Tabernash ranch & spa in Colorado, USA


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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tabernash ranch & spa in Colorado, USA


Here in the west, it’s always just made plain good sense to conserve resources, reuse, recycle, and repurpose. We’re proud to be the recipients of an EPA Award for Responsible Development & Historic Preservation and have committed to only building on about 80 acres of our 5000 acres of wilderness. We’ve reserved the rest for our elk, deer, moose, trout, coyote and fox populations.

Here are just a few other ways we try to limit our impact.

- All of our buildings are heated with the earth’s own geothermal heat, which reduces our dependence on
natural gas and electricity. (It also feels mighty nice on your toes after a day of skiing.)
- We use dual flush toilets in our lodge rooms to conserve water.
- We use florescent bulbs extensively to conserve energy.
- Much of the interior trim wood in our lodge is beetle-kill lodgepole pine.
- Many of our floors are reclaimed spruce wood - the floors in Heck’s Tavern are from standing-dead Douglas Fir. (Lessens the fire danger, and looks great, too!)
- The rock on all building exteriors and on the fireplace in Heck’s Tavern in our lodge is from a local landslide.
- We recycle whenever possible, both in-house and by encouraging our guests to do so by providing multiple recycling centers around the Ranch.
- In our cabins, catalytic converters on fireplaces reduce emissions.
- Our bath towels are made with a micro-cotton that takes 20% less time to dry in a commercial dryer.
- All our wastewater is either reclaimed or returns to the ground and surface water supply as clean as it was before use thanks to a specially designed sand filtration system.
- We use all natural, organic and biodegradable cleaning and spa products.
- Clothing carried in our retail areas come from companies who use sustainable materials and organic materials.
- Our restaurants use organic, sustainable and locally grown meats and produce whenever possible.
- Our Broad Axe Barn facility is a reclaimed Civil-War era barn that was moved here and rebuilt piece-by-piece.
- We change linens only every third day unless specifically requested by our guests, conserving water and energy. Towels are changed every other day unless by guest request.
- We use solar energy to power and heat multiple buildings on property.


We host regular events for the local community and visitors, including charity events and women's mountain biking adventures! Recently we hosted a dinner for a local foundation which works to celebrate, nurture, and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future, with proceeds from tickets sales going to the foundation. For our women's mountain biking event we worked with local women's and cycling organisations and aimed to provide a great day out for women in the community whilst promoting the health benefits of cycling and exploring the great outdoors.

We provide employment to local people and strongly believe that business should be fun! We help our staff to learn and nurture them so that their skills and careers are always being developed. We provide excellent working conditions and staff benefits, including free equipment rentals and trails passes.

There is so much to see and do in this part of Colorado and we can point you in the right direction of a range of people and places to visit. We recommend visiting local and sustainable businesses, and our staff are always happy to give information and advice about things happening in the local area.

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