Colorado is known as the home of the Rocky Mountains. While that’s not all you’ll see in Colorado, it kind of is. When you choose to vacation in the state, it’s good to know that they legalized marijuana and were founded 100 years after the Declaration of Independence, but in the end – where are those mountains?
The state has some great areas of cultural and historical significance, including the Cliff Palace and Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park, but to see them you’ll have to distance yourself from the mountains. It’s not an indictment for the rest of the state, but the Rocky Mountains are truly spectacular.
A natural barrier wall separates east and west, and the Rocky Mountain landscape is raw, wild, and beautiful at the same time. In the shadow of these mountains, America’s vast age opens. Although they are an incredible source of excitement and adventure, they have the ability to provide calm and serenity in an instant.
Best Resorts in Colorado
Not surprisingly, as you browse the list below, you’ll find that each of the selected resorts was set up to promote the mountain experience in some way.Let’s take a look at the top resorts in Colorado:
1. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa
Located at the foot of Beaver Creek Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort and Spa offers the luxury and class you expect from a Park Hyatt hotel, with the mountainous ambiance of one of Colorado’s most popular ski areas. In winter, the resort is skis in and out, but during the warmer months, mountain trails are available for hiking or mountain biking adventures. If mountain activities aren’t for you, the on-site Allegria Spa will definitely suit your needs.
The rooms are tastefully decorated to the level you would expect and are available in a variety of styles. Close to the mountains, there are amazing views from every window. Guests can choose to dine at the on-site restaurant or cafe or walk into town to sample a meal there. Designed to maximize the mountain experience, Beaver Creek Resort fulfills this requirement.
2. Garden of the Gods
Nestled in some of Colorado’s most dramatic landscapes (that will definitely say something), Garden of the Gods are a golf course, spa and wellness center, and luxury resort that folds into one package. With 27 holes of golf to explore and endless landscapes to get lost in, a 3-day golf weekend here will create memories for a lifetime.
While the construction of the resort clearly complements the golf course, the needs of non-golf guests have not been overlooked. A full-service day spa and a modern fitness center are on site. There is an Olympic-sized children’s pool and an outdoor heated infinity pool for adults. There are also many dining options, each maximizing the golf course and countryside views. The resort has an ambitious name but offers an amazing holiday experience.
3. Beaver Run Resort
Conveniently located at the foot of the Breckenridge Mountains, the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center has been designed to meet every need. From gorgeous guestrooms overlooking the mountains, and five restaurants offering delicious contemporary dining experiences, to a modern conference center, the resort has always been committed to meeting the needs of its guests.
Ski slopes are the hotel’s specialty, but there is plenty to do in the summer. Hot air balloon rides and fly fishing can be arranged. Try whitewater rafting or jeep rides for a change of pace. Or don’t leave the building at all and just relax at the day spa. The choice is entirely up to you.
4. The Ritz-Calton Club, Vail
The Bavarian Palace on the slope of the Colorado Mountains truly showcases the luxury and elegance synonymous with the Ritz-Carlton name in Vail. Modern rooms range up to four-bedroom suites, and the hotel can accommodate even large groups with a level of sophistication that will change the way you think about your vacation forever.
The hotel has its own restaurant, which serves fine dining at night and casual dining during the day. Vail itself has many local restaurants within walking distance. The on-site day spa offers a full range of modern treatments, while the fitness center is fully equipped with modern equipment and a yoga studio.
5. The Peaks Resort and Spa
Peaks Resort in Telluride, Colorado offers lodging options called “See Forever Village,” a collection of lodges and cottages just 100 meters from the hotel. The name of that village actually says everything that needs to be said about The Peaks. The property is located in a truly magnificent mountain setting, at the foot of the ski slopes, a short walk from the magnificent golf course.
The complex has 3 restaurants, 1-day spa and fitness center, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts and helicopter options to reach the summit in record time. The Peaks will surprise guests with breathtaking views of the Colorado Mountains in the most beautiful light, at any time of the year.
The second Ritz-Carlton hotel on the list, the Bachelor Gulch Resort building has a more modern Colorado Mountain feel. The building is built with stunning views of the mountains or valleys and can comfortably sleep up to 4 people in the rooms. Guests can dine at one of 6 restaurants, all focusing on local cuisine and local produce, but each with its own style and character. Private dining experiences are also available.
A hotel of this quality cannot do without a full-service day spa, and the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch is no exception. The day spa includes a fitness center and 19 treatment rooms for guest use. There is also a 26,000-square-foot conference center perfect for corporate retreats or large family ceremonies. The typical high-end experience at The Ritz-Carlton reflects the location perfectly.
While the ski slopes are the main attraction in Durango Purgatory, the operators made the most of the mountain when designing the property. Summer activities such as zipline tours, hiking, climbing walls, bungee trampolines, and the mountain slide section of the summer adventure park make the resort a great way to experience the mountains year-round.
The resort itself includes a variety of accommodation options, including hotel-style rooms and a double inn. The distribution of facilities ensures that everyone can enjoy the Mount Purgatory experience. Guests have access to at least 10 dining options, including a winter grill and Dante’s bar (of course it does). As a way to hit the mountains all year long, Purgatory Mountain Resort has you covered.
8. The Broadmoor
Broadmoor has been in business since 1918 and has long been considered one of the best hotels in the world. Housed in an iconic palace building in Colorado Springs, the Broadmoor Hotel offers guests year-round luxury and excellence. With 784 guest rooms, suites, villas and brownstone townhouses, each decorated in a sumptuous fashion and style, guests are sure to appreciate the splendor and aristocratic elegance of the resort.
Broadmoor is the place to truly understand that dining is an essential element of any hotel stay, with a wide variety of on-site dining options, notably the award-winning Penrose Room. But from this stunning scenery, the dining options sprawl to suit different tastes. There are also a number of activities that guests can participate in during their stay at the property. Zipline tours, golf, swimming, tennis and fly fishing, and day spa services are optional. For extremes of luxury and elegance, Broadmoor is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Also located in Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain Resort fits very well with Colorado’s philosophy of being the best outdoor experience in the state. The property is developed on 200 acres of stunning countryside with impressive mountain views. The 316 rooms are beautiful, warm and inviting, but the resort’s design forces guests to venture out.
There are three dining options on site, each with a view. There are 5 swimming pools, 17 tennis courts, a 35-acre lake for boating and fishing, and 200 acres of scenery to explore at your own pace. In addition, the resort has access to an 18-hole championship golf course and a spa and wellness centre. Cheyenne Mountain Resort caters to every need and offers guests the best of Colorado.
10. Getaway Canyons Resort
Nestled in one of the most dramatic red rock canyons you will ever see in Gateway, Colorado, Gateway Canyons Resort has been designed to perfectly complement its surroundings to provide guests with a wonderfully personal experience. The resort’s rooms have recently undergone a major refurbishment and are now fresh, modern and inviting, offering a variety of cottage rooms and suites as well as self-contained cottages.
The hotel offers a variety of dining options, from a traditional food truck (Duesey’s Diner) to a fine Colorado restaurant (Entrada). Guests can also arrange a private dining experience for the required romantic night. There is a day spa on site, and guests can explore the canyon on horseback or take a helicopter tour. Gateway Canyons Resort takes full advantage of the surrounding landscape.