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Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center
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Reviewed 24 August 2010

Family reunion of 47 people ages one to 93. We were given a schedule of meals and what to expect and they did not come through. First nite many people were coming in after dinner and they asked if they could make up dinners, the food was there people, and they could not. The chef gave bags of trail mix from the gift shop for dinner. Second nite we were promised prime rib and salmon, we were taken to their off site bar b que area for burgers and brats. When a family member asked if he could stay in the restaurant and have the promised prime rib and salmon he was told no. Third nite we were told a "creek side bar b que." They over booked and put us in the swimming pool, which meant eating our dinner with the subtle smell of chlorine. We then were given 90 minutes around the campfire that was to be ours the entire evening due to their error and at 9 pm they threw water on the campfire and said it was over. So much for quality family time.
Not well kept up, lights dimmed, its a fire trap, only one staff member was nice and helpful and he was brand new. Food very poor, they don't believe in real vegetables lots of starch and meat was very unappealing.
Oh and their internet was down. Oh and it was over $200 a nite.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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PVRowner, Owner at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hi this review was given before we purchased the property feb 2015. We have done many many changes to the place and still have thousands to go. It is a family owned business and a review like this is not helpful for our future. Would you consider deleting it? It sounds like we aren't a great match as we are a rustic ranch that wasn't well taken care of. It's unfortunate that trip advisor effects our business before we bought it. Hope you have a blessed life and find places to get away that are life giving to you.

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Reviewed 12 August 2010

I'm amazed at the positive reviews this place gets. Although the support staff is nice, the manager was very unfriendly and unwelcoming. The facility is rundown. The only plus is that it's located near beautiful places. There is no view from the lodge itself. The food is generous, but not good.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank sage722
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PVRowner, Owner at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hi this review was given before we purchased the property feb 2015. We have done many many changes to the place and still have thousands to go. It is a family owned business and a review like this is not helpful for our future. Would you consider deleting it? It sounds like we aren't a great match as we are a rustic ranch that wasn't well taken care of. It's unfortunate that trip advisor effects our business before we bought it. Hope you have a blessed life and find places to get away that are life giving to you.

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Reviewed 16 July 2010

Was what our 4 1/2 year old said after we left the ranch. A marvelous place for a family retreat with kids - yes it is rustic, but you will eat well, enjoy nature, bond with other guests, get to know the entire staff, learn to ride, enjoy hiking, fishing and nature, all just 90 minutes west of Denver.

Children's programs were the highlight of the ranch. Kids were broken into age 4-5, 6 to 9 and 10-12. There were two or three kids in each age group, so they got lots of personal attention from their councilor - college aged women or those in their mid 20s. Kids were kept busy from sun rise to bed time. Fishing, petting zoo, arts and craft, making candles, ice cream, apple sauce, making samores, riding horses, swimming in the in door pool. Those under six do not ride alone. Those six and over can ride alone and are given an hour long orientation before going off on trail rides, usually 10 to 15 riders for one to three hour rides.

In terms of technology, Verizon cell-phones worked the best here. There was a desk top computer in the coffee area and a HD/satellite tv in the lounge, but folks rarely used either - instead people came for the riding, the hiking and the family time.

Food was served buffet style. Breakfast at 8, lunch at noon, dinner at 6. Our son has food allergies and we alerted the ranch ahead of time and met with the cook a few minutes after we arrived. At each meal there was a seperate offering just for him, along with children's food. Later in the week a conference was in attendance and I noticed a vegetarian offering for one of those guests. Not too many vacation destinations will take the time to customize a menu for one guest, but Peaceful Valley Ranch certainly did that.

Overall the councilors were what made this a great vacation spot. The kids loved them and they really cared for the children. We felt very comfortable in letting them take care of our children and the ranch isnt so large that you couldnt find your child within minutes if need be. All councilors carried walkie-talkies and were reachable during the day.

Trail rides were in the one to two hour category, but there were also 1/2 day, full day and overnight rides as well. Generally you were with the same horse every day and the stable hands, wranglers and guides were attentive to the needs of the guests who were learning to ride.

Overall a wonderful family vacation, unique and well worth looking into.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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PVRowner, Owner at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review. You can now book online with us at peacefulvalley.com. Check out our deals. We would love to have you visit again. We have made many changes and chip away at our list daily. Our family and staff loves serving our guests. Hope you are creating an amazing life and we wish you well.

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Reviewed 13 July 2010

Our family has officially had the best vacation ever. Our trip to PVR was nothing short of perfect. The trip consisted of me, my husband, our daughter and granddaughter (12 years old). When we checked in we were given a complete tour of the lodge and settled into our cabin, called Wolf Creek. What a wonderful place! It had 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, an upstairs and downstairs porch. Just behind us was the St. Vrain River, which was absolutely wonderful to fall asleep to when we kept the window cracked open!

The cabin is clean and comfortable and is appropriately furnished with comfortable chairs, beds and a large dining table which we used to play cards (when we had time!). There is housekeeping service daily in each cabin. The kitchen was sparsely furnished, with only a sink, coffee pot, microwave and fridge. There were plastic disposable cups for coffee along with a box that had coffee, creamer, sugar, stirrers, etc. While it would have been nice to have actual coffee cups, it wasn’t a necessity. When it comes right down to it, you are fed 3-squares a day at the lodge, so you really needed the kitchen only for the occasional snack or early morning coffee. Now, you need to be aware that this is a CABIN. In the WOODS. This is not the Hilton. If you want the Hilton, stay at a hotel. If you’re going to complain because it’s not fully stocked or there’s some peeling paint, stay at the Hilton. This is a ranch, for heaven’s sake. You don’t spend much time in the cabin anyway – you’re too busy doing other things, and I personally would rather them spend the money and the time creating activities for my family!

The food was AMAZING with plenty of choices, something different every day and an occasional meal on the mountain or at the river (with swimming and tubing!) and a yummy farewell dinner. There is always a kid’s selection available, i.e. chicken nuggets, pizza, PB&J, etc. Alcohol is available at the ranch. In accordance with Colorado law, you can have your own alcohol in your cabin or lodge room, but in the lodge proper outside alcohol cannot be consumed. It must be purchased from the lodge. They also have a fishing pond next to the lodge and if you catch a fish the staff will cook it up for your dinner that night – now how fun is that?!

They have counselors for each age group, and the kids can choose to go with the counselors for the day, a half day or a portion of the day. The groups are split into two-year groups (i.e. 4-6, 8-10, 10-12, etc.).The parents are welcome to attend, but the counselors are marvelous (with many of them in college taking courses in elementary, middle or high school education) and it’s so good for the kids to have their own “alone time” with kids their own age. Kids are taken on their own horseback rides (once again, parents can tag along if they wish), play games, do crafts, and sometimes just sit around and talk! They encourage the kids to participate in every aspect of the ranch, including feeding the animals at the petting zoo, learning to saddle horses, etc. Our granddaughter was shy at first and wouldn’t leave our side; however once she finally got with her group we had a hard time pulling her away from her new friends! Her counselor, Caitlin, really knew how to encourage her to participate and would seek us out to invite us to the different events they were doing, enticing our DGD to finally join in.

The activities list is vast, and they post sign-up sheets at the front desk every day for the next day’s events. You can pick and choose to participate as you’d like. We signed up for everything available – and we weren’t sorry at all!! I highly recommend the chili-cookoff even if you don’t like chili! Everyone is split into teams (and no, not with your own family – you get to play with other guests at the ranch, and even ranch employees!). A “cook” is chosen from your group, and everyone else has to play games to win “money” to get ingredients for your chili – what a BLAST it was!! The end-of-the-week rodeo is done by staff and guests alike. The kids have “rodeo practice” the day before so they can perform little things they are taught by their counselors and wranglers. They have games the guests join in and awards and ribbons are handed out at the talent show that evening.

They have horseback rides available every day, rain or shine (although the ride will be cancelled if there is lightening), and rides are done by age group or ability. There are rides available for the casual trail-rider, for groups who want to an occasional trot or lope, or even all-out running rides. Before you even arrive at the ranch, a questionnaire is sent to you to find out what type of riding you do (or have done in the past), what you feel your riding experience is, and what you’d like to learn (if anything) while you are at the ranch. With that information, the wranglers pick an appropriate horse for you and that is the horse you ride your entire vacation. Orientation is done for EVERY guest rider at the ranch, whether you have ridden before or not. The wranglers are so much fun, and it won’t be long before they know you and your horse! They also have cowboy boots for you to wear so you don’t have to buy your own. Kids 12 and under must wear riding helmets. Some of the kids brought their skateboard helmets to use, otherwise helmets are provided for kids and adults (like me) who prefer to wear helmets.

For those who don’t ride horses (or who’s bum is just sore from riding!), there is access to all of the activities off-site, such as Breakfast on the Mountain, The Three Bears Picnic or the ride to Jamestown by car or wagon, so nobody is ever left out. My husband and I took the day tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park and our guide, Fred, was a wealth of knowledge and quite entertaining.

Our granddaughter didn’t want to leave – she said she felt like she was leaving her family. Every single staff member – from the ranch hand to the owner is friendly, helpful, and so much fun! They really treat you as family, and they do many of the activities with you so you get to know them better.

I highly recommend this ranch; it is well worth the time and money to check it out. We’re already planning our trip back in two years!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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PVRowner, Owner at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review. You can now book online with us at peacefulvalley.com. Check out our deals. We would love to have you visit again. We have made many changes and chip away at our list daily. Our family and staff loves serving our guests. Hope you are creating an amazing life and we wish you well.

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Reviewed 12 July 2010

Just got back. Wonderful trip and wonderful staff. My 6 and 9 year old children loved it and didn't want to leave. Great variety of activites for the kids and adults. Great food and very friendly and wonderful staff. We stayed in a cabin and loved the privacy and rustic setting. It's location is very convenient if you fly into Denver.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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PVRowner, Owner at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review. You can now book online with us at peacefulvalley.com. Check out our deals. We would love to have you visit again. We have made many changes and chip away at our list daily. Our family and staff loves serving our guests. Hope you are creating an amazing life and we wish you well.

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Reviewed 14 June 2010

We spent 2 night during off season but staff treated us like royalty. We rented a 2 bedroom cabin with a balcony overlooking the river. The accomodations were "rustic" but just what we were looking for at a dude ranch. The cabin was clean and homey- even had a fireplace! The staff was wonderful and especially accomodating to our children-- gave an educational program where kids made homemade applesauce and candles. We found it delightful and relaxing.

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PVRowner, Owner at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review. You can now book online with us at peacefulvalley.com. Check out our deals. We would love to have you visit again. We have made many changes and chip away at our list daily. Our family and staff loves serving our guests. Hope you are creating an amazing life and we wish you well.

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Reviewed 26 May 2010

We just spent a week at Peaceful Valley Ranch near Lyons, Colorado. The first few days were spent with new and old friends at a wedding, and then it was just us taking long mountain trail hikes and rides on horseback – two activities we have rarely attempted. Some meals were at the Ranch and others in nearby Estes Park and Lyons. We played ping-pong, took a hot bath, worked out in their exercise room, read, drank, ate and slept a lot. And rarely have we felt so relaxed and so welcome.

We have stayed in far more luxurious places and less expensive places as well. We seek haute cuisine and this was not the place although the meals were well-made, abundant and nutritious. But we absolutely fell in love with the ranch and mountains but especially the staff – the reception area folks, the wranglers, the servers in the restaurant and even the chef and handyman. It was quiet once the wedding party left and before a senior class arrived for a special trip. Once the dude season kicks in, this place must get crazy. Staff works hard whether they have 2 guests or many.

But we think we have found the place where we can relax and enjoy the company of people whose only job seems to be to make us feel welcome. We will come back hopefully often.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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PVRowner, Owner at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review. You can now book online with us at peacefulvalley.com. Check out our deals. We would love to have you visit again. We have made many changes and chip away at our list daily. Our family and staff loves serving our guests. Hope you are creating an amazing life and we wish you well.

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Additional Information about Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center

Address: 475 Peaceful Valley Rd, Lyons, CO 80540-8951 (Formerly Peaceful Valley Bed & Breakfast)
Region: United States > Colorado > Lyons
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Lyons
Price Range: £70 - £99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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