Mountain lovers of all shades will be pleasantly surprised at what Redstone, CO, has to offer in the way of natural beauty and outdoor activities. Known as the Ruby of the Rockies, Redstone has a population of just 130, but don't let its size fool you. A vacation rental in this charming little jewel of a town is the perfect way to get away from it all.
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Located about 47 miles from the upscale town of Aspen, this unassuming little hub is situated on Colorado's West Elk Scenic Byway loop next to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, at the edge of effervescent Crystal River.
Within reasonable traveling distance from several towns, guests can easily find the amenities they need and the attractions they crave. Make a day of it and include Marble (11 miles), Carbondale (16 miles), Glenwood Springs (29 miles), and Basalt (30 miles) on your itinerary as you wind through gorgeous mountain scenery, the smell of pine in the air and the sun on your face.
Guests will enjoy the quaint main drag of Redstone with its cute storefronts and working art galleries. Revisit the past when you go to Redstone General Store, also known as the "G" Store, and relive the good ol' days when candy only cost a penny. Wander into Redstone Art Gallery or The Marble Gallery for a variety of eclectic pieces, some made by regional artists.
Take a tour of the Redstone Castle, once the residence of a notable coal and steel magnate, and a filming location for the movie The Prestige. Looking for a little pampering? Consider a spa treatment at the Redstone Castle's on-site spa, or at Crystal Dreams Spa in town. Or, how about a soak in the thermal hot springs? You can pick from Avalanche Ranch's modern amenities, or the rugged, wild beauty of the Penny Hot Springs found along the banks of the Crystal River.
Outdoor enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy a stay in a Redstone vacation rental. The snow that brings guests to the ski slopes of nearby Snowmass means excellent conditions for snowmobiling, backcountry Nordic skiing and ice climbing, and skate skiing. The snowmelt in the spring feeds the local rivers, so fly fishermen, kayakers, and rafters rejoice! Four-wheeling, hiking, and equestrian enthusiasts will find plenty of trails to explore - come in late summer for a stunning wildflower display. When fall comes, the colors turn the mountainsides various vibrant shades.
Whether you're looking for a quiet getaway to revel in creativity, an adventurous outing with family and friends, or anything in between, this stunning Northwest Colorado mining town is the perfect spot for exploration and contemplation - book a stay today!
Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall via Flickr