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“A rustic retreat in a beautiful setting” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch
Ranked #2 of 4 Boulder B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
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“A rustic retreat in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

We stayed for two nights in one of the cabins. It had a queen sized bed and two twin sized bunks. I loved the accommodations. They are rustic if you are expecting a five star hotel. But we enjoy camping and outdoors and the scenery is beautiful to say the least. Our room was clean and it was freezing with snow flurries when we stayed but the wood stove was great. The people that run it are sweet and accommodating. Scott is the chef and his food was amazing. Everything is fresh and cooked to perfection. Make sure you have the deviled eggs and smoked trout hash for breakfast. Service is great. It was there first night open for the season and Billy played on the piano while we ate. It was great. Make sure you hike Lower Calf Creek Falls while in the area.

Room Tip: I would recommend doing a cabin for the privacy.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RJVB2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Park City, Utah
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

I'm sorry but, even though the people at the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch are really nice, the place is seriously dirty. The tub had what appeared to be rodent droppings in it, a mouse ran through the lounge, there were really nasty dirty little rugs on the dining tables, etc. Would be a cute getaway if they would clean the place. The public bathroom is falling apart and also really not clean. I almost slept in the car.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank nbdv
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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

Dark, old, basic. Stayed here because the Boulder Lodge was not available and we wanted to have dinner at Hells Backbone Grill (restaurant is everything you’ve read about) which is next to the Lodge. I would pass on the Guest Ranch however. You may enjoy staying here if you are looking for an adventure - it needs a LOT of work. Cannot recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LUV2TRAVELU
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Salem, Oregon, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

This place was a welcome end to a hiking trip. The food, service, and room were all great. And we had an impromptu fiddle concert at dinner. Could not have been a better experience unless I'd been able to stay longer.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Joanne D
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Kingston, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

My wife and I stayed in one of the cabins in Sept. 2013 for 4 nights. We immediately noticed the layer of dust covering everything in the room. The toilet seat was so loose, you almost fell over when seated and the water pressure coming out of the shower was more like a dribble. The included breakfast was, usually ice cold, hard boiled eggs, white bread and some nice fruit. On the nights the place was full with maybe 20 people, the kitchen would try to cook something special like scrambled eggs, except they didn't know how to cook for a crowd. Not enough of anything and people had to wait for restocking. All the people working their are young hippies (like I was in the '70s) except I wasn't trying to run a hotel and restaurant. I heard the owner lives in Salt lake City. Maybe he should get his butt down there once in a blue moon.

Room Tip: My tip would be not to stay here.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank tdechill
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

Off the beaten path, secluded and lovely. We stayed in the yurt which had a very comfortable bed, so comfortable that we extended our stay. The food was amazingly gourmet, fresh from the onsite garden and inspiring. There is a short trail to a waterfall on site and there are a lot of other hikes within short driving distances. Next time we will plan a week at this location because of the great value, close by hikes and overall enriching experience of being at this beautiful place with genuine people.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank january24_s
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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

If I am expected to drive down a graveled, washboard surface canyon road for 3 1/2 miles to stay somewhere, I would hope that the destination would be worth it. Not so here.

We stayed in the "upper suite" consisting of 2 bedrooms and 1 bath in the main building, located in the back. The suite was heated by a space heater in each bedroom. I am not a fan of space heaters, given their safety history. There was also a wood burning stove in one bedroom.

I can deal with the space heater, and the wood burning stove, as heat sources. However, I am bothered by the lack of smoke or carbon monooxide detectors, and no fire extinguisher.

Mmmm...seems that there is no concern for guest safety.

This is a log cabin structure. All wood. How is a guest to know if a fire starts in the building?

How is the fire dept contacted if a fire started?

The stairway to the suite had outdoor lights mounted, with exposed bare bulbs, supposedly activated by motion. Our motion during the evening hours did not trigger any of the lights, making stairway walking a challenge at night.

At night, I attempted to close the venetian blinds in the bedroom, which fell immediately to the floor in a heap. Have you tried to untangle the cords of a venetian blind when you are trying to get to bed?

There were noticeable gaps in the framing of the doorway entrance, allowing cold air leakage into the room. Some caulking is in order.

During the morning, our room had a noticeable aroma from smoke pouring out of a vent from the kitchen below our room. Shouldn't smoke be vented above and away from sleeping spaces?

It seemed that lamp cords and space heater cords occupied room receptacles. Perhaps the owners were not aware that guests need open receptacles to recharge cell phones. Disconnect any cord, and you get no heat or no light. Tough choice.

We were advised that the ranch was fully occupied during our stay. During breakfast the next morning, one of the staff snapped at one of my colleagues when a inquiry was made about the hour long wait for breakfast, "we only have one cook, cut him some slack!" That one cook took food orders, cooked, as well as served breakfast. If they were so full, why could other staff personnel, including her, not plan ahead and pitch in to help out?

The food was the bright spot when it was finally served. Sourdough blueberry pancakes were delish! And the WiFi worked.

The ranch's pet dog, roaming around in the kitchen, however, was quite bothersome.

Other reviewers have mentioned the yound age of staff. I agree. Experienced hotel management is needed in this location to make a stay safer, cleaner, and healthier.

The valley view, and location, could make this ranch an exceptional place to enjoy a ranch experience.

On the way out of town, we ran into a cattle drive on Rt 12. It was a hoot to see cowboys and cattle coming down the street. Boulder Mountain could easily offer similar experiences in an upgraded environment. More TLC please!!

We'll wait to make the 3 1/2 mile trek again until other reviewers write of safer conditions, and competent management.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Vince1951
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Property: Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch
Address: 3621 Hells Backbone Road, P.O. Box 1373, Boulder, UT 84716
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Region: United States > Utah > Boulder
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Boulder
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch is located off the famous Highway 12 on Hell's Backbone Road between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon. We are a rustic and quaint lodge with cabins and luxury camping available as well. We have an onsite restaurant called the Sweetwater Kitchen, named after the lovely creek that runs through our property. Hell's Last Outpost is our general store where you can enjoy a cold beverage, trail maps, and art from local artists. We have an onsite hike to a beautiful waterfall where you can enjoy a nice picnic lunch from the Sweetwater Kitchen. All of our rooms are unique to themselves, displaying art of the local canyon country. Take a walk through our garden where you will see your dinner growing for that evening and enjoy a nice hot shower in our living solar shower made from growing willows. Don't forget to call ahead for guide outfitting and horseback riding! ... more   less 
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