Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Location: Western Colorado
Trip Starts: Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Trip Ends: Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Total Distance: 4.7 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Meadow, Radcliff, Double Pole and Swindler Trails
Trail Traffic: Moderate
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Devil’s Thumb Ranch
3530 County Rd 83
Tabernash, CO 80478


Devil’s Thumb Ranch is a resort near Fraser, CO that has plush accommodations, restaurants, meeting rooms, and many indoor and outdoor activities – including hiking, zip lining, mountain biking and horseback riding.

During our stay, we hiked 4.7 miles behind the ranch and looped together a number of trails on this private parcel of land – including the Meadow, Radcliff, Double Pole and Swindler trails. On our hike we passed two small ponds, a number of backcountry yurts, and had excellent views of the nearby Winter Park ski resort and the Continental Divide. The ascent to 8800+ feet is worth the time to see the surrounding area.

Horseback riders and mountain bikers also use these trails – although we saw none during our hike. Hikers are asked to yield to horses if you come across them on the trail. Mountain bikers are asked to yield to hikers.

For those that want a longer or shorter option – you can combined the trails in an infinite number of ways and tailor a hike to meet your needs. You do need to be a guest at the ranch to hike on their property – or at least I believe that to be the case.

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