Located in the beautiful mountain town of Palmer Lake, CO, the Lodge is tucked away on a peaceful cul-de-sac that's within walking distance of a library, village green, coffee shop, and ice cream store.


Life at the Lodge


While we hope to develop our own day program in the future, our Neighbors primarily participate in other day programs nearby. We work with families to provide transportation to these programs. We also support, as we are able, Neighbors who seek local employment, such as at Safeway.


We stay active! We enjoy activities like Special Olympics, hiking, picnics, riding bikes, miniature golf, walking together to the local ice cream store, entertaining guests, and participating in special events in the community. Neighbors also have the opportunity to attend church or other religious services if they desire.

Rely on top-notch care

Our team of professional caregivers is invested in the flourishing of every Neighbor.

All our Neighbors are unique, and we are committed to offering person-centered care and individualized success strategies for each one. We maintain a ratio of one caregiver for every four or five Neighbors, and we have a caregiver on site 24/7.

Becoming a Neighbor

While we may be able to meet greater needs in the future, at present, Residents must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older (younger teens may apply for temporary respite stays)
  • Able to cover the cost of care
  • Diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability
  • Have medical conditions that are manageable in the context of our healthcare resources
  • Accepting of supervision
  • Able to be left alone for short periods of time
  • Able to ambulate and/or transfer independently
  • Free of impulse to take flight or run away (essential)
  • Free from patterns of aggression or abuse toward self and others
  • Capable of most self-care and activities of daily living with prompting (e.g. eating, brushing teeth, dressing, toileting, independent bathing/showering, etc.)
  • Able to live successfully in a community with others
  • Able to meaningfully engage in programs and activities to the extent of his/her ability
  • Require minimum oversight during the night

Financial Details

Residency at Hilltop Ranch is currently funded through monthly tuition payments from the Neighbor and/or their family, and is supplemented by the contributions of donors, grants, and foundations.
The cost of providing care for each neighbor is about $7000 per month, but Hilltop Ranch currently offers scholarships up to $3,500 making the cost for families as low as $3,500 per month.

Although most care costs are provided, extra fees will be charged for some services such as overseeing medical appointments, providing rides to the airport and occasionally participating in more expensive, optional outings.

Together, we can make the cost of care achievable for families.
We are deeply grateful for those who join us on this mission.

How to Apply

If you or someone you know would like to apply to live at Hilltop Ranch, please follow the steps below.


Click the button below to complete our pre-screening questionnaire.


If the questionnaire indicates the applicant may be a good match for Hilltop Ranch, proceed to the application.


After you've submitted the application, a member of our team will reach out to schedule an interview.

Want to learn more?

If you're interested in applying for residency or learning more, please click the button below to contact us or give us a call at 719-282-3732.

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Hilltop Ranch

PO Box #1365, Palmer Lake, CO 80133

201 Pinecrest Way, Palmer Lake, CO 80133


Hilltop Ranch seeks to be an outpost of God’s Kingdom where people of all abilities can flourish in relationships of respect and mutuality.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

EIN 27-3020430

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