Ponderosa Lodge History
Built in the ’50s, the lodge has changed significantly in its now more than 50 year history. Over this period, there have been three long term owners: Agnes Lucas from ’60 to ’70, Chris and Toby Farrel from ’81 to ’91, and the Tawney Family from ‘91 to the present. Agnes brought two private cabins into the property and established its reputation in Estes Park. Chris and Toby were owners when the lodge was destroyed by the ’82 Lawn Lake flood and responsible for building the two main buildings. Since ’91, the Tawney Family carried out a major redecorating in the larger building for the ’93 season and the smaller building for the ’94 season. They also replaced one of the older cabins with a two-story cedar log cabin in ’95, (the Riverside cabin) then the most deluxe cabin in Estes Park.
Beginning in January 2006, the two main buildings have undergone a major remodeling. So, “everything old is new again”. The objective was to create a fresh approach, an ambiance that is consistent with the mountain setting. Drywall has replaced dark wood grained laminate. There are new light fixtures, new sofas, new carpet and drapes, extensive use of tile and so on.