For a resort that sits on a 6000-acre land, the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa surely has a lot to offer to those who seek something magical during winter. Among their many winter attractions is their sleigh ride tour, which rightfully entitles them as the premier luxury resort destination in the Rocky Mountains.
For those with curious minds, Devil’s Thumb is the name of the rocky outcropping where the resort was built. Legend has it that the warring Native Americans named it as such when they decided to create a lasting peace and bury the Devil. Only the thumb was left exposed, to serve as an eternal reminder to every one of the havocs created by war.
Winter Cross Country Skiing
Devil’s Thumb Ranch features more than one hundred kilometers of groomed trails in the stunning Ranch Creek Valley at the base of the Continental Divide. It’s open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.
There are clinics and lessons for all levels of Nordic skiers. You can rent or purchase equipment. There is also ice skating and snowshoeing at the resort.
Lodging is available year round at this four seasons resort. Choices include The Lodge, the High Lonesome Lodge, Ridgetop Cabins and Bunkhouse. The Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon serves fresh, flavorful food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Read more about them in our article on cross country skiing in Grand County.
Winter Sleigh Ride Tours
Devil’s Thumb Ranch lets people experience the amazing vistas of Byer’s Peak, Devil’s Thumb, Ranch Creek Valley and the Continental Divide through their Cabin Creek Stables’ four sleigh ride offerings, namely:
Feed Sleigh Rides – offered two times a day (10:30 AM Feed and 3 PM Feed), riders are given the opportunity to feed the herds of horses and take a sleigh ride overlooking the gorgeous valley. The tour ends in a camp fire, with s’mores and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy. Children 5 years and below are free of charge, and sleighs can carry up to a maximum of 12 guests.
1-Hour Sleigh Rides – offered 11 AM to 12 PM daily, the tour starts from the Heck’s Patio. Guests are given the chance to learn about and pet the lovely horses before going back to the Lodge. Children 5 years and below are free of charge, and sleighs can carry up to a maximum of 18 guests.
Special Request Sleigh Rides – guests are given the opportunity to create their own unique experience, however they like it. Requests are booked through the Stable’s staff only. Children 5 years and below are free of charge.
Evening Sleigh Rides – offered for a more romantic experience and can be a public or private ride, guests are given that magical experience of watching the sunset while aboard their beautiful horse-drawn sleighs. Tours begin either from the Stables or Heck’s Patio. This tour is offered daily between 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Children 5 years and below are free of charge.
The Devil’s Thumb Resort and Spa has a total of 21 private sites within its premises, with each site having its unique amenities and recreation.
Other winter (and fall) activities include:
- Ice Skating
- Winter Air Rifle Biathlon
- Fat Tire Biking and Nordic Skiing
While summer (and spring) activities include:
- Winter Park 100
- Fly Fishing
- Zip Lining
- Stand-up Paddle Boarding
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
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Address: 3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash, CO