Red Rock Ranch Offers Rustic Luxury for Group Gatherings

Room to roam and spaces to connect are integral to Red Rock Ranch, a multihome estate situated on 1,000 acres of rolling foothills in Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley. While cabin rentals and dude ranches abound, this rustic yet luxurious ranch estate sleeps up to 50 guests across three spacious homes and falls in a lodging category with few others.

When a party chooses to rent the estate during its mid-May to mid-October open season, guests receive access to three homes rented all together along with the surrounding outdoor living amenities. This makes the ranch a popular destination for family reunions, destination weddings and relaxed summer gatherings, and summer getaways book a year in advance.

“The magic of the ranch is that it’s private for your group, and there’s so much to do right there on the property, people don’t need to go anywhere,” Rick Prill, Red Rock Ranch owner and operator, says. “That’s what facilitates people connecting in a really natural and special way.”

When Rick acquired the now-ranch grounds in 1989, the property was a rundown cattle ranching enterprise. As a general contractor, Rick set out to oversee the restoration of the historic buildings and also to add additional amenities and sleeping quarters. His vision was to create a space for upscale living in a rustic mountain setting that would be affordable for groups.

The ranch opened for business in 2002, and, each summer, Rick lives at the opposite corner of the 2-square-mile ranch to personally see to guests’ needs.

At Red Rock Ranch, guests don’t feel like they’ve come to a sterile retreat center, Rick says.

“If feels like you got to use your uncle’s estate for the weekend,” he says. “It’s very personal.”

Each property on the ranch possesses a character all its own. The quaint Homestead Cabin with its hand-hewn log walls was built in 1874. The Cottage, a Prairie Victorian home, built in the 1920s, features a large wraparound porch for relaxed reading or conversation. The Ranch House, completed by Rick in 2001, features a saloon bar, a parlor and a billiards room, harkening back to the era of Colorado railroad baron’s mansions.

Guests taking a stroll from one dwelling to another along the lighted stone path will enjoy benches, outdoor sofas, waterfalls, dining tables and the manicured gardens and green spaces of the landscaped grounds. Property amenities include a saloon bar, billiards room, outdoor pool, spa, sauna and workout room. Activities on the property include sand volleyball, horseshoes, hiking, croquet, billiards, table tennis and a variety of games.

Some guests are perfectly content to relax at the ranch while others seek adventure in the nearby Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area where opportunities for hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting and horseback riding abound. This range is home to many of Colorado’s “fourteeners,” mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, so it offers both a spectacular view and a wilderness challenge.

Families will often bring cherished recipes to cook and share together in one of the three fully appointed kitchens whereas others choose to relax and hire a personal chef for their entire stay.

“The ranch is really a blank canvas, and you can fill it however you want to,” Rick says. “I just provide people with resources.”

Getting there: The ranch is an hour and 15 minutes from the Colorado Springs Airport and 2 1/2 hours from the Denver International Airport.

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