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“The one thing I enjoy the most at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is the moment right after a good snowshoe trek and I'm sitting either in The Lodge or outside watching life slow down enough to witness the beauty of Colorado.”
A suite at the Devil's Thumb Ranch Lodge: Check.
Two tickets to the Grand Huts Association Progressive Dinner: Check.
Two pairs of snowshoes: Check.
My wife: Check.
A sense of adventure: Check.
A full moon, deep snow, no wind, good conversation with fellow attendees.... I won't follow that statement with the word "priceless," but the whole experience was pretty darn cool.
“Priceless” doesn't quite capture the thrill and adrenaline-infused dining experience of a Grand Huts Association Progressive Dinner at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. On Feb. 18, 2011, the moon was exceptionally full and bathed the Ranch’s more than 5,000 acres of “snowshoeable” backcountry in a brilliant glow. This wintry night was one to be remembered – and one of my favorite Colorado year-round destinations was the evening’s playground.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch isn’t ordinary. It’s beyond the usual. It has personality and character that far exceeds expectations. In fact, before visiting, don’t expect anything other than a tasty gulp of Rocky Mountain excellence.
The Ranch sits at the foot of Colorado’s majestic Ranch Creek Valley, near the Continental Divide, in Grand County. Panoramic views and awe-inspiring scenery calms the blood pressure and hushes the hum of everyday life.
Nothing can match how all the right elements fell into place that evening. More than 200 people on snowshoes and cross country skis followed a 5K trail to full bellies. Distinctive. Extraordinary. Strangely elegant.
Grand Huts Association’s Dave Maddox and Andy Miller spearheaded the planning of the progressive dinner – using Devil’s Thumb Ranch to host the gala. Organizing these events provides an opportunity for GHA to raise money through ticket purchases and a silent auction. Proceeds go to fund the GHA’s construction of a sustainable hut system within Grand County.