welcome To Deer Valley
All of us here at Deer Valley are preparing for you, our valued guests, and your upcoming summer stay with us. Each area of the ranch, from kitchen, housekeeping, and maintenance, to office, corral, and kids/teen programs are gearing up for YOUR arrival! As our summer staff arrive little by little over the next two weeks, the excitement of summer is building. And mostly it’s because we are excited about meeting you and having the opportunity to serve you. Our desire and prayer is that you and your family experience the majestic beauty, the memory-making adventures, and the get-away-from-it-all rest that the ranch provides. All of us look forward to having each of you with us soon!
-The DVR Team and Staff
Countdown to the Ranch!
Do your kids know how many days it is until they arrive at Deer Valley? Do YOU? We here at the ranch ARE counting down the days until you arrive. Even now we are making preparations so that your vacation will be an unforgettable, fun-filled Western experience! This e-newsletter is to help you better prepare for your upcoming stay at the ranch. We hope you are looking forward to your upcoming stay as much as we are looking forward to having you at Deer Valley!
Your Arrival Day
We are located about 2 1/2 hours from Denver and about 2 hours from Colorado Springs. If you are flying into either city’s airport, allow 3 hours from Denver Int’l and 2 1/4 hours from Colorado Springs. If you are driving from Denver, you can take either I-70 to the Copper Mountain exit (Hwy 91) or take 285 all the way to Nathrop. From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24 west.
Check-in Time is 4:00pm
General Ranch Orientation is at 7:00 PM.
You are welcome to arrive a little early but thank you for understanding that your cabin/room may not be ready until 4 PM. Please check in with the office and one of our friendly office staff will verify your information. You will be given important paperwork including the Weekly Schedule.
The General Orientation which begins at 7:00 PM in Centennial Hall will provide useful information to make sure you have the best ranch experience and help you plan your week.
We want to help make this your best Deer Valley vacation ever, so we ask that you please read over this newsletter. Even though you have been at the ranch before, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you still check-in with the office before you go to your cabin/room. We verify important information from you and give you the weekly schedule and other important paperwork. In the event your cabin or room is not ready, we can let you know when it will be ready. So please stop in the office upon arriving so we can welcome you back to DVR!
Horseback riding orientation is at 10:45 Sunday morning.
Horseback riding is the primary reason many of you are coming to Deer Valley. There are certainly many opportunities to ride, from a one hour instructional ride to an all day high country ride. Please be sure and attend our horseback riding orientation after dinner Sunday evening. We will also need every rider in your party to sign a waiver. Whether you are on our American Plan or our A La Carte Plan, horseback riding is an additional cost.
Horseback Riding Rates:
To give you an idea, horseback riding is $37/hour per person. Some of our longer rides are less per hour, for example the Wrangler’s Breakfast rides are $65, the Cogan’s Ranch ride-$75, the Cookout Lunch Ride-$75, the 3-hour Back Country Ride- $100, and the 5-hour Back Country ride-$160. The cost for each ride will be noted on that ride’s sign-up sheet. A few rides you might not want to miss include the Wrangler’s Breakfast Ride, the Cogan’s Ranch Ride and the All Day Ride. We’ll see you down at the corral!
Whitewater Rafting: ½ Day Brown’s Canyon: $67.61 / adult, $57.86 / child 6-12
Rentals: Package #1 (Wetsuit Package) is $15 / person, Package #2 (Excludes Wetsuit) is $10 / person
NEW this year: Save Time and complete your Noah’s Ark Rafting Release Form ONLINE now!
Here is the link:
Brown's Canyon Adventure Park
Brown’s Canyon Adventure Park: $60 / adult, $54 / children
What To Bring
Here at 8400’ elevation, early mornings, evenings and nights are cool (40s to 50s) and days are warm (70s and 80s). We suggest dressing in layers so you can put on or take off items. There is no dress code, except shoes and shirts are required in the dining room. You are on vacation, so bring comfortable clothing and shoes. Jeans are a must and many folks wear shorts during the day.
Some of our guests like to dress with a bit of western flair for the Saturday night buffet, Sunday square dance and Thursday Western Party.
While shopping for your vacation, consider a trip to your local Goodwill. You might find hiking shoes, western boots, cowboy hats or other gear that will be inexpensive, broken in already and perfect for your week at the ranch.
- Camera & Charger
- Hiking Shoes
- Western "outfit"
- Wrangler Jeans
- Tennis Shoes
- Beach Towels
What You Can Get At The Ranch
- Pool Towels
- First Aid Supplies
- New Water Bottles
- Rental Cowboy Boots
- Fishing Gear
Plan to spend some time in our lovely Trading Post. Browse through the new apparel or browse through a book while the children pick out a toy. You will find a good selection of home décor and Deer Valley memorabilia.
Most everything is included in your rate: use of our swimming pools, hot tubs and sauna, tennis court, hay rides, guided hiking, guided fishing, fishing instruction, children and teen programs and evening entertainment. The following are additional charges you should consider:
- Your meals if you are on the a la carte rate plan in a cabin. Meal prices are listed on our web site.
- Half Day River Rafting. See above.
- Horseback riding: See section above.
- Browns Canyon Adventure Park: See above. Must weigh between 50-275 lbs.
- Babysitting: $15.00/hour for one child and $5.00/hour for each additional child. You will make arrangements with the office for scheduling and payment.
- Fishing License: Required for age 16 and over. Non-resident five-day license is $21.00. A one day license is $9.00. We don’t sell licenses, but we can direct you to Buena Vista or Salida stores that do sell them. You can also purchase a license online before you arrive: http://cpw.state.co.us/ thingstodo/Pages/ Fishing.aspx
- Tax: Store purchases are 5.4%. The lodging and program part of your stay is taxed at 7.3%. Meals are taxed at 5.4%
- Stop by and check out the latest addition to DVR, the "Saloon," an internet cafe that will serve gourmet coffee drinks, teas, and smoothies, as well as baked goods! Extra charges will apply to items.