Activities

Stay and Raft at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort

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It’s hard to beat river rafting for the ideal adventure vacation in Southwest Colorado where the weather warms up early in the springtime and the rivers flow through the summer and into the fall. The Chipeta offers 3/4 day raft trips in April which run on the lower Gunnison River where the scenery is a stunning southwest landscape and the river is a controlled flow that ranges from calm water to mild rapids, perfect for early season river rafting and a good warm up for the summer season. Our Chipeta 1/2 day raft trips in May and June run on the lower Uncompahgre River with the stunning mountain scenery of the San Juan Mountains and the Cimarrons, and the mild rapids characteristic of this stretch of the river flowing into the Gunnison, perfect for beginners, intermediates and families. All of our raft trips are guided by professional river guides and originate and terminate at the Chipeta Resort with free shuttle service provided to the “put in” and “take out” points on the Rivers.

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Backroads and Trails

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Hundreds of miles of hiking trails, quiet backroads and 4 wheel drive roads crisscross the mountains between Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride, Silverton and Lake City. Expert advice from your hosts at the Chipeta will help you sort out the many route choices and travel options plus, excellent guidebooks and maps are available. See “Uncompahgre National Forest”and other parks for unlimited hiking options – from riverside valley walks to mountain peak ascents over 14,000 ft.

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Box Canyon Falls & Park

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The Box Canyon Waterfall & Park is Ouray’s natural wonder—formed when the rushing waters of Canyon Creek eroded a deep and narrow boxed canyon through fault weakened limestone. The park’s short trails are easily accessible from the southwest corner of town. You can reach the visitor center and entrance either by car or by foot. The lower trail, an easy 500-feet hike via a walkway and suspension bridge will lead you straight into the belly of the falls. You will be silenced by roaring water as the force of thousands of gallons a minute ricochet off a mix of rugged crags and smoothly eroded pre-Cambrian rock, rushing eighty feet to the canyon’s bottom.

$3 fee for admittance May thru October.

970-325-4464

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Mountain Biking

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On quiet backroads and jeep roads, with spectacular scenery. Ridgway offers an abundance of trails for the beginner to the more experienced mountain biker. Peak to peak bicycles offers mountain bike rentals. Chipeta Sun Lodge can assist you in making rental arrangments.

Cross Country / Back Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

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Provides excellent enjoyment of the snowy mountain landscape via many of the area’s “Backroads and Trails”. Either sport offers you satisfying exercise while surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the Rockies blanketed in powder.

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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This is a very memorable way to spend a day! The Denver & Rio Grande Railway began hauling passengers and freight between Silverton and Durango in 1882. The route winds through scenic valley and spectacular canyons surrounded by remote wilderness. Coal-fired steam-powered locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the historical Train run year round. Trains make limited runs out of Durango from the end of October through early May.

970-247-2733

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Divide Ranch and Club Golf Course

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This 18 hole championship caliber golf course is located just north of Ridgway, atop Log Hill Mesa, an exceptionally scenic 5 mile drive from the Chipeta. Other Southwest Colorado golf courses include; Montrose (25 mi), Telluride (37 mi) and Durango (75mi). Divide Ranch is located atop an 8,000 ft. mountain mesa with spectacular mountain views in every direction plus, deer and elk grazing along the fairways. Divide Ranch includes a 300 yard driving range and chipping and putting green. The Clubhouse area includes a restaurant and lounge, athletic club and full service Golf Shop with rental clubs and carts.

970-626-5284

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Historical Museums

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Excellent museums will give you an appreciation of the region’s fascinating history. Treasured Indian hunting grounds gave way to prospectors searching for, and finding gold and silver. To supply the booming mining towns, the railroads were built on incredibly difficult terrain. Ranching and then tourism became established as more settlers arrived and hard times befell the mines.

Ridgway Railroad Museum – Call: 970-626-4239

Mining Emphasis in Ouray – Call: 970-325-4576

Mining Emphasis in Telluride – Call: 970-728-1144

Ute Indians Museum in Montrose – Call: 970-249-3098

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Imogene Pass Run September 7th, 2013

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The Imogene Pass Run is a 17.1 mile point-to-point mountain race within the western San Juan mountains of Colorado, run along a route which connects the towns of Ouray (7810 ft.) and Telluride (8820 ft.) by way of 13,120 foot Imogene Pass. The race begins in Ouray and ends in Telluride, gaining more than 5,000 vertical feet. Not for the faint of sole!

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Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour

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Ride the mine train 3,350 ft. horizontally into Gold Hill. The mine is adequately lighted, clean and has excellent ventilation with a temperature of 50 degrees. This mine produced $90 million in Silver, $8 million in Gold, and millions of pounds of Lead, Zinc and Copper. A guide will accompany you; he can answer questions and relate the legend and lore of the mine. You will see the equipment used in the mine and learn of mining techniques. This is an excellent way to experience the mining heritage of the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Located between Ridgway and Ouray.

970-325-0220 or 888-227-4585