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“Best Ever Family Vacation”
Review of Elk Mountain Ranch

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Elk Mountain Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Elk Mountain Ranch is one of the most wonderful places on earth, think family camp with cowboys. We spent a glorious week this August with our two daughters ages 4 & 6. Having no riding experience we were reassured by the orientation on the first day and thoroughly enjoyed the riding to a point that we hope to continue to ride in the future The children's program was fabulous, our girls loved going to it everyday and we loved the balance between alone time as a couple and family oriented activities with our children (whiffle ball, hot dog cookout, hay ride, square dancing, and a lot more). The children experienced a level of freedom they rarely enjoy being able to gallivant around the ranch whether it be to the kid's playhouse, the petting zoo, or the swing set. I should also note that the day of rafting in the middle of the week was a perfect break from riding (although riding is always an option) and our girls loved the hot springs.

The staff and wonderful owners were extremely kind going above and beyond what we would expect. They accommodated our complicated dietary limitations, baked chocolate cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles on my daughter's birthday, let my girls walk the lambs and groom the horses, taught us how to lasso, gave my husband a spur of the moment fly-fishing lesson and so much more. The cabins were kept spotless, the beds were incredibly comfortable, and the cowboy theme was adorable.

This is a family vacation you can book with your eyes closed.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

We were honored that you came all the way from the Netherlands to our little piece of heaven. Please tell the girls that the goats miss their walks with them. We hope to see you down the trail again in the future.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

We brought our kids ages 8 and 10 to Elk Mountain for a week of horse back riding and fun. We were very satisfied. Elk Mountain catered to all of our needs, Our cabin was spotless and well maintained. Activity pace can be adjusted to your needs and there is never any doubt what you can do. Sue (one of the owners) even seeded the creek with "silver nuggets" so my son could go panning. The riding is very peaceful and my kids were up on horses the first day. We always felt safe with the wranglers. Also enjoyed the other guests and made a few new friends. Tom and Sue have a well run business that offers a unique vacation in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Well worth the money!

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

Thanks for coming to see us from that little Indian town...Chi -ca- go. It was a joy to have your family with us this August. What a great group of guests. We really had an international flavor with folks from all over the globe that week. Thank you for your faith in us.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Our family (wife and two boys - 8 and 10) had a wonderful time at this ranch. It started by a very warm greeting the moment we drove on the ranch. Somehow they knew our names and called us by name from day one. Probably one of the biggest things that we noticed from day one was how well the staff were trained and how much they valued us as a client. Every staff member made us feel like home and they wanted to make sure we had a great time. We loved everything about this ranch. Every meal was an experience due to the great tasting food, great people (other guests), and the ranch hands that were assigned to each table. The activities were very well planned and executed flawlessly. As a dad who usually gets to plan our vacations I particularly enjoyed this ranch because from day one I could put my brain in neutral and let them handle things... We have been home for a few weeks now and we miss the ranch terribly. Our family will remember this vacation forever... If you plan on attending Elk Mountain get ready for an experience of a lifetime...

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

Kevin, we loved having your family with us. It was a great group of guests. The kids (and adults) had some much fun that week. It is such a pleasure and honor to have families such as your with us at the ranch. It truly makes our business so much fun. We hope to see you back at the ranch... maybe for Connor's 12th birthday. Happy trails.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We came as a German family of 5 and didn't really know what we would have to expect. At every time of our stay we felt very warmly taken care of by all team members. Tom and Sue put so much of their own character into this ranch, the weekly program and the delicious food that you can be sure every thing will go beyond your expectations. Horses get very nice treatment, wranglers love their work and nature, house staff acts as if it was their own, kids are always loved and taken care of. We will come back.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

Hallo Ulrich, It was an honor to have your family with us this summer. We sure enjoyed our conversations and learning more about Germany. Hopefully, the kids were able to apply the English skills and didn't pick up any bad ones around the barn. We would love to have you all back with us in the future. Bis bald..... Auf wierdersehen.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

I've been there 4 times already, and will come back again. The whole family had a wonderful time and we enjoyed the riding and all the other activities. Food was fantastic and the cabins are clean and perfectly decorated.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

We look forward to seeing you all next year. We are so happy that you brought your family with you this time. We can't wait to spend more time with them next year. Quigley with be ready and waiting for you.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

My family of four loved every moment on the ranch. The staff gave us a nice warm welcome and made us feel right at home. Tom and Sue, the owners, were so kind and understanding. The food, lodging and activities were excellent and very clean. The trail riding was awesome and all the horses there were very sweet. If you wanted to just relax and enjoy the ranch and the beautiful mountains that was excellent too. All the animals on the ranch are well cared for and part of the family too. My daughter loved the petting zoo and the rodeo at the end of the week was a blast!! We enjoyed the company of the owners, staff and guests. We definitely will plan another vacation to the ranch in the future. We just loved it so much!!

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

What a pleasure! The opportunity to meet your family is one we will always treasure. Please tell Jacob that Tuffy misses him. He is such a uplifting young man and I already miss his morning greetings. All our best for Erika. God bless.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

I have never been to a Dude Ranch and it is something I wanted to do most of my adult life. This was a Christmas gift from my husband. It exceeded all my expectations! Great place, great people, great horses and great scenery! Highly recommended!

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Additional Information about Elk Mountain Ranch

Address: 13000 Cr 185b, Buena Vista, CO 81211
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: £2,148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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