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Scarp Ridge Lodge

Crested Butte, Colorado, United States

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The Premises 

A one-time miner’s saloon, Scarp Ridge Lodge still has its Wild West looks on the outside, but these days it's a luxurious lodge that’ll have thrill seekers feeling they’ve struck gold. Roaring fires and an open kitchen give things a laid-back, home-from-home feel, but look around and you’ll see wrought-iron furnishings scavenged from old mines – a tip of the hat to the town’s hard-graftin’ history. Not that you’ll have to do much of that, however: whether you’re heading out cat skiing or just plan to kick back, you’ll find the staff have already done all the hard work for you.

Scarp Ridge Lodge

512 2nd Street Crested Butte, Colorado 81224United States



Compliments of the House 

Homemade cookies from a local bakery

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Guests choose from a room-only rate (includes breakfast), or the Eleven Experience, a top-to-tail programme including all meals, expert-led activities, specialist kit, return airport transfers from Gunnison, local transportation and bike hire.


A cosy lounge area with a log-burning stove, a well-stocked kitchen and pantry, movie lounge, games room, bar room, spa with an oversized hot tub and sauna, gym/fitness room and a further hot tub on the roof. In rooms: minibar, iPod dock, an oxygen delivery system (to combat the effects of high altitude as you sleep), tea- and coffee-making facilities, and bath products by Aesop, Harry’s, SuperGoop, and Woo Bamboo.


Once a miners’ drinking hole, Scarp Ridge Lodge isn’t really the jacket-and-tie sort – you’re more likely to catch guests comparing the waterproofing of their ski jackets than the latest Parisian fashions. It can also get seriously cold in winter, so embrace your sensible wardrobe.


Very welcome. There’s a dedicated children's room with seven bunks and a connecting nanny room. Extra beds can be added to some rooms on request, and babysitting is available for $30 an hour (a week’s notice is needed).


The hotel’s spa is just what the doctor ordered for the aches and pains that come from a long day’s skiing, hiking or biking. The sauna and steam room should work wonders, but if it’s an expert touch you’re after, there are various treatments like Swedish-, deep-tissue and Japanese Zen Shiatsu massage. There are several types of yoga on offer too, including Kundalini, Ashtanga and easy-flow.


The pool room has a ceiling of reclaimed wooden beams, giving it a historic feel in keeping with the rest of the house. It’s family-friendly, has a shallow end, and there are loungers for those who want to keep an eye on little Smiths.


The hotel’s communal areas are wheelchair accessible, but there aren’t any specially-adapted guest rooms.
The original saloon was built in 1885 for the town’s Croatian miner community – proof of the incredible pull-power of Colorado’s mines. Pushing through the glass-inlaid wooden doors, you can almost imagine a scene of brawling miners, pistol shots and painted ladies – don’t worry though, it’s more domesticated these days.


The Red Lady, which is the nickname for Mt. Emmons, who can be seen in all her glory from the room’s windows. The largest of the hotel’s suites, it has a high, vaulted ceiling with pale beams, a king-size four-poster bed with thick curtains, an antique wooden chest, two comfy armchairs and an ensuite bathroom with a metal bateau bath tub and a steam shower. Children will love the Bunk Room, which has smart wooden bunks with wrought-iron ladders and a connecting nanny room known as Peanut.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The hotel doesn’t have it’s own restaurant, but that homely-looking kitchen is professional grade – and you get a private chef who knows just how to make it sing. Breakfast is a made-to-order affair: guests select from a smorgasbord of hot and cold dishes from around the globe, such as huevos rancheros, chimichurri tartine, eggs Caprese, breakfast sandwiches, crêpes, banana bread and muffins; fresh smoothies and juices are the norm, too. Lunch and dinner can be arranged on request (breakfast, lunch and apres are included if you've opted for the Eleven Experience, but you’ll often have lunch while out on activities). For dinners, the lodge can arrange in-house dinners prepared by the culinary team or poach a chef from the nearby Ginger Cafe, who specialise in Asian cuisine (both options at an extra charge). It’s worth heading out for at least one night of your stay, however, as the town’s culinary offerings are praised from the valley to the peaks of the butte.

Liquid Bliss 

The zinc-topped bar is in a lounge room with a beamed ceiling, thick rugs and comfy sofas. The walls are hung with black-and-white photographs of the local area, and enormous elk and moose heads, giving it that authentic mountain lodge feel. Guests tend to congregate around 5.30pm, when they return from their day’s activities for cocktails and snacks.

Experience the Extraordinary 

At Scarp Ridge Lodge, it’s all about jump-starting your day so that you’re in the pink of condition for the slopes, trails or Crested Butte backcountry. Before breakfast, try a stint in the pre-heated sauna, or book yourself onto a morning yoga class – either one should limber you up nicely for the day ahead. Whatever activity you’ve chosen, you can be sure you're in good hands: Eleven’s guides live and breathe these mountains, so they’re experts at making sure you get the most from them. In the winter season, powder hounds will relish the snowcat skiing in Irwin, an ex-mining site home to some first-rate backcountry terrain. Thanks to its location (and a little meteorological wizardry), Irwin gets an envy-inducing 15 metres of snowfall a year, which is two or three times more than Crested Butte. The snowcat used by the hotel has leather seats, a sound system and a flatscreen TV, too, so the 45-minute trip is made in style. In the summer season, the mountain returns to a lush green and the valley is covered in a thick carpet of wildflowers – but that doesn’t mean things get any less exciting. The mountainous terrain has some of the best mountain bike trails and whitewater rafting to be found in North America, so there's something for all abilities. If getting high is your thing (we're talking altitude here) then a guided hike can take you up where the air is rare. On the other hand, if you'd rather fast forward to the panoramic views, you can let the chairlifts do the hard work for you.


The hotel is on Crested Butte’s 2nd street, just two blocks down from Elk Avenue, where you’ll find many of the town’s best shops and restaurants.


The closest airport is Gunnison regional airport, a 35-minute drive from the hotel. Planes from Denver and Houston (IAH) land at Gunnison daily. Flights and transfers can be arranged with the Smith24 team; call any time, day or night.


Smoke-belching steam trains used to pass through town, loading up on coal and silver to carry along the Rio Grande Railway. Sadly, the tracks were pulled up after the mining industry collapsed, so you won’t hear the train a’comin any time soon...


Driving to Crested Butte doesn’t mean endless miles of unchanging freeway; instead, you’ll pass through a landscape of deep valleys, mountain passes and snow-capped peaks. If the conditions are good, the drive from Denver takes around four hours. Smith24 can arrange car hire.


512 2nd Street Crested Butte, Colorado 81224United States

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