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.
- 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