A Ridgway Colorado Resort Hotel
Where Adventure Meets Relaxation!
From the easygoing attitude and fresh mountain air to the anticipation of experiencing 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 and the surrounding area.
Chipeta Resort features 33 unique and classically appointed guest rooms, deluxe suites, spa suites and luxury studios. Guest rooms feature a queen or king bed and Southwestern tiled bathrooms with tubs. Many rooms feature a gas fireplace, granite wet bar with refrigerator and private deck with hot tub. Spa suites and luxury studios include full kitchens. WIFI and Satellite HD TV are always complimentary, along with daily hot breakfast.
Discover our serene full-service Spa featuring a wide variety of treatment options and health and beauty products. after your treatment immerse yourself in the circular cedar sauna, steam room and two outdoor solar heated pools. Guests enjoy complimentary scheduled yoga classes.
Your stay would not be complete without dining at Chipeta’s award-winning Four Corners Restaurant and rooftop Sky Bar – the perfect place to dine al fresco. This season, Chef Chuy Ayvar Senior and Junior, will be featuring an eclectic menu of coastal influenced surf and turf cuisine, sushi and vegetarian fare.
Enjoy incredible San Juan Gateway and Cimmaron Mountain peak views from the rooftop Sky Bar. The Alpenglow is not to be missed.
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. In the fall and winter a crackling wood fire warms the space. Help yourself to a complimentary hot or cold refreshing beverage, a freshly baked Chipeta chocolate chip cookie, a good book, or conversation about the day’s adventures – the perfect ending to a perfect day.
Our range of accommodations, friendly atmosphere and boundless year-round adventures make Chipeta an alpine paradise for family getaways, romantic celebrations, special private events, yoga retreats, off-site meeting and incentive events.
With two dog parks in close proximity along with doggie beds provided in our pet friendly rooms, your dog will enjoy their home away from home.
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