I have been going to Deer Valley Ranch since I was a child and now enjoy it with my children and family. It is a beautiful, peaceful place, in the Chalk Creek Valley, right below the Chalk Cliffs. There is square dancing, riding, natural spring pools, hot tubs, a "Wild West" play town, children's program, teen program, wrangler's breakfasts, skit night, hikes, rafting on the Arkansas River, day trips, absolutely fantastic food, great housekeeping, and the best staff in the world!! The wranglers are always a hit but the dining room, housekeeping, office, kitchen, and maintenance staff are all superb!
Deer Valley Ranch is just as great "off season," with lower prices. Although you don't get alot of the bells and whistles, the facilities are excellent and it lends for a more peaceful, relaxing time.
The area has alot to offer: fishing, off-roading, ATVing, lots of hiking, a nearby fish hatchery, shopping in Salida (antique stores, boutiques, etc.) and Buena Vista, gorgeous scenery, biking, etc. It is a perfect, insect-free, outdoor adventure place!
What I really appreciate is the wholesome, Christian atmosphere. Deer Valley has a church service on Sundays (during the summer), doesn't allow alcohol, and is a great place to commune with God. They don't prostelitize. It is truly a gem. Go! Whether you are a group (my parents had their 50th anniversary get-together at DVR), family, extended family, couple, or single, it is a fun, peaceful getaway. I highly recommend it. Oh, didn't mention winter options of cross- sountry skiing, downhill skiing and snowbaording at nearby Monarch. Also, a visit to nearby St. Elmo, an old mining "ghost" town where you can feed chipmunks from your hand (and wash them well afterward!) You will love DVR - whether it's full of activities and you put your sore, cowboy/girl body to bed by 9 p.m. or do your own thing. It is a good value. If you go in the summer, almost everything is included (minus a special horseback ride or special amenity). Off-season, doing your own meals is a great deal. I recommend DVR with the highest commendations!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Destination Christian family guest ranch, south-central Colorado, located between two 14,000’ peaks. Horseback riding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, children & teen programs, hot springs pools and outdoor hot tubs, outdoor meals, great food. Families, singles, couples and family reunions. Discount weeks. Open year round. September to May great for groups – church, ski and corporate - and weekend cabin rentals. Making memories since 1954. ... more less