Taylor River Lodge Colorado, USA
Taylor River Lodge
10931 County Road, Almont, CO 81210
Date of Creation
Summer of 2016
Hotel General Manager
Taylor River Lodge, owned and operated by Eleven Experience, is a cozy collection of riverfront cabins nestled in the Taylor Canyon of Colorado. This hygge hideout is clad in all things rustic, elevated with a tone of luxury and rooted in the spirit of nature.
Taylor River Lodge
History & Story
The Taylor Canyon is brimming with history dating back to the late 1800’s, when ranching and gold mining characterized the western frontier. The lodge, formerly a local general store for fishing and tackle, still maintains its original six-inch D-log kits. Drawing on its rich heritage, Taylor River Lodge inspires guests to retreat in the spirit of the wild west, defined by rugged adventure and tall tales around the campfire.
No. 12 Interiors remodeled Taylor River Lodge to elevate the sophistication of its amenities, but much of its original personality has been preserved. The casual, rustic interiors are covered in vintage finds sourced from local antique shops, like fish taxidermy, buffalo slipper chairs, and vintage photos of the area. The outdoor furniture was handmade in old Western pioneer style and the fish tail screen door pulls were built by a local ironworker.
Date added extensions
In partnership with Eleven Experience, No. 12 Interiors completed renovations in 2016 and the lodge was reopened in Summer 2016.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Taylor River Lodge whisks guests away to the olden days, when the simplicity of good whiskey, tasty wild game, and the nostalgia of outdoor pastimes characterized a day well spent. The experience is a true escape—enlivened with a dose of mountain adventure and enchanted by the remoteness of its setting.
Tucked away in the Taylor Canyon on the banks of the Taylor River, the lodge is hidden by massive conifers along a quiet mountain road. The nearest town Almont is barely on the map, but the charming town of Crested Butte is only 30 minutes away, allowing interested guests to join in on mountaintown reverie.
Key sites/activities in the area
Taylor River Lodge is an idyllic place to experience the uncommercialized side of Colorado alongside some of the world’s best guides. Guided hiking, mountain biking, climbing, stand up paddle boarding, rafting, and horseback riding punctuate long summer days, while nordic skiing and snowshoeing fill winter days. The property also features archery and axe throwing, a climbing wall, a stocked casting pond, and a creek perfect for fly fishing; as well as an extraordinary bathhouse and extensive spa menu linked to the outdoors.
The lodge was formerly a local general store for fishing and tackle and has its original six-inch D-log kits from the late 1800’s.
An outdoor teepee lounge and the Copper John game cabin outfitted with pool, foosball, and darts give the kids their own area to do what kids do best!
Number of suites: Eight cabins, including six queen suites, three of which have twin bedded lofts; and two single family cabins with two king suites and bunkrooms.
Taylor River Lodge’s eight log cabins feature front decks overlooking the river, minibars, and en suite bathrooms with steam showers. Thoughtful accents like pressed wildflower art, antique mining photographs, and lamps built with antlers give each room a uniquely rustic ambiance with unexpected luxe touches. Six private queen cabins and two single family homes allow guests variety, while a handsome main lodge invites guests to gather by the fireplace, imbibe small batch whiskey, and throw darts.
Restaurants & Bars
Taylor River Lodge steers clear of any hustle and bustle, enticing its guests to slow down and enjoy decadent, fully included meals in the comfort of their own space. Onsite chefs prepare locally inspired dishes, like Elk Tenderloin and Steelhead Trout served in a beautiful dining area.
The main lodge’s bar is reminiscent of an old timey tavern that’s been draped in elegance. A rounded bar top with elevated dark leather seats gives guests the perfect view of a talented mixologist’s process in making a flawless Colorado Mule or a Taylor Old Fashioned. Guests can imbibe and chat on dapper leather couches around a blazing fire, or play a round of pool, foosball, or darts in the Copper John game cabin.
Taylor River Lodge’s spa embraces the art of wellness within a landscape that was all but made for rejuvenation. The bathhouse’s rustic allure features an indoor saltwater pool and hot tub, sauna, gym, and a nature-saturated menu of wellness experiences like view-laden yoga and forest bathing. Highly trained in providing personalized spa offerings, Taylor River Lodge’s wellness team invites guests to enjoy nature-saturated treatments like Fire and Ice massages in two tranquil rooms. The lodge also offers Morning Wellness classes customized with yoga, functional fitness, and stretching to prepare guests for their guided activities.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Taylor River Lodge is uniquely suited to host events, thanks to ample indoor and outdoor spaces and Eleven Experience’s ability to customize every last detail. The lodge’s magical ambiance is particularly fitting for weddings, where eight cabins can accommodate up to 32 guests, and food, beverage, a beautiful lawn, cocktail bar, and tent area come together for a seamless celebration. Additional amenities like the bathhouse, lodge media room, game room, bars, and outdoor fire pits give buyout guests full enjoyment of the entire property. Weddings, corporate events, family reunions, and any larger group stay will be entranced by Taylor River Lodge’s picturesque beauty framed by pine trees, a babbling brook, and rolling mountains.
Extra Notable Features
The property is outfitted with camp-like activities, such as a marksman’s range with archery and axe throwing, a teepee hangout area, and a climbing wall. The Copper John game room includes a media room, pool, foosball, and darts. If guests want to venture out into the surrounding wilderness, a talented team of guides can customize an adventure exactly to guest preferences. Staying in is just as appealing, complete with cocktail making classes, cooking classes, and an ice skating rink under twinkle lights right outside the cabins.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report: Favorite Hotels of the Year, Editor’s Choice 2020
Number of employees
15 in Winter and 20-25 in Summer