What do you get when you mix rugged mountains, quiet seclusion, eclectic lodging, family-owned charm, and tranquil hot spring pools? A stunning getaway at Avalanche Ranch.
Avalanche Ranch is located near Redstone, Colorado, and is summed up perfectly as a picturesque vision of what the Rocky Mountains are, can be, and should be. The quiet property is tucked away from any hustle and bustle, overlooking the Crystal River and surrounded by breathtaking views of Mt. Sopris.
Dramatic views aside, Avalanche Ranch has an assortment of offerings that pull at the strings of anyone who loves nature, relaxation, glamping, and hot springs.
Our Stay at Avalanche Ranch
Chad and I jumped at the opportunity to further explore our area, and experience a new-to-us soaking experience. From what I’d heard, Avalanche Ranch was an intimate place to enjoy the heart of Colorado; that was exactly right.
Avalanche Ranch has an assortment of lodging options, which all come with 24-hour soaking access to the pools. There are 13 log cabins available for rent (usually with a two-night minimum), several covered wagons, plus a one-bedroom apartment and three-bedroom ranch house. The entire property is 36 acres and can accommodate about 60 people.
For our one-night stay, Chad and I stayed in the Ranch’s Gypsy Wagon. After checking in and being welcomed by a lovely and welcoming staff, we were so pleased to see our small trailer awaiting our arrival. We loved our tiny house-esque wagon, which was cheerful and colorful, and located right smack next to the hot springs.
It was cozy and despite being the dead of winter, just warm enough for us to be comfortable all night long. Besides being delightfully designed (so many compartments and storage areas!), the views from our loft bed were stunning. Plus, the welcome cookies left for us didn’t hurt, either.
Logistic-wise, the nearest restaurant is miles away, so Chad and I made sure to pack snacks for later. Many lodging options have small kitchens available, which is a nice touch for guests. We wished we brought some wine as well, but that didn’t deter our fun. We also knew going into the weekend that our Gypsy Wagon wouldn’t have a bathroom, so we prepared ourselves for using the shared bathroom at the pools, where a shower was available as well.
Simmer and Soak
Our very favorite part of staying at Avalanche Ranch were its flawless hot springs. There were three tiered pools and one private tub in a small cabin. There were varying temperatures (92 – 104 degrees), each with different sizes and natural features worth exploring.
We enjoyed the top-level overlook, as we admired the snow-peaked Mt. Sopris. We dug our toes into the therapeutic rocks at the bottom of the pools, gently grazing our feet. And we adored the waterfall and rock grotto feature of the largest pool, especially when we had it to ourselves.
It’s no secret that we have a thing for hot springs. There’s so much to enjoy, from mineral content to outdoor access all-year long. At Avalanche Ranch, all of those features come to life in grand form, as an immersive escape.
It’s a little more rustic. Maybe it’s less flashy. But what the area lacks in modern amenities, it makes up for in character. And enrichment. And beauty. And honestly, can you beat a midnight soak, especially when stars dazzle through the steam?
Avalanche Ranch is Made For Unplugging
Here’s something to know about Avalanche Ranch: when you come here, you unplug from technology and connect with your surroundings. That’s just how it works, since there is no cell phone service or wifi. You can rent a television for your cabin, but you’ll probably prefer to forego that option.
If you are there for a longer stay, Avalanche Ranch has plenty to do. Summer visitors can wander on nearby hiking and biking trails, with Crystal River walks and fishing spots. In winter, the Ranch is great for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, and even has hills for sledding and tubing.
Plus, year-round Avalanche Ranch has yoga classes and has massages available on-site. When you take a class or get a treatment, you also have access to the pools after.
Chad and I had an excellent experience just spending time with each other. I only had my phone out to snap a few pictures, and then I returned to reality with gusto. We chatted while we soaked, both with ourselves and other guests staying at the Ranch for the weekend. Later, we ate our snacks and giggled while playing cards in our wagon. It was pretty much the perfect date, and mini vacation.
FYI: Day Use
Since we stayed on the property, we had complimentary access to the pools from check in to check out. Avalanche Ranch also welcomes day visitors, though reservations are required (call (970) 963-2846 to book).
They offer two different time slots, for four hours each. You can sign up to soak from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Avalanche Ranch is closed on Wednesdays for pool cleaning.
We’ll Be Back
It became clear, very quickly, that Chad and I will return to Avalanche Ranch. We loved every minute of our stay, and found ourselves falling deeper in love with our corner of Colorado, and each other, as we floated under the stars.
We threw out phrases like “anniversary getaway,” and sorted out our friends and family who we would love to share our new special place with. Most of all, we lived peacefully in the moment, and felt radiant happiness as we looked out upon Colorado’s best.
We’ll be back, Avalanche Ranch. And we can’t wait.
Day Visitor Rates:
Mon-Thurs: $16/Adult $12/Child(3-14 yrs)
Fri-Sun: $20/Adult $15/Child(3-14 yrs)
$2 towel rental
$2 suit rental
Lodging Rates: starting at $95.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with more info available here.
Bring: Slip-on shoes, a robe (it just makes things easier and warmer, especially if you’re staying overnight), snacks, foods, and drinks, if you’d like.
Remember: This place is quiet and peaceful; soaking here reflects that. Try not to be loud or disrespectful. It’s not a place for partying, and that’s one of their top rules.