About Us

Juniper Valley Ranch is a 4th generation family owned restaurant that specializes homemade country dinners.  Our fried chicken and specialties are famous among locals and travelers across the globe.

We have not changed our menu since opening day in 1951. You will find the little red mud adobe 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. 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.

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.“