Amazing Weekends

A year's worth of ideas for what you should do when 5 o'clock on Friday (finally) arrives.

April 2010


Take Thee to the River
Get your feet wet in the water of Rancho Del Rio.

Along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway between Bond and Kremmling lies a river-sports outpost ideal for those looking for a good adventure and camaraderie. Fair warning: This is a straight-up river rat's paradise; the folks who visit Rancho like to paddle hard and play hard—there's never a lack of patrons (or cold brews) at the outdoor bar and restaurant, KK's BBQ. Crash in one of the basic log cabins (bunks, microwave, and fridge) or pitch your tent on Rancho's 20 acres of riverfront for some late-night revelry before hitting the froth in the a.m. With some of the finest white water in the state, the Colorado River offers everything from beginner-friendly floats to Class V rapids through Gore Canyon.

More of a fisherman than a paddler? The water flattens out beyond Gore Canyon into a stretch deemed Wild Trout Water by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Take a fly-fishing tour and pull out foot-long rainbows. During spring runoff, the salmonfly hatch produces huge catches. Whatever your goal for the weekend—lazy float, big white water, fishing escape, beer and burgers—you'll find it at Rancho. www.ranchodelrio.com

Soak Up Some R&R
Dunton Hot Springs' rustic elegance soothes the soul—and hiking-weary bodies.

A three-night spa package getaway at Dunton Hot Springs near Dolores, Colorado, will set you back a month's pay (approximately $3,980 for two), but this ultra-exclusive San Juan Mountains retreat (a lovingly restored mining town complete with a saloon, general store, and chapel) leaves little—OK, nothing—to be desired, even during the shoulder season.

You'll start each day with a yoga session, move onto the forested hiking trails for some muscle-tormenting exercise, spread out a picnic in a high meadow (weather permitting), soak in hot springs (Dunton has six pools that range in temperature from 85 degrees to 106 degrees), enjoy a massage with all-natural products, and savor a delicious meal in the old saloon.

Depending on the spring snowpack, Dunton offers snowshoeing, heliskiing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing as well. Trust us, it's worth every penny. www.duntonhotsprings.com