1 . Colorado Trails Ranch

Durango, Colorado

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At Colorado Trails Ranch, the mountains are your neighbors, and the stars always twinkle big and bright in the night sky. Since 1960, this dude ranch has been an escape for city dwellers looking for rich, Colorado beauty. And, Colorado Trails Ranch makes enjoying the breathtaking landscape easy. The best way to take in the valley and mountains is on horseback. The ranch’s horses and guides are prepared for riders of every skill level. If fishing is a top priority, the Florida River is a hotspot for trout. Adventurous guests seeking thrills and action must take on the rapids of the Animas River with some white water rafting. Take a guided hike through the mountains and forests or power tube on Vallecito Lake. Colorado Trails Ranch isn’t just a spectacular place to play and roam; their accommodations will also meet your high expectations with ease. All-inclusive cabins of all sizes will be a comfortable home for your family and friends. Their various cabins include one to four bedrooms with a bathroom for each bedroom. Each cabin also features a number of porches for enjoying mountain views and the Colorado landscape. With your stay, the ranch also prepares a homemade, gourmet meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that is sure to satisfy every palate.

Address

12161 County Road 240, Durango, CO 81301

Fun facts

Many years ago, guests at Colorado Trails Ranch would make up their own brand to be burned in the timber posts in the lodge. Due to fire hazards, the tradition had to come to an end. But, the old brandings may still be found in the lodge.

Related Onsite Offerings

Evenings at the ranch are filled with family fun activities. For instance, you can learn some new steps in the Opera House during Western Dancing, or enjoy the ice cream social night including a wood-fired cookout.

2 . Mountain Lodge at Telluride

Telluride, Colorado

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Midway up Telluride Mountain in the pedestrian mountain village you’ll find Mountain Lodge at Telluride: a mountain escape for every season. When winter is in full-swing, this ski-in, ski-out lodge provides perfect slopeside access to 66 trails. Guests can also take advantage of the views with dog sled tours, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and more. A favorite any time of year, five different area hot springs are the ideal way to relax after a day of play. During the summer months, explore the beauty of the San Juan Mountains by air on a hot air balloon or by foot through scenic hiking or horseback tours. Mountain Lodge at Telluride embraces the majesty of the outdoors with rich, clean, western, mountain decor in each of their four lodging options. The Mountain Cabins feature three to six bedrooms and include natural stone fireplaces, jetted tubs, balconies with BBQ grills, and modern appliances. The lodge also offers guests suites, condominiums, and lodge rooms with many of the shared luxuries of the cabins. So, whether you’re looking for a relaxing mountain retreat or a slope-side adventure, Mountain Lodge at Telluride has a little bit of everything.

Address

457 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride, CO 81435

Fun facts

Telluride was established as a gold mining town, and it was named after the chemical element tellurium, although it was never actually found in Telluride.

Related Onsite Offerings

The View restaurant offers tavern cuisine with a relaxing slope-side atmosphere. Appropriately named, enjoy a cocktail to the outstanding mountain view.

3 . Durango Mountain Resort

Durango, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 247 - 9000

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Whether you’re looking for an adventurous winter wonderland or a summer of gorgeous mountain views full of life, Durango Mountain Resort, amongst the San Juan Mountains, has what you’re looking for. Winter at Durango Mountain Resort is the outdoorsman’s dream. Through the San Juan Skiing Company, save a seat on the snowcat for some guided, backcountry skiing. Grab the family and head over to the tubing hill or take in the beauty of the mountain on a snowmobile adventure or horse-drawn sleigh ride. Summer is equally spectacular with scenic chairlift rides, alpine slides, and guided naturalist hikes. The more extreme Purgatory Plunge Zipline and Bungee Tramp are also favorites. After days of exploring the mountain’s terrain, Durango Mountain Resort’s accommodations will keep you relaxed and comfortable. Their seven slopeside lodgings range from hotel rooms to condos. Enjoy beautiful, modern features from fireplaces to Jacuzzi and hot tubs. Lodging ranges up to four bedrooms with outstanding mountain views. Durango Mountain Resort also offers townhomes with ski-in, ski-out access, private garages, and fine furnishings.

Address

#1 Skier Place, Durango, CO 81301

Fun facts

Durango is located in a bend of the Animas River and within the four corners region, the famed Western area rich with history.

Related Onsite Offerings

Durango Mountain Resort has a number of dining options in and around the resort. Purgy's provides a casual atmosphere with fresh ingredients. The Bear Bar & Grille is a cabana style grill with views of the mountain side. Vintage Market & Deli offers gourmet deli and grilled sandwiches and salads.

4 . Vallecito Resort

Bayfield, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 884 - 9458

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Enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors with Vallecito Lake at your doorstep and the San Juan National Forest as your backyard at Vallecito Resort. At Vallecito Resort, the lake is a treasure. Fishing is always bountiful with rainbow trout, brown trout, and northern pike nipping at your line. And, with Los Pinos River near by, you can try your hand at some fly fishing as well. Bring your boat or rent a pontoon, fishing boat, kayak, or canoe to explore the waters and surrounding beauty. The shoreline is also a great place to enjoy the lake. Bike along the shore, horseback ride through the state forest, or hike amongst the pines. Vallecito Resort has a variety of lodging resources to accommodate you as you plan your stay on the lake. Their RV site, located within the state forest pines, is a quiet and natural spot to rest your wheels. Enjoy a full hook up, clean showers, and all the amenities of the resort. Vallecito also has cabin rentals available with full kitchens and modern features for a comfortable stay. Or, if you’re looking for a seasonal home, check out Vallecito’s accommodations under the Ponderosa Pines.

Address

13030 County Road 501, Bayfield, Colorado 81122

Fun facts

Vallecito Lake has 12 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest.

Related Onsite Offerings

Some amenities include an outdoor pavilion with grills, two outdoor hot tubs, a tackle shop, a game room with ping pong and bumper pool, a children's play area, a video rental library, book libraries, and a basketball court.

5 . Rico Hotel Mountain Lodge

Rico, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 365 - 1971

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Experience the taste and refinery of a historic mining setting at Rico Hotel Mountain Lodge within the San Juan Mountains. Rico Hotel is your rejuvenating mountain retreat filled with great food, great views, and great service. Spend afternoons exploring the ancient Native American ruins at Mesa Verde National Park, or take on the landscape with some rock climbing, river rafting, hiking, and fishing. After a day of experiencing the Colorado outdoors, soak under the stars in the outdoor hot tub or cuddle up around the fire in The Great Room. Rico Hotel’s surroundings aren’t their only treasures. The Argentine Grille is one place you’ll find yourself visiting time and time again. Chef Eamonn O’Hara mixes up delicacies using local, organic meats and produce for a truly decadent dining experience. And, the accommodations are equally as comforting. Rooms are adorned with antique furnishings matching the hotel’s historical essence. Choose from small and cozy rooms with one bed to warm and spacious two bed rooms. The Kinnick Suite on the third floor is also a comforting choice. Here, you’ll surround yourself with views of the peaks as well as a space filled with rich colors and modern touches.

Address

124 S. Hwy. 145, Rico, CO 81332

Season

The Rico Hotel features special events including New Years Menu at the Argentine Grille, Local Celebrities Take Over Hotel, and Death By Disco.

Fun facts

The Rico Hotel was built in 1925 as a resting place for the Rico Argentine miners.

6 . Lone Wolf Lodge

Durango, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 884 - 0414

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Take advantage of the natural beauty of the four corners area during your stay at Lone Wolf Lodge in the San Juan Mountains. While staying at Lone Wolf, ride horseback along Vallecito Lake and the surrounding San Juan National Park. The area’s rivers provide the perfect rafting experience with Mild 2 Wild Rafting. The Bar D Chuckwagon Western Show and Durango and Silverton Railroad are great ways to take in the culture and scenery of the West. Of course, you could always get lost in the outdoors while fishing the pristine waters and hiking the rocky trails. There’s no better way to experience the West than a cabin stay, and at Lone Wolf Lodge, there’s a perfect cabin for you. Choose from one to three bedroom rentals including a kitchen, television, wireless internet, a front deck with a BBQ grill, and many other resort amenities such as a playground, campfire pits, and more. If you are looking for a more seasonal stay, Lone Wolf also has vacation rentals located a short distance off the property.

Address

18039 CR 501, Bayfield CO 81122

Fun facts

Lone Wolf Lodge is only a short half mile from the shores of Vallecito Lake and 22 miles from Durango.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pets are allowed in the cabins at Lone Wolf Lodge (rules and rates apply).

7 . Circle K Guest Ranch & Outfitter

Dolores, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 477 - 6381

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Saddle up for a San Juan Mountains adventure at Circle K Guest Ranch. For a full dude ranch experience, horseback riding through the Rocky Mountain terrain is a must. Circle K’s wrangler guides will match you up with the perfect horse and take you through crystal springs, towering forests, and along mountain trails. You may even spot elk or some mule deer along the way. If fishing is something you fancy, the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers are only a short hike away, where you’ll find swarms of trout. Or, you could just sit back in a tube and float along with the current. Back at the ranch, participate in rodeo horse events or simply sit back and relax to the sights and sounds of the mountain. Circle K Guest Ranch brings hospitality and a warm, at-home feeling to each stay. Their variety of lodging options are fit for a couple’s getaway to a reunion. Perfect for a smaller party, Circle K’s cabins are a forest retreat with fully furnished kitchens and one to three bedrooms. Their lodge and hotel rooms are individually themed with western, mountain charm, and their bunkhouses, comfortably housing 25 to 60 guests, are ideal for a large group gathering. There are also camping and RV sites available. And, no matter where you choose to rest your head, your meal plan will cover three buffet-style, home-cooked meals.

Address

27758 Hwy 145, Dolores CO 81323

Highlights

Circle K Guest Ranch is a perfect place for group retreats with their bunk house lodging housing anywhere from 25 to 60 people. Plan a youth retreat, reunion, or day camp with Circle K Guest Ranch!

Fun facts

The Canon family has been welcoming guests to the Circle K Guest Ranch for over 30 years.

8 . Elk Point Lodge

Vallecito Lake, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 884 - 2482

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Resting along the shore of Vallecito Lake, where the Pine River begins to meander into the calm waters, are the quiet cabins of Elk Point Lodge. During your stay at Elk Point Lodge, paddle across the cool, mountain lake in one the the lodge’s canoes, kayaks, or atop a sup board. If you’ve come to the mountains with the intent of bringing a trophy home, Elk Point Lodge has helpful and friendly fishing and hunting guides eager to lead you to your prize. Elk Point’s wranglers are also ready to head out to the trails. Choose from a couple-hour ride to a half-day adventure. Or, you may prefer a romantic mountain sunset dinner on horseback. Back at the lodge, the beauty and wonder of the lake and surrounding mountain forests continue to provide a tranquil experience. Before heading to your cabin, rejuvenate with a Swedish massage or stone therapy at the Day Spa or savor a bite on the patio at Pura Vida Cafe, where you can view the sun sparkling off the Vallecito. That view may carry over to your cabin deck along the shore. Or, maybe you’ve chosen to be tucked into the shady pines. At Elk Point Lodge, you’ll experience a laid back, mountain lake vacation.

Address

21730 County Road 501, Bayfield, CO 81122

Extra Stops

During you stay at Elk Point Lodge, head to nearby Durango to visit the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Bar D Chuckwagon Show, or Sky Ute Casino.

Related Onsite Offerings

All cabins at Elk Point Lodge include a fully furnished kitchen as well as sheets, towels, blankets, toilet paper, and dish and bath soap.

9 . Pine River Lodge

Bayfield, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 884 - 2563

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Whether you long for afternoons of exploring the mountains or a relaxing and serene lakeside vacation, Pine River Lodge has exactly what you are looking for. The natural wonders encasing Pine River Lodge provide the perfect setting for lasting views. Hike through the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness or along the trails linking Vallecito Lake and Lake Eileen. Grab your bike or rev up your ATV for the terrain of Middle Mountain, Lemon Lake, and Bever Meadow. Once snow is blanketing the valley, guests hit the trails for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. In addition to all the adventure surrounding the lodge, there’s fun to be had on the grounds with a heated indoor pool, an old-fashioned playground with a campfire area, and a game room with ping pong, a pool table, and arcade games. Pine River Lodge encourages guests to enjoy the scenery, good company, and the comfort and serenity of the area. Their one- to three-bedroom cabins include fireplaces and lakeviews all under the towering pines for a calming escape.

Address

14443 CR 501, Bayfield, CO 81122

Season

Enjoy the holiday season in the mountains at Christmas at Pine River Lodge. Lights and decorations fill the Lodge and grounds, and Santa makes a special appearance on Christmas Eve!

Fun facts

Since 1960, the Atkinson family has been welcoming guests to Pine River Lodge and the Vallecito Lake area.

10 . Bear Paw Lodge

Bayfield, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 884 - 2508

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Only a mile from the beautiful shores of Vallecito Lake and amidst the adventure of the four corners area you’ll find Bear Paw Lodge. During your stay at Bear Paw Lodge, take advantage of the area’s culture, history, and beauty. Just a short drive from the lodge is Mesa Verde National Park, where you may examine the cliff dwellings from the Anasazi culture. Take a trip to downtown Durango for historical tours and art museums. Or, enjoy a scenic tour on a jeep, ATV, or horseback with Elk Point Stables. After a day of fun, Bear Paw Lodge offers cozy cabins, appropriately named after different types of bears, to rest up for another day of outdoor fun. Each cabin features either a deck or patio, where you can lounge and enjoy the surrounding forest. You’ll also find a picnic table and grill, perfect for an evening BBQ with family and friends. Cabins range from one to three bedrooms and are furnished with essentials including satellite television and wireless internet.

Address

18011 County Rd. 501, Bayfield, CO 81122

Extra Stops

Learn about the four corners area at the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. View the natural wonder of the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. Get bird's eye views of the mountains with the Durango Soaring Club.

Getting there

From the North - If you are traveling North on Hwy. 550, at traffic signal at Hwy. 160, turn East to Bayfield. At the traffic signal in Bayfield, turn left (North) on to CR 501, go 18 miles, Bear Paw Lodge on left. From the East - If you are traveling from the East (Pagosa Springs) on Hwy.160, turn right (north) at the traffic signal in Bayfield, on to CR 501, go 18 miles, Bear Paw Lodge on left. From the South - Traveling South on Hwy. 550. Turn left on 32nd Street in Durango (2nd traffic signal) and go to "T" with CR 250, turn right to "T" with CR 240, turn left and go approximately 13 miles to intersection with CR 501 (Be sure to notice that CR 240 makes a right turn about 11 miles out at DurangoBay Store). Turn left on CR 501, 9 miles to Bear Paw Lodge on left. From the West - If you are traveling from the West on US 160, follow Hwy. 160 through Durango to Bayfield. At the traffic signal in Bayfield, turn left on to CR 501, travel 18 miles to Bear Paw Lodge on left.

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