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June 8, 2023
If you’re on the search for an idealistic ranch in the Colorado mountains that would be suited for a full weekend of celebrations, then you need to check out the Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding venue! Located just under 2 hours from Denver, it is nestled in the small town of Tabernash, Colorado and south of Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park. The ranch is a eco-luxe resort and spa that was featured in Condé Nast and has all the amenities you and your guests would need for a long weekend of festivities. It also is the most gorgeous back drop for a couple to say “i do”!
If you want to see a full Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding, then check out Sarah and Rodrigo’s glitzy glam summer celebration that was decked out in florals.
While the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa is a modern gem, there are bits and pieces of history scattered throughout the property. Both the High Lonesome Barn and the Broad Axe Barn were actually restored and brought to the property from across the country! The land on which Devil’s Thumb Ranch sits now has a lot of history in and of itself, with Native American trails and dude ranch stories!
There are 102 rooms on site, as well as a few cabins. The property sits on 6,200 acres of pure majestic land with babbling brooks and horseback riding trails. There are two main buildings (the Main Lodge and the High Lonesome Lodge) with lodge like guest rooms. Across the property sits the more private cabins. The spa is serene and peaceful, and fire pits scatter the property with s’mores being offered to guests at night. Devil’s Thumb Ranch also offers complimentary yoga to their guests. The outdoor pool and hot tub with new Hot Tub Covers are open year round!
There are two restaurants at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, and one coffee shop. Also on the property are horse stables, where guests can go horseback riding through the trails and into the woods of the Rocky mountains. Other outdoor activities offered are fly fishing, and cross country skiing in the winter.
So if the above information hasn’t already convinced you to host your wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, then perhaps getting to know more about the different wedding spaces on the property will help.
A lot of couples like to get ready in the Yager House, a beautiful original barn that sits just next to the Broad Axe ceremony site. It’s large enough to host both wedding parties to get hair and makeup done, and to get dressed. There is a loft on the top part of the house that is great for keeping couples separated at this time.
Another idea for a getting ready space would be the lodge rooms! They are all beautiful with gorgeous natural light. They are styled to really fit the ranch vibes as well.
The most popular ceremony site is the Broad Axe lawn. This meadow ceremony space perfectly frames the snow capped Rocky mountains in the distance. There is already an abstract centerpiece for an altar that is made of large wood beams, and a stone pathway so that you wont be walking through mud to get to the altar!
Another popular ceremony space is the High Lonesome ceremony site. This spot is great because it is right next to the High Lonesome Barn (which is perfect for a nearby reception venue) and has great views of the mountains as well.
Most couples hosting a Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding host their reception in the High Lonesome Barn. This barn can seat up to 250 people! With tall cathedral ceilings and large windows overlooking the sunset on the mountains in the distance, I’d highly recommend this spot for your reception!
Another great barn-like option on site is the Broad Axe barn. This one is closer to the Broad Axe ceremony site, (but that doesn’t mean you have to use one of the other). This barn is a bit more rustic but over looks the outdoor pool!
There are a few spaces on the property that can be used for a welcome dinner or even a post wedding luncheon! One spot would be the Timber House. The Timber House sits on the same deck at the Broad Axe Barn, and has windows on all for walls. This gives it a really cool affect of feeling like you are outside in the wilderness while actually being covered inside from the elements!
Other spots on the ranch would be the Grotto Suraboza (which is reminiscent of an ancient wine cellar), or the fine dining Ranch House restaurant.
Weddings at Devil’s Thumb Ranch do require a hefty room block with a two night minimum, which means your wedding guests will be staying on site with you for the weekend! So what to do with all your friends and family for a fun stay?…
The ranch offers horseback riding, spa days, hot tub hangs, fine dining, fly fishing, hiking trails, yoga, and so much more! Even if you did absolutely nothing all weekend, the ranch is a perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy the views and the wildlife. I would stay there all week if I had the opportunity!
Summer pricing for Devil’s Thumb Ranch would require a 35 room block (with a two night minimum) and $125,000. Off-season pricing starts at $90,000.
I hope you enjoyed my deep dive into this amazing wedding venue. I’ve actually put Devil’s Thumb Ranch on my list of Best Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues!
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