Taylor River Lodge
Colorado, The Rockies, United States of America
At a Glance
Fully inclusive ranch experience with meals and activities all taken care of
Enjoy adventure-filled days in the Colorado mountains with fly-fishing, rafting, mountain biking, riding, hiking and rock climbing available
Just six cabins and two larger homes for families
Rustic luxury experience with a real focus on the outdoors
Creature comforts and fantastic facilities to include a lap pool, fire pits, hot tub and games room, making downtime truly relaxing
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Taylor River Lodge is open yearly from May to October. The summer months of June to August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Autumn is a idyllic season, with shimmering golden fall foliage starting in September, its a great time for couples to visit the lodge.
To start planning your holiday to Taylor River Lodge
Taylor River Lodge is a haven for outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains, a short drive from the Colorado town of Crested Butte. Ensuring a fully flexible stay, it's perfect for a special occasion or active family adventure to suit every generation.
Rustic luxury is the name of the game at Taylor River Lodge, a wilderness lodge-style property in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Opt to include all meals, activities and transportation to ensure everything is taken care of in one package, allowing you to relax and simply on focus on what's important here: the great outdoors. Spend days exploring the rolling hills in the mountain resort of Crested Butte and tailor each day to include a perfect balance of high-octane adventures and pampering relaxation.
The lodge can be taken exclusively or hired out cabin by cabin, giving the option of total privacy to families or groups wishing to travel together. Accommodation consists of just six queen-bedded cabins and two three-bedroom family homes; three of the cabins have twin-bedded lofts making it a perfect choice for families. A separate building provides a games room, dining space, private bar, lounge and outdoor seating area where campfires can be enjoyed, along with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. For relaxation there is a bathhouse with a sauna and hot tub, fitness centre and spa treatment rooms.
Getting off the grid is easy at Taylor River Lodge, with plenty to occupy active minds amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Taylor Canyon. Head out to the reservoir for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding or swimming, tuck into picnics on the banks or take out the mountain bikes for a spin. Rock-climbing, horse-riding, archery and yoga top it all off to create a holiday which captures the imagination of both young and old.
Accommodation is rustic yet luxurious, with tasteful furnishings that reflect the Rocky Mountain surroundings. The lodge accommodates up to 32 guests when taken exclusively but can also be taken cabin by cabin. There are 6 queen-bedded cabins (3 of which have a sleeping loft) and two three-bedroom homes. A number of the cabins boast a riverside location.
Children are welcomed at the lodge making it ideal for a family holiday. A children's teepee lounge offers the perfect space for little ones while older kids will love the games room which boasts a pool table, fussball table and dartboard as well as big screen TV with XBox, Wii and Blu Ray player.
A separate lodge offers communal dining space, a private bar, lounge with fireplace and outdoor seating where a campfire can be set up. There is also a bathhouse with a lap pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub, a fitness room and two spa treatment rooms. A Games room offers a pool table, fussball table and dartboard and there is also a private climbing wall.
Fantastic guides are included in the cost of your stay and the activity selection on site comprises fly-fishing and float fishing, rock-climbing and archery. Off site you will find mountain biking, Off-road driving, hiking, horse riding, white-water rafting and Stand up paddle boarding. Child specific activities led by a youth adventure specialist.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
Arriving at the lodge I was surprised, I expected it to be along a long winding private road in some secret location but instead it was just off a little local road frequented by cows trundling along from the high country to the low for the winter while we were there. I was immediately concerned about road noise, I shouldn't have been, I think I heard one car in the whole time I was here. The lodge is set in beautiful pine forest and is small enough to be able to walk between all the main buildings within a minute or two. Down below, the river rushes past, the perfect place for a little fishing during my stay. September is a great time for snagging a salmon, of which I was thrilled to catch three of during my short visit, all catch and release of course. Stepping in to the lodge is like stepping in to a warm blanket of cosiness and love. The staff are just adorable, so keen to ensure you have the best stay whilst not being over the top, it's a fine line and it was spot on. Taylor River Lodge is top notch, from the welcome, the surroundings and facilities (I was stunned to see a beautiful bath house complete with small pool and jacuzzi spilling out on to a deck) through to the divine food. Oh they feed you well here, much of the ingredients are locally sourced and enormously tasty. There's warming fire pits in nooks and crannies all over the property, perfect for evening huddles with s'mores in the summer months while listening to the river below. During the day, its all about the outdoors. Whether you're fishing in the well stocked pond or the river you're bound to catch a few with the amazing guides here. Perhaps head to the climbing wall for practice before attempting the impressive crag across the stream, or maybe a hike or mountain bike trip in the incredible Rockies scenery. You can be as busy or lazy as you like here and it's easy to be lazy in such relaxing surroundings. You really do feel like you're in a bubble here, far from the real world and beautifully looked after. Whether you come as a couple or a family, you will have the warmest of welcomes and will be sad to leave. It's not a typical ranch as you may find in Colorado, however, it's small stature and intimate feel make for a very special experience, well worth making the effort for.
Location & directions
Colorado, The Rockies, United States of America
Taylor River Lodge is located in the heart of the Colorado countryside, a short drive from the small town of Crested Butte.
How to get there
It is a 10-hour scheduled flight from the UK, followed by a 1-hour internal flight direct to Gunnison Airport, or a 4-hour car transfer. Gunnison Airport is just 30 minutes away.
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