Mountain Biking, Elk Bugling, Fall Foliage, and more at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

Devil’s Thumb year-round mountain resort provides the Colorado experience and allows guests to do as much – or as little – as they choose. Welcoming vacationers for more than 45 years, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa offers a true taste of Colorado, including being named the 4th top resort in the state by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge, and part of 600 miles of trails that make Winter Park the Mountain Biking Capital of the USA.

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As the fresh mountain air grows cooler, the autumn leaves turn colors, and the majestic elk bugle, lodging guests are invited to experience special seasonal events and activities. Venture through 6,500 acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness while galloping on horseback, soaring on zip lines, casting fishing lines, hiking through golden aspens, or lounging poolside with Continental Divide views. Come sundown, enjoy pasture-to-plate dining and retreat to your cozy lodge room, cabin, or private guest house to rest up for the next day’s adventures.

Lodging Reservations

*All Activities, Dining, Spa, and Amenities are Reserved for Lodging Guests Only. Make your room reservation by visiting or calling (970) 726-7000. Once lodging is confirmed, guests may reserve the special fall events noted below and/or other Ranch activities.

Elk Bugling Tours

Every fall, mature bull elks show off their impressive antlers, flaunt their strong physiques, and distinctively bellow, bark, whistle, and grunt to attract a harem of cow elk. Although the bull elk may bugle throughout the day, dawn and dusk are the ideal times to gather your own herd to see this seasonal spectacle.
Dates: Sept: 26, 27, Oct: 3, 4, 10, 11, 24, 25, 31, Nov: 1, 7, 8 (weather and elk activity dependant)
Time: 6am–7:30am
Cost: Complimentary for Lodging Guests

Fall Foliage Hikes

Enjoy the golden aspens, yellow cottonwoods, and orange willows on a guided hike in the crisp autumn air.
Dates: September 8–November 10 (weather dependent)
Times: 9am, Daily
Cost: Complimentary for Lodging Guests

Nordic Walking Classes

Learn the proper technique of walking or mild hiking with poles so you’ll be ready for the upcoming cross-country ski season. 
Dates: September 26, October 3, 10, 17, & 24 (weather dependent)
Time: 9am–10am
Cost: Complimentary for Lodging Guests

Fall Activities 

Venture through forests of colorful leaves and wide open meadows before the snow falls and the season ends for mountain biking, zip lining, and fly fishing. View all fall activities.

Health & Safety Measures Precautions and protocols are in place to ensure your stay is enjoyable, safe, and healthy.

About Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

Located 75 miles west of Denver and 10 miles north of Winter Park in Tabernash, Colorado, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is a year-round, eco-luxe, 6,500-acre guest ranch resort and spa, with full- service meeting and special event space for 10 to 350 people. Easy to reach from Denve, but a world away from everything, the Ranch has been recognized and honored among the top Colorado hotels and resorts by readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, voted the number one Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America by readers of USA Today, is an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge, and holdsthe Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Additional awards have been given for environmentally-friendly remodeling and restoration programs, commitment to historic preservation, green meeting facilities, and dining at two on-site, award-winning restaurants. The Ranch’s culinary programs include organic, sustainable, and locally-sourced farm-to- table mountain cuisine that features Ranch-raised Wagyu beef and 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, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking (winter).

Additional offerings include year-round, outdoor pool and hot tub, yoga, and fly-fishing as well as working cattle ranch programs offering interactive opportunities for guests to participate in horseback riding, skills training, wagon and sleigh rides, children’s pony rides, and petting zoo. Additional seasonal recreation offerings include zip lining, stand-up paddleboarding, ice skating, archery, and hatchet throwing. A nature-based, 18,000 sq. ft. restorative spa featuring massage, facials, body wraps, soaks, and more, rounds out the variety of options available for guests to restore and rejuvenate. For more information, visit or call (970) 726-7000.



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