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in the dis­tance and, al­most di­rectly be­hind us, the In­dian Peaks.

The qual­ity rid­ing is a wel­come sur­prise. I’ve long rec­om­mended Devil’s Thumb to vis­i­tors for its en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and lack of pre­tense, un­usual for a lux­ury des­ti­na­tion re­sort. And a re­sort this is: Devil’s Thumb Ranch fea­tures two lodges, both of the “parkitech­ture” style of na­tional park lodges, log cab­ins, fly-fish­ing, zi­plin­ing, horse­back rid­ing, three restau­rants of­fer­ing lo­cally-sourced prod­ucts (the Wagyu beef couldn’t get more lo­cal; it’s raised on the ranch), an 18,000-square foot spa, Colorado’s largest pri­vately-owned solar ar­ray, a geo­ther­mal heat­ing sys­tem and mul­ti­ple beau­ti­ful event sites. And, it turns out, sweet moun­tain bik­ing.

Al­though the wom­en­spe­cific clinic hap­pens just once a year (there are also women-spe­cific clin­ics for fly-fish­ing and Nordic ski­ing), guests can ex­plore the moun­tain bike trails on their own or hire a guide through the on­site ac­tiv­ity cen­ter. Which­ever route you choose, keep in mind Ruz­ick­ova’s ad­vice as you ex­plore this sin­gle­track play­ground: look ahead, stack your el­bows and lean. And one more thing: have fun.

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