Unplug: Colorado Resort Vacations

Time to put down your phone and answer the call of the wild. In Colorado, the landscape beckons you to look away from the screen and see the big picture. Here are a few options for getting back to what really matters any time of the year.


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Emerald Ranch at The Broadmoor
Gateway Canyon Resort
Dunton Hot Springs Resort

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

Gateway Canyons' luxurious escape in far-western Colorado's Gateway marries indulgence with outdoor adventure. Thrill-seekers can ride a UTV up the red-rock peaks, take in the high desert's beauty from the sky on a chartered air tour or taste the flavors of the region on a curated exploration of Colorado's wine country. Pure nature-lovers can hit the trails on guided hikes to see stone arches carved from the elements and learn about the area's history and geology. Or, try your hand at archery, rock climbing and mountain biking with expert guides. After a day of adrenaline, unwind with a hot-stone massage, soak in your own private outdoor hot tub or enjoy a five-star meal under a tapestry of stars.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash offers the ideal retreat for a romantic weekend or a getaway with friends. Sink into a cozy chair by the fire and sip a glass of award-winning wine while taking in views of the rolling mountains, sprawling valley and surrounding pine forest. With rustic-chic décor and wood finishes using reclaimed materials, such as beetle-kill pine, the 6,000-acre ranch offers a perfect setting for unwinding after an afternoon of cross-country skiing or hiking. Complete your stay with a high-altitude facial, relaxing dip in the outdoor hot tub or a Vinyasa yoga session.

Chipeta lodge Resort + SPA

Set amid the San Juan Mountains in Ridgway, Chipeta Lodge Resort + Spa offers many hallmarks of Colorado relaxation: solar-heated hot-springs pools, spectacular alpine scenery and recreation, proximity to world-class skiing at Telluride and cozy accommodations with bed-and-breakfast charm. Slinking from yoga classes, al fresco happy hour on the rooftop deck and crackling fireside chats, you'll forget time even exists.

The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley

Colorado Springs mainstay since 1918, the historic Broadmoor embodies the spirit of the West. The elegant hotel welcomes guests with championship golf, a world-class spa and views of Cheyenne Mountain. For a more rustic experience suited to escaping the everyday, book your accommodations at the Ranch at Emerald Valley, a private escape just a short ride up the mountain. You’ll get to indulge in a wilderness enclave surrounded by over 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest — yet within moments, you can be whisked down the mountain to take advantage of indulgences like the Broadmoor’s famed Sunday brunch in the Lake Terrace Dining Room. (Reservations required for brunch.)

Dunton Hot Springs

Tucked in the southwest corner of Colorado sits Dunton, a 200-acre restored ghost town that has been transformed into a remote mountain escape. Cell service drops off before you arrive, but you won’t even miss it because you’ll feel like you’re living in the olden days. The resort is comprised of 13 authentically restored, hand-built cabins, a saloon, a dance hall, an open-air chapel and a bath house with a steam shower. Each cabin boasts distinctive features like a wood-burning stove or an antique copper tub, accented by views of rolling acres of alpine wilderness. Live out your own version of an Outdoor Channel show with miles of fly-fishing streams, romantic hot springs and nature walks where you may spot elk, deer, bald eagles and other wildlife. At night, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of a neighboring 40-foot rushing waterfall.

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