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Devil's Thumb Ranch
You might not think “ranch” and “eco-conscious” go together — but then you may not have been to Devil's Thumb. Located on 5,000 acres of private wilderness along Colorado's Continental Divide, Devil's Thumb Ranch offers all of the comforts of a resort (think fine dining and a full-service spa), but with sustainability in mind. The luxurious guest cabins and the main lodge were built in part with local beetle-kill pine, and they incorporate low-impact geothermal heating. The resort even has a custom-built water-sand filtration system, so there are no nasty chemicals in the water. And the Ranch House Restaurant and Saloon features locally farmed, sustainable meats, fish, and produce on its menu. But beyond the resort's eco-features, the stunning mountain locale offers a true, raw Colorado escape from the quotidian.
DO: Enjoy health-boosting hikes, mountain biking, excellent fly-fishing, and horseback riding at the ranch or in nearby Arapaho National Forest. Schedule a treatment (or two!) at the Ranch Creek Spa. Soak in the view from the relaxing indoor-outdoor pool.
EAT: Grab a locally roasted coffee at Hallowed Grounds in the main lodge; and don't miss the eco-dining at the Ranch House Restaurant. Tastings at John L's Wine Cellar feature locally produced organic wines.
INFO: 800.933.4339; devilsthumbranch.com