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3 Days of Hot Springs & Creative Districts on the West Elk Loop

3 Days of Hot Springs and Creative Districts on the West Elk Loop
3 days
The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway has a little bit of everything, you'll see mining communities, charming main streets and miles of orchards. Not to mention, you'll get to soak in hot springs and see the famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison — all in three days.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Day 1
Activity

Carbondale Creative District

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Supported by the Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities, the Carbondale Creative District is a growing neighborhood fueled the... Read More

Lunch

The Village Smithy Restaurant

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A legendary tradition in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1975, the Village Smithy is everyone's choice for the best breakfasts available in the region.  The food is delicious and the staff is... Read More

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Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn

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Marble Distilling Co. is a sustainable, zero-waste distillery nestled at the base of the Elk Mountains in the heart of Carbondale, Colorado's Creative District. MDC handcrafts small batch... Read More

Dinner

Izakaya Carbondale

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Never disappointing, dinner at Izakaya in Carbondale will be one to remember. True to Carbondale’s casual vibe, the menu combines sushi and sashimi with home-style offerings such as ramen, rice... Read More
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Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs

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Designed around the natural landscape and rock formations of our dramatic Crystal River Valley, Avalanche Ranch features 3 Colorado natural hot springs pools in a tiered layout.

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Lodging

Redstone Castle Suites and Historic Tours

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Welcome to the suites at the historic Redstone Castle, built in 1902 to impress John Osgood's wealthy friends and barons of industry. Select your suite from the meticulously restored spaces that... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Root and Vine Market

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Root and Vine Market is a local coffee shop and cafe that serves locally roasted coffee from Rubicon Roasting. Root and Vine Market is also the tasting room for our new winery - SkyHawk Winery. We... Read More
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North Fork Valley Creative District

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The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition is a Non Profit community organization committed to cultivating sustainable economic growth in the North Fork Valley. By strengthening and promoting our... Read More

Lunch

The Living Farm Cafe

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Welcome to The Living Farm Café and Inn. We are one of the very few true farm-to-table restaurants in Colorado. Our café features farm-fresh and organic produce, meat, cheese and eggs from our... Read More

Activity

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Hiking and ranger-guided programs. Read More
Dinner

Blackstock Bistro

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Excellent food and drinks available. Great dishes for all of Gunnison. Casual yet elegant dining. Food, Appetizers, Cocktails, Parties, Music. Read More
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High Alpine Brewing Company

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Located in downtown Gunnison, Colorado surrounded by epic terrain that locals embrace all year round. Family owned and operated, Scott and Stacey started HABC as a way to rule world one... Read More

Lodging

Gunnison Lakeside Cabins & RV Park

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Gunnison Lakeside Cabins & RV Park features large shaded or open full hookup RV sites, one and two bedroom cabins, a convenience store, propane, fishing supplies, licenses and much more. There... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

W Cafe

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The W Cafe is the place the locals hang out for breakfast and lunch. Voted best breakfast by the people, 2001-2017. We have very fast and efficient service.  Dine in, Take out, and DELIVERY.

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Gunnison Pioneer Museum

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Five-acre campus and Gunnison's cultural and historic 1880s history! Buildings include: Gunnison's first post office (1876), Denver & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Train, two rural school houses with... Read More

Lunch

Sherpa's Cafe

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Authentic Himalayan cuisine. In a mission to share our love and culture, we opened Sherpa Cafe's door on July of 2010. Since then the Sherpa Café has been a Crested Butte cultural staple. Read More
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Crested Butte Creative District

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Crested Butte's Creative District encompasses the Center for the Arts, 16 artist-owned studios and galleries, three co-op galleries, 10 performance venues and a year-round schedule of creative... Read More

Dinner

The Bacchanale

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One of Crested Butte's oldest restaurants located in one of the town's most elegant spaces.  Serving a variety of Italian favorites made from our homemade sauces, local hormone-free Steaks,... Read More

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Montanya Distillers

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Montanya Distillers is a Colorado craft distiller of award-winning rum, founded in 2008. The company moved its headquarters from Silverton, CO to Crested Butte, CO in May 2011. Stop by for a... Read More
Lodging

Elevation Hotel & Spa

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The Elevation Hotel and Spa is the only ski-in/ski-out resort in Crested Butte, Colorado and includes a full service spa, 21,000 sq. foot fitness center,  ski & bike rentals, salon and a... Read More