From its snow capped mountains to its festive small towns, there’s no question that Durango is a winter wonderland. Consider embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure by exploring Cascade Canyon. Whether you’re interested in snowshoeing or simply taking in the sites, this scenic oasis has something for the whole family to enjoy. Read on for everything you need to know about the famous Cascade Canyon Winter Trail. .
Cascade Creek Trail
No trip to Durango is complete without a visit to Cascade Creek Trail, which is found within Cascade Canyon. Located near Durango, this trail is situated off of Highway 550 and is easily accessible to the public. Adventurers will be rewarded with views of a waterfall, which is often frozen during the winter. With an elevation gain of 1,500 feet, Cascade Canyon Trail attracts avid winter sports enthusiasts.
Winter Sports at Cascade Canyon
Cascade Canyon is known for its ice climbing and snowshoeing. The frozen waterfalls make this an optimal spot for ice climbing, offering great conditions for climbers of all experience levels. The best time for ice climbing is from mid-January to mid-February.
Snowshoeing is another popular sport that’s enjoyed at Cascade Canyon. Thanks to the elevation gain of 1,500 feet, Cascade Canyon primarily attracts experienced snowshoers. There’s plenty of trails to choose from, which means you can easily select a route that best suits you.
All Aboard the Cascade Canyon Winter Train
If you’re looking to explore Cascade Canyon another way, consider taking a ride on the Cascade Canyon Winter Train. Departing from Downtown Durango, this train ride covers 26 miles each way and totals in a 5.25 hour trip. Passengers will have a front row seat to stunning views of the Animas River, picturesque Rocky Mountains, and pine trees covered in snow – all the while staying warm in their heated cabins. Pricing and booking can be found directly on the D&SNGRR website.
Whether you’re exploring Cascade Canyon on foot or from the heated cabin of your train, this stop is one that you won’t want to miss.
With its world-class mountains boasting wide open ski slopes, Southwest Colorado is paradise for ski enthusiasts. Southwest Colorado is home to the San Juan Mountains, which offers some of the best slopes in the state. Instead of sitting around the fire this winter, get ready to have the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s a look into five of the best skiing destinations near Glacier.
Ski season at Purgatory Ski Resort will kick off on Saturday, November 19.
Located just outside of Durango, Purgatory Ski Resort is a favorite amongst locals. The mountain is known for its 1,300 skiable acres, 2,000 foot vertical and top-notch snow quality. With a mix of steep tree skiing trails and wide-open cruisers, skiers can look forward to groomed runs and stunning views.
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort opens on November 24, 2022.
Telluride is one of the most visited ski resorts in Southwest Colorado and, once you’ve been here, it’s not hard to understand why. Telluride Ski Resort features more than 2,200 acres of skiable area, appealing to everyone from beginners to experts. With a maximum elevation of 13,150 feet, the mountain receives an average of 280 inches of snowfall annually. The mountain’s 4,425 feet of vertical can be accessed by 19 lifts and 148 runs.
Celebrate the start of ski season at Wolf Creek on October 29, 2022.
Located approximately an hour and a half from Durango, Wolf Creek Ski Resort is located in the San Juan and Rio Grande national forest. The resort first opened in 1939 and offers 1,600 ski-able acres. With an annual snowfall of 430 inches of natural powder, Wolf Creek is known to have the “most snow in Colorado.”
Opening day at Hesperus is December 17, 2022.
If you’re someone who enjoys night skiing, then Hesperus is just the place for you. Hesperus Ski Area, located just 30 minutes from Durango, is a small ski destination. It features 60 acres of skiable area with 26 trails and a summit elevation of 8,888 feet. Visitors of all ages and skill sets can look forward to the resort’s array of runs, night skiing and ski lessons.
Whichever resort you choose, you can look forward to creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones this winter.
Nothing says summertime like embarking on an outdoor adventure with your friends or family. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-racing activity, consider river rafting on the Piedra River. Stretching approximately 40 miles long, the Piedra River weaves its way through the San Juan Mountains. Here’s the inside scoop on everything you need to know about river rafting on this famous Colorado river.
All About the Piedra River
The Piedra River begins in the San Juan Mountains, at the intersection of the East Fork and Middle Fork. It continues south, flowing through a lake in the San Juan National Forest, before finally reaching the Navajo Reservoir near New Mexico’s state border. Despite being one of the state’s smallest rivers, it has gained a reputation for its abundance of wildlife and robust activities.
Rafting on the River
Outdoor enthusiasts who are experienced on the rapids can look forward to fun whitewater adventures. Located near Pagosa Springs, the Piedra River runs through an isolated canyon with two distinct sections. The distance spans over 22 miles, all the while providing beautiful views along the way.
Choose Your Own Adventure
The river’s two sections consist of the Upper Piedra River and the Lower Piedra River. The Upper Piedra River spans over 10 miles with technical Class III-IV rapids. This adventure will take rafters through a heavily-forested box canyon with inspiring scenery. Meanwhile, the Lower Piedra River extends 12 miles downstream and ends at Lower Piedra Campground. Considered the harder route, this section is rated as a Class III-IV and consists of many drops, wave trains and rocks.
To Know Beforehand
If it’s your first time on the Piedra River, then it’s important to know what you can expect. This river is best suited for experienced whitewater rafters considering its level of difficulty. You won’t find Class V rapids, but rafters can expect a steady stream of Class III – IV+ whitewater. Rafting the Piedra River often consists of a full-day adventure, with some rafters opting to stay overnight for a multi-day adventure. Whichever option you choose, rafting the Piedra River is perfect for thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. Challenging routes and beautiful scenery will pave the way for an unforgettable time.
Whether it’s your first time visiting or your fifth, no trip to Durango is complete without driving along the famous Million Dollar Highway. As part of the San Juan Skyway, this scenic drive stretches over 235 miles in the U.S. Route 5. Read on for everything you need to know about this historic drive.
The Highway’s History
Nestled on the southern edge of the picturesque San Juan Mountains, the town of Durango flourished into a center of commerce and railway hub by the 1889s. The San Juan Skyway was built in the late 1880s, earning the nickname “The Million Dollar Highway” due to its expensive building costs. It was designated as a National Forest Scenic Byway in 1988 and later named a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989.
An Overview of the Trip
With beautiful views and winding roads, the San Juan Skyway travels over four mountain passes. The famous highway stretches for approximately 25 miles in western Colorado and follows the route of U.S. 550 between Silverton and Ouray. Between Durango and Silverton, the Skyway loosely parallels the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Points of Interest Along the Way
If you’re looking to break up your trip, consider taking a stop along the way. Go for a soak at The Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa, which is open to the public year round. Guests can look forward to the use of two saunas and naturally heated mineral-rich hot springs. You might also want to spend some time exploring the San Juan National Forest, which expands across 1.8 million acres of desert, mountain peaks and meadows. Camping, hiking and birding are just some of what you can enjoy here.
To Know Before You Go
Keep in mind that completing the full loop takes approximately seven hours of driving. Plus, you’ll want to schedule some extra time to grab lunch or explore the historic towns dotted along the way. It’s a good idea to always check current road conditions before you go. Regardless of the season, you can be sure to expect some twists and turns, as parts of the scenic drive do feature steep drop-offs.
Consider going in fall to see colorful foliage or in the spring to catch a glimpse of the vibrant wildflowers. With breathtaking views of the mountains, valley and gorge, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure driving along the Million Dollar Highway.
Every year, new changes in the world bring new possibilities for how we choose to live and grow, particularly when it comes to real estate and hospitality. Michael Gullotti, the Managing Broker at Glacier’s newest dedicated brokerage, Glacier Realty, is excited to share the trends they see for 2022, as well as the latest Glacier residential products that meet these demands. Our local market in the region is growing and evolving – read more below to see what’s happening around the world and right here on the ground at Glacier.
Work from Home, Work from Anywhere
The new era of remote working has rapidly transformed modern living. It’s changed not only how people work, but how we live and curate our amenities. In addition to the increasing prominence of work-from-home culture, teleworking has also birthed the work-from-anywhere lifestyle, which means our primary residence is no longer tied to a single location.
Glacier has increased remote working capabilities, having installed Fiber1 connection throughout the community. For professionals who require the flexibility to plug in and plug out at their immediate convenience – the option is readily available.
The past few years have left people longing to reconnect with nature and rustic ways of life. According to Gullotti, mountain towns are growing as a whole. Sales will continue to increase as people yearn to move up and out of overcrowded cities, enjoying a blend of modern and rural with access to an active lifestyle.
Contemporary and rugged sensibilities find a true union in Etta Ridge at Glacier, an exclusive collection of highland residences nestled among century-old ponderosa pines. This secluded collection of 3- and 4-bedroom floor plans grants enough privacy for an escape, yet enough amenities for the ease of mind that people are looking for.
Conservation is an age-old movement of American history. The National Audubon Society ensures Glacier’s pristine beauty by limiting the amount of Glacier-owned land that can be developed, which is approximately 500 out of 1,000 acres. The San Juan National Forest we call home is rich in biodiversity, and Glacier is proud to preserve this slice of it.
Every year, the Durango community comes together to celebrate the spirit and ingenuity of independent cinema. Earlier this month from March 2-6, the 17th annual Durango Independent Film Festival showcased over 100 new independent pictures against the picturesque backdrop of southwestern Colorado.
Returning to in-person programming, the reputed filmmaker’s festival screened an impressive and eclectic mix of narrative features, documentaries, and short films. There were also illuminating coffee talks with the participating filmmakers, intimate and emotional panels with industry veterans, and even a hands-on screenwriting workshop with Liz Tuccillo (Sex and the City, Divorce). There were also brilliant post-screening Q&As, some of which moved both the director and audience to tears.
In addition to parties throughout the week, the festival also hosted nightly gatherings in the private filmmaker’s lounge with complimentary beverages—including their own festival beer brewed by SKA Brewing.
The week was filled with passion and praise, and we’re excited to continue this long local tradition of engaging with art in our community.
A breathtaking escape into undisturbed natural wilderness, perched upon the premier vantage point in the San Juan Mountains — this is The Summit at Glacier. Located within a secluded enclave at the northernmost point in the Glacier community, this collection of luxury homesites represent a rare opportunity to craft an uncompromising estate with unrivaled privacy and majestic mountain vistas that span the horizon.
More Land Than Ever
The initial phase of this enclave consists of nine homesites above the Mountain Golf course, with the largest parcels of land ever offered at Glacier. Spanning from 0.7 to 3.8 acres, these sites are priced from $750,000 to $1.5M. Presales for Phase I of The Summit at Glacier are available now.
More Limited Than Ever
Uniquely situated in mountain wilderness, this enclave is in a class of its own. This limited collection offers the most spectacular and expansive homesites offered at Glacier. Surrounded by thousands of acres of protected forests and poised upon a awe-worthy alpine vantage point, The Summit offers both seclusion and exclusivity without sacrifice.
We deeply appreciate the inexplicable, heartfelt experience that nature gifts to humanity. As a community shaped by nature, carved into the heart of a grand ecosystem — we strive to honor our Glacier’s ecological legacy. In addition to our environmental projects that have been running for the past decade, Glacier will continue to introduce new projects and initiatives. Here are some of the projects we’ve been working on to reduce our environmental footprint.
In 2015, Glacier started our community-wide recycling program. Involving all of our facilities and residences, the recycling program serves to conserve natural resources, reduce carbon emissions, mitigate landfill growth, protect natural ecosystems and benefit the local economy.
Starting this year, Glacier is partnering with the Durango-based Shaw Solar to install approximately 350 kilowatts of solar generation capacity. The solar arrays aim to cover over 96% of the energy usage of the wastewater treatment plant, the Valley Clubhouse, and the Glacier maintenance facilities and offices. On an annual basis, our new solar project’s pollution avoidance is projected to:
Remove 408 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Eliminate 88.8 passenger vehicles from the road for a 1 year period (and the pollution equivalent of driving 1,025,801 miles).
Avoid the burning of 451,139 pounds of coal
Eliminate the equivalent of 5.4 tanker trucks of gasoline
Provide enough power to electrify 74.1 homes
Remove the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere as planting 6,749 trees
Covering all of our bases, Glacier is also reducing and renewing organic waste by partnering with local food waste solution Table to Farm Compost. Touching base with each of Glacier’s various dining outlets, this partnership not only reduces landfills and the potent methane gasses they emit, but also enriches our soil and supports our farmers.
Greening our Golf Course
Only 850 golf courses around the world are certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries for Golf— Glacier’s being one of them since 2010. Our course is monitored under the criteria of site assessment/environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, water quality management, and outreach and education.
Roughly 20 percent of the water used on our course is reclaimed—and our new pond fill installation will raise that percentage even higher. Our water quality is improved by aerators and live grass carp. Routine checks of irrigation heads, wetting agents and practicing hand-watering also reduces our water use.
In keeping our golf courses healthy, the Glacier team applies plant growth regulators to reduce fertilizer and water usage, while maintaining optimum playing conditions. We spot treat and hand-pull weeds, maintain buffers around all waterways, use slow-release fertilizers and conduct regular soil tests as well.
On the ecological side of our green initiatives, we’ve installed a multitude of birdhouses around the course, and plan to sow wildflower seeds to expand our pollinator population.
At every touchpoint possible, we seek to make Glacier a more eco-friendly part of the earth. Learn more about what we’re doing on the ground from our monthly newsletter, where some of these projects are covered in more detail. As we continue to grow these initiatives and introduce new ones, we’ll continue to share them. Keep up with our ongoing programs, and join us in our commitment to protect our home.
Living in Southwest Colorado grants us immersion in consistently powdery slopes and gorgeous blue skies to match — and Glacier is the perfect locale to take on an unforgettable ski season from. Here’s a local guide on our neighboring ski resorts and what they have to offer this winter.
Purgatory Ski Resort
Famous for: Consistent snow and beautiful weather for stunning alpine views Suited for: Family ski trips Distance from Glacier: 10 miles Ski season: November 21, 2021 – April 17, 2022.
Getting the hang of it: Columbine off the Twilight Lift, Mercy
Pleasure skiing: Upper Hades down Cherub via Purgatory Express Lift, Paradise
Challenge trails: Bull Run, Blackburn Bash’s off Dante’s Lodge
Planning your adventure:
Purchase lift tickets at least a day in advance for a discount
Season passes come with varying options for area access and blackout dates
A season pass is the best value for anyone who will ski at least 6 days
Our favorite après ski options: Purgy’s Slopeside Restaurant offers family-friendly dining right on the mountain, and Dante’s offers great backcountry mountain views via deck. For a cozy, rustic atmosphere on the way home from the mountain, drop by James Ranch.
Telluride Ski Resort
Famous for: Varied terrain difficulty and beautiful weather Suited for: Avid adventure skier Distance from Glacier: 104 miles Ski season: December 3, 2021 – April 3, 2022
For new skiers: Galloping Goose, Village Bypass, Prospect Bowl
For the freeskier: Ute Park Terrain Park, Hoot Brown if you’re X Games material
Thrilling mogul runs: The Plunge, Revelation Bowl and Gold Hill
Planning your adventure:
An unlimited season pass will free skiers of reservations and restrictions
Reloadable daily lift tickets must be purchased in advance
Our favorite après ski options: Ski in/ski out restaurant Alpino Vinois the highest-elevation restaurant in the continent, serving Italian alpine cuisine and a splendid wine collection. Peak’s Spa is another great post-ski destination to unwind after a day on the slopes.
The Winter Olympics is Colorado’s bread and butter, with some of the best powder and ice in the world to train for the international stage. In the spirit of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, we’re taking a look at some of our state’s bright and promising athletes. From our very own Southwest Colorado locals to the state’s up-and-coming freshest faces, here are several Colorado Olympains to watch out for this year.
Lucas Foster from Telluride (Snowboarding)
Telluride native Lucas Foster is competing this year as a part of the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team, participating in the Snowboard Pro Halfpipe event. The 22-year-old grew up riding slopestyle, but transitioned into halfpipe more recently with patience and dedication. Having finished 3rd in the NorAm cup and fifth in a world cup, this is the first time the young newcomer will be riding in an international championship. In his spare time, he loves to cook and coaches skateboarding as well.
Kai Owens from Vail (Freestyle skiing)
Seventeen-year-old mogul skier Kai Owens had quite a remarkable journey back to Beijing. Adopted by a Colorado couple after being left orphaned in Beijing at 16 months old, she’s returning as an Olympian after becoming the youngest American to win a NorAm moguls competition and moguls rookie of the year at the World Cup awards. “My parents have done an incredible job of making sure that we know we’re well loved. I think it will just be really cool to go back there,” Owens told Associated Press before qualifications.
As of now, Owens has finished 10th in women’s moguls.
Birk Irving from Winter Park (Freestyle skiing)
Birk Irving, born in Englewood and now residing in Winter Park, previously won gold at the 2016 Youth Olympics when he was just 16 years old. Now competing in his first adult Olympics, he’s slated in the Freeski Halfpipe event starting February 17th. Irving descends from a family with a legacy of love for snow: his father works for ski patrol, his mother is a former alpine racing coach, and his sister also competes in halfpipe and slopestyle.
Nicole Hensley from Lakewood (Hockey)
Team USA’s beloved Women’s Ice Hockey team is facing off Team Canada once again for the gold on the 17th, and Lakewood local Nicole Hensley is their fearsome goalie. Born in Littleton, Hensley has been on the ice since she was seven years old, and is now gunning for her second Olympic Gold.
Alex Ferreira from Aspen (Freestyle skiing)
Pyeongchang Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira is a member of both the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club and Ski & Snowboard Club in Vail. A rare skiing talent, Ferreira recently won back-to-back events at Copper Mountain, and is ready to ski the halfpipe on the 17th.
Hanna Faulhaber from Basalt (Freestyle skiing)
Making her Olympic debut this year, 17-year-old Hanna Faulhaber was originally inspired to ski the Halfpipe after growing up watching the X Games in her hometown. The young Coloradan earned her first major podium by placing third at the Dew Tour recently. Catch her qualifying run on the 17th!
Glacier takes pride in offering authentic mountain homes and legacy estates with world-class amenities on top of thousands of acres of wilderness. It takes a stellar team to keep our community running smoothly so we’re thrilled to introduce our newest addition: Office Manager, Madison Smith.
Madison hails from Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts as an avid skier, hiker, and firm believer of pineapples on pizza. She graduated from Boston’s Wentworth Institute of Technology with a background in Facilities Planning and Management, and is a pro at what she does. Madison first worked as a Facilities Coordinator for the Massachusetts Medical Society. Later, she moved to Los Angeles to work for the Game Show Network as an Event Planner and Officer Manager.
Madison fell in love with Durango on a vacation visit and decided to take the leap to move here last year. She hasn’t looked back since. “I mean, just look outside, how could I?” she says.
These days, Madison can be found at the Glacier Realty Office in the Tamarron Lodge, next to the fitness center. You’ll see her taking care of clients while managing marketing and budget behind the scenes. This dynamo ensures the office is running efficiently 24/7.
Madison is the community’s first stop for help and de facto MVP. When she’s not busy running operations for Glacier’s Real Estate team, she’s either designing scrapbooks or refurbishing furniture.
Feel free to swing by the office or call if you have any questions, or even just to say hi–she’d love to meet you!
Alex Fisher, our Director of Instruction, is featured in the latest issue of Golf Tips Magazine. Fisher’s feature, “The Great Desert Escape,” covers step-by-step advice on how to tackle challenging shots, providing his expertise from years of experience golfing on every type of terrain.
Drawing upon the skills that make him one of the nation’s top instructors, Fisher shares his wisdom and meticulous thought process with golfers looking to challenge fairway bunker and desert greenside shots: “Playing golf in Arizona presents many challenges that aren’t often found in other regions. Because of the scarcity of water in the southwest, golf courses reduce the amount of grass and rough by replacing it with fairway bunkers and desert landscape around the greens, so it’s often called ‘target golf.’ If you’re not able to keep your ball in play, you’re likely to find either one of these situations.”
Fisher’s golf methodology is one-of-a-kind, spending half the year in Colorado and half the year in Arizona. Explaining posture, backswing, downswing, feel, perspective, clubhead selection, and more, Fisher breaks down every shot into both an art and a science.
It’s a pleasure to have Fisher’s thoughtful and passionate presence on the lesson tee at Glacier, and we’re excited to try out his advice next time we hit the desert.
Tucked away amidst a grove of pines is the latest collection of idyllic golf cabin retreats immersed in alpine scenery. Lining the upper edge of the 3rd hole of our championship Mountain Course, this collection offers three-bedroom and three-bedroom + den floor plans that marry rustic heritage architecture with high-end modernity.
The Best of Both Worlds
This enclave is an opportunity to carve out your own personal haven in nature — one that gives up neither comfort nor adventure. With a Western design paired with contemporary interiors nestled in the woodlands, Ironhorse North Cabins are a guaranteed serene retreat.
Thoughtfully Curated Details
Come home to a vaulted cedar ceiling, custom finishes and an open-concept floor plan that flows seamlessly outdoors to an expansive patio. And with garage space for two cars and a golf cart, families are free to explore their 1,000-acre backyard, and beyond, with ease.
When it comes to dining in Durango, this eclectic town has something for everyone. The city of Durango, located only 18 miles from Glacier, offers an abundance of exciting culinary options to choose from. Start your morning off with doughnuts or finish your evening at one of the city’s many breweries. Below are some of the Durango’s top eateries you can look forward to trying this fall.
Ska Brewing Company
Whether you’re looking for a place to catch up with a friend or take a date, Ska Brewing Company is the perfect place to enjoy a night out on the town. This music-inspired brewery is famous for their top-notch craft beer, including seasonal brews such as Oktoberfest or Mexican Lager Dark. If you find yourself getting hungry, then peruse the menu which features everything from salads to weekly barbecue to wood-fired pizzas.
Since first opening its doors in 1972, Ore House has become a beloved part of the Durango community. This chef owned and operated restaurant offers a seasonal menu featuring sustainable meats, wild-caught seafood, and locally-sourced ingredients. To end your dinner on a sweet note, consider ordering strawberry rhubarb shortcake or the vanilla creme brulee.
East by Southwest
While international traveling might not be in the cards at the moment, you can still experience delicious Asian fusion at East by Southwest. This upscale eatery, only 19 miles from Glacier, specializes in Japanese inspired dishes, incorporating both old and new influences. It is owned and operated by Chef Sergio Verduzco and his wife, who have also opened Mama’s Silvia’s – a traditional Italian spot – next door. With a sleek interior complete with gold accents, East by Southwest is the perfect spot to celebrate a special night out.
El Moro Spirits and Tavern
If you’re looking for a more one-of-a-kind dining experience, then El Moro Spirits and Tavern might just be the place for you. This eatery is located in a former saloon and lays claim as the site of “Durango’s Strangest Shootout” in 1906. Since then, El Moro has become popular for their New American inspired cuisine and exceptional cocktails. Some of their most-ordered dishes include the honey garlic Salmon or the house-made ramen. Regardless of what you order, you’ll be impressed with the decadent dishes, attentive staff, and welcoming atmosphere.
Start your morning off with some fresh bagels from Durango Bagel. This hole-in-the-wall shop offers an assortment of bagel flavors (including gluten-free options), as well as specialty breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The menu boasts everything from rosemary asiago to whole wheat and honey to pumpernickel. Complement your meal with a flavored latte or opt for a traditional cup of joe. Durango Bagel is only 19 miles from Glacier, making it a popular choice for guests.
If you’re looking for a casual dining experience or prefer to grab lunch and go, then head over to James Ranch. Located in Durango, this popular eatery uses main regenerative ingredients that come directly from the James Ranch itself. The menu features everything from burgers to salads to sandwiches. If the weather permits, then opt to enjoy your meal on the lawn terraces while taking in the crisp fall air and vibrant colors. Or you can keep cozy by dining inside near the fireplace and large picture windows that allow you to soak up the beauty of the Animas Valley surrounded by the red rock cliffs. To finish your meal on a sweet note, consider ordering a hand pie or mini cakes – all made from scratch.
With fall officially here, now is the perfect time to start planning some autumn adventures. Glacier and the surrounding area offer an abundance of exciting ways to embark on fall activities. Whether you’re up for a leisure adventure like kayaking or prefer to relax by going for a scenic drive, there’s something for everyone here. Read on to learn about five ways to experience fall this year at Glacier and beyond.
Looking to spend some time on the water? Then head on down to Lake Nighthorse, which is located just two miles from downtown Durango. This lake offers loads of activities, including boating, fishing and more. Onsite rentals include paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. You can also enjoy a scenic walk around the lake to admire the fall colors.
While traveling to Germany might not be in the cards at the moment, you don’t have to get your passport to participate in Durango’s Oktoberfest. Located only 20 minutes from Glacier, this widely-attended festival offers traditional Barvarian-style food and local craft beer. This event provides an evening of fun and non-stop entertainment to the whole family. One of the most anticipated events is the Brewers Brat Eating Contest.
Take a Scenic Drive
Ready for a day to relax and soak up the scenery? The San Juan Skyway, which is part of the Million Dollar Highway, was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of “America’s Best Road Trips”. Since Glacier is nestled in the San Juan Mountains that means that Glacier residents have a front-row seat to this magnificent landscape. The “road to the sky” consists of a 232 mile loop where you will see historic old west towns, craggy peaks and vibrant fall foliage.
Find your future jack-o-lantern at Durango’s best pumpkin patch. Falfa Pumpkin Patch, located in Durango and just 25 miles from Glacier, allows guests to pick a pumpkin right off the vine. There’s also plenty of family-friendly activities, such as a barrel train ride or corn pit with toys for children. Between the pumpkin picking and the fun-filled activities, you and your family are in for an unforgettable day of making memories.
This summer, many of our Glacier Member Guests marked their grand return to the green in two of our foremost golf tournaments, Crystal Pistol and Duel in Durango.
Crystal Pistol, our premier Ladies Member-Guest event at Glacier, ran through August 12-14th. This year’s tournament was rife with both whimsical and competitive spirit, as our 46 remarkable golfers competed in wonderfully-coordinated costumes. ‘Fiesta in the Mountains’ was this year’s tourney theme, and the players did not disappoint with colorful matching golf fits, costume props and playfully-adorned golf carts. We would like to congratulate our 2021 Crystal Pistol Champions – Jill Crombie & Jennifer Washburn!
Our recently wrapped Duel in Durango marked the 18th Edition of our premier Men’s Member-Guest Event, taking place September 15-18th. We saw a record number of participants this time around, with 96 golfers taking to the field. The four days were filled to the brim with brilliant competition, special events and knockout food & drinks.
“Wow, what a spectacular summer this has been at Glacier. There are so many things to do, that there is something for everyone. There has been a positive energy and buzz this summer that has created a place where you want to be. Glacier is truly a special place with great people.” – member Marina Siepiela
The sheer amount of camaraderie made this one the best Duel in Durango’s yet — players came from all over the country to experience all Glacier has to offer, both on and off the course. We witnessed great golf and even better weather for this year’s event, and even saw a hole-in-one during the competition! We would like to congratulate our 2021 Duel in Durango Champions on their incredible game – Scott Marks & Erik Zoeller! This event is the biggest and most involved event we host each year at Glacier and is a must for any golfer.
“What a summer for Glacier! The activities were endless – Golf, Pickleball, Tennis, Mahjong, Booray, Pitch, Music Events, Racket Socials, Picnics, Jeep Adventures, Fitness Hikes and so many other social gatherings. Our days were filled at ‘Adult Summer Camp!’” – member Meri McGraw
Congratulations to our winners and a great big thank you to all the players and staff members who made these events as memorable as they were this year.
As the summer heat starts to fade, it’s a sure sign that fall is on the way. Fall is the optimum time to book a vacation to Colorful Colorado, boasting an array of vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage – and Durango provides the perfect setting to enjoy this color palette first hand. Read on to discover some top ways to experience fall around Glacier.
Step back in time and hop aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The ride weaves through breathtaking canyons and wilderness of San Juan National Forest. You can experience a slice of history on the same track that miners, cowboys and settlers utilized over 100 years ago. This adventure is perfect for the entire family and allows you to see the fall colors up close.
If you’re interested in exploring Real Estate options at Glacier, book a discovery stay with our sales team. The stay consists of either a two- or three-night stay in a cabin or cottage, situated in a picturesque setting with autumn colors. Guests can enjoy daily activities customized to their preferences, as well as access to Glacier services and amenities.
Explore the mountain trails on horseback. Trail rides are available through Buck’s Livery, which is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Whether you’re an experienced rider or it’s your first time on horseback, Buck’s offers an assortment of trail rides to choose from.
When visiting Durango, be sure to pack your hiking boots. Trek through alpine forests, encounter refreshing waterfalls and glismpe the magnificent fall colors firsthand. Vallecito Reservoir and Gudy’s Rest are among some of the most popular hikes. The trails are lined with aspen, oak and pine trees. The plethora of lookouts give you plenty of opportunities to see the fall colors and snap some photos.
People from across the country choose this magical corner of Southwest Colorado to celebrate special occasions and create lasting memories surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The latest praise for Glacier’s picture-perfect destination comes from Brides of Houston, which showcased a recent photoshoot that took place at our very own Mountain Clubhouse and Valley Clubhouse. The beautiful photography captures a stunning display of floral arrangements and colors that complement the mountainside scenery while also highlighting local florists and wedding vendors.
“Surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Glacier Club sits on three million acres of protected wilderness and offers the perfect location for a destination wedding. An intimate ceremony site at the VIP tee box overlooks the valley floor golf course. A grounded floral arch blooms in shades of pink, purple, and yellow.”If you’re looking for some mountain wedding inspiration, you can read the full article here. To learn more about hosting events and all the residential opportunities available at Glacier, we invite you to get in touch with Constanze Strader, our Catering & Events Manager, at email@example.com today for more information.
There are plenty of adventures to experience in your own backyard this year, but if you’re in the mood for something a bit more daring we’ve got you covered. Here are five of the best adrenaline-pumping activities to get your heart racing (in a good way) this summer.
Mountain Marmot Trail Run
Lace up your shoes, runners. One of the year’s best races is right around the corner. Taking place at Purgatory Resort, the Mountain Marmot Train Run is a 12-mile mountain race. Though the elevation gain on the way up is sure to be challenging, the grade is fairly steady throughout, making the race manageable for novice runners. The event takes place on September 25, so you have plenty of time to start training before the big day.
See Durango in a whole new way by booking a ziplining tour from Soaring Colorado. From a bird’s-eye view of the Animas River to the surrounding hills, ziplining provides an unforgettable way to experience the incredible scenery surrounding Glacier. Guests can choose from 27 different zip lines that range from 56 to 1,400 feet in length.
The Ouray Via Ferrata
A must-do summer adventure perfect for the whole family, the brand new Via Ferrata is one of the most unique ways to experience Ouray’s spectacular mountain scenery. Constructed by a world-class team of climbers and professionals, the route features 4000’ of climbing and traversing through breathtaking the Uncompagahre Gorge. Designed to accommodate a variety of ages and skill levels, the terrain ranges from casual hiking routes to substantial vertical climbing along rock ledges and across the river via “The Skyladder” – the first of its kind in North America.
Inferno Mountain Coaster
Buckle up, adventure seekers. The Inferno Mountain Coaster in Durango’s Purgatory Resort offers plenty of twists, turns and thrills that you won’t soon forget. Riders control the car’s speed with a handbrake, which means you can easily change the pace as you go careening through the trees and over the mountainside.
Summit a 14er
When you live in the shadow of the San Juan Mountains, you have a wealth of hiking options at your fingertips. If you’re ready for a true challenge, why not summit a 14er? From Sunlight to Wisdom to Eolus, you can choose from various difficulty levels and vantage points.
Summer has arrived in the San Juan Mountains, which means that now is the perfect time to embark on some of Glacier’s most beloved activities. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and thousands of acres of protected wilderness, this community offers a plethora of exciting (and relaxing) endeavors, all steeped in natural beauty. Below, we highlight five of our favorite summer activities right here at Glacier.
Tennis and Pickleball
Glacier is home to three tennis courts and four pickleball courts, which are situated amidst towering pines a quick walk (or quicker golf cart ride) from the Mountain Golf Course. They are also conveniently located adjacent to the Courtside Grill cafe, which allows players to easily grab a quick bite or drink after an invigorating game.
You can also kick off your morning with a lively game of pickleball. In addition to being an enjoyable social activity, pickleball enables players to work on a number of skills, including balance and agility. This easy-to-learn sport is perfect for groups of varying ages and skill levels.
Hiking & Mountain Biking
There’s nothing quite as rejuvenating as hiking through the San Juan Mountains. Glacier has adjacent hiking and mountain biking trails, with a wide range of difficulty levels. Be sure to stop and admire the beautiful wildflowers and keep an eye out for wildlife—kit foxes and sparrows are native to the area and active in the summer months. Create unforgettable memories by exploring miles of scenic trails along Chris Park, Haviland Park, and Purgatory Bike Park.
Summer is the perfect time to embrace the outdoors through cycling. Durango is proud to offer some of the best cycling in the world. In fact, a Durango native just won a stage of the legendary Tour de France. Glacier residents can rent road bikes and e-bikes for the day, but be sure to make reservations in advance by calling Valley Fitness Center. E-Bike rentals, which are available from the beginning of May to the end of October, have a two hour reservation time limit and a rental fee of $15 per person. This fee also covers the helmets. (Although it is complimentary for Aspen members and their guests). To make a reservation, please call the Valley Fitness Center at (970) 382-7847.
Whether you’re in the mood for casual fare or prefer fine dining, there’s plenty of options at Glacier’s two clubhouses. The Mountain Clubhouse menu specializes in locally sourced fare—think Roasted Organic Scottish Salmon and Glacier Chicken Piccata—expertly curated wines and breathtaking mountain views. The Mineshaft menu at the Valley Clubhouse, meanwhile, offers a more casual dining option.
Cool off this summer by going for a refreshing swim. Glacier is home to a total of three pools, including both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The pools have a stunning backdrop of beautiful, glacier-carved San Jose Mountains, allowing swimmers to enjoy a postcard-perfect setting of southwest Colorado. After swimming, consider relaxing in the hot tub.
Designed by renowned architect Todd Schoder and three-time U.S Open Champion Hale Irwin, Glacier’s picturesque Mountain Course is majestically situated in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, offering a truly spectacular backdrop that rivals the game itself. The strategy for this course is decidedly classic with hazards thoughtfully placed to provide interest and beauty while defining alternative playing routes for each hole. That’s why we compiled an array of tips and tricks for playing each hole, plus interesting facts to spark both inspiration and conversation on the greens — all below.
Hole 1: Fairway to Heaven
Number one is a medium length par four measuring 422 yards running parallel to a beautiful wetland running down the entire right-hand side of the hole. For your best chance of birdie, bite-off as much as you dare with your tee-shot on this “cape” style fairway.
Interesting Fact: The “clubhouse-tee” is 177 feet higher than the #1 green. Due to the average elevation of 7,600 feet above sea level on the Mountain Course, the golf ball will travel approximately 8% to 15% longer.
Hole 2: Narrow Gauge
Number two is a medium-length, uphill par four that will play longer than its measured 429 yards. For a good chance at par, be sure to club appropriately from the tee to avoid the flanking fairway bunkers.
Interesting Fact: Next to the #2 tee is Rockwood Station, a stop for the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a 3-foot narrow gauge heritage railroad that operates 45.2 miles of track between Durango and Silverton.
Hole 3: Gold Mine
Number three is a short, risk/reward par five measuring 538 yards to an elevated green. A well-struck tee shot is a must if you are to have any chance of reaching this green in two.
Interesting Fact: The architects wanted to create a memorable green, in golf design vernacular, by “burying an elephant” in the middle. As luck would have it, an existing large granite seam bisecting the green formed the shape you see today.
Hole 4: Glacier Pond
Number four is a medium length par three of 194 yards that plays over a pristine mountain lake. The hole is void of any bunkers but offers hazards in a different variety. The green is surrounded by towering Ponderosa Pine and is nestled amongst interesting landforms that create demanding pin placements.
Interesting Fact: The pond is an actual glacier pot hole that was discovered by the architect on a site visit, which was incorporated into the course routing and converted to a pristine glacier pond.
Hole 5: Mark’s Meadow
Number five is the epitome of a risk/reward strategic golf hole. The hole plays downhill nearly 50 feet and measures only 321 yards from the member tee. A well-struck tee-shot may find this green and offer a putt for eagle.
Interesting Fact: A coin toss decided the fate of the center fairway bunker on #5. Should it remain or be removed, the architect won and it stayed.
Hole 6: Stagecoach
Number six is a medium length par four of 401 yards that provides one of the more interesting tee-shots on the entire golf course. The back tee is perched high atop a knoll, some 40 feet above the fairway. From this vantage point you can feel the full effect of the swirling winds that have a tremendous impact on club selection.
Interesting Fact: On #6 lies remnants of the historic Animas Cañòn Toll Road (1875), a vital trail between Animas City and Silverton that freighters, stagecoach drivers, and miners used to extract and transport the riches of silver and gold from the San Juan Mountains.
Hole 7: Hangman
Number seven is a short, dog-leg right par five that can be reached in two, provided you play your tee-shot to the far left side of the fairway. Wise players will take direct aim at the fairway bunker, which is 315 yards out. From here, you have a clear view of the diabolical three-tier green.
Interesting Fact: Bonanza! Actual gold nuggets were unearthed on #7 during construction of the golf course.
Hole 8: Ambush
Number eight measures as the longest par three on the course at 243 yards. There are no bunkers on this hole but two distinct hazards make par a challenge. First, there is a large flat bottom swale bisecting the large green. Second, a native wetland borders the left side of the green protecting left pin placements. Aim for the center of the green and let your putter do the work.
Interesting Fact: On a clear day, from #8 tees you have a stunning view of Engineer Mountain 13.5 miles to the north.
Hole 9: Grandma’s Curve
Number nine kicks-off the beginning of “Horseshoe Corner” (holes 9 through 12) and arguably is the most visually intimidating and difficult hole on the course! Member knowledge is a bonus here. The ideal tee-shot for this dog-leg left par four is played over the right rock outcropping, not through the “chute” to a concealed 40-yard wide landing area.
Interesting Fact: Because of #9’s proximity to Chris Park, the green location was moved four times to receive ACOE approval for construction. Also, it’s quite common to see black bears and one resident mountain lion crossing this fairway.
Hole 10: Horseshoe
Inspired by the 5th hole at Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland, the medium length par three 10th plays to a partially blind “redan”green nestled between a 30’ granite ledge and 100 foot drop-off. Unlike Lahinch, the flagstick is visible from the tees and there is ample room and width to play a bump-n-run shot to the green.
Interesting Fact: Over 15,000 cubic yards of granite was blasted and removed to build #10, and over 120,00 cubic yards were blasted for the entire 18 holes.
Hole 11: 7950
The medium length par four eleventh plays gently from right-to-left over the original Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road. The ideal tee-shot is 250 yards plus, directly over the fairway bunker to a 50 yard wide fairway, one of the widest fairways on the entire course.
Interesting Fact: The #11 back tee is the highest point on the golf course at 7,950 feet above sea level and there is 581 feet of elevation change across the 18-hole golf course.
Hole 12: Dolly
Wrapping up “Horseshoe Corner” is the devilishly short par four twelfth, the epitome of risk/reward play. Number 12 offers numerous options from the tee. Depending on wind direction, the green may be reachable for the big hitter.
Interesting Fact: #12 is golf architect Todd Schoeder’s favorite hole. Golf designer Hale Irwin’s favorite is hole #15. Let the debate continue…
Hole 13: Lucky
The medium length par four thirteenth works gently from left-to-right playing nearly 100 feet downhill and consequently plays much shorter than the measured 384 yards. However, distance is critical off the tee to leave as short an iron as possible for your approach shot to hold a green that falls from front to back with a severe 12 foot deep roll-off waiting to capture anything played long.
Interesting Fact: #13 was named by Schoeder’s 15-year-old daughter, Madison. According to her, “anyone who plays the Glacier Club sure is lucky!”
Hole 14: Wesley’s Climb
The medium length par-4 fourteenth is a gentle dog-leg right that by playing nearly 40 feet uphill increases the effective playing yardage to a demanding 431 yards. The ideal tee-shot is played down the right side of the fairway away from the bunkers, which provides the best angle to attack the green.
Interesting Fact: #14 has the largest green on the course at 7,215 square feet. It measures 144’ long with over 6’ of elevation change from front-to-back. At 7,215 square feet, the green is over 1.5 times the size of an NBA basketball court.
Hole 15: Gambler
The long par four fifteenth plays much shorter than the measured 473 yards due to a drop of over 100 feet from tee to green. The effective playing distance is 381 yards. However, the large pond protecting the left and back of the green demands as much distance as possible off the tee to leave a mid- to short-iron approach to the well protected putting surface.
Interesting Fact: The original back tee was 50 yards longer and 70’ higher but was abandoned during construction. This picturesque and sublime hole is the favorite of designer Hale Irwin. Awe-inspiring to say the least!
Hole 16: Glacier Cliffs
This picturesque hole plays downhill 60 feet from tee to green to a small, undulating green. The looming Hermosa Cliffs in the background make the hole appear much shorter than it will actually play.
Interesting Fact: Hermosa Cliff in the background is 1.35 miles away from #16 tees. The cliff reaches 10,279 feet and is best hiked via the Goulding Creek Trail. From the peak you are rewarded with a stunning view of all 36 holes.
Hole 17: Sam’s Gulch
Number seventeen is a grueling, long, downhill par four of 474 yards that rewards local knowledge and experience. The most obvious choice from the tee is to play to the heart of the fairway that is clearly presented in front of you but the better play from the tee is to play your drive over a knoll that cuts in from the right to a blind landing area.
Interesting Fact: The #17 green, along with every other green on the course, was individually crafted and shaped on-site by the architect.
Hole 18: Showdown
Number eighteen measures more than 600 yards from the back tee but will play much shorter due to its drop of almost 100 feet in elevation from tee to green. The best angle off the tee is down the right-hand side of the fairway, where a “speed-slot” will collect drives and propel them down the fairway.
Interesting Fact: Even at 611 yards long, the architects meant for #18 is meant to be reachable in two, a risk/reward hole, thus named Showdown.
Every season at Glacier presents new and novel ways to connect with the land, as well as a fresh set of opportunities to craft heartfelt moments with friends and family. Lucky for us, summertime in Durango is an incredibly special time that grants our community a taste of everything — from casting lines to breaking a sweat on the tennis courts. Without further ado, we’ve rounded up our favorite summer adventures that this stellar season affords.
Raft on the Animas River
The Animas River offers whitewater for all levels of rafters, from Class III rapids just around town to Class V rapids upstream in the San Juan backcountry. Whether you’re a hobbyist seeking to beat the heat or an experienced veteran looking to get your blood pumping, summertime raft adventures are a Durango staple. Book a rental or lesson through Mild to Wild, and embark on your seasonal dose of adrenaline on the rapids.
Horseback riding through meadows
Experiencing the rugged San Juan mountain region on horseback is an experience like no other — and the summer trail-riding season offers adventures both rugged and serene. Luckily for residents at Glacier, outfitters such as Rapp Corral by Haviland Lake and Buck’s Livery right by Purgatory both offer trail rides and pack services to make the most out of the incredible sights that are just moments away from our doorsteps.
World-class hiking amidst mild weather
Another popular way to enjoy warmer weather is to hit the trails around our gorgeous San Juan Mountains. Summer hikes give our community the best of both worlds — allowing us to shed a few layers in the sunshine while still enjoying stunning views of snow-capped mountains. Follow river trails, scale mountains or trek out to the Ice Lakes near Silverton — summer days in nature are yours to seize. And with gear available from Pine Needle Mountaineering, planning adventures from Glacier has never been easier.
Mountain biking among summer blooms
Thanks to the snow melt, this season is the time to hit up Purgatory Bike Park’s new trails and established pathway to over 400 singletrack miles in the backcountry. Bike along the nearby paths of Chris Park and Haviland Park, or maneuver the technical trails all the way to Hermosa along the creek. One thing’s for sure — as soon as chilly spring days roll into mild summer mornings, Durango becomes a world-class destination for biking.
Wakesurfing on Lake Nighthorse
What would summer be without a splash of watersporting? Two miles from downtown Durango is Lake Nighthorse — our town’s choice reservoir for boating, wakesurfing, tubing and more. Lake Nighthorse offers onsite rentals for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, as well as a swim beach and aqua park for families to enjoy. A trip to Nighthorse refreshes a Durango summer like no other.
Getting to and from Glacier just got easier. We’re thrilled to share that Frontier Airlines is introducing year-round nonstop service between Durango and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, starting June 11, and seasonal nonstop service to Denver International Airport, starting June 4. Read up on the details below and gear up for your most effortless summer yet.
The Details: Las Vegas & Denver Flights
Flights to Las Vegas will be operated two days per week, year-round, with departures on Monday and Friday. Flights to Denver will be operated four days per week during an initial summer seasonal period with departures on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. This added service from Frontier will offer Durango a fifth year-round nonstop destination and additional competition on the popular Denver route, opening up more choices for the community and improving access for visitors — just in time for your summer guests at Glacier.
What This Means for Durango
This announcement is extremely positive news as we see Durango-La Plata County Airport vastly outperform the recovery seen at airports throughout the country amid the pandemic. The introduction of Frontier flights, plus the recent addition of Delta service to and from Salt Lake City, means that 2021 summer seat capacity will far exceed what we saw in 2019. We are incredibly proud to emerge from this otherwise challenging year with two additional airlines and two more nonstop destinations, both of which are set to kickstart the post-pandemic economic recovery in our region.
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Tucked away among soaring mountains and enchanting valleys, the Glacier community is all about embodying an intimate connection with nature. To bridge together a wide breadth of Southwest Colorado experiences and enhance our wellness offerings, Glacier is proud to partner with our neighbors of Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa, a historic healing spring that has been redesigned and expanded by longtime Glacier owners and members Dan Carter and Bryan Yearout.
Within Glacier’s very own Fitness Center is one of our collaborative projects with Durango Hot Springs: a dedicated treatment area that offers mountain lifestyle inspired services as you gaze upon Hermosa Cliffs. With every spa session, Glacier members receive a complementary soaking pass to Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa, where they may enjoy all of the healing properties of the mineral hot springs. Owners and members always enjoy 10% off all services all the time, and special monthly discounts all year long.
We sat down with Ken Stone, our Director of Membership Sales at Glacier, to learn more about this unique partnership, what it offers to Glacier members and what partnering with local businesses means to the Glacier team.
How did this partnership come to light?
Two of our long term Glacier homeowners/members, Dan Carter and Bryan Yearout, purchased the historic Trimble Hot Springs in 2020. They have invested in a major renovation and re-branding of the hot springs. Dan and Bryan then contacted Glacier COO Jim Goodman to discuss a partnership between Durango Hot Springs & Spa and Glacier. The hope for both companies is to form a long term relationship that will benefit Glacier Members and Durango Hot Spring through a number of high touch opportunities.
Could you tell us more about the spa and wellness treatment area in the back of the Glacier Fitness Center?
Through this partnership with Glacier, Durango Hot Springs now operates the spa services offered by Glacier in the day spa area of the Glacier Fitness Center. Spa services include a variety of massages and modalities from a traditional, relaxing, Swedish Massage to unique specialty massages such as Stone Cold Fire, which helps facilitate muscle recovery for athletes coming to Durango to play in the vast outdoors. The day spa at Glacier also has full nail care services.
What do locally owned and operated Colorado businesses mean to the Glacier community?
Durango Hot Springs is a good example of a locally owned and operated business that is woven into the community in many ways. The employees at the hot spring & spa all live and work in the area and spend the majority of their income locally. The hot springs also worked with local vendors and tradespeople in the redevelopment and renovations of the hot springs as much as possible. When you live at Glacier, it becomes a part of your lifestyle to frequent local businesses as part of daily interaction for services and goods. The locally owned shops and service providers connect you in a meaningful way to the greater Durango community and to Southwest Colorado culture.
Does the Glacier team have any amazing stories about Durango Hot Springs?
Durango Hot Springs has an amazing history that goes back before it first became a commercial enterprise as Trimble Hot Springs in 1884. The Animas Valley was a favorite hunting ground for the Ute People along with other Native American tribes that passed through the area and stopped to soak in the healing waters. There have been many incarnations of the property which included several grand hotels and a gambling hall and guest ranch. In the 1950’s, many Western movies were filmed in the Durango area. Many of the stars of those movies swam and soaked in the hot springs including John Wayne, Clarke Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Durango Hot Springs is a destination where people from around the world come to soak. They may be here to ride the historic Durango Silverton Railroad, to visit the ancient Native American past of Mesa Verde or to drive the famous alpine loop of the Million Dollar Highway. Just ask any Glacier employee or Durango Native about the hot springs and you are sure to hear some interesting and memorable stories of the people they have met there.
What are some of the services that Durango Hot Springs offers?
The renovation includes 22 mineral soaking pools — three of which are family-specific with one that connects to the swimming pool children’s area. There are also six smaller soaking tubs with user temperature control that are refilled after each use. The new 25-meter, salt-water resort-style pool incorporates lap lanes with designated times for exercise and training. The new design creates spaces for privacy while also being able to host families and small events. Attention to ADA accessibility is also a large part of the design.
Is there anything unique about the location of these springs and the water that runs through them?
Durango Hot Springs is located above some of the most naturally healing waters in the world. The blend of 21 minerals bubbling up from within the Earth will soothe even the weariest of bodies. Absent of any sulphuric odor, the water contains a unique mix of minerals that are characteristic of only this amazing place. They also uniquely utilize the AquaGen water system to infuse all pools with nanometer and micrometer oxygen bubbles. Antimicrobial by nature, these oxygen bubbles provide an unparalleled cleanliness to the waters without introducing any foreign substances or chemicals. It also increases your body’s oxygen levels as you soak — a great way to acclimate when arriving from lower altitudes.
Are there any more special perks for Glacier members that usual hot spring visitors don’t have?
We are currently working on exclusive perks and programs for Glacier members which we hope to announce shortly.
Where are you looking to take this new partnership with DHS?
We hope to look at ways we can enhance the experience for Glacier Members at the Hot Springs facilities. We will be adding other activities such as horseback riding this summer and e-bike rentals. The hot springs has more than 65 acres of land to develop for all kinds of recreation, health related and cultural activities.
How is the historical and communal context of the land important to this partnership?
We respect and cherish the past with a passion for preserving what makes this such a special place. We also look to be a bigger contributor and benefit to the Durango and LaPlata County community as we grow.
To book your treatment, please call the Durango Hot Springs at 970.247.0212
The beauty of living on land that embraces all four seasons is that we at Glacier get to live a lifestyle that’s the best of all worlds. Now, with ski season behind us, it’s that time of year when owners trade in their ski gear for trail wear, tighten the strings on their racquets, ready their road bikes and dust off their clubs to hit the links. Whether you’re craving an alfresco meal in downtown Durango this spring, looking forward to exploring our lush, thousand-acre landscape this summer, yearning to get that perfect photo of fall foliage or already seeking that adrenaline rush on the slopes next winter, Glacier is the perfect place to call home — every month of the year. Here’s a guide of what to expect each season in our backyard.
Once the frost melts away, now is a wondrous time to hop on the Durango & Silverton railroad, which winds through breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. A year-round delight, this coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive ride takes you through jaw-dropping river gorges as the greenery returns to the landscape after hefty winters, putting you on the same tracks that miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West rode over a century ago. The tail-end of May is also the ripe time to get back to the golf course and refresh your backswing.
White water rafting, ziplining, rock climbing — the list of outdoors adventures is nearly endless in the summer. Situated at the center of gorgeous treks, swims and bike rides, Glacier in the summer is like camp 2.0. While fly fishing is a year-round activity, the summer is a comfortable time to wade through trout waters and get some Dry Fly action. Two miles from downtown Durango, Lake Nighthorse is also a water-lover’s paradise with endless options for water sports. Whether you’re wakesurfing with friends or boating with family, there’s a lot to love out on our waters. Back on solid ground, this is also the prime season for cycling journeys and tennis court showdowns. Summer at Glacier is guaranteed to have you break a sweat.
Fall is a great time to stroll through historic Downtown Durango, pick up local produce from the Farmer’s market and take in all the autumnal sights and scents. With an endless array of cultural centers, wineries and breweries, weekends in Durango are a nice reprieve from all the seasonal sporting here in Colorado. Be sure to take a drive on the famed San Juan Skyway in early September to take in the peak fall foliage. Our aspens boast a gorgeous golden yellow, and exploring these brilliant autumn shades can be an adventure in itself — Jeep tours, horseback rides and canoe trips make for lovely fall adventures.
It goes without saying that ski season is unbeatable in Southwest Colorado. Hit the slopes at Purgatory and Telluride, embark on a thrilling backcountry tour, hit the snowshoeing and Nordic skiing trails, catch a horse-drawn sleigh ride on family holidays, and sled and tube nearby with the kids. And at the end of the day? Retire to the cozy comforts of your Glacier home. Among the frosty vestiges of wintry gales, don’t forget to retreat to our Woodhouse Spa to decompress.
With the tremendous sales success over the past year, several families will be celebrating their first post-snow season with us in their new Glacier home. And with the first two buildings of luxury mountain condominiums entirely pre-sold at Etta Ridge, we’re excited for even more owners to embrace the year-round wonders at Glacier in the near future. It’s not too late for you to join us, so please contact our sales team today and schedule a discovery stay to experience firsthand the year-round splendor of Glacier.
Etta Ridge, Glacier’s newest real estate offering, is an enclave of luxurious three- and four-bedroom condominiums that are aptly suited to worry-free, come-and-go living unlike anything else in Southwest Colorado. So when giving a name to this intimate, modern mountain experience, we greatly considered the adventurous and authentic escapism that encapsulates the Glacier lifestyle.
That’s how this one-of-a-kind collection of mountain residences earned its name from Etta Place, the leading woman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — one of Hollywood’s greatest Westerns filmed right here in Durango. Inspired by her mystifying storyline, as well as the rare parcel’s location atop a distinct promontory amid century-old ponderosa pines, we chose the moniker of Etta Ridge.
Accompanying the new name are our two floor plans of The Sundance and The Cassidy — the other two members of the notorious “Wild Bunch.” Behind the luxury and sophistication, there’s always a spark of adventure that calls in the wilderness of Southwest Colorado.
With flexible floor plans, light-filled interiors, direct and private elevator access and a central location, Etta Ridge is a prime locale to stress less about living logistics and focus on the present. With the tremendous sales success over the past year, Etta Ridge’s first two buildings are nearly pre-sold out and we’re now set to launch Phase II. If you, too, are interested in learning more about Etta Ridge or wish to schedule a private tour when you’re at Glacier next, we welcome you to reach out to our dedicated sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org and explore our brochure in the meantime.
In this wildly magical corner of Southwest Colorado, we’re proud to have created an idyllic home base for families seeking heartfelt moments in nature — including our newest members, Pete and Karla Sokolovic, and their three sons. A force to be reckoned with on the golf course, Pete was the winner of this year’s club championship while Karla has joined in on the golf scene after a warm welcome from the lady golfers at Glacier.
Hailing from Arizona, the Sokolovics found their way to Glacier by way of longtime friend and pro golfer Alex Fisher, our summertime Director of Golf Instruction. After booking a Discovery Stay last spring, the two moved into a Glacier Pond Cabin and later an Ironhorse Cabin, and are currently developing one more lot in Glacier’s Hideout enclave to house their new custom mountain retreat.
We sat down with Karla to learn more about how the Sokolovics have developed their real estate portfolio at Glacier, as well as how they’re making the most out of this season’s outdoor pursuits, from playing the championship Mountain Course to settling friendly rivalries on tennis courts.
What does a typical day at Glacier look like for your family?
Our full-filled days entail an abundance of activities with amazing people, ranging from golfing, pickleball, tennis, hiking and more! I enjoy the tennis scene here and really like the women’s group that Jeremy runs twice per week. Many of the girls are super strong players, and they are so welcoming and encouraging.
What would you say is the biggest perk of life here at Glacier?
My first impression would be the beauty of the outdoors with fantastic views in every direction. But now? Honestly, it’s the people and friendships with those who become your extended family.
We know you’re both exceptional golfers. Any tips or tricks for playing the Mountain and Valley Course?
Ha! We are far from professionals — I just started golfing last March when COVID started and was so fortunate to be introduced to Glacier. The girls in this community welcomed me with open arms into their golf groups despite my regular score of 100++.
What’s your family’s favorite day trip from Glacier?
We had a cabin in Ouray while my boys were growing up, so Ouray still has a soft spot in our hearts and is a beautiful place! It’s a scenic drive from Durango!
What are your favorite local restaurants or attractions?
My top three are The Nugget, 11th Street Station, and Derailed Pour House. None of them are too fancy — totally low key with local personality!
What made our Ironhorse cabins stand out amongst our other Glacier properties?
We like the “mountain modern” architecture and style. Our cabin is a wonderful size for having a second home. It has two master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a half bath. In addition to its cozy square footage, it has a large open kitchen and family room for entertaining. It’s an easy size to enjoy and maintain without too much work!
What are your plans for your newly-purchased lot at Glacier?
We really do love the Ironhorse Cabin. After spending the summer here and discovering how much time we want to spend in Glacier, we’ve purchased a lot and are building a larger home that has tremendous views and will accommodate our family to spend more time with us in paradise.
How was your experience with Glacier’s exclusive sales team with selling your Glacier Pond property?
The staff at Glacier is top notch! Just wonderful people! When we were introduced to Glacier, Lindsey Lubrant was our realtor and we definitely plan to use her in the future as well.
To learn more about our real estate offerings and how you can craft your own unique lifestyle at Glacier, please contact our dedicated sales team today.
Building your very own dream home is a labor of love. Here at Glacier, we want to help bring your vision to life by removing the typical obstacles and hassles involved with building from the ground up. That way, you can focus your energy on what’s most important to you and your family while we streamline the process. To let homebuyers prioritize more of what matters to them, we’ve created the Craftsman Collection — the most turn-key solution for those who wish to build a modern mountain home within our gates.
With high-end interiors, a spacious patio for open-air entertaining and large picture windows to link your space to the outdoors, the Craftsman Collection’s pre-approved home plans are flexible and adaptable for your ideal mountain lifestyle. And the best part? We make it possible to build in just 14 months. Below, find a step-by-step guide for seeing your Craftsman Collection retreat from start to finish.
Choose Your Floor Plan
The Craftsman Collection features two flexible home plans that are compatible with five different homesites, each thoughtfully positioned within a distinct setting amid Glacier’s wild landscape. Both home plans offer high-end interiors and spacious outdoor spaces to revel in carefully crafted comforts. And with every architectural detail fully pre-approved, you can entirely sidestep the usual timetables of designing from square one. Lots for both builds start at $245,000.
Starting with The Ace + Bunk Room floor plan, this 3-bedroom + bunk with 3.5-baths grants 4,061 square feet of living space, and is available to be built on 0.46 – 1.69 acre lots. With a range of golf course, mountain and lake views to choose from, this plan features details such as vaulted cedar ceilings, 2-car garages with golf cart parking, expansive patios and open-concept layouts.
The 4-bed, 3.5-bath plan of The Legacy cabin provides 4,287 square feet of open-concept space. This three-bedroom floor plan pairs contemporary rustic details with large picture windows throughout, offering an idyllic hideaway at the doorstep of year-round mountain adventures. With ample space and luxurious builds, The Legacy is one of our premium custom homes.
Choose Your Homesite
When it comes to selecting a plot of land for your ideal house, the main considerations here are location, views and acreage. Consider which facilities you want to be closest to — perhaps you’re fond of walks by the northern Fishing Pond, or maybe you’d like to be right by the Valley Course, close to the action. The Legacy’s predetermined compatible homesite is Homesite 4 — a 1.60-acre lot situated along the fourth hole of the Mountain Course with serene fairway, Glacier Pond and waterfall views. The Ace + Bunk Room is compatible with Homesites 1, 5, 14 & 16, with options of mountain, lake and valley views and varying proximity to each golf course and pine forestry.
Let Glacier’s Development Team Work Their Magic
Once you’ve collected your preferences and needs, contact Glacier’s expert development team and they’ll handle the rest of the logistics so you can skip the fuss of overwhelming timetables and tedious building concerns. With every architectural detail fully pre-approved, the Craftsman Collection takes the weight of building off your shoulders so that in less than a year, you can be ready to enjoy your new home.
Glacier’s authentic mountain lifestyle is made possible by a community of spirited and genuine team members — one being Winter Activities Intern and professional athlete Tad Elliott, known to be one of the finest pro skiers of his generation. With ski season in full swing, we’ve tapped Tad to share a bit about his background and what his life looks like at Glacier.
Former U.S. Ski Team member and a three-time World Championship team skier, Tad grew up right here racing for Durango Nordic, going on to pursue a 12-year career in professional ski racing and mountain biking. Not only a world-class skier, Tad also has won two U23 National Championships in mountain biking. After retiring from professional racing, Tad worked as an assistant coach for Northern Michigan University’s NCAA team for a year before joining us here at Glacier, where we are so grateful to have him.
While we are in awe of the trail that Tad has blazed, it seems that Tad’s knack for athleticism runs in his blood, as he comes from a whole family of Olympians. Tad’s father, the legendary skier Mike Elliott, is a three-time Olympian for American cross-country skiing, and even has a ski run named after him (known as “Elliot’s” run) at our neighboring Purgatory Ski Resort. Tad’s sister, Paige, skied professionally as well, going on to coach for the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team.
Currently, Tad assists with instruction for various types of skiing and will assist with golf and biking at the Activities Center when summer rolls around. “Glacier Club has been an organization I have admired growing up in Durango,” Tad tells us. “The location and facilities they have really incorporate the mountain club lifestyle.” Tad also noted that the gorgeous golf course adds quite a bit to the allure factor of Glacier.
Tad’s presence on our team adds a novel sense of excitement to our community. “My career of traveling the world gives me a broad knowledge of skiing and biking activities that I hope to share with members and their guests,” he remarks. While he has made the transition from sport competition to sport instruction, Tad explains to us that although the intensity of sporting has changed, his passion for the outdoors has remained the same, as being at Glacier has granted him new perspectives: “I just get humbled a lot more now, especially on the golf course.”
Looking to the future, Tad is also currently pursuing a degree in Sports Administration, with the hope to bridge his intellectual savvy with his passion for the outdoors in his career going forward. And so far, Tad shares, “Glacier has been a perfect fit, teaching me all the healthy aspects the club offers. The lifestyle up there is everything I am fond of and love.” Also passionate about youth sports, Tad wants to explore more ways to deliver experiences of learning and growth through sport instruction.
If you happen to see Tad around the club, don’t hesitate to say hello. You may have just found your new go-to instructor!
There’s something deeply special about the sense of community and ingenuity here at Glacier, and a recent feature in The Wall Street Journal delves into what makes this aspect of uncommon mountain living possible.
The article cites that residents are drawn to Glacier with a desire to forge relationships. Wall Street Journal quoted one of our residents, Mr. Bill Webbe, who told them, “Our concern is to have a community where we know each other well and do things together,” which is precisely what a rising portion of families and retirees are searching for these days: familiar faces to ski, golf and hike with.
Short-term renters tend to seek out scenic seasonal destinations in resort-like areas that have easy access to sporting, leisure and nature through platforms like Vrbo and Airbnb. The result? Temporary tourists who may crowd the area and neglect community practices and courtesies.
Glacier is one of the breathtaking locales that is a coveted destination for renters, but to preserve the area as a true residential community rather than a bustling resort, Glacier upholds rules against rentals of less than six months and requirement of renter background checks. This helps keep the Glacier experience entirely unique, authentic and private.
Imagine a warm, contemporary retreat that’s all your own. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal spectacular views of the peaks beyond and greens below. Elevator access brings you directly to your residence to ensure utmost privacy and security. World-class amenities lie mere steps away and adventure beckons just outside your front door. This is Etta Ridge — Glacier’s newest enclave of half-floor, three- to four-bedroom residences that afford luxurious lock-and-leave living unlike anything else in Southwest Colorado. Dive into the details of Etta Ridge before we break ground in the coming weeks and discover all that awaits you within the community’s newest, most anticipated collection of mountain homes.
Two Versatile Floor Plans
The limited collection of just 30 homes at Etta Ridge features two floor plans, The Sundance and The Cassidy, each with light-filled interiors and generous outdoor living spaces that encourage complete immersion in the natural world. The Sundance features three bedrooms, including two main suites and one guest suite, while The Cassidy offers a versatile three- to four-bedroom layout with one main suite, two guest suites and one convertible office. Whichever floor plan you choose, you can rest assured that no luxury has been spared and incredible vistas have been made a top priority.
An Inspired Setting to Call Home
Perched atop a distinct promontory amid century-old ponderosa pines, Etta Ridge encompasses only five buildings with six residences in each, affording an intimate mountain experience immersed in the sights and sounds of the San Juan Range. With inspiring views of the rolling greens below and striking peaks beyond — including Hermosa Cliffs, Twilight Peak and Engineer Mountain — this is where families come to renew their spirits, recalibrate in nature and return home to the finest of luxuries.
Thoughtfully Crafted Comforts
Etta Ridge offers exclusive elevator access directly to each residence, as well as unrivaled proximity to a members-only pool and fitness center, so your family can come and go with ease, revel in thoughtfully crafted comforts and experience the very best of this uncommonly magical corner of Colorado. Hassle-free and convenience-packed — that’s what owning a vacation home is all about.
For more information, simply get in touch with our sales team at email@example.com.
The latest praise for Glacier’s picture-perfect, private residential community in Southwest Colorado comes from Western Home Journal, which highlighted the enclave’s sought-after mountain lifestyle and newest residential offerings in its January 2021 issue. In the article, Glacier is described as “setting an incredibly high bar for mountain living” and “an undiscovered gem in the southwest corner of Colorado’s diverse topography.”
Set at the north end of the Animas River Valley, just a short distance from the lively streets of Durango, Glacier is a true haven for active nature lovers and sporting enthusiasts. Residents enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine each year and easily accessible adventures range from rounds of golf on the property’s two 18-hole courses to exploring miles of on-property trails by foot or bike and carving the slopes of the nearby Purgatory Resort.
“Glacier is home to a wonderful group of people who enjoy the area and its surroundings,”Mike Gullotti, a member of Glacier’s real estate sales team, told the publication. “Our owners and members are very happy because the quality of life here is among the best in the rocky mountain west.”
The flexibility of ownership at Glacier is also part of its appeal. “There are a variety of homes to enjoy at Glacier, from a large single-family custom mountain home on two acres to a two-bedroom Club Cottage that you can enjoy for a few weeks every year,” Gullotti notes in the article. “I present these different properties with something for everyone. Over the years, we have planned several phases of construction. It starts with accessibility and the ability to build within the lots. Structure and roads take planning in the mountains. This summer, we have experienced a major uptick in sales. We are up 138 percent in the north country from last year.”
The piece also details Glacier’s newest limited residential offering, Etta Ridge, which broke ground earlier this year and is currently under pre-sale and accepting reservations. This new five-building collection of 30 luxury mountain condominiums is ideally sited atop a promontory, bordered by century-old Ponderosa pines.With an annual circulation of over 125,000 and an active directory of hundreds of partners spanning 11 categories, Western Home Journal has been spotlighting distinguished living in the American West through its regional print publications and website for the past 10 years.
This past December, our incredible Durango community came together to support Glacier’s newest initiative: Glacier Cares. The partnership with La Plata Family Centers Coalition (LPFCC), a Durango-based charitable organization that filled in the gap for Project Merry Christmas, aimed to raise $50,000 in donations over just 10 days — which we are proud to report was a tremendous success thanks to the collective efforts of our community. All proceeds were used to purchase gift cards from a variety of locally owned downtown Durango stores and restaurants, which were then distributed to nearly 1,000 children in need this past holiday season.
“It’s more important than ever that we come together and offer our support to local families and business owners who have been adversely affected by COVID-19,” shared Rick Carlton, Owner and Developer of Glacier. “At Glacier, it’s both our mission and responsibility to positively impact our community.” The Carlton Family kickstarted the Glacier Cares initiative with a $5,000 commitment, and Glacier homeowners and staff quickly rallied behind to reach the $50,000 goal.
“We are so thankful for the support we’ve received from our Glacier community,” said Jim Goodman, Chief Operating Officer at Glacier. “To pull this off in just over a week and make a positive financial impact on local businesses while bringing cheer to those in need is what this season and our community are all about.”
To bring help lift the spirits of those in need, members of the Glacier team made their way around Durango with the checks processed by LPFCC to purchase gift cards from dozens of local businesses, including the Yess the Book Hutch, Durango Outdoor Exchange, Art Supply House and Beads & Beyond, as well as restaurants like Happy Pappy’s, Zia Taqueria and Raider Ridge, all beloved by local children and teens. The gift cards were dropped off at Durango schools and distributed to their lists of families in need this season.
Beyond the monetary raise, the initiative also served as a call-to-action to support local businesses as much as possible — including retail, service businesses, restaurants and adventure experiences — as well as to consider making personal donations to local Durango food banks and charities. At Glacier, it’s both our mission and responsibility to positively impact our community — and we are incredibly proud to have seen our members and team step up and come together to truly make a difference with Glacier Cares.
For more information about Glacier, visit theglacierclub.com, and to learn more about La Plata Family Centers Coalition, visit lpfcc.org.
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