Devil’s Thumb makes eco-friendly expansion |

Devil’s Thumb makes eco-friendly expansion

TABERNASH — This week, Devil’s Thumb Ranch announced the opening of a new lodge with an environmentally conscious design.

The 50,000 square-foot High Lonesome Lodge opened to accommodate weddings, corporate events and other mountain getaway gatherings. Reclaimed rock were used for the foundation and chimneys, while locally sourced beetle-kill pine were used in the building’s interior and exterior construction. The lodge has geothermal radiant heating, with an additional solar system for more efficient warmth. It also has low-voltage lighting, low-flow water fixtures, recycled pavement and a sand water filtration system.

The lodge can accommodate up to 350 guests with 31 rooms and four suites spread over four wings.

Along with the lodge, Devil’s Thumb also has a 4,200 square-foot High Lonesome Barn and 3,000 square-foot High Lonesome Pavilion. The barn is a reclaimed Civil War era structure from the Midwest with a wall of windows offering views of the Continental Divide and surrounding valley. The barn can be used for groups, meetings, special events and weddings, accommodating up to 350 people. The pavilion will offer outside dining from spring until fall along with a fire pit for wintertime tubers, skiers and snowshoers.

The name “High Lonesome” came from the lodge, barn and pavilion locations high on a hillside above the ranch. According to Devil’s Thumb representatives, it’s also a tribute to early bluegrass music and Native American lore, both influential parts of the ranch’s history.

For reservations and more information, visit or call 970-726-5632.

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