Yellow Pine Guest Ranch is just a stone’s throw away from the boardwalk town of Cuchara Village — the shops there feature local artist galleries, silversmiths and jewelers, souvenir and gift shops, as well as casual and fine dining restaurants and activities for all ages to enjoy. In addition to the Village, Yellow Pine is immediately surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest where you can enjoy miles of hiking and view a plethora of mountain wildlife.
SAN ISABEL NATIONAL FOREST
The San Isabel National Forest consists of 1,120,233 acres of snow-capped peaks and crystal mountain lakes. The well marked trails offer hikes a four year old child can enjoy as well as trails to challenge the most experienced mountaineer. For the fisherman, several high mountain lakes are close to the ranch and can be easily accessed. From birds to bears, chipmunks to marmots, elk to mountain goats, the wildlife is abundant! Unspoiled, breathtaking beauty awaits! Come if you will and listen to the song of the wind in the pines and experience the Creator in ways you may never have before — revitalize and replenish your soul.
Downtown Cuchara is a wonderful rendition of a turn of the century Colorado mountain town, complete with slabwood siding and full log construction. The boardwalk town is buzzing with activity during the summer — families fill the patios of the restaurants while hummingbirds feed overhead. Be sure to check out the wonderful gift shops, along with a general store, arcade, miniature golf course and ice cream parlor that you won’t want to miss.
Dog Bar & Grill
The world famous Dog Bar & Grill was named “One of the Top 12 Best Outdoor Patios in Colorado” by the Denver Post. Since 1980, the Dog Bar & Grill is the best place to connect with new and old friends, indulge in the best food and cold beverages in the valley, and enjoy the best live entertainment around, featuring local bands all throughout the summer season.
Come enjoy lunch, dinner, brunch, or have your special event catered at the Timbers, a Cuchara tradition. Located in the heart of the village, the Timbers serves a wide-ranging menu featuring La Veta-raised lamb, San Luis Valley striped bass, and Colorado’s Aspen Ridge Beef. The menu is American traditional, showcasing the chef’s influences from the southern United States and our region’s southwest heritage.
The Cuchara Recreation Hall
Cuchara Association’s Recreation Hall is the site for many of the activities planned by the Cuchara Valley Rec Program. This group of volunteers offers guided hikes, special kids programs and Bingo weekly during the summer. Next to the recreation hall is a playground with a playscape, tennis courts, and basketball court.
Bears Den Gift Shop and Mini Golf
The Bears Den Gift Shop has a nice selection of jewelry, hats, scarves, wall art, kitchen items, home decor, t-shirts, toys, children’s books, skin products, wood carvings and more — you’ll find “something for everyone” here! There’s fun for the whole family at the Bear’s Den Mini Golf. Each hole features local landmarks making it an interesting and fun course!
Dakota Dukes is the first and perhaps most unique stop you’ll find in the Cuchara Valley and includes a friendly tail-waggin’ Hello from Dyna Lou, the First Lady of Cuchara and Robert White — the “Dakota Duke” himself. Inside the store you’ll find unique Cuchara Gifts, T-shirts, groceries and more. Dakota Dukes is a must stop visit in Cuchara!
Cuchara Country Store
The Cuchara Country Store is the perfect place to stop on your way to the cabin or on a drive along the Highway of Legends. Browse for that gift or souvenir to take home or just pick up a snack or two… The Country Store carries a nice selection of food staples, snacks, candy, pop and other last minute grocery items, fishing licenses and supplies, and plenty of games, puzzles and crafts to keep your kids busy on a rainy afternoon.
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ON THE RANCH
Yellow Pine Guest Ranch offers several great activities for the entire family… enjoy a trail ride on horseback, explore nature’s beauty on a hike, try your hand at casting a fly rod on the pond, or just sit under a tree and listen to the relaxing sounds of the Cuchara River… all without leaving the ranch.
Beyond the Ranch
Just a few miles or more down the road from Yellow Pine Guest Ranch you can travel the scenic Highway of Legends or take a ride on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad which affords splendid views of the dramatic West Spanish Peak. Uncover a ghost town or two or play a round of golf on a scenic golf course.