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Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

downingtown, pa
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Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

Hi, i just booked 5 days at Mountain Lodge January 11-15. We got flights at a great price.

My daughter (17) and husband ski but I don't. I am hoping that there should be some good powder that time of year. I have a couple of questions.

What is the closest (within 2 hours?) town that really has an old wild west feel? It's been on my bucket list since I was a kid.

Any other MUST DO attractions?

I'd like to get spa treatments one day, any suggestions on a nice spa?

I think we will rent a car so we can travel easily.

Planning is part of my vacation enjoyment and I am a little overwhelmed with this since it's our first family trip to this area. We ususally ski in Vermont. Thank YOU :)

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Eagle, Colorado
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1. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

Telluride itself is a historic 1880s Victorian town about as wild west as it gets but with skiing. Butch Cassidy robbed the bank there too. Ouray has a similar Victorian mountain town feel to it also and it has hot springs to boot. Ridgway has more of a western cattle town feel to it and is a bit smaller.

Edited: 17 November 2018, 00:50
WestSlope,CO
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2. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

You're going to love Telluride!

The town of Telluride has as much old west history as you could hope to find, from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to the Tomboy Bride and Tesla. Check the Telluride Historical Museum for events and walking tours. Their calendar hasn't been updated for December yet.

Ridgway and Ouray also have lots of history...Ridgway with ranching and railroads and Ouray with mining and Main Street still lined with Victorian buildings. Montrose also has historic roots, as it was a railroad, transportation, farming and supply hub for the mining towns. Main Street has historic buildings, the Ute Museum is there, and there's also the fun Museum of the Mountain West which has docent led tours of many historic buildings moved to the site for preservation, plus thousands of mountain west artifacts, the lifetime collections of the founder. If you make it to Montrose, you'll want to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Part of the rim drive will be closed but the road will be open to the visitor center, with great views of the canyon. (If there's enough snow you can cross country ski or snowshoe.) I also like to recommend the walking trail between Ridgway and Ridgway State Park and the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Park at the Dennis Weaver Park and walk in either direction, watching for wildlife such as bald eagles along the river. On the drive between Telluride>Ridgway>Ouray and Montrose, watch for bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, and wild turkeys along the cliffs and meadows.

Other than Ouray, Silverton probably has the most "wild west" appearance and feel but IMO it would be better saved for a summer visit because of the distance and likelihood of hazardous driving conditions.

One of the winter "musts" is a soak in one of the area hot springs pools.

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Here are some more links to get you started. Have fun planning!

https:/…history-of-ouray-the-mesker-brothers

http://www.telluridemuseum.org/

https:/…telluride-history

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https:/…history-heritage

https://ridgwaycolorado.com/images/Itinerari…

Edited: 17 November 2018, 01:48
Charleston, South...
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3. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

Look up and get the book Tomboy Bride, a true story written by the bride of a man working in the mines. I LOVED it 20 plus years ago when I first read it!! As mentioned above, Telluride is pretty mining/wild west.

www.ridewithroudy.com

Edited: 17 November 2018, 19:20
Colorado
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4. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

A lice day could be spent going over to Silverton and then stopping in Ouray for a soak on the way back after everyone's legs get too sore for skiing.

The Peaks has the only spa that I have used. I like it because when I was there we had access to the other amenities included in treatment. Might want to confirm that is still the case. Another bonus is the ride up there on the gondola is a treat.

The little history museum is a good suggestion for a little flavor of the mining west.

Telluride is a popular stop for bands with a show on the 12th by the Motet, a great funk/jam band.

downingtown, pa
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5. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

This is fabulous information! Thank you so much for taking the time to share! Can't wait to check it out :)

downingtown, pa
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6. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

In doing some research, it looks like the clothing optional Orvis Hot Springs are the only ones that don't look like an inground pool? They all seem cool, but that setting appeals the most to me. But don't think i'll be taking my 17 year old daughter!!!! Do folks take advantage of the clothing optional or are most in suits (as we would be!)

Thanks!!

Eagle, Colorado
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7. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

some will be out of suits some in.

Charleston, South...
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8. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

Yes, maybe 50/50. Those without suits are typically quite discreet. It is wonderful sitting in the pool when it is snowing!

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9. Re: Just booked! First time with a couple of questions

I have not had the same experience with all people being discrete about being in the buff at Orvis. The most "natural" pool is also the au naturale pool.

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