Photographs courtesy of Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
BY TOM WUCKOVICH
T The Rockies are the backdrop for the lush meadows and Fraser River surrounding Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa that offers rustic yet elegant accommodations, fine dining, spa treatments, and an array of winter and summer outdoor activities. Since 1938, the resort and spa has hosted guests for vacations, quick getaways, corporate retreats and family events.
he beauty of Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is that its footprint in this wilderness oasis pays homage to the environment, treading as lightly as possible on the land while still affording visitors the rustic western experience they long for. Inside this lush woodland in Colorado’s Fraser Valley just outside of Denver are rambling rivers teeming with fish, green glades where deer share the sweet grasses with elk and moose, and valleys hidden from the view of civilization, known only to the sun, moon and stars that look down upon them through a roof of wooden sticks. The original ranch homestead was built in 1937 by Margaret Radcliff and served as a dairy until the brothers Yager — Dan, Louis and George — took over and began operating as Devil’s Thumb Ranch vacation property. It remained both a working ranch and dude ranch until 1972, when it became known as more of a cross country skiing destination, but without many guest amenities.