Escape into Autumn Bliss at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa
The growing, progressive community of Ridgway, Colorado merges outdoor enthusiasts with young, talented individuals seeking a wholesome lifestyle that is both ecologically responsible and economically sustainable. That’s part of what makes Ridgway’s Chipeta Solar Springs Resort such a beautiful Southwestern Colorado vacation destination any time of the year.
September always proves a favorite for enjoying days that remain warm, first snows at higher elevations, embracing fall colors as they begin to paint the always-breathtaking landscape and tapping into unique events.
Fall Fantasy of Colors
Some Colorado areas are already taking on autumn tones. You are more likely to witness shades of fall at higher elevations from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 – the narrow timeframe when Colorado Aspens transform into swaths of yellow. Since fall colors are dependent on Mother Nature’s whims, it’s best to utilize this window as a general guide.
Near Ridgway, for those itching to explore, you will find gorgeous views of Mount Sneffels and the massive Sneffels Wilderness Area plush with color. The route eventually connects to Hwy 145 and Lizard Head Pass that unfolds to stunning Wilson Peak.
Fall colors also dazzle along the San Juan Skyway, an amazing 236-mile San Juan Mountain loop highlighted by the 70-mile stretch referred to as the Million Dollar Highway.
Check out fall foliage aboard the turn-of-the-century Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or via Soaring Tree Top Adventures full-day eco tours that wow with 27 ziplines. The Telluride Free Gondola also ups the gusto as you soak in views of its namesake town, box canyon and vivid tree-lined valleys.
Other popular fall foliage routes include:
- Colorado 550 from Ridgway south through Ouray and Silverton to Durango
- US 160 between Pagosa Springs and Cortez
- Colorado 135 between Crested Butte and Gunnison
Ridgway Spirit Fest
When Ridgway Spirit Fest rolls out in southwestern Colorado from Sept. 21-23, it will bring a fresh dimension to this region that’s already recognized for its inspired, creative lifestyle.
The festival debuted in 2014 with a mission to advance awareness of myriad paths, faiths, traditions, cultures, philosophies and wisdom. This spiritual journey continues to showcase presentations, speakers, discussion groups, movement, art and music.
On Friday, Sept. 21 and most of Saturday, Sept. 22, Ridgway Events Center will host presentations by Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Saturday evening, September 22, will welcome a special showing of the Sufi-inspired movie, Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul.
Sunday, Sept.23 oozes enlightenment via the four-part “Art As Expressions of the Sacred” program. Held at Downtown Ridgway’s Sherbino Theater, these presentations will showcase experts in the fields of visual art, theater, poetry and music. To register, visit RidgwaySpiritFest.com.
Ouray County Fair and Labor Day Rodeo
Bringing a festive “yee-haw” vibe to Ridgway’s Labor Day Weekend, the Ouray County Fair & Labor Day Rodeo hits the Ouray County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3.
Aside from sanctioned rodeo events, guests can partake in the fun at 4H livestock sales/exhibits, a firehouse dance, parade and Labor Day BBQ in Hartwell Park. Please click here for more details.
Best Colorado Vacation Packages
Chipeta Solar Springs Resort adds to the fall splendor with affordable Southwestern Colorado vacation packages geared for those venturing to a place where Adventure meets Relaxation..
Girlfriends have it made bonding and celebrating at Chipeta’s perfect getaway destination! After a morning yoga class and afternoon spa treatment, toast gorgeous mountain views during happy hour at the on-site rooftop Sky Bar. This package includes comfortable accommodations for your group, a 50-minute full body massage at Chipeta Spa, scheduled yoga classes and a $50 gift card for the Four Corners Restaurant & Bar.
Wellness rules with a day pass for Orvis Hot Springs, Chipeta Spa Himalayan Heaven treatment, private yoga lesson, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort souvenir robe and $100 Four Corners Restaurant gift card.
Newlyweds love this personal pampering package with in-room chocolate truffles and champagne upon arrival, souvenir robe, Chipeta Spa 80-minute couples therapeutic massage and $100 Four Corners Restaurant gift card. Minimum four-night stay.
For a colorful fall getaway, book your Chipeta Solar Springs Resort Colorado vacation package at Chipeta.com/specials.