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“Great family getaway”
Review of Avalanche Ranch

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Avalanche Ranch
Ranked #3 of 7 Carbondale B&B and Inns
Vail, Colorado
2 reviews
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“Great family getaway”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

We just returned from one night at Avalanche Ranch and the kids are already planning our return. The cabins are rustic and comfortable and the staff is helpful, kind, and competent. We particularly enjoyed the wood burning stove in cabin #5 and our two boys (7 and 9) were so happy reading and playing in the cozy loft. They also very much appreciated the delicious home baked cookies and dog biscuits that were in our cabin on arrival (yes, this is a pet friendly place and our dog loved it as much as we did). The hot springs were beautiful, warm, and peaceful. Stargazing together through the rising steam was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Avalanche Ranch is a perfect spot for a couple, family, or group of friends - anyone who wants to unplug, unwind, and enjoy the company of loved ones in a breathtaking setting. I recommend thinking carefully through footwear and clothing choices for the post-soak stroll back to your cabin.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Spent a winter weekend here with a group of friends and loved it! The accommodations are semi-rustic, but the attention to detail is what makes av ranch so perfect. The beds are incredibly comfortable, the springs lovely, and there's even a sweet selection of organic teas in the kitchen. They have a blissful snowshoe (hiking) trail and gorgeous mountain views. This is a very special place run by very wonderful people!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Vail, Colorado
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

We had 4 people in cabin #8 and had other family members in cabins 5, 6 & 7. We were very comfortable with a Queen bed, double in the loft and a futon. The cabins are decorated in typical cabin decor and the bathtub/shower was a bear claw tub. We loved the hot springs and our kids played a lot of ping-pong with their cousins. The ice rink was not firmly solid because it was above 32 degrees, but we tried anyway. There are not a lot of skates so if you have your own, you should bring them. We had a great weekend with the perfect mix of relaxing and adventure.

We snowshoed on top of McClure Pass as recommended by the staff which was a highlight. The views are amazing.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Avalanche Ranch has a series of detached cabins, self catering, about 10 miles out of Carbondale, CO. It is nestled into the hillside leaving the cabins with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. They have recently added hot spring bathing pools which are excellent! There is a cool-ish pool complete with waterfall, a warmer pool, and a hot pool for soaking. All of them were warm enough to enjoy during the freezing temperatures. They are gorgeous and very enjoyable all the way around. I had stayed at Avalanche Ranch for a couple of nights in 2005 before the hot springs and enjoyed it then, the soaking pools just make it that much better!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

There are several types of cabins and all of them are cozy and rustic. We rented 3 of the cabins for a special event. We liked the layout of our cabin with a loft up high and a bed and futon below and a private bedroom. The kitchen included everything except the food. The lodge is a great place for the kids (and adults) to hang out and the hot spring pools are very soothing, and romantic.There's also a delightful gift shop on the property. The owners of this establishment are long-time local residents. You are treated with the wonderful hospitality that is so characteristic of this western area. This is a beautiful valley on the Crystal River and not to be missed for a scenic drive through the Elk Mountains of Colorado. You'll want to stay for more than 1 night!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

I joined my significant other's family to celebrate his dad's 60th birthday at Avalanche Ranch. We stayed there for three days. The cabins were a great mix of rustic and modern. The shower is a bear claw tub which my significant other found a bit difficult to maneuver because he's so tall but I liked it. We found a mouse in our cabin but I'm not scared of little critters so I did not mind. We just let the little guy outside and it was find. The best creature we saw there was a bear. The resort has a lot of apple trees on the property, which invite wildlife, in particular bears. It was amazing to see one up close. It was great to have late night access to the hot springs. It was very romantic to sit in a warm spring under the stars. Overall, we had a very nice time. I would go back without any hesitation.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

We spent part of our honeymoon here and found it a fantastic, peaceful place to wind down from the excitement of our wedding. The pools are designed with as much care and quality as a 5-star resort, and when we were there mid-September they were not at all crowded. We stayed in the room above the office (can't remember the number), which was very modern and well-equipped for cooking. The staff was friendly and helped us figure out the gas fireplace one evening, and otherwise we had a great time going on hikes in the vicinity. We would definitely come back. I don't know what the other cabins look like on the inside, but the whole place has a very nice layout, part hippie, part farm, very well taken care of.

Room Tip: The room above the office was great (the only non-cabin, I think)
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Avalanche Ranch

Property: Avalanche Ranch
Address: 12863 Highway 133, Carbondale, CO 81623
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Region: United States > Colorado > Carbondale
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Carbondale
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
13 cozy log cabins, tastefully appointed, and a 3 bedroom Ranch House. Located on 36 acres 12 miles S. of Carbondale, CO. Spectacular mountain views! Hot Springs on site, stocked pond, riverfront, ice-skating, snowshoes provided. Great venue for family reunions, retreats, weddings and romantic getaways! Pet friendly. ... more   less 
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