Open year round, Willow Creek Ranch offers the Ranch experience at a fraction of the expense of a 'Dude Ranch'. The calendar is showing the '2 Bedroom Loft reservations'...please ask about the 1 Bedroom Loft or the Main House. You can get up, eat, and participate in feeding & cleaning up after the animals only if 'you' want to. Hayrides and Campfires are set up at your schedule, and at 'no' cost to you. Hiking on the property or in the Arapaho National Forest is at your schedule and guides are available.
The Rustic 2 Bedroom Barn Loft finished in 2010, boasts 1,200 plus square feet, two large bedrooms, one large bathroom, and a great room with hickory floors and cabinets, a raised slate entry, a HDTV Flat Screen, Direct TV's Premier Package, a fully equipped eat-in-kitchen with antique wagon wheel breakfast table, lots of seating area for entertaining, wood stove, and a redwood deck with grill and comfortable chairs. There is a very comfortable over sized couch in the master bedroom which can be used for sleeping, as well as a beautiful daybed. The Leather Queen Sleeper Sofa in the great room is very comfy. The loft is decorated with a ranch/country rustic theme.
A common 12' X 30' deck on the lower north side of the barn has a patio set, lounge chair, and large gas grill...It can be scheduled for private cookouts, family reunions, weddings/rehearsal dinners...50/60 guests maximum, and just for relaxing with your favorite beverage, etcetera.
A Detached Unit, 1 Bedroom Loft, is available on the opposite end of barn for large groups requiring more space. It has a great room with leather queen sleeper sofa, breakfast bar in the fully equipped kitchen, separate large bedroom with queen sleigh bed, large bathroom, and walk in closet with washer and dryer finished in 2011. The 1 Bedroom Loft has separate nightly rates, taxes, and fees...See Photos and Rates. Additional guests are welcome...See rates and fees.
Ready Mid-June...Main House with 3,000 plus sq, ft. on 3 levels, 3 Bedrooms and 3 Baths. Master Bedroom with King Bed and sitting area, Loft outside Master Suite, 2 Bedrooms with queen beds on mail level, Great Room with Living Rm, Dining Rm and fully equipped Eat-in-Kitchen, Wood Burning Fireplace, Large Family Room on walk-out garden level basement with queen sleeper sofa, large flat screen tv, beautiful pool table, and laundry room with washer & dryer. Wrap around deck on main level and flagstone patio on lower level walk out basement. It will also be decorated with the rustic theme of the lofts. This will be great for large family reunions. This year, the rate will be $300.00 per night for up to 8 guests...each additional guest (maximum 4) will be $35.00 per night each, plus cleaning fee of $150.00, damage/security insurance of $69.00, and 3% taxes.
A Zipline, and a low level tree house(s) for little cowboys and cowgirls to enjoy will be available the summer of 2013. Rules of use will be supervised by the parents to protect the little cowpokes. Snack time for cowboys, and tea parties for cowgirls can be provided.
We would love to introduce you to the ranch life, the critters who live with us on Willow Creek Ranch, and those that visit often and live just on the other side of the fence in the Arapaho National Forest. Ranch life is hard work, but fun if you love the lifestyle, and we sure do. We want our guests to have access to all the ranch property...This makes the introduction to the ranch and the critters a must. Relax on the large deck with your favorite beverage and watch the horses graze close by...Former guests and visitors to the ranch are still talking about the experience!
We will show you the hiking paths into the Arapaho National Forest. Pack a snack, some water (bottled provided), your camera, and enjoy the views. The ranch is also available for your walking and hiking pleasure. Our rural country roads are great for a walk or run.
Lease one of our horses for riding and/or lessons, or just for pictures (see rates). Guides are required for trail rides at no extra charge...tips are appreciated. Your safety is our major concern. Bring your horse if you prefer...there is free parking for your horse trailer and a fee per horse per day for boarding & hay...Call for details. Waivers are required to be signed by everyone before riding.
Your family and friends are more than welcome to visit you anytime during your stay at the ranch. There is plenty of room for a family reunion, a large deck on the side of the barn for cookouts, and lots of play area on our thirty five plus acres. Let us know ahead of time, and we can arrange a campfire and hayride at no charge. Since this is a working ranch with large animals and equipment, waivers are required to be signed by everyone.
Major ski areas are within fifteen minutes to an hour and half of the ranch...Echo, Copper, Winter Park, Mary Jane, Keystone, Loveland, and Vail. Entertainment, Broncos, Rockies, Elitch Six Flags, Dinner & Theatre in Denver is just 30-40 minutes away in the opposite direction...The best of both worlds while staying on Willow Creek Ranch.
Willow Creek Ranch is located on the front range of the Colorado Mountains you have always wanted to see, the Denver you have always wanted to visit, and the ski resorts you have always dreamed of experiencing. The ski resorts are beautiful to visit in the summer too...Their beauty does end with the snow season...It just begins!
There is a Wal-Mart Superstore at the Evergreen Parkway Exit 252 at I-70 a King Soopers (Kroger), Safeway (Vons), and a Walgreens on Evergreen Parkway on your drive to the ranch for your shopping needs. The King Soopers and Safeway shopping centers each have a liquor store and restaurants.
A reservation is not confirmed until payment is received. The property/loft comes pretty much as pictured on the website...I'm constantly redecorating...You will not be disappointed with the furnishings and decorations. This is not a hotel...you get sooooooo much more here at Willow Creek Ranch. While we certainly want you to feel at home, we know you will take are of the loft and leave it's contents in the condition you find it. As this is a working ranch and the owners live/work on the premises, we will give you as much privacy as you require. Unpredictable weather in Colorado can bring heavy snow in the early spring, fall and winter...It is highly recommended you use a 4 WD or All WD vehicle while driving in the mountains.
Be sure to ask for Jude or Andy when you call the ranch 303-670-5584. If we are not available we will return your call as soon as possible and definitely by the end of the day.
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I've always been an animal lover, and I must admit a rancher at heart. I did not hesitate to purchase these 40 acres that back up to the Arapaho National Forest when I had the opportunity. The towering ponderosa pines, blue spruce, and the aspens are staged below a mountain of boulders, dirt, various creatures, and their homes in the forest at 8600 feet. The stars seem to be as close as the ground you walk on. The critters are close too, but not too close. The temperature is about 10 degrees cooler in the summer than down in Denver, and in other towns along the front range. The serenity of the forest, its' critters, and the soft breeze of the evening through the evergreens will lull you to sleep like never before. We have a few horses, black angus, 3 friendly dogs, Shotgun, Jackson, & Geranimo, who are family and occupy space with us here on the ranch. My lady, Jude, and I are friendly, laid back, and love our lifestyle . Though we often visit our boat docked at a marina in California, the ranch is our soul. We want to share with you the beauty and serenity of Willow Creek Ranch, and an experience that will bring you back again and again.
Willow Creek Ranch is a working ranch and we live on the premises. We are building a new home a few hundred yards from the Barn. In 2010, we decided to share our beautiful ranch with the Barn Loft rentals. We enjoy entertaining and taking care of our guests. The quietness of the forest at night, and the ranch's seclusion, makes for a very restful night's sleep. The Upper Bear Creek area has some of the most beautiful mountain views in the world. As you come up Upper Bear Creek Road to the ranch, the view of Mt. Evans is breath taking. Sitting on the deck with your favorite refreshment, and enjoying the ranch with its' quiet beauty is very relaxing.
The access to Arapaho National Forest on our horses, and for a day of hiking is priceless. During the hunting season, we have the best of both worlds within a few miles, and we can stay dry and warm...Whether it's snowing or not. Having the forest critters visit us on a daily basis makes for great entertainment when family and friends visit. Taking care of the family of critters that live on the ranch is a pleasure...not a chore.