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Reviewed 4 July 2016

We (Couple, 1 daughter) were planning to spend a week on a Ranch. We scanned dozens of Ranches on the web and finally decided to go for EMR. We had some busy weeks before we left and were quite stressed when we arrived. The stress disappeared within short after arriving at the Ranch. We were greeted by the staff, they...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. It was great to get to know you all. The scenery and horses really make the experience but the staff is the glue that makes it all happen. Sorry about the generator, we are continually looking to improve the situation but this is part of being in our remote part of the country. We...

Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Just book it! Seriously, quit comparing other places and schedule your vacation here at Elk Mountain Ranch. This was the best vacation! Sue, Tom and the entire ranch staff make you feel at home, comfortable and like they really want you to be there. You can do as much or as little of the scheduled activities as you want. We...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for the ringing endorsement. So happy that you were able to spend some quality time with your family and create treasured memories that will last a lifetime. It was our honor to have you at the ranch. Thanks again.

Reviewed 30 June 2016

I had never experienced a Dude Ranch before, but it was always on my bucket list. This was, by far, the greatest break from rushed, city life I have ever had. I was amazed by the professionalism, yet friendliness of all of the staff, from day one. Our cabin was perfect and cozy, but we had our own space, so...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

So happy to know that all ages enjoyed all faucets of the ranch experience. Thank you for choosing us for your first Dude Ranch experience and allowing us to give you your greatest vacation experience ever. It was our pleasure.

Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 June 2016

I had promised my wife (an experienced English style rider) a Dude Ranch holiday and after lots of research chose Elk Mountain. I had never ridden before and wanted enough other activities to occupy me if I didn't take to the horses (I did!!) this was so the right choice. From the moment we arrived and a group of friendly...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

It was great to get to know you both. We are more than pleased that you were comfortable with the riding program and really took to the riding. We have a lot of guests that are first time riders or are there for the other riders in the family. We have had great success with not as "horsey" folks and...

Louisville, Kentucky
Reviewed 20 June 2016

My husband and I made this our "bucket list" vacation this past June. It was more enjoyable than we could imagine. The cottage we stayed in for the week was immaculate and cleaned daily while we were out. The food was tasty and plentiful. I was amazed at how they catered to guests' special diets. The daily activities were also...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for your faith in us. Glad that we were able to fulfill your "bucket list" experience. We appreciate your kind words about your ranch vacation and it was our honor to have with us. We hope to see you again.

Grand Island, Nebraska
Reviewed 12 June 2016

We had never visited a dude ranch before and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. Elk Mountain Ranch blew me away. Tom and Sue will tailor your experience to match your wants and needs. I hadn't ridden much, but the horse that I was paired with was easy going and easy to handle. She did get a little spooked...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

It is always nice to be able to disconnect from electronics and reconnect with family. That is one of the great parts of the Dude Ranch experience and thank you for letting us be your first. Thanks for the wonderful endorsement. We hope to see you down the trail in the future. Cheers.

Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Reviewed 12 June 2016

The staff were excellent, young folks from different parts of the county apparently chosen very carefully as wranglers, waitresses, housekeepers to serve in an intimate, family friendly environment. Food was home-cooked, Excellent food,and comfortable bed at the Vista cabin. Beautiful location in a rustic setting with a view of Mt. Princeton .. Everyone tried to accomodate any of our requests....

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

The staff is a great source of pride for our ranch and the experience that their provide for all our guests. The horses, activities, staff and scenery can really lead to "one of the best vacations". Thanks for allowing us to be part of that experience. The honor was all ours. Cheers.

Centennial, Colorado
Reviewed 8 June 2016

My sister, grandfather, and I took a wonderful week to the ranch away from our parents and the world. The first thing that happened when we pulled through onto the ranch, was that we were stopped by Sue, the wife to the owner of the ranch. We were asked our names and then sent to our cabin, but what stood...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for bring Grandpa Larry and your sister to the ranch. We really enjoyed your company. The petting zoo animals miss their daily walks with you. Thanks for allowing us to be your one in a million experience. Have a great junior year. Happy trails.

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 5 December 2015

Elk Mountain Ranch is set high in the Rockies with wondrous views of the Collegiate Peaks. While the wildlife and vistas make the setting magnificent, it is the people that make the experience special. Tom and Sue Murphy, the ranch owners, do a tremendous job getting their staff ready to receive each week’s guests. Everyone is extremely polite and ready...

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and to hear that it was "extraordinary". Happy to hear that you found the horse orientation helpful to your riding experience at the ranch. The opportunity to spend time and to reconnect with family is at the core of what we do. Thanks again for coming to spend your week with us. Please know that...

Reviewed 24 October 2015

I arrived at Elk ranch Solo, but was soon part of Tom & Sue's " Family" which included everybody on the Ranch, guests and the TEAM consisting of expert wranglers who ensured safe riding over exciting trails with awesome views. The food, served with a smile, was varied and enjoyable. Other activities, included ,Trapshooting, rifle shooting, Archery, Horse shoes, Fishing....

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Sue M, Owner at Elk Mountain Ranch, responded to this review

Thanks Ken, Wow what an honor to have you with us to celebrate your 85th birthday. It was a pleasure to have you with us. You are certainly good company. Here's to 86! Cheers.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9600 feet. Adjacent to the Browns Canyon National Monument. Weekly package includes meals, lodging and activities - horseback riding, white water rafting, shooting sports, van trip to Aspen, excursion to ropes & adventure park, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, hayride, square dance, childrens' program and more. Massage extra. 35 pampered guests. ... more   less 

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Address: 13000 CR 185B, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Region: United States > Colorado > Buena Vista
Price Range: $3,750 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Elk Mountain Ranch Hotel Buena Vista
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