Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Award Winner

Best Colorado Mountain Resort

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Award as among the world’s best hotels & resorts

TABERNASH, Colo. (Oct. 9, 2018) Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa recognized as the #11 top resort in Colorado.

“This honor is a true testimony to our collective commitment and the work of our staff and recently named general manager Dan Abrashoff to elevate our guest experience and services” said Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa said Eric Mason, COO. “We greatly appreciate our guests’ vote of confidence.”

Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.

Located 65 miles west of Denver and 15 minutes west of Winter Park, Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s Nordic history and reputation as one of the leading Nordic Centers in the country has also evolved into one of the world’s leading eco-friendly ranch resorts and spas since owners Bob and Suzanne Fanch purchased the Ranch and surrounding 6,000 acres in 2001. In addition to numerous environmental honors, the Fanches have also been recognized for their efforts in historic preservation, showcasing the Ranch’s rich Native American and Western history as part of the guest experience.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on Oct. 16.


About Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

3530 County Road 83 | Tabernash, CO 80478 | 970.726.5632 |

Easy to reach from Denver (65 miles west) and seemingly a million miles away nestled among 6,000 acres of Colorado wilderness is Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, ranked among the top eco-friendly hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine and the International Conservancy and top three cross country ski resorts by USA Today. Here, modern-day, low tech indulgences are met with a kind and thoughtful heart for the environment and the area’s history, which pays tribute to the Arapahoe and Ute Native American Tribes, as well as western cowboy heritage and Nordic sports.

Accommodations include two lodges and 15 eco-luxe ridge-top log cabins with additional sister-property options in nearby Winter Park, including Vasquez Creek Inn and Trailhead Inn. On-site Ranch amenities, services and recreation options include 18,000 sq. ft. Ranch Creek Spa, horseback riding and seasonally based hay/sleigh rides, ziplining, fly-fishing, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding and hiking (summer); cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking plus year-round yoga and Spa Enrichment Series classes.  A full-service retail, rental shop and Activities Center provides a wealth of outdoor wilderness adventures at this year-round ranch, resort, spa, corporate retreat, and weddings destination.

Dining at the two on-site restaurants, Heck’s and Ranch House Restaurant, is sustainably focused and local whenever possible, with private dining options in John L’s Wine Cellar and Grotto Suraboza. From contemporary American Ranch fare at Heck’s in the Main Lodge to the more refined “from the earth and sea” and ever-changing, seasonally focused menu at Ranch House Restaurant, diners can create dining experiences that range from healthy to indulgent, including Wine Spectator Best of Awards wine lists for the past four years, a coveted honor bestowed upon just 1,250 restaurants worldwide.


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