Devil’s Thumb Ranch: A Devil of a Good Time
Located just over 10 minutes from downtown Fraser, CO is the beautifully enchanting Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Anything but demonic in nature, the year-round ranch is home to two restaurants, spa, and unbelievable accommodations for the ultimate Colorado getaway.
Just west of Winter Park, the sprawling 6,000 acres of private wilderness is a virtual playground for guests. With supreme culinary offerings, including James Beard Foundation Dinner events, Brewmaster dinners and culinary schools, the fun doesn’t stop in the kitchen. The 16 four-bedroom cabins and 52 rooms within the main lodge are perfect for a corporate retreat, a family reunion, or spectacular wedding. The 18,000 square foot spa is the ultimate way to relax, whether getting in from horseback riding, skijoring, or just a quiet afternoon of pampering.
Celebrated for the eco-friendly restorative process, Devil’s Thumb Ranch meets lofty green standards while maintain the integrity of the historic buildings. Able to accommodate up to 200 guests, the ranch is utilized for everything from corporate retreats with spacious meeting facilities and group activities to stunning weddings and private family getaways.
Whether staying in the cabins tucked into the woods or in the spacious suites of the main lodge, the unique antiques, reclaimed wood floors, and beautiful area rugs all pay homage to the surrounding environment and mountain history of the valley. The 16 Deluxe Ridgetop Log Cabins afford ski-in-ski-out access and are comfortable from 2-8 guests. Wood burning fireplaces, geothermal heated floors, and full-sized kitchens leave guests not wanting to return to their own homes after their stay.
All lodging includes access to the seasonal ice rink, heated indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, dry sauna, business center, stocked library and DVD players. Limited complimentary ski passes to Winter Park and SolVista are also available to guests of the ranch on a first-come, first-served basis.
Foodies Rejoice! The Culinary Scene of Devil’s Thumb Ranch
The newly opened Yager House, a tribute to the Ranch founder Rod Yager, embodies all that is Colorado- a wilderness inspired, intimate events space with modern finishes and a love of the culinary arts. Complete with demonstration kitchen, the new facility is home to exclusive Chef demos, insider wine-pairing secrets, and a cooking school.
The Brewmaster Dinner Series is perfect for those serious about their brews, with a three-course dinner paired with appropriate beers and brewmaster gift starting at only $39 per person. Finally, the James Beard Foundation Dinner takes place at the ranch, hosted by Executive Chef Evan Treadwell in honor of the distinctive society that preserves and celebrates America’s diverse culinary heritage.
The dining exquisite, the setting superb, and the belly full is that Devil’s Thumb is all about, hosting experiences that won’t soon be forgotten. A wide variety of options are available, including Heck’s for causal dining, Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon for comfortable mountain elegance, and John Ls’ Wine Cellar for the ultimate party indulgence.
If You Go
Fraser is located about an hour and a half west of Denver. Taking I-70- US 40 is the most direct route, with Devil’s Thumb Ranch an additional 10-15 minutes from downtown Fraser.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
3530 County Road 83
Tabernash, CO 80478
Reservations can be made online, as well as spa inquiries, wedding planning, private dining reservations and meeting arrangements.
More information about the city of Fraser is available at: www.frasercolorado.com
Chad Chisholm is a Denver-based travel writer and photographer, his work is featured at JustLuxe, Denver Life Magazine, Colorado Expression, AAA EnCompass, The Denver Post and various other outlets.
Special thanks to Devil’s Thumb Ranch for providing the photos featured in this article.