In 1878, John Jensen homesteaded in the Elk Creek Valley and later named his property Lower Lake at Elk Falls Ranch. In the late 1880s he drove his horse-drawn buggy down to the Pine train depot to pick up ranch guests while Mrs. Jensen served as the cook. Articles published in 1898 by the local newspaper describe the ranch as a Grand Tourist Resort. For over 120 years, this mountain resort has been a destination for quiet retreats, weddings, reunions and outdoor recreation.
Designated as a Park County Historic Landmark, the Cathedral Peaks Suite and four other guest cabins provide lake views and mountain vistas. Three ponds on the 200-acre property allow guests to fish for trophy trout in this spectacular mountain setting. Weddings and vacation packages may be arranged upon request. For more information, visit www.lowerlakeranch.com or call (303) 838-6622 to make a reservation.
Lower Lake Ranch
11883 South Elk Creek Road
Pine, CO 80470
Open daylight hours throughout the year. From Denver, travel southwest on US Highway 285 to the town of Conifer. Continue five miles west of Conifer to Shaffers Crossing (also known as South Elk Creek Road). Turn right and proceed northwest 2.3 miles on South Elk Creek Road to Lower Lake Ranch. Fees depend on the lodging or activities package selected.