Incentive groups looking to be immersed in Colorado's natural surroundings -- without leaving behind any comforts -- have a new option as the Sleeping Indian Ranch, from the Auberge Resorts Collection, has been opened up to guests. Set on 15,000 acres, the off-the-beaten-path estate offers a seven-bedroom lodge that also might interest planners seeking the perfect spot for an executive retreat.
In the Cimarron Valley northwest of Telluride in Livermore, the lodge was built in 1993 as a private family vacation estate, constructed of reclaimed logs from the 1988 Yellowstone fire. Now it is available for group bookings through Madeline Hotel & Residences, and can sleep up to 16 guests. The Great Room features 38-foot-high ceilings and a dining hall that seats up to 30 guests (at a long table lit by custom bronze fixtures). The property also includes a three-room wine cellar made of handcrafted limestone and a vaulted tile ceiling, and a cigar humidor room. During warmer months, larger groups can also book the Branding Barn, with the capacity for 200 people.
The star attraction here is the surroundings. Guests will be able to take in views of the Cimarron Ridge and Chimney Rock, and likely spot some of the area's wildlife, including elk, deer, bald eagles and black bears. The property offers a wide range of outdoor activities, whether for a day's outing or part of a multiday retreat, allowing groups to use the lodge as their luxury home base. Winter activities include dog sledding, heli-skiing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, while during warmer months, visitors can take part in hot-air balloon rides, horseback riding, fly fishing and hiking. The property is also a working cattle ranch, offering related activities for curious visitors.
"Sleeping Indian Ranch is a one-of-a-kind residence, which many have called 'heaven on earth,' and now families and groups will be able to see why it is so magnificent," said John Drugan, director of operations for Madeline Hotel & Residences. "We are beyond thrilled to now share all the abundant adventures available at the ranch along with the breathtaking beauty of this pristine wilderness in the San Juan Mountains."