Intimate Adobe Lodgings in San Juan Mountains
The Hollywood producers behind the 1962 epic film How the West Was Won needed a shooting location that would do justice to the film's huge budget and star-studded cast. They found a stunning setting amid the San Juan Mountains in a tiny town called Ridgway, where bighorn sheep, deer, and elk roam the fields south of town. You can experience the landscape at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, a 100-acre development centered around an adobe-style lodge and resort. Located within an hour of the trails at Telluride Ski Resort, Chipeta Solar Springs’ saltwater thermal pools are a welcome sight for those coming back from the slopes.
Each dwelling exudes southwestern style with rough adobe walls, tiled baths, and knotted-wood furnishings. Some lodgings overlook the property’s solarium, and the Loghill and Mears rooms feature private covered porches looking toward the mountains. For the best view, head to Four Corners Cafe, the Southwest-inspired onsite restaurant. If you’re unsure of what to choose from the menu, Chipeta Solar Springs general manager Roger Gardner recommends the peppered pork loin, followed by one of Chipeta's signature cocktails.
The resort's spa provides massage treatments administered with herbal oils, marble stones, and other natural elements. With certain options in this offer, you can choose between credits for massages or lift tickets at the nearby Telluride Ski Resort. After a day on the slopes, stop for a cup of tea in the solarium, a two-story facility teeming with indigenous plants.
Ridgway, Colorado: Old West Town near Telluride Ski Area
Known as the Gateway to the San Juans, Ridgway lies between the Cimarron and San Juan ranges in southwestern Colorado's Uncompahgre Valley. Vestiges of old Ridgway are on display at the Ridgway Railway Museum, which houses a collection of antique rail cars.
Nearby, the renowned Telluride Ski Resort draws downhill skiers intent on slicing through the powder, testing their limits on a vertical drop and enjoying free gondola rides. Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Telluride as the best ski resort in North America in a 2012 poll.
Ten miles south of the hotel is the town of Ouray, where intrepid visitors can scale a public ice-climbing park. In Ouray, historical Victorian buildings house boutiques, art galleries, and studios where artisans blow glass, handcraft metals, and whittle wooden statues with sharp rhetoric.
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