There are few places in this world that successfully combine raw, rustic living with five-star accommodations. One such rarity is Devil’s Thumb Ranch, which boasts “5,000 acres of raw Colorado”.
My wife visited this beautiful ranch about three years ago for a writer’s conference and retreat. She came home gushing, not about the speakers or the opportunity to write, but about the beauty of the land and the hospitality of the staff.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch is located west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains and offers a host of outdoor activities for your enjoyment. From fly fishing to horseback riding, from snowshoeing to mountain biking, from skiing to swimming, this place has everything you could possibly want in an invigorating vacation.
And after you’ve spent the day taxing your muscles and taking in the scenery, you can enjoy a massage or body wrap in the ranch’s private spa.
They have 16 cabins and a lodge onsite for guests who wish to stay a while, and you’ll find that the accommodations are more than suitable for a relaxing vacation. Each room features exposed-beam architecture, soothing colors and quaint, yet elegant furniture.
For those of you who are interested in green living, you’ll be happy to know that Devil’s Thumb Ranch is committed to eco-friendly practices. Their buildings are heated geothermally to cut down on energy usage, and all meals served on the property come from organic meat and produce.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, you can get a bite to eat in the Ranch House Restaurant or the Saloon, and you are always free to select a bottle from hundreds of vintages in the wine cellar. All in all, this is an amazing place to spend your next vacation, whether you plan to travel in the summer or in the winter.
When visiting a ranch of this size, it’s fair to say that you’ll do a considerably amount of hiking. Make sure to pack a pair of sturdy hiking boots with solid ankle support, such as the Oakley All Mountain LTs for men or the Keen Targhee II Mids for women.