Be green, and earn some green. That’s the motto at Ouray’s Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs this Earth Day (April 22, 2011). Every guest who drives his or her electric/hybrid car to the lodging property on Earth Day stays for free that night. That means nearly $100 greenbacks in your pocket.
The Earth Day promotion is just the latest in the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs’ environmental initiatives. The lodge, which has earned the Four Key Rating from well-known eco-rating program, Green Key, has four natural hot springs on site. Not only does this water heat naturally to provide a rejuvenating soak for guests, but also the same geothermal hot springs water is used to heat the motel during the winter months and provides year-round heating to bathing water and laundry facilities. Since 2007, the property has reduced its gas consumption by 70 percent.
Avery adds that there are several other energy-efficient initiatives at the motel, such as additional insulation, energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flush toilets and showers, a towel/linen reuse program, and in-room recycling. Additionally, two new Continental Girbau washer-extractors help conserve electricity and water and consequently reduce drying times by 30 percent. New vinyl double-paned windows were installed in fall 2010 to conserve electricity. (The old windows were recycled.)
Gilcrest and Soames BeeKind body lotion and conditioning shampoo, which are free of parabens, phthalates and artificial colors, are offered in the guest rooms. The product comes in a paper bottle, resulting in a 92 percent reduction in waste compared to plastic. Also, the property uses Green Seal certified cleaning products.
Finally, notes Avery, Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs use local suppliers and those that demonstrate a commitment to the environment and to the community, where possible. Breakfast consists of pastries from a local caterer and coffee from a local roaster, for instance.
There are many ways to get up close and personal with Mother Nature while you’re in Ouray. Hire an expert from San Juan Mountain Guides to help you channel your inner Spiderman on the rock walls in Ouray. Venture into the backcountry for some spring skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Or, simply mosey down the National Historic District downtown to shop for the perfect gift. Be sure to leave plenty of time to soak up Mother Earth’s beauty in the four hot springs tubs onsite at Box Canyon Lodge after your day of exploring.
About Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs: The Box Canyon Lodge is located in beautiful Ouray, Colo., nicknamed “Switzerland ofAmerica.” Box Canyon Lodge, a hot springs motel boasting four, all natural hot springs tubs, offers a peaceful location, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has been recognized by a variety of publications, receiving the “Award of Excellence”by the Colorado Connoisseur and Travel Holiday magazine and listed as one of Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West.” Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs has also earned the four key rating from Green Key, a well-known eco-rating program.