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Ripple Creek Lodge

39020 County Road 8, Meeker, CO 81641-9252
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Located deep in the heart of the White River National Forestat the steps of the Flat Tops Wilderness is Ripple Creek Lodge offering historic cabins, trail rides, guided hunting and fishing adventures
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39020 County Road 8, Meeker, CO 81641-9252
Ripple Creek Lodge
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Eagle County Airport
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Rachael E wrote a review Aug 2023
Denver, Colorado3 contributions
Best spur of the moment trip to the mountains. Ripple Creek Lodge exceeded our expectations. The food was fantastic, the cabin was warm and the beds were amazing. The staff were fun and engaging. The snow was absolutely beautiful. Looking forward to going back again and making an annual adventure out of it! If you are looking to recharge your batteries and be spoiled, this is the place to go.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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T. Racine wrote a review Aug 2023
Fruita, Colorado2 contributions
I would have rated this accommodation with nothing as it was more primitive than rustic. There were bugs ALL OVER the front porch and outside walls as we entered! The first morning there was no heating ( had to call the owner to turn on the gas/pilot). No telling how old or what idiosyncrasies, no hot water in the shower, spider webs everywhere as with wasps and flies and dusty bedspreads and floors. After we’d killed 10 wasps, 6 spiders, I called the owner to turn on the furnace, fix the shower and later plug holes the insects were coming through. His comment was “…send your wife over, I have 20 wasps in the lodge to kill…” and sarcasm we didn’t appreciate. On the 2nd night my wife was woken by a mouse jumping on her head. It turns out those mouse droppings on the floor were fresh and I asked for mouse traps. I had to load them and that night 3 mice were trapped. We could have killed more but I decided to look and found 4+ holes in the cabin to plug with aluminum foil. Though we heard more mice trying to get in, it stopped and we finally got some sleep. We checked out early the next morning and they wanted to charge us $210+/night ignoring I’d made a deposit months ahead. I pointed this out and got the correct fee paid and headed out. I’ve traveled this great nation working for the last 7 years and this had to be the rock bottom of any accommodations I’d patronized. I’ve even visited 3rd world countries and seen better 3rd class hotels. I’d wished I’d read previous reviews here instead of taking a recommendation from a fishing acquaintance about his friends pleasant stays-I can assure anyone this place is a dump and they don’t care.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The dinner we had at the lodge was good, that was it.
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BJT wrote a review Jul 2023
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We had 2 cabins for a family reunion. The cabins had been remodeled, and our bathroom had a nice tiled shower with instant hot water. Room had a refrigerator and a table. My dad liked the cabin because the bathroom had 2 entry doors, one from each bedroom. The cabin where we stayed was right next to the stream, so in the sun. There wasn't a porch to sit on, but a picnic table and BBQ. The windows do not have screens and the bugs were bad so didn't open the windows. Wish there was a screen door. Our cabin was really clean. We took a half day ride with a wrangler and just loved it.thw horses are well taken care of, and did really well on the steep trail. We'd definitely ride there again. We had breakfast and dinner, and both were very good, a buffet for breakfast with eggs bacon pancakes and bananas. Dinner was ribeye steaks cooked on the grill. We ate inside after enjoying happy hour on the deck. They have a small staff that does a great job. We will stay there again next year. Thanks
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring bug spray and sun screen. Realize you are in the woods.
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Resort26840422316 wrote a review Oct 2022
If your are thinking about using Ripple Creek Outfitters for an Elk hunt be sure to read this as lengthy as it is going to be. My wife bought me the trip of a lifetime my dream hunt for my 40th birthday. I have always hunted whitetail and turkey in the Midwest and I am a very avid hunter. After talking to Dan at meeker lodge the first time on the phone 2 years ago he informed me it takes 3 years to get an over the counter archery tag for the location they were in. So we set up originally a second rifle season hunt for that year at Ripple Creek. After talking to him later on he said he had just bought, not leased but bought private land in which I could get an over the counter private land archery tag and my chances of success would go from 50 percent to 100 percent. I was even told it would be likely to have 3 different bulls called in each day. However it was 2,000 dollars more to hunt his private land. After some thought I decided to pay the extra for this better opportunity. He sent us a pamphlet of everything we need to bring and what to expect upon arrival. We went through it carefully and made sure we had everything on his list he sent us. When we arrived he told us we don't need any of that on the list and that was just something he sends out to everyone , but is only for the pack out hunters. No where does it say that so we spent a lot on extra stuff we will never use. Getting to the "Ranch" what they called it, it was clear why there were no p[pictures of it. It was no ranch or nice lodge it was Grandmas old haunted farm house or so to speak. The bedrooms were small and dirty from dust which my wife dusted first thing. The pillows were as flat as pancakes , and the sink in the bathroom that we had to share with another couple kept clogging up. We told Dan and his wife about the sink and they did nothing. However to me that stuff does not matter, but to my wife who paid for an 8,500.00 dollar Elk trip she was not happy. Not to mention one TV in the whole place and that was in the basement. However after unloading and getting packed into our 10x10 bedroom I wanted to talk to Dan about the next days hunt and what to expect. For whitetails I wont shoot anything that is not mature, but this was my first elk hunt and wanted to get a real expectation of what I should be looking for. His answer to that question was the complete opposite of what I was told on the phone. His response was if you get a chance at a cow you should take it, or at least 4 points. He also followed that up by saying the average Elk hunter only kills an elk every 7 years. This completely contradicts what he said on the phone trying to het me out there. Trying to stay positive we hunted in a ground blind that evening at the base of the mountain over a mud pit what they called a water hole. There were 4-5 different water hole ground blind set ups at the base of the mountain and the blinds were right in the open on top of these water holes with zero and I mean zero elk sign around them. That was our evening hunts over the next 3 days. First morning out he took us on what was named the trail of tears. A couple things about this part of the hunt was we expected horses to get us to the top and then hike from there. That was not the case we hiked 30-45 minutes up the mountain to get where we would sit in one spot for 5 hrs only to hear or see nothing. And dont believe his lie that it takes only 24 hrs for your lungs to adjust. It actually takes 2-4 weeks. Most of my buddies cant keep up with me in the woods and these hikes were brutal! I say we because not only was (Dan our guide accompanied by an 18 year old kid whos first year doing it) I was hunting 10 yards away from the other hunter who paid for a private land private hunt. We definitely would have been trying to shoot the same bull if we had ever seen one. I was clear that I didn't want to hunt next to someone else however every morning hunt was the same. The second to last morning hunt Dan took us onto what he knew was public land knowing we only had private land tags. I am glad I have proof of that as I am currently reporting this incident. Our last hunt was the next morning we set up on an Elk that we expected to come from a certain direction based on a fresh track from the previous day. We set up where Dan believed he was going to bed. Only problem was all 4 of us sitting in this area and the wind was going right towards the way we expected him to enter. That was it for me we paid too much money for this and it seemed as if he was purposely trying to ruin our hunts or make us quit because he didn't want more elk killed in early season on this property. Me and the wife went into town and tried to talk out what we should do at lunch. This was ruining our vacation and was not even fun anymore. We decided after a long discussion we would give it one more day. However the couple drinks I had at lunch to calm me down did the opposite I was fuming when we got back to the lodge and a nice older gentleman who had worked that land for several years started talking to me. He explained that his son had hunted this property for 5 years before he even got a chance at an elk in archery season. This pushed me over the top I was outraged the lies I was told. I never waited for Dan to get back to discuss things because I learned a long time ago it does no good to talk something out with someone who has already lied to you. We left early and I requested just a half refund for only staying half the time. His response was he was worried about the fact I drink half of a 250 dollar bottle of bourbon he had sitting out with all the other alcohol that we were free to drink and that I may have not got the hunt I wanted , but they didn't get the hunter they wanted. After reading several of these other reviews it is clear they push their faults on the hunter and take no responsibility for their failures. I will be posting this everywhere and writing every magazine I can think of along with getting in touch with Colorado parks and wildlife and reporting him having us on public land.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Christine T wrote a review Sept 2021
Thornton, Colorado181 contributions78 helpful votes
The owner takes pride in the accommodations. We visited recently for a half day horseback ride when the Trapper Lake Lodge could not accommodate us. We have previously stayed here and surprised to see the renovations to the cabin we always stay in…beautiful! Really nice to have the bathroom and shower in the cabin. They have turned the previous housekeeping laundry into a bar with nice deck seating. The horseback ride is very adventurous wil a lot of climbing and then the descent. Not for the weak of heart. If you are looking for a relaxing place to escape I recommend Ripple Creek Lodge!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Marty V wrote a review Oct 2019
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We have stayed at several drop camps. Ripple creek drop camp was very clean and everything was in working order. The paper supplies that they give you were a pleasant surprise. You don’t get that much at other camps that we have been to. It was also nice to get visits from the wranglers every few days. Again don’t get that service from other camps either. Every wrangler we talked to always asked is their anything we can do for you! Locations of the camps are great. If you are thinking of a drop camp give Dan a call at ripple creek. He was able to answer all of my questions and felt all of his answers were honest.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jill B wrote a review Sept 2019
Fort Collins, Colorado18 contributions19 helpful votes
This is the place to go if you are looking to have an authentic and rustic experience. Dan is an amazing cook and does a lot of it over an open fire outside. That's not something you see every day. Many locals drive up just for the food. The staff are the shining stars (especially Sam), are great with the 28+ horses on site and make sure customers are treated well. Cabins are the real deal and help to complete the old fashioned experience. There's a cozy bar with tv and a small but mighty stream running beside two of the cabins and the corral.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Odyssey66987895889 wrote a review Feb 2019
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Paid for 6 people in our camp and had supplies for 4.We arrived to camp the tents were down from snow, broken poles we had to fix! Literally had to cut the poles ourselves from the downed wood by the camp. Dan sent his wife and a boy in with us and as we were leaving on horses to go up. he stated "you might have to help them fix some stuff". Holes in the Tents size of your fist, good thing I had some duct tape, it was 15 degrees, Had to beg for more propane! Had a man break a hip on 2nd day and took 2 days to come back and get us!! This is unsafe!! We are not old 40-50 years old. Don't let him tell you that the bad reviews he receives are old fat people who couldn't take it, like he did us and we believed. DO NOT BOOK with this outfitter!!!!!! I am also lodging a complaint with the outfitters association. I have been elk hunting for 25 years! Please heed my warning! I have taken many drop camp trips and there are good outfitters out there. this is not one of them.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Bill D wrote a review Jul 2018
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Ripple Creek Lodge and guide service for 2017 Elk Hunt - Review. I would highly recommend any hunter utilize the services the Ripple Creek Lodge provides. Their efforts are without equal! As in most business cultures the environment starts from the top down. Dan effectively led his staff to ensure a superb experience for each of the hunters who arrived. Despite a very cold snow storm that arrived with the beginning days of the hunt. The staff, wranglers and guides were up and ready to go. Each and every meal was prepared on time and was delicious. The horses were all saddled and ready The guides knew the area and were able to effectively place each hunter in a location where they were able to have the best chance at harvesting an elk. When I harvested my elk, they were thorough and left very little of the elk behind in the field dressing process. The meat processing plant, which they delivered my elk too free of charge was excellent as the meat was professionally cut and wrapped. The rooms were clean and warm, the plumbing worked and there was no foul odors as found in many rustic cabins. Overall, this was not only a great experience, even in inclement weather, but a successful hunt. So that whether you are a novice hunter or an expert hunter, your experience will be great. I would highly recommend you consider utilizing the Ripple Creek Lodge with Dan and his staff at your next elk hunt. Bill Davison davisonelectric@gmail.com
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Date of stay: November 2017
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tjje2 wrote a review Jul 2018
Bailey, Colorado1 contribution
I love this place been going for years, always got my elk, cabins and people are great,, so all the dumbo hunters saying a waste of money aren't really hunters, lol stay home you don't know what you are doing,, not every year is the same, if you expect someone to plant an elk in front of your face don't come to Colorado , Real hunter can hunt in Colorado and this place is a great place for elk: , Its not a waste of money and it is a fair price for a real western atmosphere with ole time values,, like I said stay home New York, Texas and all you wanna be hunters,, you have no clue
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Date of stay: October 2017
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