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Destination Inspiration: Plan a Road Trip Through the Rockies

Breathwork may take on new meaning as you practice and play in the Southwestern desert 
or thin Rocky Mountain air. Start in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and work north to Denver.

Breathwork may take on new meaning as you practice and play in the Southwestern desert or thin Rocky Mountain air. Start in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and work north to Denver.

TOTAL TIME ON THE ROAD 15–53 days
BACK TO Top 3 Summer Road Trips for Yogis

Stop 1: Guru Ram Das Puri, 
New Mexico

(1–10 days)

Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration

June 18–27; 3ho.org/summer-solstice

$120–175 (1 day)

In this spiritual community 35 miles north of Santa Fe, followers of Yogi Bhajan celebrate the summer solstice with live music, meditation, kirtan, classes and workshops, and Kundalini Yoga. Curious? Stay for a few days to experience living in community and doing sadhana (daily spiritual practice) and karma yoga (selfless service).

See alsoKundalini Yoga For Better Digestion

Stop 2: Taos, New Mexico

(1–8 days; 1.5 hours from Santa Fe)

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch

vallecitos.org
$90–125 (1 night); $665–770 (10-day retreat)

Fifty miles west of Taos, this 135-acre historic ranch and retreat center hosts mostly meditation retreats (including options from June 24–28 and July 1–8). Or you can rent the Hermitage, a secluded cabin in the woods that’s
perfect for self-retreat.

While you’re there

Practice: At nonprofit Santosha Yoga of Taos, take Dr. Kirstie Bender Segarra’s Myofascial Yoga class, which uses longer asana holds to open up specific lines of the thin connective tissue known as myofascia.

Do:If you’re in the area June 27–28, go to Taos Solar Music Festival, a festive local event that attracts big acts like Michael Franti and Mumford & Sons. Treat yourself to luxury pampering with the Sagrado High Desert treatment at El Monte SagradoLiving Resort and Spa.

Eat: Raw To Go (105 Quesnel St), Dara Thai (210 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur), and Middle Eastern spot El Gamal (112 Dona Luz St) all offer fresh, vegetarian food. For a caffeine boost, try Elevation Coffee Shoppe.

See alsoFind Your Perfect Yoga Match

Stop 3: Crestone, Colorado

Dome Wide Angle

(1–7 days; 2.5 hours from Taos)

Crestone Mountain Zen Center

crestoneretreats.org
$65–130 (1 night)

Tucked against the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the hamlet of Crestone attracts spiritual seekers from far and wide. With a gorgeous Yoga Dome, the Zen Center is a popular yoga and meditation retreat offering garden-grown vegetarian fare from the Zen Kitchen. If you arrive after the Telluride Yoga festival (stop 4), join Scott Anderson’s Alignment Yoga workshop (July 13–19) or a yoga and meditation retreat with Ashtanga and Anusara teacher Jeanie Manchester (July 22–26).

While you’re there

Practice: Advanced Ashtanga instructor Annie Paceleads intimate yoga classes at her home shala.

Do: Make tracks at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Crestone. Soak in the hot mineral-water pools, then awaken your chakra centers with the Journey’s Essence essential oil massage at nearby Joyful JourneyHot Springs Spa.

Eat: In the blink-and-you-miss-it town center, hit Bliss Café (187 West Silver Ave) for smoothies and an eclectic and seasonal menu that could include anything from yak quesadillas to salmon ceviche.

See alsoExplore Yoga’s Vegetarian Roots

Stop 4: Telluride, Colorado

(4 days; 5.5 hours from Crestone)

Telluride Yoga Festival

July 9–12; tellurideyogafestival.com
$125–150 (1 day); $495 (4 days)

This beautiful box canyon surrounded by 14,000-foot snow-capped peaks is a spectacular setting for a yoga festival. Enjoy hiking, live music, SUP yoga, Ayurvedic dinners, and more than 100 yoga classes with top teachers, including Sianna Sherman, Christina Sell, Tias Little, and Gina Caputo.

While you’re there

Stay: Book a room at the Mountainside Inn(starting at $79/night) on the San Miguel River and a short free shuttle ride from downtown, or tent-camp at Telluride Town Park Campground($23/night).

Eat: Across from the gondola at Telluride Ski Resort, dine on fine local cuisine at Cosmopolitan. Or enjoy a contemporary juice, traditional Mexican fare made with organic whole foods, or slow-churned ice cream (including vegan options) at La Cocina de Luz. Fuel your morning practice with homemade bagels or breakfast sandwiches at The Butcher & Baker Café.

Practice: Along the way to Aspen, drop in at the Ridgeway Yoga Shala for yoga flow or kirtan.

Do: Soak in the natural pools of Ouray Hot Springs Pool or the clothing-optional Orvis Hot Springs.

See alsoHiking Yoga: 5 Readers Share Their Trailside Asana

Stop 5: Aspen, Colorado

Aspen

(1–10 days; 4 hours from Telluride)

Yoga on Aspen Mountain

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Practice surrounded by views of the Rockies on the Aspen Mountain sundeck. When you buy a gondola ticket to the mountaintop, you can access an all-levels class (9:30–10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; $5). Drink in the vistas afterward at lunch, then hike down.

While you’re there

Practice: Don’t miss True Nature Healing Artsin nearby Carbondale. Beyond its epic yoga studio, True Nature has a kitchen that serves up allergen-free organic eats, a peace garden with a reflexology walk, a petit spa, and even sweat-lodge purification ceremonies guided by Native Americans and the resort’s owners.

Eat: Pyramid Bistro, located upstairs in the Explorer Booksellers, serves up micronutrient-rich “nutritarian” cuisine from chef/owner Martin Oswald. Enjoy a hearty organic scramble and green juice or smoothie at Spring Cafe, or lunch at SO Cafeafter viewing exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum.

Practice: If you’re in Aspen on International Yoga Day (June 21), join the Aspen Yoga Society for its annual Yoga in Action Day benefit class in Paepcke Park.

Sleep: Look for summer lodging deals at Aspen and Snowmass Village.

See alsoBouncing Back: Yoga to Improve Emotional Health

Stop 6: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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(4 days; 3 hours from Aspen)

Steamboat Movement Fest

July 23–26; steamboatmovementfest.com
$108 (1 day); $198 (Early Bird Weekend); $750 (VIP 4 days)

Based in one of Colorado’s most spectacular mountain valleys, this inaugural yoga-plus festival offers yoga, music, dance, and outdoor adventure classes taught by renowned instructors, and sets of live music and kirtan.

While you’re there

Do: Soak in the natural, spring-fed pools at Strawberry Park Hot Springs just outside town.

Eat: Fuel up on morning tea or coffee at Paddlewheel Coffee and Tea Co. In the afternoon, dig into one of many inspiring massaged kale and quinoa bowls (Ginger Sesame Umami, anyone?) at Rootz Café.

Sleep: Look for summer lodging deals through Steamboat Vacation Rentals.

See alsoOut There: Yoga, Music, Slam Poetry + Fashion Party

Stop 7: Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Rainbow

(1–7 days; 3 hours from Steamboat Springs)

Shambhala Mountain Center

shambhalamountain.org
$79–263 (1 night)

You’ll find peace at this high-mountain valley retreat that’s inspired by Tibetan Buddhism’s Shambhala lineage. The 600-acre grounds host the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, a significant work of sacred architecture, as well as accommodations ranging from a small hotel to rustic cabins and seasonal tent platforms. In late July (and if you’re female), join the Women’s Summer Meditation & Yoga Retreat (July 29–August 2). Family Camp, held August 2–8, offers an opportunity to enjoy nature and meditate as a family, but then adults get solo practice time while the kiddos learn traditional Asian contemplative arts like calligraphy, kyudo (archery), and haiku.

See alsoYogic Path To Poetry

Stop 8: Rollinsville, Colorado

(1–2 days; 3 hours from Red Feather Lakes)

Shoshoni Yoga Ashram

shoshoni.org
$70–250 (1 night)
Just west of bustling Boulder, this affordable, rustic mountain ashram offers flexible retreats, as short as a half-day. Take a wildflower hike after a vegetarian lunch, then get a temple tour, an Ayurvedic beauty treatment, or a massage.

While you’re there

Practice: Boulder, Colorado, is home to standout yoga studios including Yoga Workshop for Ashtanga and Studio Be for therapeutic. If you come to the Boulder area earlier, check out the Hanuman Festival, a homegrown event (June 11–14) that attracts several renowned teachers, from locals Richard Freeman and Amy Ippoliti to out-of-towners Janet Stone, Rod Stryker, and Rodney Yee.

Practice: Hit one of the Yoga Rocks the Parkevents inDenver or Boulder, which feature live music and kid yoga.

Eat: For healthy eats, try Conscious Cleanse–friendly Zeal, paleo-inspired Blooming Beets Kitchen, gluten-free Fresh Thymes Eatery, and The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House.

See alsoAll-Day Ayurveda: Makeover Your Daily Routine

Stop 9: Morrison, Colorado

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(1 day; 1 hour from Rollinsville)

Yoga on the Rocks

yoga.redrocksonline.com/yotr

Practice yoga outdoors (July 25–August 15) with a happy crowd of local yogis in Red Rocks’ beautiful sandstone amphitheater, presented by Core Power Yoga. It’s $12 a session; bring water and your mat.

See alsoFrom CorePower to YogaWorks: Yoga Chains Here to Stay