Colorado's Devil's Thumb Ranch Opens New High Lonesome Lodge, Barn, Pavilion & Wine Grotto

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Eco-expansion showcases the Ranch Resort & Spa's award-winning history in sustainable, wilderness based pampering for leisure travelers, groups and weddings. From its Wine Spectator wine lists and carefully crafted "from the earth and sea" menus to interactive Chef Cooking and Brewmaster Dinners and nature-based spa treatments, the Ranch has earned high marks as a one-of-a-kind destination.

Colorado's new High Lonesome Lodge offers sustainable elegance for groups, weddings and special events

Continuing its focus on sustainability and eco-friendly pampering while accommodating the needs and interests of guests, corporate groups and bridal parties, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa has officially opened the new High Lonesome Lodge, Barn & Pavilion.

About Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
Located 65 miles west of Denver and 10 minutes west of Winter Park Ski Resort, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is a year round, eco-friendly and award-winning 6,000-acre guest ranch resort, spa, corporate retreat and weddings destination, with full-service meeting and special event space for 10-350 people. The Ranch has been recognized and honored worldwide for its environmentally friendly remodeling and restoration programs, commitment to historic preservation, green meeting facilities, sustainable and locally focused dining and Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

The Ranch offers secluded cabins with EPA approved low-emission fireplaces and kitchen facilities, a guest lodge built in the style of National Park Lodges, two restaurants, 100+ km Nordic trail system for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, a professional horsemanship program and stables for trail riding, skill training and feed rides as well as hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, zip-lining, stand up paddle boarding, and a nature-based, 18,000 sq. ft. restorative spa featuring massage, facials, body wraps, soaks and more.

High Lonesome Lodge
Nestled in the hillside overlooking the Ranch, the new 50,000 square foot High Lonesome Lodge and adjoining facilities enable the Ranch to accommodate and host up to 350 guests at any one time. Notable features include:

31 lodge style rooms and four suites spread out over four wings, similar in design and size (400–1,000 sq ft) to the existing main lodge rooms. Guests also have ski-in, ski-out locker storage.

Guest rooms offering a variety of amenities: adjoining rooms, spacious bathrooms with low-flow fixtures, vaulted wood ceilings with beetle kill finishes, stone fireplaces in select rooms and suites, exterior porches with East-facing views of the Continental Divide

Guest suites also include features to accommodate larger groups/families: Great Room with fireplace & large private terrace, spacious master bedroom & bath, sleeping loft, second guest bathroom with shower

Secluded upper terrace with spectacular views for small outdoor gatherings

40-seat Wine Grotto situated into the lower hillside featuring an arched ceiling and wine barrels in the entryway including showroom-style planning and pre-event space

High Lonesome Barn
4,200 sq. ft., reclaimed Civil War era barn from the Midwest for groups, meetings, special events, weddings and bridal parties that can accommodate up to 350 people. A main feature will be a wall of windows offering unparalleled views of the Continental Divide and Ranch Creek Valley.
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Hay Loft in the Barn that provides multi-function capabilities for receptions, reading lounge and smaller meetings

2 Rumford fireplaces in the reception area and lounge

Top notch AV services for small to large groups

On-site commercial kitchen

South Terrace for outdoor receptions and landscaped “ampitheater” below for outdoor weddings

High Lonesome Pavilion
The 3,000 sq. ft. outdoor events Pavilion offers comfortable al fresco dining from spring until fall on the hillside just north of the High Lonesome Lodge. It is also outfitted with fire pit for tubing hill participants and Nordic skiers and snowshoers.

Naming rights
The High Lonesome name came about due to the lodge sitting high up on a hillside overlooking the Ranch. It is also a tribute to early bluegrass music as well as Native American lore, both of which are a rich part of the Ranch’s history.

The High Lonesome Lodge’s exterior matches the dark brown color of the existing main lodge, with reclaimed rock covering the foundation and chimneys. Large windows are designed to allow for as much natural light as well as views for guests, and locally made iron railings and native landscaping keep a low carbon footprint and pay tribute to the Ranch’s history, often referred to as "parkitecture."

Interior décor & features
The decor follows the style of the Ranch’s interiors - luxurious yet unpretentious and with whimsical touches that include western and folk art, European antiques, and leather sofas. The suites and some of the guest rooms will also have fireplaces. All of the guest rooms and suites have scenic views of the property that overlook the meadow and the signature 300 foot “Devil’s Thumb,” a rock outcropping that sits on the Continental Divide for which the Ranch was named.

“Green” highlights and materials for the new lodge
The High Lonesome Lodge and special event facilities carry forward the Ranch’s commitment to its established recycling programs. The addition of three new solar systems, one for High Lonesome Lodge as well as Ranch Creek Spa and the on-site Wastewater plant supplement the existing geo thermal radiant heating system, providing even greater energy savings and lower carbon footprint throughout the Ranch. Beetle kill wood and other reclaimed products have also been used in all the facilities’ build out. Other consistent “green” features include the addition of three new solar systems for High Lonesome Lodge, Ranch Creek Spa and the on-site wastewater treatment plant, further expanding the energy efficiency of the Ranch that also includes geo-thermal radiant heating, low voltage lighting, recycled pavement and sand water filtration system. The culinary team continues to source local products when possible and sustainably farmed food, including raising its own 100 percent purebred Wagyu beef.

Reservations & Information
Advanced reservations are required for lodging and special events and recommended for dining and Ranch Creek Spa. To learn more about the Ranch’s accommodations, recreation, dining and meetings programs, visit more information visit or call 970-726-5632.

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