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10 Reasons Ridgway, Colorado is a Winter Wonderland

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When it comes to winter recreation, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa is a springboard to all the wonders that define Colorado’s snow activities. Guests find a variety of winter sports, events and beautiful scenery accessible from our front door.



Here are 10 reasons to plan a winter vacation at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort!


1) Convenient Location

Amid the San Juan Mountains and Cimarron Range in the beautiful southwest Colorado town of Ridgway, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort is centrally located between the airport town of Montrose and famous Telluride Ski Resort at the intersection of highways CO62 and US550. Guests enjoy winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling just outside our door along the Uncompagre Riverway.

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2) Access To Ouray Ice Park

Ridgway is 15 minutes from Ouray Ice Park climbing venue and San Juan Hut System for extreme backpacking. Known as the winter ice-climbing capital of the U.S., Ouray is home to the world’s first ice climbing park with of dozens of frozen waterfalls from 80-200 feet high.


3) World Class Skiing At Telluride

For those into downhill skiing, Ridgway is only 45 minutes from Telluride’s white-blanketed slopes. A free gondola transports skiers on a scenic ride from downtown Telluride to the heart of Mountain Village. Chipeta Resorts offers packages including discount lift tickets to the famous ski resort that’s rated #4 in SKI Magazine’s 2015 Top-Ranked Western Ski Resorts.

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4) Hot Springs Havens

Chipeta offers two solar heated thermal pools that are both centrally located in the courtyard of the resort with stunning views of the Cimarron Range and San Juan Mountains. Orvis Hot Springs and Ouray Hot Springs are also nearby. While Orvis is a clothing optional natural hot springs resort, Ouray is more family oriented.


5) Old West Character

Ridgway’s Old West charm, galleries, eateries, brewpub and culture mesh with a thriving natural wonderland for those addicted to “The Great Outdoors.” The historic railhead center of Ridgway unfolds to a dramatic panorama of the Rockies’ highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks.


6) Spectacular Scenery

On the San Juan Skyway in one of the most beautiful regions of southwestern Colorado, Ridgway is located near other towns along the Skyway include Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Cortez, Delores, Rico and Telluride. Mesa Verde National Park and Black Canyon of the Gunnison are within a three-hour drive.

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7) Affordability

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa is offers easy access to all that this Southwestern Colorado region has to offer at a fraction of the cost. Chipeta guests can enjoy a quick drive 30 minutes to/from Montrose Airport (MTJ), the closest regional airport to Telluride.


Guests also receive complimentary transfers to/from Telluride Ski Resort during ski season through April 6, 2016. You can skip the expense of car rentals, hefty hotel parking fees and more. Chipeta is now offering discounted Telluride Ski Resort lift tickets with the purchase of any of its Winter Ski Packages.


8) Chipeta’s Charm

Our southwestern-inspired boutique lodge blends cozy accommodations and wellness touches with bed and breakfast charm. Guests can relax in solar-heated hot pools, Chipeta Spa, yoga center, Four Corners Cafe and two-story plant-filled solarium with fireplace. Select accommodations feature hot tubs, patios and fireplaces.

9) Ridgway Recreation Area

When snow conditions allow, park recreational activities include three-plus miles of packed cross-country trails, as well as a packed sled hill near the rec area’s swim beach. Ice fishing, camping, hiking and photography are also available within the park.


10) Special Events

Winter goes beyond just snow recreation with a variety of special events in the Ridgway area. Savor the Ouray Chocolate and Cheese Festival, Weehawken Dance’s Production of “The Nutcracker” at the Montrose Pavilion and New Years Even festivities—and that’s just in December! More local events can be found here.


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