Historical Lodge Set against San Juan Mountains
In 1927, a boarding house was built at the base of the San Juan Mountains to shelter the area’s sawmill workers and act as a meeting place for logging barons. The building—now named the Spruce Lodge and listed on the National Register of Historic Places—looks much the same today as it did back then. Surrounded by miles of piney mountain forest, the lodge's rustic exterior belies a cozy atmosphere inside, with exposed wooden-beam ceilings, a crackling lobby fire, and newly renovated rooms.
A jacuzzi tub burbles away in the private, revamped bathroom in one of the main lodge's two-bedroom jacuzzi suites. Gleaming wood floors flank an electric fireplace in each room, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV hangs over each mantle. Downstairs, a full continental breakfast fuels travelers before they take a dip in the pine-paneled hot tub or wash clothes in the sprinklers on the landscaped golf course behind the lodge.
South Fork, Colorado: Outdoor Activities amid Gorgeous Scenery
The town of South Fork sits on the Rio Grande River, with lofty peaks forming a jagged backdrop. More than 250 miles of well-tended trails beckon hikers, cross-country skiers, lapsed Eagle Scouts, and Boy Scouts wearing stilts to explore the streams and grassy meadows of the great Colorado outdoors. In the winter, the San Juan Mountains' blanket of natural snowfall enables downhill skiing and lessons on runs throughout the mountains; in the summer, foaming river winds past sandstone formations at scenic golf courses and sets the stage for guided whitewater-rafting tours.