Ridgway Colorado Hotel
Amazing Adventure Meets Warm Hospitality in Southwest Colorado
Perhaps it’s the easygoing attitude and fresh mountain air. Or maybe it’s your anticipation in hitting one Rocky Mountain high after another. If abundant recreation and serene relaxation create your concept of nirvana, you’ll discover it in peak form at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort.
Fringed by the majestic San Juan Mountain Range in Ridgway, Colorado, our southwestern-inspired boutique lodge blends cozy accommodations and wellness touches with bed and breakfast charm.
The Perfect Adventure and Romance Getaway in Colorado
A Ridgway Colorado Hotel, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort Celebrates 20 Years in Business
Discover a secret Southwest Colorado Resort Retreat and Spa, your adventure travel and Colorado Romance destination. This adobe-style Colorado Resort & Spa, provides rustic boutique lodging with private hot tubs, romantic fireplaces & patios, solar heated hot Pools, spa, yoga room, steam room, sauna, 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 pet-friendly retreat features 27 tastefully appointed guest rooms, deluxe suites and condominiums with complimentary WiFi and satellite television. All guest rooms feature a queen or king bed and Mexican tiled bath with spa tub, while many sport a gas fireplace, granite wet bar with refrigerator and private deck with hot tub.
Our range of accommodations, friendly atmosphere and boundless year-round adventures make Chipeta an alpine paradise for family getaways, romantic celebrations, yoga retreats, and meeting and incentive events.
A Springboard to The Great Outdoors
Aside from dramatic scenery, Chipeta Solar Spring Resort’s allure is in its location. Midway between Montrose Airport and Telluride Ski Resort on the scenic San Juan Skyway, the historic railhead center unfolds to a dramatic panorama of the Rockies’ highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks.
Ridgway’s Old West charm, galleries, eateries, brewpub and culture mesh with a thriving natural wonderland for those addicted to The Great Outdoors. This perfectly positioned base camp is 15 minutes from the Ouray Ice Park climbing venue and San Juan Hut System for extreme backpacking. Wildlife also runs amok, with bald eagles soaring as high as your spirit.
For downhill thrills, Ridgway is only 45 minutes from Telluride’s white-blanketed slopes, where a free gondola transports you on a vista-packed ride from downtown to the heart of Mountain Village. Chipeta offers Packages that include discount lift tickets to the famous ski haven that’s rated #4 in SKI Magazine’s 2015 Top-Ranked Western Ski Resorts.
As snow melts, winter sports bow out for rafting and kayaking along the Uncompahgre River, and hiking and mountain biking along the interconnected Ridgway Area Trails (RAT). Just three miles from Chipeta, Ridgway State Park Reservoir adds to aqua action with trout fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, boating and lounging on a sundrenched beach.
Summer also takes a cultural tone with the Ridgway Concert Series, Ridgway MoonWalk, and Telluride’s Jazz Celebration, Mountainfilm fest, Bluegrass Festival and Film Festival.
Other area altitude with attitude options include basking in healing hot springs at Ouray and Orvis, or day tripping to marvel at Black Canyon of Gunnison’s craggy spires and Mesa Verde National Park’s archaeological ruins. Whether you hit the road for sightseeing or push yourself to your physical limit, Chipeta welcomes you back to your comfort zone.
Chipeta: Queen of the Utes
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 pools for your soaking pleasure.
Chipeta originally became famous as Ute Chief Ouray’s wife and she was trusted confidant and a beautiful, faithful companion. Later she was to blossom in her own right. Although the title was first used as a derogatory remark, Chipeta eventually became “queen” of both the whites and the Utes (even though she was born a Kiowa Apache). She was even talked about by the press and elite of Washington, D.C. and met with President Taft. Chipeta was often a silent presence when Ouray met with the other Ute chiefs, and after his death many Utes still sought her opinion, welcomed her presence at important meetings, and even recommended her to represent them as a delegate to lobby the United States Congress.
Chipeta outlived Ouray by almost half a century. During part of this time she was ignored, forgotten, and even cheated by the whites, although immediately after Ouray’s death many suitors had courted her and men wrote poetry about her. Then in her old age whites honored her again on many special occasions. Although she could not have children of her own, she “adopted” many orphaned Utes. Chipeta played the guitar well, sang beautifully in three languages, and was well known for her exquisite beadwork. Perhaps her greatest legacy was that through all that happened to her, she did not become embittered and remained a humble, caring, loving person. Chipeta was a special individual that we would all do well to emulate.
By Cynthia S. Becker and P. David Smith
The Town That Refused to Die
I trust that many of you know about Doris Gregory’s wonderful history of Ridgway, “The Town That Refused to Die”. I love to flip through my dog-eared copy. It’s fascinating to see the old photographs of the early years of downtown Ridgway, when it was graced by long-gone landmarks like the Mentone Hotel and the Mears & Criswell buildings, which once stood on the now-vacant corner lots next to the firehouse and across from the post office. I’m not sure how many of you know that Clinton was the original ‘Main St.’ of Ridgway, before Hwy 62 was rerouted onto Sherman in the late 1940’s. When that happened, most downtown businesses moved to the new highway, and many of the Clinton St. buildings fell into disrepair, eventually either burning down or crumbling to the point they had to be demolished. In a lot of ways, Clinton St. is still struggling to recover; but I believe that this project will be the culmination of the rebirth of downtown Ridgway. A rebirth that will bring us into the 21st century, while still recognizing and celebrating our past. Because after all, that’s really what makes Ridgway special, in my opinion: that unique blend of old & new, classic & modern, cowboy & telecommuter. We have a special community here in Ridgway, mostly because it is a true community, something you don’t come across very often these days. – Mayor John Clark