Somerset locals seem to like the idea
by Toni Todd
The Crystal Meadows Resort closed its doors in 2007, but those doors may swing to-and-fro again soon. The Gunnison County Planning Commission voted unanimously recently favor of the new, soon-to-be owner’s plans to restore and re-open the resort, located near the intersection of County Road 12 (Kebler Pass Road) and State Highway 133 in Somerset.
Outdoor Hospitality Solutions, LLC (OHS), owned by Paul St Ruth, his wife, Emily, and partner Jim Smith, are set to close on the purchase of the property soon. Meanwhile, they have successfully applied for and received the Planning Commission’s blessing, as the commission recently voted to recommend the proposal as a minor impact project. It will now move on to the county commissioners for final approval.
“The RV campground industry is growing,” said St Ruth.
Outdoor Hospitality Solutions incorporated in Colorado two years ago. They’ve identified areas across the United States as best places to capitalize on this growth, including Crystal Meadows; the company also recently purchased a resort in Central America. Ruth described their mission as one that provides “amenities in nature,” opportunities that enable people to connect with and appreciate the natural world.
Crystal Meadows Resorts sits on 25 acres, with nine buildings on-site that include 23 RV sites, 40 dry campsites, nine rental cabins and two residential homes. It was recently listed for sale at $1,950,000.
Two locals in attendance at this past Friday’s meeting spoke in favor of the proposal to re-open the resort. “I believe it’s an asset to the outdoors,” said Terry Commander of Somerset, a former employee at the resort and current president of the local Fire Protection District.
Neighbor Tom Glor agreed. “It’s a no-brainer to sit here and support this,” he said.
Commander said she and her board are looking forward to working with the St Ruths. The district plans to build fire substations in the area. Currently, first responders to Somerset and surrounding area come from Paonia.