SOURCE: Colorado Tourism Office

Colorado Tourism Office

November 18, 2016 13:42 ET

Experience Eco-Friendly Adventures and Unplugged Escapes Throughout Colorado

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - November 18, 2016) - Throughout Colorado, businesses have worked to develop programs that protect and nurture the environment, while also allowing guests to unplug and truly relax during their vacation. For more ways to discover eco-friendly and unplugged getaways in Colorado please visit:


Estes Park Outfitters Lodge (Estes Park). Estes Park Outfitters Lodge is a secluded mountain retreat that is solar powered and receives its water from mountain springs at the headwaters of Fish Creek. Enjoy cross country skiing/snowshoeing during the winter months and hiking in the summer.

Sylvan Dale Ranch (Loveland). With no televisions or telephones, the ranch encourages guests to leave technology behind. The ranch strives to maintain the property as natural as possible with sustainable agriculture practices.

Monarch Mountain (Salida). Nestled into the Continental Divide, Monarch Mountain is one of just three ski mountains in the state that operates on 100 percent all-natural snow with over 350 inches of snowfall a year.

Tomichi Lodge (Whitepine). The Tomichi Lodge's power supply stems from an on-site, hydro-electric system which harnesses the gravity-flow of mountain creek water and transforms the force into usable amperage/electricity that can be used at the lodge and/or stored for later use.

Devil's Thumb Ranch (Tabernash). Devil's Thumb Ranch is an eco-luxe ranch resort and spa that is environmentally sensitive year-round and incorporates a geothermal radiant heating system and water sand filtration system.

Sun Water Spa (Manitou Springs). The cedar wood tubs are filled with mineral water from the famous Seven Minute Spring; the same water which flows from the Manitou Karst aquifer. Using an array of solar panels, the water's temperature is raised generally to between 100 to 104 degrees.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Colorado is home to 58 majestic "14ers" (14,000 ft. mountains), providing hikes, spiritual renewal and more. The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative offers sustainable tourism programs that help to protect and preserve the natural integrity of Colorado's 14'ers.

Sustainable Servings

Solar Roast Coffee (Pueblo). As the world's only commercial solar-powered coffee roaster, Solar Roast Coffee is set in the perfect location with more than 300 days of sunshine gracing the Pueblo area.

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse (Leadville). Heated by wood stove and lit by candlelight the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse is an off-grid yurt that serves up gourmet dinners with local foods such as Colorado rack of lamb and grilled elk tenderloin. In the winter months, guests can ski or snowshoe to the cookhouse.

Agape Farm & Retreat (Paonia). Agape Farm & Retreat is a vibrant bed and breakfast that combines everything one would expect from a farm stay with energy efficient practices thanks to solar hot water and R-29 insulation. The farm grows award-winning wine grapes, organic veggies and fruits for breakfast every morning.

New Belgium Brewery (Fort Collins). New Belgium considers sustainability to be one of its ten core values. New Belgium currently uses 3.96 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of beer but they have a goal to reduce that to 3.5 gallons. The brewery has also managed to divert 99.9 percent of waste from the landfill.

Unplugged Adventures

The Broadmoor Fishing Camp (Colorado Springs). At the Broadmoor Fishing Camp, guests can get away at an old-time fishing lodge on 76 acres next to one of Colorado's top-rated trout streams. Boasting more than five miles of private river frontage, the Tarryall River offers some of the best angling in Colorado.

Waunita Hot Springs (Gunnison). Waunita Hot Springs Ranch is a family-friendly destination where guests feel as if they've stepped back in time into a scene from "The Waltons." This remote lodge provides an unplugged getaway for the whole family.

Chautauqua Cottages (Boulder). Located at the bottom of Boulder's famed Flatiron mountains, the cottages at Chautauqua are accented by hiking trails right outside guests' front door. The cottages are without TV and offer very minimal Wi-Fi.

Bear Grylls Survivor Academy (Granby). The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24-hour Family Course in Colorado takes place at Snow Mountain Ranch, where the environment is ideal for Bear's unique style of survival training.

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