by Julie Bielenberg
The Ranch at Emerald Valley is a cowboy-style outfit with 10 cabins and a main lodge at 8,200 feet in the Pike National Forest. Guests can fly fish, hike, mountain bike, explore mountains on horseback, participate in authentic western cattle drives, unwind in outdoor hot tubs, and enjoy gourmet cuisine and Rocky Mountain sunsets from a panoramic terrace. Just a short ride up the mountain from The Broadmoor, the Ranch at Emerald Valley is an all-inclusive retreat that combines the rustic charm of a wilderness enclave with The Broadmoor’s incomparable luxury and service.
This is a true, five-star, Western experience. From cuisine, to onsite fishing in the picturesque stocked fish pond, there is entertainment and activity for children ages six and older. There are lawn games, board games and card games in the main lodge, plenty of snacks and beverages between five-star meals, and most importantly, the most hospitable staff imaginable. You will feel so special at this location just 45 minutes from the Broadmoor’s Main Resort.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite activity indoor and outdoor
- Gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Gorgeous family cabins
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Theme Park
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The Ranch at Emerald Valley - It was our second year to stay at the ranch and it was better than ever. This time we brought more of our family (including todlers) and all were talking about returning next year - enough said! Three nights at the ranch and two nights at the Broadmoor make a near perfect vacation.
This was our fourth trip to EVR. Our only complaint, Craig wouldn’t let us stay all summer! We tried to get jobs there- we’ll my Husband did. He said he’d mow or drive the cars. I just wanted to relax. But alas-Craig said they weren’t hiring and the Cabins-no surprise-were booked. There is really no way the brochures or website can do this rustic luxury experience justice. It’s just perfect. The cabin we love is Fir. It’s one of their two stand-alone cabins. It’s not spacious but it’s cozy with its fireplace and western-styled decor. A front porch with Adirondack chairs facing the small back yard is perfect. Especially with the Ranch’s waterfall lulling you into total relaxation. If you can’t sit still, can’t get off your phone, must have tv-stay in town. You will not enjoy this glorious retreat. But like us, if you want a place to disconnect and truly get away from the busy-ness of real life- EVR is the best place we’ve found in our 44 years of traveling all over the world. Yes it’s a bit pricy but the food, drinks, activities, service are all included so with that it really is a bargain.
Craig and his staff are warm, personal, engaging and truly service minded. We’ve been delighted to renew what we consider a friendship with Craig each time we return. He makes it simple to think like that. He goes out of his way to see your needs and wants are catered too. He also has a wealth of information and resources about the Ranch and the Broadmoor. He won’t ever say NO about any request instead working hard to make it happen. Although he’s the Ranch manager he doesn’t sit behind a desk. He will guide your mountain hike, serve your meal and handmade branded leather souvenirs. He no doubt loves his work- he makes you feel as if you’re visiting in his home -a happy visit for him and you! While we’ve always had great experiences with the staff, this summer I have to mention Justin, Becca, Adam and Anakka and say how grateful I was to meet them and enjoy their kindnesses to us. here was a young new girl also but I forgot her name. She served our meal one night and was warm and thoughtful.
The food is over the top. Honestly it’s some of the best we’ve ever had. The chef at the Ranch doesn’t prepare normal western foods although steaks and fries are there. But Waygu beef burgers? Bison and Waygu beef meatloaf?! Seriously the best fresh vegetable salads ever. Tomatoes at home better taste as good or I’m going to boycott.
Overall our time there was something beyond description. You will love Ranch living. If you love the mountains, lakes and gracious friends.