Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a complete resort
Ryan Summerlin November 9, 2012
Nestled in the shadow of the Continental Divide near Tabernash, Devil’s Thumb Ranch has over 6,000 acres of sweeping meadows and meandering creeks.
The ranch is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Since 1938, cowboys and poets and ranchers and city folk and Nordic skiers have escaped to Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Today the Ranch offers a classy and upscale getaway.
The Lodge offers cozy single rooms and multi-room suites, a cafe, pub/bistro, fitness center, theater, a six-sided, three-story fireplace constructed from stones gathered from a rockslide near the Ranch, and even a miniature bowling alley. The cabins range in size from one bedroom lofts to spacious four bedroom cabins with full kitchens and two baths and many are dog-friendly. The original Elk lodge at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was moved down the road a couple of miles and has been repurposed as the Bunkhouse designed for the budget-conscious travelers including nine rooms with private bath, four rooms with a shared bath, and two small common areas. Both Heck’s Tavern and the Ranch House Restaurant (dinner only) are open daily and have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence among other awards.
Trail passes to use the extensive XC or snowshoe system are $20 per day. Grand Nordic members pay $15. Season passes are $180 until Dec. 1 and $240 thereafter. Special pricing applies for kids and seniors. Five day individual punch cards, transferable 10 day punch cards, and family passes are available. Grand Nordic member rates, local business passes and a joint pass with Snow Mountain Ranch are all available by calling the Adventure Center at 970-726-8231.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch is a proud partner of the “one planet one pass” program, with participating resorts in Spain, Germany, Austria and Canada…Devil’s Thumb Ranch Season Pass holders get three days on Monarch Mountain.
Grand County Residents ONLY qualify for a $125 Locals Season Pass by presenting your driver’s license.
The Ski Shop has the latest in clothes, XC ski equipment and other gear with lessons and rentals available including snowshoes, ice skates, ski joring harnesses and leashes as well as sleds to trailer toddlers on the ski trails. The tubing hill is free. Sleigh rides are available in winter and horseback riding year-round. And to end your day, relax in the hot tub or massage out the kinks at Ranch Creek Spa.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled has XC Ski days every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and every Friday morning is Grand County Public School Kids Fun Day. During January and February, kids 3-10 enjoy free lessons Friday mornings. Every month there is a Ski Joring Clinic to learn to ski with your dog – equipment available. And ski, skate or snowshoe under the full moon each month and then warm up with a bonfire and complementary hot chocolate.
The Tommelfest is the season’s grand kickoff Dec. 1 complete with free lessons by University of Denver Nordic team and Grand Nordic instructors featuring a noon clinic by Haley Johnson of the U.S. Biathlon Team with Laser Biathlon. Grand Nordic members additionally receive free equipment and trail pass if needed.
Watch the team sprints or the keg toss, have grog and beer and BBQ, take advantage of retail specials and win prizes. For more formation call 970-726-8231 or visit www.devilsthumbranch.com.
Other events this year include the 26th Annual Governor’s Cup in January and Ski-Sip- and Spa Day in February, and the Backyard BBQ to end the season.