Escape to the Mountains for the Holidays

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In the spirit of the holidays and as a show of appreciation for recent Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today Reader’s Choice honors that include being named the #1 Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America, holiday revelers looking for a white Christmas with a special give back offer can escape to Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa with 20 percent off holiday stays.

From Dec. 22, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2020, guests booking three-nights or more will save 20 percent off their lodging. Winter recreation and outings include dashing through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, taking a quick shuttle to Winter Park, or just relaxing in the heated pool or at the renowned Ranch Creek Spa. Guests will also be treated to and entertained by a number of Christmas events, special holiday dining, New Year’s Eve concert, and more, starting with Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 22 (see holiday events below). Guests can book this offer online at or by calling 970-726-7000, and referencing Merry and Bright special. Discount is for main lodge stays only, private cabins not included.

Located 75 miles west of Denver and 15 minutes north of Winter Park, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa’s 45+ year Nordic history remains an important part of the Ranch’s evolution over the past 18 years, since Denver-based owners Bob and Suzanne Fanch purchased the Ranch and surrounding 6,5000 acres in 2001. Their vision and commitment to creating a unique guest experience, centered around historic and environmental preservation and sustainability, has evolved the Ranch into one of the world’s leading ranch resorts and spas in the world.

Daily Winter Activities & Recreation Options

Snow sport enthusiasts can go out on their own with a trail pass and/or hire one of the Ranch’s professional guides and instructors. Winter recreation options include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking, on 120K of groomed and tracked trails, 15K of dedicated skijoring trails (ski with your dog), 4K of lighted trails for night skiing, horseback riding, sleigh and feed rides, sledding, tubing, ice skating and winter biathlon. Year-round activities include fly fishing, hiking, archery, axe throwing, yoga, and spa services. À la carte daily trail passes can be purchased for $25/day.


Unless otherwise noted, advanced reservations are required for all lodging, activities, dining, spa services, and special events. For more information, visit or call 970-726-7000.

Holiday Events

Fairy tale dreams do come true when it includes a blanket of snow over 6,500 acres of pristine wilderness and a magical ranch-style holiday setting. Festivities for overnight guests include wreath making, breakfast with Santa, gingerbread art, Mrs. Claus story time, New Year’s Eve concert, and indulgent holiday buffets.

December 22: Breakfast with Santa (Holiday Breakfast daily through Jan. 5)

Kick off the holiday season with Father Christmas himself at a special breakfast buffet in Heck’s.

Times: 7:00 a.m. to 10:30am

Cost: A la carte pricing is $24/adult; $10/child (12 and under); 4 and under free. Reservations required. Lodging guests receive preferred times.

December 24: Signature Christmas Eve Buffet at Heck’s

Dreaming of a white Christmas surrounded by family and feasts? Indulge in holiday favorites, Prime Rib, and indulgent desserts and leave the cooking and cleaning to the Ranch staff!

Times: 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: A la carte pricing is $75/adult; $35/child (12 and under); 4 and under free. Reservations required. Lodging guests receive preferred times.

December 29 (also offered January 26): Skijoring Clinic

Learn how to ski or improve your canine communication skills on the trails! All ability levels welcome. Must bring your own dog.

Times: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $45 clinic only; $85 package includes clinic, trail pass, ski rental, and harness.

December 31: New Year’s Eve at the Ranch, Signature New Year’s Eve Buffet at Heck’s

Indulge in the Ranch’s signature New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at Heck’s, offering a prime rib carving station, pork tenderloin, fresh seafood, roasted vegetables, assorted cheeses, and more.

Times: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: A la carte pricing $95/adult; $47/child; 4 and under free. Reservations required. Lodging guests receive preferred times.

New Year’s Eve Concert with Austin Jenckes

Known for being a Top finalist on Season 5 of TV’s The Voice, country singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes will play an intimate solo performance to ring in the new year exclusively for overnight lodging guests. Champagne toast when the ball drops at midnight on the east coast (10 p.m. MST). Finish out the year with a late night tater tot bar in Heck’s.

Times: Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m.-10p.m.

Cost: Exclusive and complimentary for lodging guests.

Headwaters Center New Year’s Eve Concert

Off-site revelers, including locals, can kick up their heels at Headwaters Center in Winter Park with the Honey Island Swamp Band and Ben Miller Band presented by the Grand County Blues Society. Complimentary shuttles from/to Devil’s Thumb Ranch provided for overnight guests. For more information or details, visit or

Times: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door; cash bar and light snacks available.

About Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

Located 75 miles west of Denver and 10 miles north of Winter Park at 3530 County Road 83 in Tabernash, CO, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is a year-round, eco-luxe and award-winning 6,500-acre guest ranch, destination resort, spa, wedding venue, and corporate retreat setting with full-service meeting and special event space for 10 to 350 people.

Offering The Colorado Experience in a full-service destination resort, the Ranch is located just off of US Hwy 40 and easy to reach from Denver. The Ranch has been recognized and honored among the top 10 resorts in the Western United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, voted the number one Best Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America by readers of USA Today, endorsed by Orvis as a top US fly-fishing destination resort, and awarded Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence for both onsite restaurants.

Additional awards have been given for eco-friendly remodeling and restoration programs, commitment to historic preservation, and green meeting facilities.

The Ranch’s culinary programs include organic, sustainable, and locally sourced farm-to-table, mountain cuisine that features Ranch-raised Wagyu beef and organic honey, as well as fresh produce sourced onsite from Kendra’s Garden.

Accommodations include 87 guest rooms in two “Parkitecture” designed lodges and 15 ridge-top cabins, which range in size from one-bedroom lofts to two- and four- bedroom options.

Outdoors, 35 miles of trails are available for hiking and mountain biking (summer), and 120+ km Nordic trail system for cross country skiing and snowshoeing (winter).

Additional offerings include a year-round stables operation providing guided horseback and wagon rides, yoga facilities and instruction, and guided fly-fishing tours of private onsite waters. Working cattle ranch programs offer interactive opportunities for guests to participate in cattle drives, trail riding, skills training, feed rides, and Cowpoke Kids Camp.

Additional seasonal recreation offerings include zip lining, stand up paddle boarding, adventure courses (summer) and tubing, skijoring, winter biathlon, and fat tire biking (winter). An 18,000 sq. ft. restorative spa features massage, facials, body wraps, soaks, and more rounding out a wide variety of options available for guests to relax, restore, and rejuvenate. For more information, visit or call 970-726-7000.

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