Meet The Owners 

Hi there! We are Dan and Melissa Jones, owners of Rio River Retreat.  We are originally from Canyon, Texas where we owned and managed 2J Motor Co. for 29 years.  Dan and I have always talked and dreamed of owning a retreat center in the mountains and using it for ministry purposes.  Of course we envisioned much bigger, but as soon as we walked in this cabin we knew it was perfect.  We purchased it in March 2018 and moved here to South Fork in May 2019 after our son graduated from high school. 

Dan grew up coming to the South Fork area for vacation when he was a kid, and we continued the tradition with our family.  We love this area as it is a playground for adventure year round.  We enjoy camping, riding atv's, jeep trailing, skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and snow mobiling...all of which we can do right here in our big back yard called the Rio Grande National Forest!  Since moving here, we opened Elevation Ebikes, a RAD Power bike rental company. We have a fleet of 12 bikes that are for rent by the hour, day or week and are great for riding in higher elevations as they have 5 levels of power assist and a throttle to make riding in the mountains enjoyable.  We have 2 grown children and a son in law who all live in the Denver area.  Our daughter Abbey and her husband Landon, just recently graduated from college and are working on establishing their careers in photography and real estate.  Our son Autry is currently attending Colorado Christian University majoring in Strategic Communications. 

Our Passion

We love living in the mountains and exploring all that this area has to offer.  Our favorite part of Rio River Retreat is meeting all of the wonderful guests from all over the world that come to stay with us.  We love to share information on where to go for the best adventures and what some fun things to do to make special memories while they are here.  Whether you are here for a family reunion, church retreat, group ski retreat, quilt/craft/scrapbook weekend, fishing or hunting group or destination wedding/ vow renewal, we know you will enjoy your time while you are here. Our passion is to help families find their adventure here in southern Colorado! We look forward to meeting you!!   


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