This southwest area of Colorado is known for its alpine beauty and wide variety of adventures to experience. It is a year-round mecca for endless activities in the summer, fall and winter where snow turns the area into a winter wonderland, with steaming hot spring pools at Orvis Hot Springs, sleigh rides through town, three cross country ski tracts nearby, perfect trails for snowshoeing and alpine skiing at Telluride, Durango Mountain, and Silverton Mountains. In any season, you will never tire of the choices of daily adventures to be had.
Chipeta Sun Lodge & Spa can book the following activities at discounted rates: Orvis Hot Springs, skiing at Telluride and Silverton Ski areas, cross-country skiing (3 courses), snow shoeing, ice climbing, golf (7 golf courses within 40 mile radius), hot air ballooning, horseback riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, jeeping (the area is considered the jeeping capital of the world). Explore the region. Spend the afternoon in Telluride (40 minutes from Ridgway) or Ouray (15 minutes from Ridgway). Ridgway is located just 2.5 hours from Mesa Verde National Park and 1.5 hours from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
The world famous ski resort and town is only 43 miles from Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa. In the winter the ski area is a bustling arena for many skiers and snowboarders. Telluride boasts that their terrain can provide suitable experience for all levels. From “refined groomed runs to challenging moguls”. Telluride is one of the most diverse ski areas in the nation. It has been called the “most beautiful place you will ever ski”. In the summer the town becomes a playground for many festival goers, as there is a festival almost every weekend from May to September. The downtown area has many shops and restaurants that could occupy an entire day. The surrounding mountain terrain allows for hiking and mountain biking. Telluride Golf Course, open from May to mid- October, accentuates the mountain terrain as meandering fairways wind through aspen groves, towering pines, mountain ponds and sparkling streams. 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 visitwww.tellurideskiresort.com.
The Black Canyon is our newest National Park. This breathtaking park is located about 47miles northeast of the Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa. Behold the power of Mother Nature at its greatest when you look out over this spectacular ravine. Many rock climbing enthusiasts can be spotted in the summer making there way up the sheer walls of this canyon. The Black Canyon is home to much wildlife that you will see as you drive and hike through the park. For more information you can go to www.nps.gov/blca or call 970-641-2337.
The Town of Ouray, known as “The Switzerland of America”, is located about 14 miles south of Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa. In the winter the Ouray Ice Park is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The ice park is just up the hill from Ouray and most days throughout the winter one can witness ice climbing on the world’s first park devoted exclusively to the sport. Find more information at www.ourayicepark.com. If you are interested in participating or taking an ice climbing course you can find more information at www.sanjuanmountainguides.com or sign up for one of our lodging and activity packages. During the summer you can travel a little further up the windy mountain highway to see the spectacular views of Red Mountain. Box Canyon Falls is “Ouray’s natural wonder”, and located in this same area which is open in the summer and has plenty of meandering trails. An easy 500-ft hike via a walkway and suspension bridge will lead you straight into the belly of the falls. What an amazing sight to behold! ouraycolorado.com
Durango Colorado is located just over Red Mountain Pass from Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa. This is where you will get aboard the original steam driven Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in operation for 126 years hauling passengers from Durango to Silverton over the Million Dollar Highway through the Rocky Mountains. Silverton is a quiet mountain town which was a mining center at the turn of the century. The train runs May through October every year. If you are interested in more information go to www.durangotrain.com. If Telluride was not enough for you, you may also try Durango Mountain Ski Resort. Information can be found atwww.durangomountainresort.com. Silverton also has its own ski area. More information on Silverton Mountain can be found at www.silvertonmountain.com.
Just North of Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa awaits vineyard country. The Grand River Vineyards, located in Grand Junction, offers tours daily. Find more information atwww.granderiverwines.com. Cottonwood Winery located in Olathe Colorado also conducts tours and tasting. Tasting room is open from 11am to 6pm Wednesday through Saturday. Find more information at www.cottonwoodcellars.com. There is a plethora of wineries filing the Grand Valley from Montrose to Palisade to Grand Junction. Additionally, The Palisade Brewery is located in Palisade Colorado. For more information seewww.palisadebrewery.com.
Step into history and travel two and a half hours southwest of Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa. The entrance fee is $10 to $15 depending on season. The National Park offers a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. The park protects 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. If you would like more information on the Mesa Verde National Park please visit their website at www.nps.gov/meve/.
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