Reset: Nature’s Way

Telluride’s inherent landscape is the ideal setting for Colorado’s first luxury health retreat.

Debuting in May (with reservations being accepted now), the 15-room wellness retreat Reset will be one of the first ultra-luxury destination wellness escapes in a mountain region. Telluride’s natural topography and 10,000-foot elevation already add an element of challenge to daily activities, but the thousands of surrounding acres in the San Juan Mountains also host 15 major systems of spectacular trails for trekking, biking, and climbing, as well as activities like rock climbing, paragliding, and fly-fishing and paddleboarding in nearby streams and rivers.

Each week-long visit consists of programming around concepts of Reach, Roam, and Recharge. A customized itinerary is created for each guest, allowing an individualized kind of reset, whether it’s for health, fitness, or rest. There’s no mention of weight loss, but the daily hikes, yoga, fitness classes, and plant-based menus can cater to those looking to shed a few pounds.

The destination retreat is the brainchild of Dylan Bates, an entrepreneur who has developed more than 1,000 physical therapy clinics across 35 states, and Holli Owen, who has two decades of responsible-recreation expertise in the region. Bates, who has been conceptualizing the idea for more than a decade, spent the last three years working with Owen to gather premier teams and programming. Reset is located within a private wing of the Auberge Resort’s Madeline Hotel & Residences, but Reset guests have their own dedicated staff, as well as access to Auberge facilities. (While wine and alcohol are not served at Reset, those looking to imbibe can easily unwind at the Madeline’s bar.)

Spa treatments are designed to soothe the mind and assist in muscle recovery, while additional programing includes activities around mindfulness, fitness, and nutrition.

For those uncertain about the increase in elevation, an oxygen-enhancement system in each room allows guests to feel as though they’re sleeping at 2,000 feet; you can also arrive a night early to acclimate.

For now, the property is open from May through October, with winter programming (including strapping on snowshoes for those hikes) in the works.

Access to Telluride from Southern California comes through connecting flights in Denver into Telluride Regional Airport or with a 75-minute drive from the Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport. The added challenge of getting there ensures a true immersion into nature, free of crowds, lines, and congestion.