Some of our favorite things to do at Ruby's Retreat
- Drive down Hwy 72, seeing the old mining towns of Ward, Jamestown, Gold Hill and Nederland (Gold Hill is our favorite).
- Go horseback riding at the Allenspark Livery.
- Go four-wheeling in Roosevelt National Forest, just 1/10th mile past Ruby’s on Taylor Road.
- Attend Sunday morning service in the little log cabin church of Allenspark Community Church.
- Eat at Meadow Mountain Café in Allenspark. Leave room for the cobbler desert.
- Hike the Allenspark Trail (necessary after eating at Meadow Mountain!).
- Sightsee and hike in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park, just a few miles from Ruby’s.
- Drink the clean, cool water from Crystal Springs in Allenspark.
- Walk around Lily Lake, along Hwy 7 toward Estes Park.
- Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, stop at the Alpine Visitor
Center at the Continential Divide for hot chocolate,
drive down into Grand Lake (it takes all day to drive there and back).
For the more adventurous, drive up Fall River Road (one lane dirt, but passable by car) and drive back via
Trail Ridge Road.
- Eat at the La Casa Mexican Food Restaurant in Estes Park.
- Hike around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. For the more adventurous,
there are more challenging trails that start from Bear Lake to other alpine lakes.
- Spend time on the front porch swing at Ruby’s, watching the birds.
- On a clear night, go outside at Ruby’s and look at the stars.
- While you are outside at night, listen for coyotes yipping or a Great Horned Owl wooing.
- Sit in the easy chair in front of the fireplace at Ruby’s - and do nothing!