Estes Park, Colorado, is a speck of civilization amid an expanse of wilderness, so it's no wonder that rugged individualists have used the town as a base for mountain exploration for almost 150 years. Manifest your own Western destiny with this week's Escape to the great wide open: two nights for two at the Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch.
Located in the foothills of Old Man Mountain, the lodge offers an authentic mountain ranch experience in the vast backcountry of western Colorado. Built in 1871, Elkhorn takes pride in being the state's oldest continually occupied structure, and helping guests create a tailored Wild West experience in a simple, refined setting.
Grab a room in the Main Lodge ($88), furnished with an extensive collection of hand-finished Stickley furniture, and offering large common rooms with pool and card tables, several fireplaces, a ballroom, and a dining hall. If you need a little more space, opt for one of 13 rustic Cabins ($105) up the road and enjoy a private bathroom, porch, and view of the ranch's horse corral. All accommodations have been recently refurbished, and feature Wi-Fi and televisions.
The sky's the limit when it comes to outdoor activities and attractions. Try your hand at fly or stream fishing in lakes and rivers teeming with trout; catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife around the lodge, including elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, cougars, and coyotes; or take a scenic hike through stunning Rocky Mountain National Park.
When you're ready to broaden your horizons, there's no better way to experience the historic property than on horseback. Trail riding is offered 365 days a year at the lodge (weather permitting), and the trails offer magnificent views of the Continental Divide and the surrounding wilderness.
If you've got an outsized passion for the outdoors, look no further: this week's Escape bests the competition by miles and miles.
PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON October 15, 2012
Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch
A Two-Night Stay for Two in a Lodge Room ($88) or Cabin ($105)
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