Colorado is best known as the home of the Rocky Mountains. And while that’s not the only thing to see in Colorado, it also, sort of, is. When you’re choosing to holiday in the state it’s nice to know that they have legalized Marijuana and were constituted exactly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but ultimately – where those mountains at?
There are some marvelous areas of cultural and historical significance in the state, Cliff Palace and Balcony House in the Mesa Verde National Park are some of them, but you will need to pull yourself away from the mountains to see them. That’s not an indictment of the rest of the state, but the Rocky Mountains are truly magnificent to see.
A barrier wall nature has thrown up to separate east from west, the landscape of the Rocky’s is raw, brutal and beautiful at the same time. The vast age of the America’s is on display when standing in the shadow of those mountains. They are the source of incredible excitement and adventure, and yet capable of providing serenity and stillness at a moment’s notice.
It’s not real surprise then that when you run through the list below you will see every resort selected has been established to, in some way, facilitate the mountain experience.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Colorado:
1. The Broadmoor
The Broadmoor has been in operation since 1918, and has consistently been considered one of the finest hotels in the world. Established in an iconic, palatial building in Colorado Springs, the Broadmoor offers guests an experience of luxury and excellence all year. With 784 rooms, suites, cottages and brownstone townhouses on the property, each decorated and styled in magnificent fashion, guests are sure to appreciate the splendor and aristocratic grace for which the resort has become known.
The Broadmoor is a location that truly understands that dining is an essential element of any hotel stay, and there are several dining options available on the property, highlighted by the award-winning Penrose Room. From that lofty spectacle however, dining options do spread out to attune with different tastes. There are also an extraordinary number of activities in which guests can engage while staying at the resort. Zip lining tours, golf, swimming, tennis and fly fishing are all options, as are the services of the Day spa. For luxury and elegant excess, the Broadmoor is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
2. Cheyenne Mountain Resort
The Cheyenne Mountain Resort, also in Colorado Springs, is finely tuned to the notion that Colorado is best experienced outdoors. The resort has been developed in 200 acres of magnificent countryside, with impressive, imposing views of the mountain dominating the outlook. The 316 rooms are beautiful, warm and inviting, but the design of the resort urges guests to step outside.
There are three dining options on site, each designed to feature the views. There are 5 pools, 17 tennis courts, a 35-acre lake on which boating and fishing are available, and 200 acres of scenery to explore at your own pace. Beyond that the resort has access to an 18-hole, championship golf course, and a Spa and Wellness Retreat. The Cheyenne Mountain Resort caters for every need, and presents the best of Colorado to her guests.
3. Getaway Canyons Resort
Set in Gateway, Colorado, inside one of the most striking red rock canyons you are ever likely to see, the Gateway Canyons Resort has been designed to perfectly complement its surroundings, and therefore provide a wonderfully individual experience for the guests. Having recently undergone a major renovation, the resorts rooms are now fresh, contemporary and welcoming, and are available in a range of lodge rooms and suites to free-standing Casitas (a Casita is a small, rammed earth house).
There are several dining options available on the property, from a traditional food truck (Duesey’s Diner) to fine Colorado dining (Entrada). Guests can also arrange private dining experiences for the requisite romantic evening. There is a day spa on site, or guests can explore the Canyon on horseback, or by air via helicopter tour. The Gateway Canyons Resort takes full advantage of the scenery laid around it.
4. Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
A dedicated ski resort at the foot of Vail Mountain, the Vail Marriott has been designed to emulate a European Ski Chalet. With a range of rooms available to sleep groups of up to 8 people, the resort is perfect for those large groups of friends who wish to explore the Colorado snowfields.
There are a number of dining options situated in the hotel, and more restaurants within close proximity. The resort also hosts a day spa, fitness center and modest convention center, making it a solid option for a corporate retreat. With all the amenities, you would expect to enjoy a ski holiday, the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort deserves your attention.
5. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
Situated at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, the Beaver Creek Resort and Spa delivers the luxury and class you would expect from a Park Hyatt Hotel, complemented by the mountainside atmosphere of one of Colorado’s most popular ski-fields. During winter the resort is ski in/ski out, however in the warmer months, mountain trails open up for hiking or mountain bike adventures. If mountain activities are not your gig then the Allegria Spa, located in the hotel, will surely fit your needs.
The rooms are tastefully decorated to the level you would expect, and available in a variety of styles. The proximity to the mountain delivers spell-binding views from any window. Guests can choose to dine at the on-site restaurant or café, or walk into town to sample the options available there. Designed to maximize the mountain experience, the Beaver Creek Resort meets the brief.
6. Garden of the Gods
Settled in some of the most striking of Colorado’s landscape (and that is certainly saying something), the Garden of the Gods is a golf course, spa and wellness retreat, and luxury resort folded in to a single package. With 27 holes of golf to explore, and endless views within which to become lost, a 3-day golfing weekend here will create memories that last a lifetime.
While the resort has clearly been constructed the complement the golf course, the needs of non-golfing guests have not been neglected. A full-service day spa is available on site, as is a modern fitness center. There is an Olympic-sized swimming pool for the kids, and a heated, outdoor infinity pool for the adults. There are also a number of dining options available, each maximizing the views over the golf course and countryside. The resort boasts an ambitious name, but provides an amazing holiday experience.
7. Beaver Run Resort
Conveniently set at the foot of Breckenridge Mountain, the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Centre has been designed to accommodate every need. From a fantastic array of rooms overlooking the mountain, five restaurants offering delicious and contemporary dining experiences, to a modern convention center, the Resort reaches a long way to satisfy its guests.
The ski fields are the feature of the hotel, however during the summer months there is still plenty to do. Hot air balloon tours can be arranged, as can fly fishing. For a change of pace, maybe try white water rafting or climb the mountain on a Jeep tour. Or don’t leave the building at all and just relax at day spa. The choice is entirely yours.
8. The Ritz-Calton Club, Vail
A Bavarian palace on the side of a Colorado Mountain, the luxury and elegance synonymous with the Ritz-Carlton name is indeed on display in Vail. With modern rooms extending to four bedroom suites, the hotel can accommodate even large groups in a level of sophistication that will change your perception of holidays forever.
The hotel hosts its own restaurant, offering a fine dining atmosphere at night, with casual dining during the day. Vail itself has a number of local restaurants that are all within walking distance. The day spa on site offers a full range of contemporary treatments, while the fitness center is fully stocked with modern equipment and a Yoga room.
9. The Peaks Resort and Spa
The Peaks Resort in Telluride, Colorado, offers an accommodation option called ‘See Forever Village’, which is a range of cottages and cabins situated only 100m from the Hotel. And the name of that village really does say everything that needs to be said about The Peaks. The resort, situated at the foot of the ski-fields, and a few paces away from a magnificent golf course, is in a truly magnificent mountain location.
There are three restaurants in the complex, a day spa and fitness center, 3 pools, tennis courts, and a helicopter option for reaching the top of the mountain in record time. Whatever time of year, The Peaks presents the splendor of Colorado’s mountain ranges in their finest light, and will leave guests in awe.
10. Dunton Hot Springs
The Dunton Hot Springs is an exceptionally unique Colorado experience. An 1800’s ghost town that has been restored and converted into a modern holiday or corporate retreat. Hand-hewn log cabins have been beautifully furnished inside with all the amenities and conveniences guests would expect from such an exclusive location.
Meals, meticulously prepared, are served in a worn-down saloon. And overlooking all of this are the majestic San Juan mountains. Unfortunately, words just cannot do justice to the experience of Dunton Hot Springs, and it is quite possible that there is nowhere else in the world that can deliver a destination like this one.
11. The Ritz-Carlton Club, Bachelor Gulch
The second Ritz-Carlton on the list, the construction of the Bachelor Gulch resort has a far more contemporary Colorado Mountains atmosphere. The building has been constructed to offer outstanding views of the mountains or the valley, with rooms that sleep up to 4 in comfort. Guests can dine at one of the 6 restaurants, all focusing on regional cuisine and local produce, although delivering their own style and identity. Additionally, there is a private dining experience available.
A hotel of this quality cannot do without a full-service day spa, and the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch is not exception to this. The Day Spa incorporates a fitness center and 19 treatment rooms, with access complementary to guests. There is also a 26,000 square feet conference center which is perfect for corporate retreats or large family ceremonies. A typically high quality experience from Ritz-Carlton that reflects the location perfectly.
12. Purgatory Mountain Resort
While the ski fields are a major attraction of the Purgatory Resort in Durango, the operators have designed the property to take full advantage of the mountain all year. With summer activities like zip lines tours, hiking, climbing wall, bungee trampoline and an alpine slide part of the Summer Adventure Park, the resort becomes a wonderfully exciting way to experience the mountain all year.
The resort itself encompasses a number of accommodation options, including hotel-style rooms and a pair of inns. The spread of facilities ensures the Purgatory Mountain experience is available to everyone. There are no less than 10 dining options available to guests, including a winter Grill and Bar called Dante’s (because of course it is). As a way to take in the mountain all year round, the Purgatory Mountain Resort has you covered.
13. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Located in Nathrop and built on top of a natural hot spring, the Mount Princeton Resort provide a surreal way to experience the winter mountains, soaking in volcanically heated pools that are dotted around the resort. Some of these have been architecturally designed, while there are several spots creek-side where guests can just stop and drop.
The upper pools incorporate a 400m water slide, and extraordinary views of the Rocky Mountains. There are a number of lodging options available at the resort, including deluxe rooms and suites, up to free-standing cabins, each with its own character and aspect of the mountain. The resort also hosts 5 dining options, including a juice bar which is incorporated into the day spa and yoga center.
14. Crested Butte
Designed for the enjoyment of mountain bikers, the Crested Butte resort offers tailored activities and access to the mountain trails that will suit the hard-core enthusiasts, and amateurs first venturing into the sport. There is a variety of accommodation options available at the mountain, including hotel suites, and self-contained cabins, each offering its own unique approach to the mountain.
The Adventure park operates from Mud season through summer, and the mountain bike access also kicks in when the snow melts (the resort is ski-in/ski-out during the winter). The restaurants dotted around the complex all offer hearty meals designed to satisfy the appetite of active guests. Crested Butte is a magnificent location, and an active adventure all year.
15. The Westin Riverfront Resort at Beaver Creek
Situated at the foot of Beaver Creek mountain, and with a river running past the property, the Westin Riverfront Resort has been carefully designed to take year-round advantage of the mountain location. While skiing tours are active during the winter, in the warmer months the resort opens up to mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders and golf enthusiasts who have access to 3 local championship courses. The river swells as the snow melts, and white water rafting also finds its place on the agenda.
With a range of rooms and residences in the complex that can sleep up to 12, the Resort has been built to accommodate all parties. The featured restaurant, Maya, provides contemporary Mexican cuisine in a bright and energetic atmosphere. The restaurant is supplemented by a wine bar and two cafés on site. There is also a day spa and a modest conference center available, completing the broad appeal of the location.