Historic Elkhorn Lodge & Guest Ranch
The Elkhorn Lodge, which began operations in 1883, is on the National Historic Register and is the oldest continuously operating lodge in Colorado. In 2010, Colorado Preservation Inc. named the Elkhorn Lodge as one of the six most endangered historic properties in Colorado. The Elkhorn Project is dedicated to bringing the grandeur back to the Elkhorn Lodge and making this piece of Estes Park history more accessible to visitors and residents.
The historic Elkhorn Lodge & Guest Ranch currently has over 20 buildings scattered across its 60+ acres. Most of these are small cabins built in the early 1900s. But the most prominent building as you enter the property down its long dirt driveway is the Elkhorn Lodge Building. The Elkhorn Project plans to complete a major renovation of this building, restoring it to its earlier beauty. The result would be a 24-room hotel with grand lobby, restaurant and bar, and banquet facilities maintaining the historic footprint of the original building design.
Once the Elkhorn Lodge is re-opened as a hotel, there are plans to expand the hotel with an additional wing housing 44 new rooms and a new pool and spa area. There are also plans to renovate other historic buildings on the property, including the main house and the Coach House.