldn't have picked a better place to go! The staff was so friendly. It was like leaving family when we left. Everything is so well run. The horses were matched to everyone's ability. The other activities were a lot of fun. I went with 3 other ladies all over 55. We had a ball!! There were families with small children and everyone had a great time. The food was excellent and very plentiful!! Loved the bottomless cookie jar with homemade cookies! I have recommended this to anyone who would like to visit a guest ranch. Oh, and the views were breathtaking!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

Trip of a lifetime - Tom, Sue and all their staff were amazing, food was superb and horses were simply the best, felt so safe and cared for. The scenery was spectacular and to top off great days out cosy and comfortable accommodation. A truly magical place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank HampshireLoopyLoo
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SmurphElkMtn, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, 10 May 2013
Thank you for traveling so far to spend your week with us.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2012

Tom and Sue and their staff were incredible in their attention to details. In no time the ranch became our second home - the hospitality was incredible! The horse riding was amazing. What incredible views of the Collegiate Peaks and the Aspen forests around them. The wranglers were knowledgeable and fun and ensured we had fun outings every time we left the arena. Other activities were a big hit too - including the hayride, rafting, Aspen trip and especially the after dark games for the kids to play. So much fun can be had when there are no TVs, phones, and other electronic distractions. Food was always delicious and abundant. The never empty cookie jar was another treat. It was a week like no other.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank diane w
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SmurphElkMtn, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, 10 May 2013
Diane, thank you for your kind words and for bringing your family to the ranch.
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Property: Elk Mountain Ranch
Address: 13000 CR 185B, Buena Vista, CO 81211
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Region: United States > Colorado > Buena Vista
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Buena Vista
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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