Juniper Valley Ranch Dining Room South of Colorado Springs

Juniper Valley Ranch Restaurant
South Highway 115
Colorado Springs, CO 80926
Phone: 719.576.0741

Open April 4 until December 22, 2014 - our 63rd year!

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Now almost hidden by juniper and skunk brush, this popular dining room has not changed its menu since opening day in 1951. You will find the little red mud house fifteen miles south of Colorado Springs on Highway 115 on part of the Parker homestead. On a warm summer night in 1951, Ethel Shirola and Evelyn Ellis served a family style dinner of fried chicken and baked ham - with all of the homemade fixings, of course - to about 30 of their invited friends and guests as a trial run for Juniper Valley Ranch Restaurant. Since then untold thousands of visitors and locals alike have enjoyed the very same meal in the little mud house. Grandma Ethel and Aunt Evelyn are the daughters of Guy and Bessie Parker.

Reservations Strongly Recommended
Spring & Fall Hours:
April 4 - May 31
Sept 1 - December 22
Fri-Sat: 5 - 8 pm
Sun: 1 - 7 pm
Summer Hours:
June 1 - August 31
Thurs-Sat: 5 - 8 pm
Sun: 1 - 7 pm
December:
Open for private parties.
Call to book your special occasion private parties.
CLOSED: Jan - April 3
Payment:
Checks or Cash.
Sorry, No Credit Cards
Bessie & Guy Parker

Guy was one of the first babies born in Colorado Springs, and Bessie was born in Fountain, Colorado. Guy spent some of his early years guiding visitors via mule to the top of Pikes Peak. Over the years, at least 20 immediate family members have had a hand in the business, with the rest of the help being comprised of neighbors and friends. Today, Ethel's eldest grandson, Greg, runs the restaurant. Many things have changed since 1951, but at Juniper Valley, the menu, the atmosphere and the attitude that "you're always company at our house" have not.

"Some things never change, and the only thing that ever changes at Juniper Valley Ranch is the price, and that very slowly. The operation is family run, and has been handed down from one generation to the next. They serve family style dinner with a choice of ham or the best skillet-fried chicken with fixings that you ever tasted--the same menu for nearly 45 years. They generally shut the place down in Winter and don't open to the public until springtime, except for private parties and special holiday occasions. Gabby says:
"Reserve well in advance or you might not get in, the place is very popular."
Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide, 1996
"This well hidden eatery is a flavorful find!  Even though Juniper Valley Ranch is out in the country and does nearly no advertising, reservations are highly recommended.  The food is legendary with locals."
Country Discovery Magazine
   
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