Like jagged scissors, the Rocky Mountains cut down the middle of Colorado. Their presence is unavoidable. These purple mountain majesties are often the main reason many flock to the Centennial State. Fine national parks, forested areas and rich wildlife are what make Colorado’s high country a Western wilderness, where the settings floor you in an instant and leave you craving more. For travelers seeking adventure, couples looking for seclusion and romance and companies in search of settings to enhance and spur creativity, these four corners of Colorado fit the bill for high altitude getaways and events.
Located roughly 30 minutes from popular Steamboat Springs, Clark, Colorado, presents a quiet small town getaway for travelers. The Old West is alive and well in Clark with its old fashioned Main Street. Perched way up in northwest Colorado, Clark lends visitors an ideal location to explore Steamboat Springs and the surrounding wilderness.
Steamboat Lake State Park sits within range of small town Clark where you can fish, camp, picnic and boat. Steamboat Springs is also an easy connection from Clark with its world-renowned skiing and cowboy culture. Steamboat Springs also lives up to its name with a number of hot springs in the area. Two ski areas keep winter travelers busy including at the slopes of Howelsen Hill, the oldest continuously used ski area in Colorado.
To continue the Western, small town big landscape experience in Clark, travelers can stay at Home Ranch in town. The Colorado dude and guest ranch rests just outside of Steamboat Springs. The main lodge holds six rooms and there are eight unique cabins on site in addition.
With activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, skiing and sleigh rides possible on the property’s grounds, Home Ranch provides a one stop shop Colorado mountain experience. Home Ranch serves large groups, family reunions and can even accommodate a small wedding.
A childhood as a Colorado native isn’t quite complete until you have wolfed down an ice cream cone in Estes Park. Roughly 70 miles northwest of Denver, the resort town provides a wealth of lodging and dining experiences for those looking to explore the 415 square miles of neighboring Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park acts as a gateway to one of Colorado’s most revered protected spaces. Much of the growth of the town is linked to the launch of the Stanley Steamer Shuttle Service from Denver in 1907 and the opening of the iconic Stanley Hotel in 1909. Estes Park makes for a fine base to explore even just a small portion of the park.
For corporate retreats, weddings and luxury travel in Estes Park, Della Terra Mountain Chateau wears many hats. The secluded property rests just above Estes Park at the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. For travelers visiting Estes Park, the chateau boasts 14 luxury suites complete with fireplaces and soaking tubs. Those seeking a retreat hideaway in a breathtaking setting will find Della Terra Mountain Chateau ideal for meetings and events. The seclusion of the property affords an enhanced experience from companies to couples.
Manitou Springs occupies a coveted corner of Colorado. The small, artistic community wedges in between the otherworldly Garden of the Gods and America The Beautiful famous Pike’s Peak. Manitou Springs boasts 11 naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains running right through town. The restorative waters of Manitou Springs lap up a setting that art lovers will also enjoy. The community features many unique art galleries. The small mountain town in southern Colorado acts as a good base for adventurers looking to explore Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs and the nearby Garden of the Gods. Manitou Springs also provides enough activity and buzz for those seeking a more city-like experience in Colorado’s mountains.
One of the most revered spots of wining and dining in town is the Briarhurst Manor. Located just a few minutes from Colorado Springs, the pink sandstone Tudor Manor has had quite the life in Colorado with origins in 1876. In fact, the founder of Manitou Springs, Dr. William Bell, built the grand structure. The stately Victorian manor house holds a large full service restaurant with award winning cuisine. It is possible to host a wedding or a corporate event at the manor and throughout its five secluded acres of lawns and gardens.
As your car snakes up 285 along the South Platte River, you have arrived to yet another high altitude getaway in Colorado’s mountains. Bailey might be a sleepy mountain town, but it makes up for its lack of activity by hosting scenery just begging for exploration. The town sits within reach of McGraw Park, a five-acre park complete with several historic structures such as an 1864 log cabin and 1894 schoolhouse. Travelers to Bailey can also adventure into Pike National Forest where hikes, fly-fishing and wildlife spotting abound. Of course, it’s hard to forget the main attraction in the area, Mount Evans. One of the most famous fourteeners in Colorado invites drivers to ascend up the highest paved road in America. The road traverses to the 14,264-foot summit.
Should you decide this slice of Colorado is right up your alley for an event or a wedding, the Deer Creek Valley Ranch supplies the appropriate location. The rustic ranch setting boasts a restored historic barn with plenty of old West charm for a wedding or event. With the surrounding forested landscape, Mount Evans in the backdrop and Denver still within easy reach, Bailey proves ideal for those weekend weddings and events.
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