Although the Fraser Valley is known for its low key, relaxed atmosphere, it doesn’t mean that it lacks in high-end amenities, which includes the gem known as Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa.
About the Devil’s Thumb Area
Devil’s Thumb is an area rich in history beginning with the roaming Ute and Arapahoe Native Americans who are said to have settled their differences in the Ranch Creek Valley. Legend has it, that to remind future generations of the evils of war, they buried the devil but left his thumb exposed. This is the outcropping that is visible on the Continental Divide from almost every vantage point at the Ranch. Although it looks tiny, the Thumb is an immense rock outcropping that is actually on the east side of the divide.
Rich in agriculture, the valley drew pioneers and Margaret Radcliffe who operated it as a dairy farm for nine years, built the first ranch homestead in 1936. The homestead still stands and today is part of the Ranch House Restaurant. Subsequently the Yager brothers purchased it and operated it as a working/dude ranch for over 30 years. In 1975, with the addition of 35k of cross country ski trails designed by an Olympian, it became a full time guest resort.
The current owners, Bob and Suzanne Fanch who purchased the property in 2001, have an ethos of sustainability and respect for the history and eco-system, which shows in all aspects of the Ranch. Now 6,000 acres in size, they have numerous solar panels, geothermal heating, and a unique sand filtration system for water. They are also committed to buying local foods when available and make an effort to use earth friendly cleaning products and cruelty free/green skin care products in the spa.
The owners are so devoted and believe so much in the community that they created The Sprout Foundation which supports many causes from education to land preservation.
Things to Do at Devil’s Thumb Ranch
You won’t get bored at Devil’s Thumb Ranch! Some of our Favorite activities include:
- Horse back riding and hay rides
- Zip lining
- Fly fishing on private waters
- SUP and SUP yoga
- Daily yoga classes
- Lounging by the pool or the hot tub
- Toasting marshmallows by a roaring fire
- Sipping a single malt in the national parks inspired main lodge
The Ranch also consistently offers professional chef inspired wine and beer pairing dinners.
Summer brings all kinds of fun with Wrangler Camps, Jr. Wrangler Camps, Heck’s Back Porch Music series every Saturday at 7:00, Wine Down Wednesdays in the Ranch House, and Twofer Tuesdays in Heck’s Tavern, Let’s Get Hoppy Craft Beer flight night, and Women’s Wheels and Wine in July.
The Enrichment Series, free classes offered every Sunday year round, offer a diverse array of classes ranging from Knitting 101 to Pilates to How to Craft the Perfect Bloody Mary. Advance sign up is recommended: 970-726-5632.
Even if you don’t stay at the Ranch, a visit for lunch on the patio, an indulgent spa treatment, a trail ride, or Happy Hour will give you a taste of why city slickers and cowboys alike have been coming here for decades.Tags: What to Do