There were many old historic lodges and resorts in the Snowy Range of Medicine Bow National Forest. Some of them are gone, some have become private residences, and some are still available for vacationers. My curiosity though has always been the lodges and resorts that have been abandoned but are still somewhat intact and just sitting in the forest waiting to be explored. I’ve put together a list of my favorites.
- Sand Lake Resort: The Sand Lake Resort is the most extensive in terms of buildings left standing. There are over a dozen and once you spot them for the first time you’ll probably be a little surprised that a place like this was just abandoned. You could spend a long time exploring this site going in and out of the buildings, along the lake, and into the woods. Just be aware that it’s a long drive up Sand Lake Road to get there.
- Echo Lodge: Echo Lodge is only the last name attached to this site. It was also known as Roper’s Row and has a long colorful past. Getting here is easy and there is plenty to look at. The actual lodge itself is an amazing log structure and I wish I could have seen it in its prime. The area around Echo Lodge can get popular in the summer so don’t be surprised if you see some campers parked along nearby Douglas Creek as you explore.
- Thompson Lodge: Of the three on this list, the Thompson Lodge is the most challenging to get to. You’ll need a high clearance four wheel drive to make it to the nearest trailhead. It also has the fewest remaining buildings. There are only two and they are connected by a roof over the space in between them. The most impressive thing about the Thompson Lodge is the first thing you’ll probably see as you approach it which is the large stone chimney.
Like every other historic site, make sure to leave everything the way you found it because we can’t share it when it’s gone. Let us know your favorite historic lodge in the Snowy Range.