Our 20 Favorite Green Hotels
Courtesy of Devil's Thumb Ranch
Devil's Thumb Ranch
Across the American West, rising land prices and falling cattle profits are driving ranchers to sell their property to developers. Luckily, Devil's Thumb's current owners swooped in just in time to save its 5,000 acres. Instead of high-density (and -profit) single-family houses, they built only 16 airy timber cabins and a soon-to-open lodge—all of them heated and cooled entirely with fireplaces (the wood is harvested on the property, often from beetle-infested pine trees) and geothermal energy. Best yet, the owners have limited their development to only 1 percent of the land, leaving the rest free for guests—and elk, moose, bears, and beavers—to roam.
Tabernash; 970/726-5632; devilsthumbranch.com; doubles from $195.