Colorado’s Devil’s Thumb Ranch captures state accolades
Tabernash, CO (November 24, 2010) — Away.com, one of the travel industry’s premier websites and information resources, recently announced its top picks for North America’s 10 best Eco-Lodges, including Colorado’s own Devil’s Thumb Ranch.
Capturing the only spot for Colorado and the largest lodge/wilderness ranch resort among all finalists, freelance environmental journalist, Heather Hansen, in conjunction with an editorial review committee, noted Devil’s Thumb Ranch as “one of those places where the Wild West and the lap of luxury converge.”
Other highlights for the ranch’s inclusion included its commitment to build on just 80 of its 5,000 acres, leaving the rest for non-human residents. The ranch’s sustainable and eco-friendly energy systems also garnered attention, including geothermal heating for all buildings, reclaimed spruce or fir for much of the flooring and the use of beetle-kill pine for the interior trim. Also of note is the Ranch’s custom-designed sand filtration system that treats all wastewater.
Located 65 miles west of Denver and 15 minutes west of Winter Park Ski Resort, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is one of the most easily accessible eco-lodges in the selection, which also included Bentwood Inn (Wyoming), Inn Serendipity (Wisconsin), Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge (Alaska), Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort (Washington), Treebones Resort (California) and Trout Point Lodge, Kicking Horse River Lodge, E’Terra, and Aurum Lodge all in Canada.
Away.com selection criteria and review board
An editorial review board in conjunction with reputed environmental freelance journalist Heather Hansen, reviewed and selected their final 20 lodges around the world, including 10 from North America. Hansen, who has written on travel and environmental topics for the likes of Mother Jones, Outside, and Men’s Journal magazines, is also co-author of a sustainable-travel guide to the world’s most endangered destinations.
According to Away.com spokesperson Alistair Wearmouth, the editors wanted to give readers the opportunity to discover eco-lodging in exotic places like Central America and Africa, but also to realize that the green-lodging movement is very much on domestic travelers’ doorsteps in easier-to-reach places, relatively speaking, like Colorado and Wyoming.