The small town of Redstone is out in the wilderness, about 200 miles west of Denver. The entire town looks like it was airlifted in from the Swiss Alps—in fact, the buildings are modeled after European mountain chalets. Entrepreneur John Cleveland Osgood built the town to house the employees of his coal-mining operation. In his tudor-style Redstone Castle, Osgood hosted guests such as John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Teddy Roosevelt. More recently, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Michael Cane visited while filming The Prestige. You can explore the estate on guided public tours.
Since it’s surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Redstone has no shortage of outdoor activities. In winter, you can make the 90-minute drive to Vail, which has world-class skiing and fine dining. About 9 miles from here, the 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest is crisscrossed with snowmobiling trails, sledding areas, and wildlife habitats. Redstone also ushers in the winter season with horse-drawn-sleigh rides through the snow.
The town is about 30 miles south of Glenwood Springs, which Rand McNally and USA Today named the Most Fun Town in America in 2011. In the summer, golfing and whitewater rafting are all within easy reach here. Another must-see: the Glenwood Hot Springs pool. More than 3 million gallons of hot water flow through the pool every day, making it the world’s largest swimming pool of its kind. The same waters run through the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, creating a mineral-enriched steam in the humid subterranean chambers.
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