Rocky Mountains’ Autumn Aspen Show
As Rocky Mountains’ aspens change color and weather becomes crisper, fall brings an inspiring energy to Chipeta Solar Springs Resort. While winter sports are weeks away, autumn means enjoying many of the same summer activities that make this Ridgway, Colorado resort a favorite among multisport adventure travelers. Plus, there’s the bonus of Mother Nature’s annual aspen spectacle.
One of the most dramatic ways to witness beautiful Rocky Mountains fall colors is by hot air ballooning with San Juan Balloon in Ridgway. For more grounded exploring, a Southwest Colorado Fall-Color Drive heads west from Ridgway on Colorado 62 over Dallas Divide. Along the route are views of the Sneffels Range fringed by an aspen oasis. At Placerville, you’ll head southwest on Colorado 145 toward Telluride. Making your way to Lizard Head Pass, you’ll travel through beautiful groves of white-barked aspens with panoramas of Wilson Peak.
You can also soak in evolving tangerine, gold and crimson colors along San Juan Mountains biking, running and hiking trails within a few minutes from Ridgway. Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) is a series of interconnected routes in and around town. More than 40 miles of single-track trails spanning from Weaver Trail System and Angel Ridge Trails are accessible from Town Park to Dallas Divide. Look for maps at ridgwaytrails.com.
You can also discover Western Colorado’s scenic byways via road biking. From Ridgway, explore stunning scenery along the foot of the San Juans to Telluride via Dallas Divide or take a short ride along the Uncompaghre River to Ouray. Avid cyclists can power the 13-mile climb to the top of Red Mountain Pass that unfolds to some of the highest elevation views in Colorado available from paved roads. As for the return, count on a thrilling downhill bike adventure.
If you’re into four-wheel-driving, ATVing and dirt biking, the San Juans offer tough single track to off-road byways via ample roads and trails for every level of driver or rider. Ask your Chipeta staff for recommendations on solo and guided treks.
For water recreation, check out the seasonal activities and dates permitted at Chipeta Ridgway State Park and Ridgway Reservoir. Or relax in the natural mineral hot springs at Orvis, where seven soaking areas heat it up from 90-112 degrees.
Divide Ranch & Club surrounds you in autumn aspen beauty along an award-winning 7,039-yard golf course fringing the San Juans’ base. It’s located where the mountains meet the mesa just four miles from Ridgway.
Come and experience the fall colors before they are gone, and enjoy one of our Fall packages by visiting Chipeta Solar Springs Resort now!
Colorado Fall in Love Package
3 Nights in a Standard Room (option to upgrade)
Two Chipeta Sun Lodge robes
Chocolate truffles, wine, and flowers in room upon arrival
50 Minute Couples Massage
** Complimentary use of Chipeta Spa and Thermal pools
Starting at $689 per couple