Take a look inside this cabin at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch located in Tabernash, Colorado. The Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an environmentally friendly year-round Ranch resort and spa that offers rustically upscale accommodations, fine dining, and an array of winter and summer outdoor and wilderness recreation activities including Nordic skiing, flyfishing, and horseback riding. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 65 miles west of Denver, 10 minutes from Winter Park. The Ranch encompasses 6,500 acres at the foot of the Continental Divide in the beautiful Ranch Creek Valley of Grand County.
Tabernash is a tiny, highway-side community located only a few miles north of Fraser on Highway 40. Recreation is easily found in the surrounding mountains and national forests. It’s located in Grand County at an elevation of 8,333 feet. There’s one restaurant in town, the Tabernash Tavern, and not too much else. The small mountain community of Tabernash is located in northwest Colorado between the towns of Granby and Fraser/Winter Park. The following are some of the activities you can enjoy in the area.
Fishing. Meadows Creek Reservoir is located about 10 miles northwest of town. Fraser River and many small creeks run around town, so there are plenty of peaceful places to cast a line from shore for trout fishing. Lake Granby is only 25 minutes from Tabernash and offers great fishing. There are three boat ramps open for daily use, and visitors have said the best conditions are early and late in the day.
Hiking. Fraser River Canyon Trailhead is a few minutes north of town and is an easy 1.2-mile out-and-back trail for anyone to enjoy. High Lonesome Trailhead lives up to its name and is, well, lonesome during any season. It is unlikely you’ll encounter anyone else on this flat logging road that runs along a peaceful stream.
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the United States, greeting more than 4.5 million annual visitors with rugged postcard-perfect peaks, glistening lakes, and webs of trails through various ecosystems. located between Estes Park and Grand Lake, the 415-square-mile high-country playground draws family vacationers, hikers, wildlife watchers, rock climbers, and photographers all year.
Rocky Mountain National Park is just under a two-hour drive from Denver and an hour’s drive from Boulder. The park boasts a wide range of activities that include summiting 14,259-foot Longs Peak, camping in the expansive backcountry, hiking to waterfalls and alpine lakes, and, of course, wildlife viewing. More than 3,000 elk, 400 bighorn sheep, and numerous mule deer and moose live in the park. For the best photography lighting and opportunities to spot massive bugling elk, head to Moraine Park just after sunrise. View bighorn sheep at Sheep Lakes from May to mid-August. Rocky Mountain National Park is also a prime birding territory, with nearly 300 species calling the park home or a migratory stopover. White-tailed ptarmigans are snowy white in the winter, and their summer features are a mottled brown that helps them blend in with lichen-splashed rocks.
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