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Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We loved our stay at DTR. Our gorgeous suite in the High Lonesome Lodge was the epitome of cozy ski lodge, complete heated tile flooring, bathroom sauna, fireplace, and breathtaking views. Some of the staff went above and beyond to make our experience special. The gentleman (Tyler?) at the coffee shop, Anthony at the stable, and restaurant staff were especially polite and attentive. Unfortunately, we got very little information or welcome at check in, and were literally handed a map and room keys--unaware that our lodging was in an entirely different building.
Another point to be aware of when staying at DTR is that you should be prepared to walk. If you stay in a cabin, you will basically need a car or be ready to walk 1/2 a mile to and from the resort center. Resort transportation is available when scheduled.
The only issue I had with DTR during our 4 day stay was the limited choice of food. Dining is limited to the coffee shop and 2 restaurants (one of which is more upscale and not what we wanted, traveling with kids). The food situation gets a bit monotonous and I think the menu could benefit from expansion or a little C-store (however the food here is delish). If we stay here again, I will be sure to request a room with kitchenette. Overall, a fabulous place for a relaxing long weekend with tons of amenities. We hope to visit again soon!

Room Tip: High Lonesome Lodge is a short walk from the main lodge and is brand new.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Devil's Thumb Ranch is the quintessential Colorado luxury resort experience. The staff and the attention to detail at this beautiful resort is without equal in Colorado. The rooms are large yet cozy, the bathrooms are beautifully appointed (immense luxurious soaking tubs) and the grounds are a pleasure to the eye. The Ranch House Restaurant is elegant yet relaxed and The Rocky Mountain Trout entree was one of the best dishes my husband and I have experienced in years. Spectacular! The spa experience was second to none, exceeding my every expectation with regard to the quality of the masseuse, steam room, sauna, showers and amenities. DTR's is an elegantly crafted, singularly Colorado style resort that transports you from the moment you enter the main lobby. The Nordic trails are wonderful and showcase the beauty of the valley and majestic mountain vistas. We will return again and again to this beautiful resort.

Room Tip: Main lodge is wonderful
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Really cozy! Such a breathtaking valley, too. Love the trails and staff is also top notch!
We will be back! Oh- love the pool so much as well as the sauna and steam room. Also enjoyed the fire pit happy hour deals! GREAT!!

Room Tip: What a great place. Attention to details all the way.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

DTR is a must visit place. I wondered myself why haven't I heard of this place earlier.
I stayed at main lodge and the place reminded me of hobbit's home.
All the outdoor activities were exciting and foods were palatable.
All the staffs I encountered were very professional and pleasant as well.
This is an experience you must undertake!
Two (devil's) thumbs up!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Made our reservation based on Tripadvisor reviews - thank you, everyone! We did wish there had been a few more details on certain things, so we'll include them here.

This place should change its name from Devil's Thumb to Angel's Hand, since angels seem to have a hand in everything about this heavenly place! We stayed two nights (Thurs and Friday, including Valentine's Day) in one of the log cabins, since we wanted to bring our two small dogs. The cabin we stayed in was perfect for two - had a living/dining area with a fireplace, couch and chair, dining table, flat screen TV, a great-sized coat/luggage closet with a safe, a small kitchenette (sink, counter, decent-sized refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and all kinds of supplies including dishes etc.). The bedroom was in a charming loft area. The bathroom was downstairs and a good size, with tub/shower, hairdryer, a makeup mirror, high-end toiletries and a beautiful and private window to see the forest (in fact, beautiful big windows and views throughout the cabin). The cabin was stylishly decorated in a western motif that was elegant, not kitschy. When you walk in the door, it is like walking into your own cozy world! The little touches of humor were fun - like a do-not-disturb sign that says "G'on, Git!" We had also told them that it was the anniversary of our engagement, and they brought over delicious chocolate covered strawberries with a charming card!

There are I believe 12 cabins, and all except 3 allow dogs. Some cabins are larger - some have several bedrooms, two baths and full kitchens. Although the main lodge would be more convenient in some ways, we were glad we stayed in these great cabins.

The cabins are up on a ridgeline above the lodge - it's about a 1/2 mile away. In winter you need to drive to the lodge from your cabin ( they keep the road well-plowed), but I'm guessing that it would be a pleasant 10-15 minute walk in summer. There are two restaurants in the main lodge, plus a coffee place. We ate at Hecks, the more casual( but still elegant) restaurant, for breakfast both days, and it was terrific! Best pancakes we've ever had, and magnificent big windows to take in the views. Service was excellent. We also had coffee and a sandwich in Hallowed Grounds - the coffee place; also charming and great views. We didn't eat at The Ranch House, although we walked by it and it looked gorgeous (next time!). We are vegetarians, and there were plenty of choices for us on the menus. If you want dinner at Hecks or The Ranch House on a holiday or other peak time, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time - we waited to long to do this and missed out - they were booked for Valentine's Day. We also appreciated a great recommendation from Toby at the front desk re: pizza places in town (try Hernandos in Winterpark - very crowded, but you can get take-out of their great pizza and bring it back to your cabin or room).

We came to Devil's Thumb to cross-country ski, and we were not disappointed. Incredible 110 kms of groomed trails - we joked that it would take us months to ski all of them! We had our own gear, but there is a well-appointed Nordic center that has everything any x-country skier would need, and lessons for beginners. We did most of our skiing on Friday, and had many of the trails to ourselves; on Saturday, it was more crowded at the trail heads near the lodge, and in the nordic center - looked like ski racing teams were training. For those who need the downhill rush, Winterpark ski area is just short drive 10-15 minutes up the road. Personally, even though I enjoy downhill skiing too, the vibe with cross country is just so much better - it is peaceful, a great workout, and you don't have to worry about weed-smoking snowboarders plowing you over, or ridiculous lift lines.

There is also a spa, which we did not use, but we did check it out for future visits - it's also gorgeous, and we will definitely try their services next visit!

There are some little quirks that did not bother us, but worth mentioning. The bed in our cabin was incredibly comfortable, but seemed small (a full or queen - we weren't sure). My husband is 6'4 and we really could have used a king bed - I will ask next time if there are other cabins with king beds. Some things in the cabin looked great, but weren't practical ( e.g.the beautiful suede/leather couch was too narrow to really be comfortable for sitting, and the bathroom sink was a charming old-western style but the faucets stick out so much that they are not practical for face washing or shaving). And although the bathroom was good sized and very attractive, it was a little cumbersome to go downstairs in the middle of the night to use this lone bathroom (and the wood stairs need some slip strips - we had to walk gingerly to avoid slipping). I believe that some cabins are all one level , so it might be worthwhile to ask if you have mobility issues. Overall, these issues were so minor to us that they did not detract from our overall stay at all.

There are other great features - they are a green facility, and there was recycling and geothermally heated floors (nice and warm!), etc. in our cabin. Our log cabin I'm sure was at least a few years old, but it looks like it was just built last week - that's how well-maintained and clean it was - no evidence of wear and tear - how do they do that? And throughout the resort there is just a welcoming, friendly feel. Even though this is a classy place, it is an understated elegance, not at all pretentious. They do an excellent job of making guests feel like they are in another world, one that is fun and relaxing! The staff is just terrific - every single staff member that we encountered was cheerful and helpful. This place also hums like a well-oiled machine - every need is met and catered to, sometimes before you even think of it. We declined housekeeping so that we could leave our dogs undisturbed in the cabin; later, when we needed a few things, we called the front desk - they actually have housekeeping staff out in the cabin area 24/7, and our items were cheerfully delivered in less than 5 minutes!

Although the location is absolutely breathtaking (even the photos on their website do not do it justice) , getting there can be a little challenging in winter - be prepared for weather issues. In any other season, it would be a very easy 1 1/2 hour drive from downtown Denver. However, in winter, the 30 minute drive up and over Berthoud Pass might take a lot longer. There was light snow/sleet/wind when we drove it, and there was ice on the winding roads. They do keep it plowed, but allow for extra time, and if you are faint of heart, take a vehicle with snow tires and/or 4-wheel drive. We made it over in our SUV with all-weather tires, but we went slow - it just took us an extra 30 minutes or so (about 2 hours total).

I mentioned "next time" - there will very definitely be many more next times! We will check out their "stay two nights get one free" deals in the off-season too. This place was heaven for us - best mini-vacay we have ever had! We can't wait to come up in summer to hike and bike, and in fall to see the colorful leaves. We hope to be regulars here!

Room Tip: Cabins are great for privacy and charm, and you can bring your dog! If you do the cabins in winter...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We spent 4 nights in one of the cabins at Devils Thumb in February. 'Cabin' is really a misnomer - these were log cabin style, fully appointed, houses. Roomy, clean, tastefully decorated, comfortable......there aren't enough adjectives to describe them. The Nordic skiing at the Ranch is one of a kind, and down hill is just 10 minutes away.The Resort has something for everyone, and the staff are friendly and professional. It's obvious that their goal is to make their clients vacations as pleasant and as memorable as possible. Can't wait to experience it in the summer!!

Room Tip: A cabin is the best way to go. Quiet, nestled in amongst the trees with a view across the ranch, it...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We stayed at Devils Thumb after Christmas 2013 and certainly got the quiet "adult" experience we were seeking. Rooms are great, spacious bathroom with soaking tub, the feeling of elegance and mountain luxury.
Our spa visit was a special experience because it was unhurried and attentive.
But, we wonder if adding the new rooms and event space will diminish the experience. It may just add way too many people.
This was not our first visit - we did a corporate retreat in the cabins with 10 people - but Devils a Thumb may be a victim of its own success. Dinner one night in Heck's was loud and chaotic with big family groups.
Our Ranch House experience was much mellower, with an outstanding conversational bartender.
So why only four stars? A feeling of too many people, and we've thought the food has declined in quality. Still tastes good, but not "over the top" imagination.
We will return to Devils a Thumb, but look for quieter times.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO 80478
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Region: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Tabernash
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Tabernash
Price Range: £195 - £612 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an environmentally friendly year-round Ranch resort and spa offering rustically upscale accommodations, fine dining and an array of winter and summer outdoor and wilderness recreation activities including Nordic skiing, flyfishing and horseback riding. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 65 miles west of Denver, 10 minutes from Winter Park. Our Ranch encompasses 6000 acres at the foot of the Continental Divide in the beautiful Ranch Creek Valley of Grand County. ... more   less 
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