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Scarp Ridge Lodge

Cozy, intimate, adventurous

512 2nd Street, Crested Butte 81224


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At a Glance

A small-town hideaway in Crested Butte, Scarp Ridge Lodge is a boutique hotel resembling a gorgeous mountain home and offering incredible, expert-led activities. Crested Butte is a best-kept secret of western ski towns—which makes it the perfect backdrop for Scarp Ridge Lodge, owned and operated by Eleven Experience, the pioneering company with exclusive properties around the world focused on thrilling outdoor adventures. And just like Crested Butte, this hideaway balances Old Western charm and modern comforts and keeps the focus where it belongs—on making the most of your time in the wilderness and relaxing with family or friends. Scarp Ridge is a boutique hotel located in the center of town and named after the 12,000-foot, four-mile-long ridgeline nearby. Guests have access to 1,000 acres of backcountry terrain—a five-star experience with the fun of sleepaway camp.

The Standout: The dynamic team of guides who lead activities, such as cat-skiing on Irwin Mountain, mountain biking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, fly fishing and more Don’t Miss: The rooftop hot tub with mountain views; getting to know Billy Rankin, one of Eleven’s most seasoned guides

Indagare Loves

  • The reclaimed iron used to decorate the property
  • Stargazing in the copper hot tub on the roof
  • The seven-bunk bunkroom that is styled after the board game Chutes and Ladders


A former coal-mining town, Crested Butte is now considered a great Colorado ski resort, but perhaps more brag-worthy is that it is home to one of the American West’s most pampering boutique hotels: Scarp Ridge Lodge. Owned and operated by Eleven Experience, a pioneering company with a smattering of properties worldwide that focus on thrilling adventures, the six-room hotel strikes the perfect balance between small-town charm and modern luxury. Located in the center of town and named after the nearby 12,000-foot-tall Scarp Ridge, the hideaway is a bucket-list destination for families, groups and couples who enjoy high-thrill excursions and five-star pampering.

Scarp Ridge Lodge, which can be rented either for exclusive use or used as a hotel with individual guest rooms, features a cozy-chic Western décor that incorporates aspects of the region into its design, like reclaimed iron from the old mills in town and elk and moose taxidermy. The six accommodations are all slightly different (five king rooms with en suite bathrooms and a kids' bunkroom, with seven bunks) but supremely comfortable, featuring a mix of fur blankets, cream furnishings and exposed wood beams. This winter, Eleven Experience will debut the Lofts at Public House, which will be three extra suites located on the main drag in Crested Butte town.

Guests will likely not spend much time in their rooms with the plethora of other public spaces on property. The roof deck features a copper hot tub; the “storytelling room” boasts a fireplace and reading nooks; the media room is defined by its oversized movie screen; and there is a saltwater pool in the basement. The hotel also offers a steam room, sauna and gym. Dining options are equally diverse, and meals are served at the communal table in the kitchen and cocktails and snacks are available at the bar.

Scarp Ridge Lodge has a team of guides who lead a variety of activities throughout the year, including exclusive-use cat-skiing on Irwin Mountain, mountain biking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, fly-fishing and more. Guests have access to 1,000 acres of nearby backcountry terrain, ensuring that adventures here are personal and private.

Who Should Stay

Families, couples and multigenerational groups looking for a five-star experience and all the fun of sleep-away camp; Scarp Ridge is also ideal for a group buyout.


— Ramona Bass

Written by Indagare

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