Discover a secret Southwest Colorado Resort Retreat and Spa , your adventure travel and Colorado Staycation destination. This adobe-style Colorado Resort & Spa, provides rustic boutique lodging with private hot tubs, romantic fireplaces & patios, solar heated Hot Pools, Spa, Yoga & Fitness center, steam room, sauna, onsite Four Corners Cafe and the Kiva Conference Center.
The “Great Room” with our 2 story plant filled Solarium makes for a cozy spot to relax after a day of adventure in the mountains. A crackling wood fire, sipping hot tea, a Chipeta chocolate chip cookie, a good book, or conversation about the day’s adventures just might be the perfect ending to a perfect day! Our Resort is named in honor of Chipeta, the wife of the great Ute Indian leader, Chief Ouray. The Utes once inhabited this valley of healing Hot springs. Orvis Hot Springs & Ouray Hot Springs are available in addition to our Salt Water pools for your soaking pleasure. Visit our ‘Smoke Signals’ Lounge while on site.Where is Chipeta & Ridgway, Colorado ?
We are centrally located on the San Juan Skyway in southwestern Colorado. Ridgway is also located midpoint between Montrose, Colorado and Telluride, Colorado at the intersection of highways CO62 and US550. Ridgway is just 15 minutes from Ouray, Colorado. Other towns along the Skyway include: Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Cortez, Delores, Rico, and Telluride.
Two National Parks are within a 3 hour drive from Ridgway and the Chipeta Sun Lodge.
GROUPS, RETREATS, WEDDINGS, EVENTS………..
The inspiring circular “Kiva” Conference Center at Chipeta is a perfect venue for weddings, family reunions, Yoga Retreats, corporate meetings, incentive programs, banquet functions and more. The Summer event tent is an ideal setting for larger events and wedding receptions of up to 150 guests available May- September.
There’s a multitude of adventure activities everyday in the San Juan Mountains. We love to hike, bike the Uncompagre bike path along the river, mountain Bike the variety of local trails, Ride horses, Fly Fish, Hot Air Balloon. Out the front door from the Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa is the Ridgway Athletic Park. Amenities include: Wedding Pavilion, Multi Stage Skate Park, Baseball Diamond, Basketball Court, Tennis courts, and Soccer fields. Winter Activities include: three Cross Country Ski tracts,at Red Mountain, Top of the Pines, and Telluride . Snow Shoeing, snowmobiling, and of course world class skiing. There’s plenty of wildlife viewing, as we are located on the edge of State and National Forests, which are home to Elk, Bear, Deer, Marmots and more. Stay and play!
Ridgway, History….Visit the Ridgway Railway Museum at the corner of Hwy 50 and 62. It has a great collection of fully restored train cars from the mining era and plenty of old photos and exhibits reflecting the rich mining and train history of the area. Housed in the same building is the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce with helpful staff and lots of tips about the region.
Ridgway is the home of the Grammys. True Grit was filmed here as well as the Marlborough commercials, and with many famous surrounding ranches the annual Labor day Rodeo is an epic Western event. Ridgway boasts a great microbrewery Colorado Boy, as well as many interesting shops and great restaurants. Walk or bike right from the Chipeta on the paved Uncompagre Riverway Path. Visit the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park along the way to the Ridgway State Park and Reservoir, 10 miles to the North , with camp sites, boat docks, water-skiing and wake-boarding, hiking and biking paths, fishing, and wildlife campfire talks.
Here are some of our favorite adventure travel excursions:
The world famous Telluride Ski Resort and town is only 43 miles from Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa. In the summer the town becomes a playground for many festival goers, as there is a festival almost every weekend from May to September.. Telluride Golf Course, highest in the nation, is open from May to mid- October. In either winter or summer, Telluride provides a wide spectrum of activity. While in Telluride ride the free gondola that will take you on a scenic path from downtown Telluride to the center of Mountain Village. For more information on skiing, golfing, festivals and the gondola please visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Visit Ouray just a few miles to the south of us as you head to Red Mountain Pass. This Victorian Mining town has a rich History from the turn of the century. Don’t miss the Ouray Museum , Box Canyon falls, Ouray Hot Springs and much more. There’s plenty of shopping, dining, hiking and jeeping . Ouray is know as the Jeep capitol and Switzerland of America. WINTER SPORTS include ice climbing, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing.
Four Corners Cafe Voted Best View and Best Chef in Ouray County 2012, 2013
Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa was featured in IN Magazine by Destination Diva
Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa and Ridgway were Featured in the NY Times
“RIDGWAY, which sits hard up against the San Juans, the most rugged of Colorado’s mountain ranges, used to be a place you just passed through on your way to the ski slopes of Telluride, a 45-minute drive away.” Read More
Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa review by Maribeth Clemente from Bonjour Colorado.com:
“Can’t decide whether you want to vacation in the Southwest or the mountains? How about choosing a place of lodging where you enjoy the spirit and landscapes of both? Check out Chipeta Sun Lodge & Spa, a lovely southwestern-inspired adobe retreat set within the majestic San Juan Mountains, just an hour from Telluride, Colorado. Situated in the charming little town of Ridgway (featured in John Wayne films such as “True Grit”), I often recommend Chipeta as an excellent base for visiting the many interesting sites and towns that pepper southwestern Colorado and southern Utah.” Read the entire Chipeta Sun Lodge Review by Meribeth Clemente
Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa and Ridgway were Featured in the Denver Post Read More
For more information about Ridgway Colorado, visit the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce
If you are flying in, driving time is 35 minutes from Montrose Airport in Montrose, Colorado, 45 minutes from Telluride Airport in Telluride, Colorado and 80 minutes from Grand Junction Airport “Walker Field” located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Montrose to Telluride Shuttle & Limo Services available through San Juan Transportation. Visit them online at www.Tellurides.com