The name “Devil’s Thumb” is kind of wonky, but there’s a lot of history to this place. It got its name from a rock outcropping that towers high above the ranch that was called Devil’s Thumb by Native Americans.
First, I have to mention how this is such an intentional place in every regard for what and how they do things. For example, it’s very eco-friendly/ “green” which as an earth lover, I really appreciate. They use geothermal radiant & solar heating and ALL the products used on the property are planet-friendly. I could talk this up a lot more, but let’s be honest, that’d be boring so just know they do everything thoughtfully with the resources they have.
One thing I thought was cool is that they’re all about preserving. The pine wood used in the main lodge is from the beetle-kill (dead standing trees killed by pine beetles) and the stones surrounding the giant fireplace in Heck’s Tavern came from landslides around Colorado. And y’all… the Axe Barn on the property (killer wedding venue spot if you’re looking for one), is a Civil War-era barn from Indiana that was completely dismantled then brought here and reassembled. Pretty neat.
One evening, we ordered the charcuterie board and some cocktails at The Ranch House and sat on the cozy, leather couch listening to the crackling of the wood in the fireplace next to us as we watched the snow come down outside. Later, we went back to our cabin and had hot chocolate and cookies by our fireplace. Talk about a cozy, winter evening!
This place felt like the Disney World of ranches.
Things to do in the WINTER
You can bring your own gear or rent stuff there.
- Cross-country skiing
- Fat tire biking
- Skijoring trail (skiing with your dog)
- Horse feed and sleigh rides
- Winter horseback trails rides
- Outdoor ice skating
- sledding and hockey
- Outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool
- Nearby: skiing/boarding, snowmobiling, and snow tubing in Winter Park
If you’re looking for a mountain getaway without skipping luxury, definitely put this place on your list to visit!
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