Santa Fe, New Mexico
Courtesy Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Tucked into the Sangre de Cristo foothills just minutes from Santa Fe is an immersive resort that offers a wide array of energy-rushing activity and a climate that is beautiful year-round. At the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, you can fulfill all of your outdoor-adventure desires, including whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, and even snowshoeing (the Santa Fe Ski Basin is just 35 miles from the resort). The resort’s Adventure Architect, Izzy Uzicanin, and his team of expert guides (including an archaeologist, art historian and veteran National Park Ranger) are ready to introduce adventure seekers to the rich culture, history, and magical landscape of northern New Mexico with personally curated itineraries. After a long day of activity, you can take advantage of the resort’s relaxing spa or meditate or practice yoga on the outdoor vortex with views of the surrounding greenery.
Courtesy Dunton Hot Springs
Nestled deep in the rugged San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies is this remote, but charming restored ghost town. There you’ll find Dunton Hot Springs, a small and exclusive resort set in an Alpine Valley on 1,600 acres of land and just across the mountain from famed ski mountain, Telluride. If skiing isn’t your fancy—or you’re looking for more of a rush, you can fill your days with ice climbing up frozen waterfalls, dog sledding, heli skiing, and even horseback riding in the high Rockies summiting 14,000-foot peaks. In the summertime, the resort also coordinates rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and more. After a long day of adventure, relax in one of their luxurious log cabins or tent suites. These are the best winter travel destinations for 2019.