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Sophia Peace Center

Sophisticated and beautiful, the Sophia Peace Center is a full service event facility, catering to weddings, retreats, family reunions and other group gatherings.  SPC is located on top of a mesa within the San Juan & Mesa Verde Mountain Ranges in South West Colorado.

SPC offers overnight accommodations for up to 100 guests, fresh delicious cuisine and stunning mountain views on 35 acres of rolling wildflower meadows.  Included in the price are indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, ranging in size. The Grand Room meeting space is an expanse of log wood and stone under an elegant, vaulted aspen ceiling, looking out onto mountain views.  Facilities include a chapel for guided meditations, a labyrinth for walking meditation, outdoor pavilion, gardens, and the serene landscape of Mesa Verde, known as one of the most spiritual areas in Colorado.

The Sophia Peace Center is a full-service wedding facility providing professional cakes, flowers, favors, photography, catering, planning and a beautiful Bridal Jacuzzi Suite for the couple.
An experienced staff creates a warm & relaxing environment, dedicated to personal attention and mindfulness. The Sophia Peace Center is the only event location in the area that offers exclusive use to small and large groups and is next door to a plethora of outdoor activities, national parks and natural wonders.

Lodging Style and Amenities

~ 3 buildings with accommodations for up to 100 guests
~ 3 indoor meeting rooms, accommodating 40-100 people each
~ Outdoor Granitite Labyrinth (a Replica of the labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France)
~ Wi-Fi Internet
~ Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free & Organic menus available
~ Yoga & Meditation Room
~ Private Cottages for indivitual retreats

Seasons Open: Open all Year

Recreational Opportunities

The San Juan National Forest, adjacent to the Sophia Peace Center, offers extensive hiking, mountain biking and cross-country ski trails. Cultural and natural attractions, such as Mesa Verde National Park & The Trail of the Ancients, are also near by.

~ Mesa Verde National Park (ancient villages of the Anasazi)
~ Four Corners Monument
~ Arches National Park
~ Monument Valley
~ Hovenweep National Monument
~ San Juan National Forest
~ Telluride Ski Resort
~ Telluride's Gondola
~ Purgatory Mountain (Skiing & Snow boarding)
~ World-class fly-fishing on McPhee Reservoir
~ Conquistador Golf Course
~ San Juan Skyway Scenic Drive (Located along this historic 232-mile-long drive)
~ Local Native American Dances
~ Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
~ Ute Mountain Tribal Park & Pottery Factory
~ Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Murder Mystery Train Ride

Rate Range: $99-$139/night including meals and meeting space

Driving Directions

From Durango Airport, Colorado: 1 hour, 10 min

From Airport Rd, Turn Left at T-stop towards “Ignacio”- go 6 miles
Turn Left onto “160 West” towards Durango - go 6 miles
In Durango, Turn Left at the sign “160 West: Cortez, Mesa Verde”- go 27 miles
In Mancos, Turn Right on Main St “CO 184 towards Dolores”- go 19 miles
Turn Right onto “145 North” - Dolores is 1.6 miles
Turn Left on 11th Street right before the Riverside Gas Station.
11th Street will become County Road 31,
winding to the right and up the mountain- Proceed 1.7 miles.
The Sophia Peace Center is on your left.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

The Sophia Peace Center is owned by a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring inner and outer peace to the world.

 Eco-Friendly Notes

The Sophia Peace Center is dedicated to practices that improve the environment and health of its community at large.  SPC has begun a long-term permaculture project with the development of orchards, water encatchment, low flow toilets, solar lighting, no-impact water filtration systems and drip irrigation.  The SPC not only recycles but actually uses several tons of cardboard from local businesses in permaculture practices, turning the cardboard back into fertile earth. The goal is for the Sophia Peace Center to be fully sustainable, eco-friendly and in addition, improving the land it resides on.  SPC meals are made fresh, using many local ingredients, and as much organic produce as possible. 

For More Information, Contact:

Meira Leonard
19581 Road 31, Dolores, CO 81323
970-882-4920 · toll-free 877-246-0567 · fax 866-548-7437

Diane Johnson wrote on April 09, 2012: A beautiful and peaceful place in the best part of Colorado.

Joan wrote on April 04, 2012: What a wonderful place, filled with peace and beauty.There is a clarity and energizing feeling about the grounds and interior spaces. A must see.

Michelle wrote on April 04, 2012: This place is a true gift. Quiet. Majestic. Relaxing. Close to everything! Planning my next trip back now!

Andrea D wrote on April 04, 2012: Wonderful place to stay, great staff, breathtaking views. Truly a place to retreat into magnificence.

Esther Kenny wrote on April 03, 2012: The accomodations, setting and staff are first rate - I've visited many times and each time is better than the last!

Juliann Jannus wrote on April 03, 2012: I have stayed here for several retreats and the energy of the location and care and attention of the staff greatly enhance the overall retreat experience.

Lela Iduna wrote on April 03, 2012: I have stayed here when I went on a ski trip to telluride which is less than an hour away. The accommodations are very comfortable and well kept and the meals are really fresh.

Mary Francis Drake wrote on April 03, 2012: The Sophia Peace Center is a beautiful and pristine environment matched by superior service and care. The peaceful atmosphere creates serenity as guests enjoy their retreats and family events. I highly recommend giving your folks the gift of a visit.

Cora wrote on April 03, 2012: This is a wonderful place to stay, and a gorgeous, peaceful location. I've been here for several retreats and it is such an enjoyable experience each time. Highly recommended.

Louise Cardarella wrote on April 03, 2012: This is an amazing beautiful place. A perfect place to retreat in nature.

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Latitude: 37.498354000
Longitude: -108.485183000
Elevation: 7464 FT (2275 M)
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