Private Events

El Rancho has over 70 years of history. Let us play a small role in your history, or that of your organization. The main floor alone has an occupancy of over 300 people. Additionally, the Aspen Room, Beer Garden, as well as the deck and veranda are all available for your use in hosting events of virtually any size and purpose.




El Rancho was established in 1948. This was 13 years before the first Colorado section of I-70 would open to the public, in 1961, and 25 years before the initial opening of the Eisenhower Tunnel, in 1973. Today, El Rancho has an established relationship with I-70 and is known to cater to passersby for its business. In its early days, however, El Rancho was less accessible to an outside crowd and had local Coloradans to thank for its success.

This reliance on, and regular business with, familiar faces encouraged an easy and flexible understanding of how patrons might want to use the space; “Sure, take a peek behind the bar,” “pull over a chair,” “give the piano a whirl.” Although El Rancho has changed in many respects since then, we still hope to accommodate the needs of customers by encouraging the creative and meaningful uses of our space for private events.



Seriously good food, I was very impressed with the service, they were very busy and the food came out within 15 minutes. Waitstaff was friendly and the owner really cares about the quality. Reasonable prices as well. Definitely check it out.

-Zach S.

Such an amazing atmosphere! The restaurant itself is a perfect fit for the beautiful mountains that surround it. Great service and delicious food. Will definitely be returning!

-Daniel W.

Great menu and food. Beer is excellent. Met the new owner who took over last July. They have done an outstanding job with the renovations and the updates along with the menu. Will be coming back regularly.

-Gabe V.

Rad place just off the highway with friendly staff, and a gorgeous little inclusive patio. Dog friendly with local craft beer and a nice wine selection.

-Sarah S.

Amazing food, staff and service. Highly recommend the trout, the bone in pork chop and butternut squash soup.

-Barbara S.

Thriving under new ownership. Green chili is excellent. UPDATE 1/28/21: the roasted half-chicken is the best eighteen bucks I have spent in my life.

-Joel L.


    El Rancho is conveniently located approximately 18 minutes outside of Denver off of I-70. To reach El Rancho going west, you’ll take the Evergreen Parkway exit and then turn right on US-40. Going east, you’ll simply take the El Rancho exit and turn right. Just remember to keep an eye out for our iconic sign and beautiful building!

    Dogs are welcome on our patio overlooking the Continental Divide; feel free to bring your furry friend!

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