We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Ponderosa Lodge

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Professional photos
Ponderosa Lodge
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 123: English reviews
Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We stayed here to be close to RMNP. We got there a little before 7 pm on Sunday night. Our keys were taped to the door of the office which made it very easy for us to check in. We stayed in rooms 7 and 8. There was a queen bed and fold out love seat in both rooms. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank 421kimberlyc
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
9 reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016

I had a room with a Murphy bed that was okay. Men were working right outside my window so it was busy until 4:30pm or so. Nice creek running through the property. Short drive to Rocky Mountain National Park or the town of Estes.

Helpful?
Thank Edward M
Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Gave an overall average rating because the building is in a mild state of disrepair. We stayed in Upper Level Suite 10. There has been SOME recent updating to the room. My major gripe was that the bathroom doorknob did not lock. The back deck door did not lock. The deadbolt on the back deck door did not work. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank HawkI4Lif
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Everyone was very friendly and helpful Our highlight was when a HUGE bull elk and several cows came to the little stream that runs through the property in mid-afternoon. We watched them for around 45 minutes. They checked out the picnic and fire pit area and just meandered around as if they were putting on a show for us. We... More 

Helpful?
Thank miatagirl672015
Wisconsin
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

So close to the Rocky Mountain National Park with generously sized rooms and a hot tub to relax. My only complaint is the lack of parking and the sudden, steep entrance that will surprise the unexpecting. I would stay again.

Helpful?
Thank Blackbirdrn
Alabama
Level Contributor
50 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

This place has the feel of a cozy little mountain inn when you first see it. I was really excited to stay here and sit out by the river in a peaceful setting, and that delivered. It was very peaceful and pretty. This would have been a five-star lodge if not for two things: cleanliness and bed comfort. We cleaned... More 

Helpful?
Thank bex369
Kettering, Ohio
Level Contributor
21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Was is good location a couple miles from entrance of Rocky Mountain national park and couple miles from downtown Estes Park fairly close to everything. Had nice area outside for grilling also a fire pit. Had chairs next to creek flowing next to property. The place has potential , but needs all bedding replaced and repainted and a very good... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lynn H
Nanaimo
Level Contributor
37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Visited for a wedding (which was held at Della Terra Resort) and was immediately reminded of Banff, Alberta Canada. There are so many similarities! The little motels and cabins along the highway and the Fall River are very quaint. They were extremely busy (we were there for one night over the Labor Day weekend) and we chose the Ponderosa Lodge... More 

Helpful?
Thank aces11
cape cod
Level Contributor
26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the A Frame cabin on the river. The big front windows made it very light, which is not true of many cabins anywhere. People very helpful - recommended hikes etc. Some road traffic noise which was not too bothering. Shabby but fine furniture. Clean place.

Helpful?
1 Thank jbrichCapeCod
new hampshire
Level Contributor
78 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

This hotel is a bit dated, but clean and in the perfect location. We stayed here for one night before going to RMNP and highly enjoyed waking up to the river outside our room. The kitchenette is perfect for some light cooking and early morning coffee. The place is very easy to find and the staff is very nice. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank romarathon

28 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (27)
Viewed
View from Room (4)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (2)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (5)
Viewed
Room/Suite (2)
Viewed
Other (14)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (1)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Estes Park hotels
1.0 km away
Deer Crest Resort
Deer Crest Resort
#9 of 28 in Estes Park
284 reviews
0.5 km away
Amberwood
Amberwood
#10 of 77 in Estes Park
212 reviews
4.8 km away
Coyote Mountain Lodge
Coyote Mountain Lodge
#17 of 28 in Estes Park
414 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.2 km away
4 Seasons Inn on Fall River
4 Seasons Inn on Fall River
#3 of 21 in Estes Park
146 reviews
1.1 km away
Riverview Pines
Riverview Pines
#32 of 77 in Estes Park
195 reviews
3.1 km away
Misty Mountain Lodge
Misty Mountain Lodge
#8 of 77 in Estes Park
250 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Services
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Ponderosa Lodge

Address: 1820 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517
Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Price Range: $124 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ponderosa Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Hotels.com, Travelocity and Expedia so you can book your Ponderosa Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Ponderosa Hotel Estes Park
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Ponderosa Lodge staff and other travellers.
9 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (9)

Questions? Get answers from Ponderosa Lodge staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“very convenient to RMNP”
 of 5 bubbles 421kimberlyc, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for first floor has second is stairs only”
 of 5 bubbles LynnH224, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Nice location, Bad accommodations.”
 of 5 bubbles laprimus77, 8 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have river view, but mostly obstructed in summer by tree leaves.”
 of 5 bubbles 475brandyp, 6 Jul 2016 | Read review
“2nd floor rooms are nice, no elevator though, and may be a bit warmer than choosing one on the bottom floor.”
 of 5 bubbles kaywieny, 9 Jun 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay