I find something special about every place I visit in Colorado, however, sometimes I stumble across a destination that has just the right amount of history and ambiance to make it magical. Maybe it was the rain, perhaps it was the flock of grazing sheep, but Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs was just such a place.
I’ve always wanted to go to one of our local hot springs. I’d heard of the Penny Hot Springs and the ones at Conundrum, and knew there were several others in the area, but had never been to any of them. I asked a friend what he knew about them.
He told me about Avalanche Ranch, a place I’d never heard of, between Carbondale and Redstone. He said they had hot springs, and cabins you could rent to stay the night. That sounded like a great idea, because we could have some drinks in the hot springs and not have to worry about driving back to Aspen.
A trip to the Avalanche Ranch Cabins and Hotsprings is akin to a boyhood dream come true, at least for me personally. It’s the land where the waters are warm, the fish are plentiful, the views astounding, and recreational opportunities abound. And this, directly out the doorstep of your personal ranch cabin, surrounded by meandering trails, friendly farm animals and relics from days gone by.
About 30 minutes from Aspen, hugged deep in the mountains with gorgeous views of Mt. Sopris in the background, Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs lures visitors in with sturdy wood cabins, adorable antiques and a hopeful spirited owner who is all smiles. With such a friendly atmosphere, it’s easy to see why people love the hot springs so much and why spending the weekend in one of these cabins surrounded by the dense woods would be so relaxing all year around.
My two children — ages 9 and 11 — are accustomed to adrenaline-charged adventures when we gallivant around the state: riding the Giant Swing at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, snow tubing at Keystone’s Adventure Point, freefalling on the Skycoaster at Royal Gorge.
So when I suggested a more mellow activity for a Sunday afternoon — soaking in the hot springs pools at Redstone’s Avalanche Ranch — their responses were:
“Is there a water slide?”
“What else are we going to do?”
The view from pretty much anywhere on the grounds was gorgeous, and while it was rainy for a good portion of our stay, I was lucky enough to wake up to fluffy snowflakes on our last morning. I snapped some photos, then promptly jumped in the springs for one last soak.
By Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar
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