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Rustic Ranch Weddings and Family Reunions ~ The Historic Pines Ranch

Bedrooms 11
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Estate, 11 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 2-30)

Rustic, Romantic and Charming!

The Historic Pines Ranch is a gorgeous 187 acre ranch retreat hidden away at the base of Mt. Gibbs in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range; just 8 miles from the scenic town of Westcliffe, Colorado. Open since the late 1800’s the Pines ranch has welcomed guests from around the world. We are a spectacular location for Rustic Weddings and Family Reunions!

We offer affordable all inclusive rates and we welcome Weddings and Family Reunion groups up to 34 in size for lodging during the summer months - May through September.

Please contact us directly for wedding rate quotes or see the "links to more information" section near the end of this page for a click-thru to our website and further information.

Smaller groups of 12 or less can be accommodated during the winter months - October through April - weather depending.

Come stay with us for the annual Westcliffe Bluegrass Festival July 6-9, 2017!

A Discounted rate offer is available to groups of 28 or larger. Contact us for details or see the "link to more information" section near the end of this page for a click-thru to our website and further information.

Our unique ranch atmosphere combined with breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wet Mountain Valley offer a stunning 360 degrees of pure Scenic Overload!

Our ranch provides two amazing ceremony locations for weddings; a rustic themed dance hall with seating for 150 and a fun old time saloon, as well as a commercial sized kitchen which is perfect for caterers. Our western style dining room can accommodate groups of 75 or less. All group reservations are exclusive so you are ensured of the privacy and seclusion you deserve!

Our altitude is 8,667 and we boarder the San Isabel National Forest with private access to over 2 million acres of wilderness area providing outdoor adventurers with many great activities from summer time hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting to winter time snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Wildlife viewing is abundant year around!

This ideal location was a guest ranch for many years and has much to offer. Our rates include:

• Comfortable, Family Style Cabin Lodging

• Seasonal Amenities that include a Large Dance Hall/Western Saloon with room for groups up to 150!

• The Knotty Pines Dining Room/Kitchen offer seating for 75 with kitchen area cooking access for large groups or catered events.

• The Seasonal on site Hot Tub and Sauna Room Building is THE place to ease away your stress and leave you feeling relaxed!

• The Outback Picnic area provides an in-ground and propane grill as well as picnic tables and portable seating for your cooking-out needs.

• Access to the Rainbow Trail and over 100 miles of mountain trails is just a few minutes away for hiking and horseback riding.

• Biking, fishing and nearby lakes are also a feature of this location as is nearby whitewater rafting and ATV tours.

• Guided hunting packages for Elk during the fall.

• Onsite treasure hunting for old Calvary bullets, canon balls and Indian artifacts available.

• One of the first 'Kit' homes sold by Montgomery Wards. Fully restored, The Lodge dates back to 1892 and is an interesting piece of the ranch's history. We encourage all visitors to tour the house!

• The ranch property features two ponds with catch and release fishing.

• The town of Westcliffe offers many fun summer activities (High Peaks Music Festival, Westcliffe Rodeo and Western Days, Plays in the Park, 4th of July Festival and Car Show and many other fun events).

We urge you to visit our website for further information on the Fun Activities and One of a Kind Amenities our ranch has to offer. Also SEE the 'Links To More Information' area near the bottom of this page to click through to our site.

Lodging Information:

The Cusack's Cottage.

(Open year around)

This lovely home is a two story house that can be maintained as two separate, fully contained apartments (2-5 people each) or can be opened up for large groups (8-10 people) to share.

Each apartment is beautifully furnished with large open living rooms and dining areas, two bedrooms per apartment offer a master bedroom with Queen Bed and second bedroom with two double beds. Additional sleeping is accommodated by roll out cot.

Each apartment is equipped with a charming kitchenette that offers a two burner stovetop, fridge, microwave, toaster and coffee pot, (no ovens in either unit). Cookware, dishes, silverware and glasses are also provided.

The Cusack’s Cottage has a large southwest facing deck area with awesome mountain and valley views for you to enjoy, upstairs is a small private deck that offers incredible long distance views of both our mountains and valley to the east!

We offer only one apartment at a time so you will enjoy complete privacy during your stay. We offer the entire house if you have a group large enough to fill it.

Further lodging: is our Family sized Foxtail Cabin.

(Open From May through September).

This home offers four bedrooms and can accommodate up to 12 people. With two full bathrooms, a cozy living area and outstanding oversized southwest facing porch this large cabin is great for big groups.

Although the Foxtail Cabin does not have a full kitchen it is equipped with a kitchen cart with a microwave, coffee pot and fridge. A hot plate is also available upon request plus access to our barbecue and grilling area is just a few steps away.

Further Lodging: is our Pinion Cabin.

(Open From May through September)

The Pinion Cabin is a beautiful duplex style home that offers a two bedroom unit or one bedroom unit and can be opened to accommodate 9-11 people in total.

The west side unit offers two roomy bedrooms; one with a queen bed and the other bedroom has two double beds. A full bath and comfortable sitting room with pull out double size sleeper sofa round out the unit.

The east side unit offers one bedroom equipped with a queen bed and a single bed. A full bath and cozy sitting room with twin size pull out sleeper sofa offer plenty of room for a smaller family to enjoy.

The cabin also offers an apartment size refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot plus a wonderful wrap around deck that gives you plenty of access to the outstanding views around the ranch!

Our Property Offers THREE Homes for Rent during the summer months, So PLEASE CALL To Verify Availability if the Time You Are Looking at Shows Reserved.

We are happy to offer any assistance needed to ensure that your visit to our mountain retreat is a wonderful experience; just let us know how we can help!

We apologize but we are unable to accommodate RV's, campers or tents.

Keywords: Weddings, Family Reunions, Special events, Ranch, Rustic, Seclusion, horseback riding, hot tub, beautiful scenery, quiet, wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, lakes nearby, guided hunting, private, cabins, National Forest access.

More Details

Jodi Rusk
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 9, 2017

About Jodi Rusk

My husband Dean has lived in this location for 31 years. He built all of the buildings and houses with the exception of an 1891 Montgomery Wards Kit home (which is still open for tours), for the purpose of sharing it with as many people as possible. It operated as a guest ranch from 1985 to 2010 with visitors from around the world that enjoyed the spectacular scenery, awesome horseback riding program and welcoming western atmosphere. While open as a guest ranch we offered 6 cabins that could accommodate up to 40 guests with full meal services and tours of the area. Now we are retired but still feel the urge to share this wonderful place with others and are happy to provide you the best the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and Wet Mountain Valley has to offer. Come enjoy our hidden getaway and endulge in your passion for a quiet mountain experience or take advantage of our beautiful location to host your wedding or special event!

Jodi Rusk purchased this estate in 1984

Why Jodi Rusk chose Southwestern Colorado

This area has some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. It offers seclusion, comfortable lodging, unparalled quiet and access to over 2 million acres of mountain wilderness for hiking, riding, fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting. For Wedding Groups we offer all exclusive lodging and full access to our western style amenity buildings, ceremony locations and are happy to leave the details to you!

What makes this estate unique

An Amazing site for Weddings or Special events with a rustic, western style dance hall, on-site caterering ability, 2 lovely ceremony sites - or the ability to choose your own!

Onsite Treasure Hunting for old Calvary Bulletts, Canon Balls and Indian Artifacts. Wildlife Viewing, Access with or without guiding to the San Isabel National Forest, Guided Hunting. Nearby Whitewater rafting and ATV Tours. Visit the fully restored 1892 Victorian house located onsite.


Westcliffe Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • All Bathrooms are full size with tubs/showers.
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 double
    Bedroom 7 - 2 double
    Bedroom 8 - 2 double
    Bedroom 9 - 2 double
    Bedroom 10 - 2 double
    Bedroom 11 - 2 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , two sofa sleepers - one double size and one twin size
  • Queen size Beds (1) We have 5 queen beds. Double Beds (1) We have 14 double beds and one convertable double bed sofa sleeper, Twin or Single Beds (2) We have one twin bed and one convertable twin bed sofa sleeper, Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) two sofa sleepers. One double and one Single. PLEASE NOTE: ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 28 AVAILABLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS ONLY (May through September).
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
National Forest Access, Stables, Horse Pasture, three rental homes on the property; a fully restored 1892 Victorian Kit home to explore. Scenic outdoor grilling area. Commercial size kitchen available for rent for large groups or events. A large Dance Hall/reception hall also available for rent for large groups or events. This is an Amazing Wedding Location!


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Rustic Ranch Weddings and Family Reunions ~ The Historic Pines Ranch
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Historic pines ranch

  • 5 of 5

thanks so much we loved the ranch and your hospitality you are fantastic people . thanks again from Don Theresa and the boys.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Honesdale, PA

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The scenery was great. I could sit on the doorstep of each cabin and look to the Sangre de Cristo's or to the Wet Mountains and feel like I had died and gone to heaven. It was great that we could walk up and connect to the Rainbow Trail from the ranch!!! Dean and Jodi were great hosts, very helpful. The cabins were very comfortable. Some of the members of my family felt that the setting was a little "rustic" for them, but I thought it was fun to experience a ranch in the high country. I WILL GO BACK AGAIN.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Parker, CO

Fantastic weekend

  • 5 of 5

Historic Pines Ranch offered us a fantastic holiday weekend! Everyone had a great time! Although the weather didn't cooperate everyone still was able to enjoy themselves. Our group was of all ages and everyone found something just right for them. We hiked, went to town, saw Bishops Castle, relaxed and enjoyed the ranch. Even the four-legged family members had a ball. Perfect weekend. We'll see you again soon.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place To Have a Wedding

  • 5 of 5

My family recently rented almost all the spaces for a long weekend to celebrate my youngest daughter's wedding. All of the bridal party and both sides of the immediate families were able to stay on site all weekend. That made it so easy. It was a truly a wonderful time. The nature of the place is easy going in a beautiful setting. Most of the cabins look out into the valley where sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous. The kitchen was well stocked. We had a cater come in and do all the cooking on site. Jodi was very open to letting us move things around in the dining hall to set up the room like we wanted and we returned it to the way we found it. The cabins were clean and simply furnished which was perfect for our family and friends, as most of us don't need a super upscale style place. Each cabin had a small frig, and some way to warm up food. The "old west" look of the ranch is fun and has its history as a guest ranch. There are trails that can be hiked and lots of room to wander around on. Jodi was available to answer questions at all times and took care of everything we needed. Their dogs were really friendly and made friends easily with our dog. The drive out from CO Springs is beautiful as well. It's just a lovely part of the planet to have fun and relax. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this place and the wedding was just like we had hoped,... sweet, in a beautiful setting. Pretty easy to get things back "in shape" so the deposit is returned. Westcliffe is very friendly and only about 15 minutes from the ranch. If you are looking for a peaceful place to have a wedding or just chill out away from all forms of hustle and bustle for awhile, you might like Historic Pines Ranch. We sure did!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a lovely site for Weddings and we are happy to host them! We have many wonderful amenities and plenty of great options to make your special day one to cherish. The first wedding here on the property as far as we know, was in 1889 when the original owner of the Pines Ranch, Reginald Cusack married Gertrude Urqhart. Together they started hosting guests in their home, known today as the "Old Lodge", and the rest is history!
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Great place to Stay with a group

  • 5 of 5

We rented Cusack's Cottage and part of Pinon cabin for our wedding party. The place was set up perfectly for several couples and singles. Everyone had a private room and plenty of space. We loved sitting on the porch of the cottage in the mornings, the views are beautiful The Pines Ranch would be a perfect venue for a small wedding, reunion, or family get-together. Jodi was great to work with, we highly recommend it and would love to come back some day.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Historic Pines Ranch has offered a wonderful welcoming atmosphere since the late 1800’s! The beautiful views and awesome mountains at our location are a “believe it when you see it” type of experience! Dean and I firmly respect tradition and enjoy meeting groups large or small. We love sharing our knowledge/history of the ranch and surrounding area with all who visit. This is a beautiful location for groups, reunions and small special events. We thank you for visiting us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Wheatland, Wyoming USA

Awesome Horseback Riding Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My two sisters and I spend a week together each year riding our horses and this year we chose the HPR as our location and were we pleased! Jodi and Dean are wonderful hosts and the accommodations are great. The cabins are comfortable, the views amazing and the trail access-OUTSTANDING. We rented the Pinion cabin and enjoyed our coffee each morning on the porch which provided amazing views of the Wet Mountains and the valley. We had direct access to the Rainbow trail via a beautiful single track trail . (Didn't have to hook up once to ride new trails) Our horses also enjoyed excellent accommodations in the form of a large pasture in front of our cabin. We enjoyed sitting on the porch watching them in the morning and evenings. The hot tub was delightful after a long day on the trail and if we wanted to head to town, it was an easy drive. We generally pick a different location for our trip every year but we all agreed that we would be coming back to the Pines ranch in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a GREAT location for summer time trail riding! Horses Welcome! Like its namesake, Colorado's Rainbow Trail arcs through the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, providing roughly 100 miles of outdoor fun. Vacationers can enjoy everything from hiking to horseback riding to biking on the immense trail. Many side trails lead visitors up to mountain lakes and streams for fishing, picnicing and wildlife viewing.
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Nearest Airport
96 Miles
Colorado Springs
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
St Andrews/Westcliffe
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Royal Gorge/Canon City
Nearest Motorway
7.5 Miles
Hwy 69
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Car: necessary

Our site offers a wonderful destination for Weddings and Special Events! We are located at the base of Mt. Gibbs in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado and we back up to 2 million acres of National Wilderness area and Forest.


Rates & Availability

Westcliffe Estate Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Two night mininum stay required ~ Contact us directly for All Inclusive Wedding Package Rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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