"The view of the mountains from the dance floor is gorgeous! It feels like you are dancing in a postcard." ~ Jenny Bowman
About Our Location
We are grateful to be using the Adventure Unlimited Ranches as the site for our event. This 1,100 acre facility is nestled in the foothills of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and runs adventure programming for youth and families.
Dancing and dining will take place in the charming ambiance of historic Valerie Lodge, a handcrafted log structure with dynamic wood floors, large windows, and cozy fireplaces. From the Lodge, enjoy majestic views of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding mountain ranges. The lower floor in Valerie Lodge is reserved for dancing, while the upper floor is for dining and hanging out (no need to move the whole dining set-up when it's time to dance). When you want to relax, you can hang out by the fire, play board games, or chat with friends, all while enjoying the music or watching the dancing.
Lodging is in heated log cabins sleeping no more than 7 people in bunk beds (bottoms only). A limited number of private rooms with private bathrooms are available for an additional fee. All accommodations are fully winterized and have indoor bathrooms. Check out the bottom of our registration page for videos of the accommodations.
Winter is a beautiful time at the Ranches. Located at an elevation of about 8600 feet, there is often snow around Valerie Lodge. Yet, the sunny days and moderate temperatures generally keep keep the roads clear of snow. Daytime temperatures are usually 25º to 40º and nights dip to between -10º and 20º. The cozy accommodations and hot dancing will keep us warm!
Fires in the fireplace of Valerie Lodge are a key part of the enjoyment of the weekend. Individuals with smoke alergies should consider if this is the right event for them, as others in the past have ocassionally had issues.
Wildlife abounds at the Ranches. As you drive in, you may see a herd of 100 elk or a smaller herd of pronghorn antelope. Mule deer thrive in the ponderosa forests and open fields around the cabins and lodges. The tracks of snowshoe hares, weasels, and squirrels are frequently seen in the snow. A few birds, like chickadees, nuthatches, magpies, and ravens, stay around for the winter. Bald eagles are seen on occasion near the highway.
A multitude of activities (including hot springs, massage, snowshoeing, and skiing) are available at and near the Ranches.
Check out the video to the right for images of Valerie Lodge and Aspen Grove Lodge, the gathering spaces used at Stellar.