Colorado needs no introduction. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and ski bums, it’s a destination that’s home to some beautiful landscapes! With so much to see and plenty to do, it’s easy to spend weeks exploring this state.
Seeing this destination responsibly is not hard, luckily most National Parks and other attraction already care a lot about sustainability and conservation. But finding eco-hotels for your visit may prove a bit more challenging.
To help, we’ve done a bit of research for you and pulled together this list of five fabulous eco-hotels that you should consider.
This luxury hotel and spa, located in the heart of Boulder, is a Silver Partner of the Colorado Environmental Leader’s Program. The hotel is committed to minimizing their impact on the environment and the hotel does a lot to reduce their environmental footprint. Recycling and waste reduction programs and use of biodegradable take-out containers are just a few of the hotel’s environmental initiatives.
The hotel boasts 201 cozy guest rooms, including six two-room suites. Amenities include a relaxing indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center. When you check in, it will be a paperless transaction. And don’t bother looking for paper towels in the bathrooms. The hotel does not use them. Furthermore, 1000 Energy efficient LED bulbs are installed in the guest bathrooms, and all computers and televisions have energy-saving settings.
St Julien Hotel and Spa has won numerous awards, including the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association’s Good Earthkeeping Award! Room rates range from $334 – $503USD per night.
You can check availability at St Julien Hotel & Spa on their website
Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an upmarket eco-friendly resort set on a 6000-acre ranch in the Rocky Mountains, outside of Winter Park. The ranch has 52 traditional guest rooms with modern facilities. The owners consider ourselves stewards of this lush and pristine landscape and do their part to preserve and protect it.
Unlike other ranches, hunting and snowmobiling are not allowed at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch. The area is rich with local wildlife and only 90 acres of the ranch has been developed.
Ranch heating is geothermal, which significantly reduces energy consumption on the property. All guest rooms are equipped with low-flush toilets and reduced flow showerheads to help conserve water use. All-natural beauty products are used in the spa and available for purchase in the boutique.
Rooms at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch start at $239USD per night.
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Strawberry Park Hot Springs is located just outside of Steamboat Springs. The hotel, nestled alongside Hot Springs Creek, strives to maintain the natural beauty of the park and offers accessible, affordable accommodation.
Accommodation on site ranges from camping to cabins, but if you want to take upcycling to a new level consider staying in a renovated Train Caboose. The caboose has a full-size futon, solar powered lights, and a gas fireplace. Enjoy the local hot springs – nature’s heated spa – and be confident that you are enjoying comfortable recycled accommodation and are helping to preserve the environment.
Room rates range from $65-$175USD per night.
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This eco-friendly secluded Airbnb yurt is located about 30 minutes away from Durango. Relax on the deck with a cup of tea, while enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings.
Use the organic natural soaps in the wine barrel shower, cook up a meal on the wood stove and enjoy the eco-luxe accommodation of this pine yurt. There’s even a composting toilet, too! If you’re feeling a little adventurous use the complimentary canoe to go to the nearby water reservoir. Room rates begin at $75USD per night.
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Situated east of the Ophir Pass and the San Juan Mountains, the Opus Hut is an off-the-grid green mountain lodge that is completely self-sufficient.
The Opus Hut has 8 rooms and can accommodate a total of 16 guests. The common areas include a large dining area with seating for 16, a reading/ snuggle nook, and a small reclining area by the fire downstairs. Meals on site are prepared with quality natural and locally grown products.
The Opus Hut has all the convenience of modern living, such as plumbing and in-floor heating, but is a totally “green” space. Heating and electricity run completely on solar powered energy.
Spend a cozy afternoon in the rustic wooden lodge, or step out onto one of the decks and breathe in the fresh mountain air. You can spend the day enjoying the beautiful alpine scenery, go swimming in the lakes in the summer, or go skiing in the winter – whatever you please! Room rates begin at $35 USD per night.
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