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About Us

For the past two decades, the Twin Owls Steakhouse has offered the premiere fine dining and event experience in the Estes Valley. Owned and operated by Sandra Huerta and Thad Eggen for the past seven years, the Steakhouse was established by Ed Grueff in 1999, and continued under the care of Jim and Jennie Edwards until 2011. A favorite destination for new arrivals to the Valley and old friends alike, the Steakhouse offers an atmosphere that combines the splendor of the Rocky Mountains with the finest food and service, and a staff devoted to ensuring that every guest has an experience to remember. 

Now, as we celebrate twenty wonderful years, we are already hard at work on making the next twenty just as memorable. This will be the Steakhouse’s last summer on the grounds of the Black Canyon Inn; beginning in the spring of 2020, we will have officially relocated to the Taharaa Mountain Lodge, now under the proud ownership of Sandra and Thad. We are so grateful to Ed Grueff, Jim Sloan, and all the other members of the Black Canyon Inn team who have helped to make our time on MacGregor Avenue so amazing, and we’re so excited to welcome all of our guests to the Twin Owls’ new home at the Taharaa. Showcasing some of the most spectacular views in the Estes Valley, and offering all the amenities and comforts of a world-class, 18-room bed and breakfast, we could not imagine a better home for the Valley’s finest dining and special event venue. 

We hope you’ll have the chance to come and visit the log cabin before the year is out, and we hope to see you many more times in the years to come as we make the Taharaa our new home. Thank you so much for all your years of support and patronage, and let’s make the next two decades even more memorable!

The Twin Owls Family

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Meet the Owners

With nearly forty years between them spent amidst the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, owners Sandra Huerta and Thad Eggen have made a lifelong home for themselves in the Estes Valley. Together with their son Mateo, they take every opportunity to enjoy all the adventures that this spectacular corner of the world has to offer.

Now, in 2019, Sandra and Thad are proud to celebrate seven years of ownership, and to mark the twentieth anniversary of the premiere fine dining establishment in the Estes Valley. With many exciting changes in the works for 2020 and beyond, we know that the Twin Owls will continue as a favorite for new arrivals to the Valley and old friends alike, and hope to see you and yours many times in the years and decades to come.

Sandra Huerta

Sandra Huertes

Sandra Huerta is a Colorado native who has lived in Estes Park since 1999, she has been with Twin Owls from the very beginning. Starting out as a hostess before shifting her focus and talents toward developing the Steakhouse into the quintessential Colorado wedding and event venue. She still slips behind the host stand on occasion, but most of her time is now spent working to ensure that every detail of every wedding, rehearsal dinner and family reunion is planned to perfection.

With more than fifteen years spent booking and coordinating events for the Steakhouse, Sandra has worked tirelessly to transform Twin Owls into one of Estes’ most desirable locale for events of every kind. Since taking over ownership of the Steakhouse, Sandra has also made the Twin Owls a centerpiece of the community. Working with the Estes Valley Wedding Association, the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation and with multiple local charities, she has helped to ensure that the Estes Valley continues to be a wonderful place both to work and to live.

Thad Eggen

Sandra Huertes

Born in Kansas, Thad Eggen made his way to the Rocky Mountains just as quickly as he could. Living and working in Estes Park since 1997, he is now one of the Valley’s premiere restaurateurs.

Thad took over as General Manager of the Twin Owls Steakhouse in 2009, and has spent the last decade building the Steakhouse into one of Estes Park’s most well-regarded fine dining destinations. A jack of all trades and a master of each, Thad can just as easily be found behind the bar making drinks as he can be on the floor delivering food or helping the kitchen through a busy summer night. He also plays an active role in the community, working with the Estes Park Cycling Coalition, the local Boy Scout troop, and other local businesses, all with an eye toward making Estes Park the best of all Colorado’s mountain towns.

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