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Mountain Ranch Getaways for Summer

Travel Tips Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A healthy dose of the outdoors is what we all need right now. The great news? Our favorite Nordic guest ranches that we escape to all winter are also incredible outdoor adventure hubs—and secluded havens—in summer. Here are three that are welcoming visitors and ready to offer a safe, sensational summer respite.

1. Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Lowdown: Two sumptuous lodges and a fleet of cushy guest cabins offer a high-end hideaway.

Great for: Luxury lovers with an eco-minded sensibility

Why you need it now: The Ranch offers forest therapy walks, guided hikes, bird watching, and horseback riding, all amazing ways to get out in nature and experience the kind of serenity and tranquility that works wonders on our immune system. Still worked up? Try hatchet throwing as a fun stress reliever.

Ditch the crowds: The ranch sits on 6,000 acres outside the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Tabernash near Winter Park. Your best bet? Stay on property, with guest-only amenities to reduce interaction and overlap.

Staying safe: The ranch will be scanning guests and staff for fever with no-contact thermometers upon arrival. Masks are required when indoors, and the spa, pool, sauna and steam room are temporarily closed. Increased sanitation protocols and reduced occupancy for lodge and dining will provide safer interactions for guests and staff.

Grab a deal: Purchase one week night and get a second week night for 50% off through June 30.

2. Latigo Ranch

Lowdown: This 1923 dude ranch (built by early Grand County homesteaders) has a laid-back vibe and a rep for hearty and delicious community meals.

Great for: History buffs and cowboys-at-heart

Why you need it now: The ranch and its history of rugged individualism is an inspiring reminder of the grit and perseverance of the native people and early settlers who carved out a life here. 

Ditch the crowds: Latigo’s been named one of the top 50 ranches in the world, in part due to an amazing horse program that includes overnight pack trips. Saddle up and strike off into the high country far from civilization.

Staying safe: The ranch is following all current requirements for in-dining at eating establishments, as well as closing swimming pools and game areas. But their claim to fame has always been outdoor adventure and horseback riding, a fantastic and athletic way to experience the natural beauty of the Rockies—and that remains unchanged.

Grab a deal: The ranch normally requires a week-long stay, but this summer they’re offering offering a 3-night option, as well as a hassle-free refund of your deposit if COVID-19 interferes in your plans.

3. Vista Verde Ranch

Lowdown: Classic all-inclusive guest ranch near Steamboat Springs with a wide variety of activities, from trail riding to kayaking and paddleboarding.

Great for: Families with kids ages 6 and up; their dedicated kids programs entertain even eye-rolling teens. (There are awesome adults-only sessions late August through October, for the romantics out there).

Why you need it now: With tensions running high, families need a chance to ditch the screens, forget the online schooling and reconnect over a roaring bonfire or family trail ride.

Ditch the crowds: Hit the open water to find some floaty freedom—the ranch offers paddle boarding, kayaking or guided fly fishing adventures. 

Staying safe: The ranch has a limited guest count this summer and is asking guests to wear masks in public areas. Cleaning protocols with increased frequency will be in place, and transportation will be limited to one party per vehicle. Guests will dine with their own party instead of communally, and staff will dine separately. Some activities such as yoga and cooking classes will be restricted per CDC guidelines.

Booking: The ranch isn’t offering any specific summer discounts; its usual all-inclusive pricing will cover any and all adventure, meals, lodging, drinks and fabulous mountain sunsets.

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