Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center

Integrating the Arts and Natural Sciences


Packages: Weddings, Family Vacations, Getaways

So Much to Do

Willowtail Springs has so much to offer its guests! We provide more than peace and quiet, relaxation, and a getaway for artists and scholars. As a family, you can come to enjoy all the outdoor activities that the area has to offer, plan a secluded, intimate wedding with us, or even plan your next exciting family reunion. If you do not find what you want on the property itself, visit the surrounding area and discover what else is available to you. There is a little something for everyone who visits, guaranteeing that our guests are always happy and willing to return.

Intimate Weddings, Elopements, & Honeymoons

We have 60 acres of beautiful and peaceful land, gardens, streams, and mountain views. These intimate locations provide the perfect destination for your small, personal wedding or elopement. We offer various personalized packages and we are even available for your honeymoon. 12-14 overnight guests can easily be accommodated with us, with a separate cottage for the bride and groom. There are surrounding hotels for more guests. For a ceremony and/or reception, Willowtail Springs can accommodate up to 25 people. The bride and groom can enjoy a romantic honeymoon in one of our charming and elegant cabins. Enjoy the solitude on your first morning as a married couple and take advantage of the surrounding beauty. Click here to see the various packages we have to offer!

Relaxing, Fun Family Vacations and Reunions

Whether it is just you and your spouse, your whole family, or even a family reunion, take advantage of all the fun activities we have to offer. We are considered a fishing heaven so why not fish on our private lake? Catch and release a variety of fish such as trout, bass, sunfish, and grass carp on our canoes or rowboats. If you prefer to do more watching, then enjoy all the various bird species found on our property. We are a soft-release site under the guidance of the Durango Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Our bird species include birds of prey – owls, hawks, and eagles – songbirds, ducks, and many more. You will always see something new and beautiful while birdwatching.

If you would like to go beyond Willowtail Springs and see the area, there is even more to do together. Visit the historic Mesa Verde, Canyon of the Ancients, go hiking, horseback riding, or take a jeep tour. You can even visit Mesa Verde in the winter or enjoy various outdoor activities. Take advantage of it all now! When you choose to stay with us, you can take advantage of all the available amenities. Utilize the fully equipped kitchens and dining areas, indoor and outdoor, fishing gear and poles, complete library, and even spa products. All of our various activities will allow you to break away from everyday stress and technology and allow you to connect as a family. We can be a home away from home! Check out our available cabins we have to accommodate you and guarantee you have as much fun as possible!

Peaceful & Quiet Getaways

Need a stress-free getaway? We can offer you just that! Take advantage of our beautiful views, our amenities, and the secluded spaces we have for our guests. Drop the stress, become inspired, and savor the solitude. Utilize your own kitchen and enjoy a quiet meal either with someone else or on your own, visit the beautiful lake, soak in the hot tub that overlooks the lake and mountains, order a massage or romantic dinner for two, or even wander the beautiful gardens. Become inspired to join an art workshop that may be going on and get in touch with your creative side. We offer so much to families looking to have fun adventures together but we also offer couples or individual people a place to escape it all and find some peace and quiet. Book a cabin with us now and let your relaxing vacation begin sooner rather than later.

Art Classes and Workshops

Become Inspired

At Willowtail Springs, we offer various art classes and workshops. We have recently partnered with the Mancos Public Library, which is another location for some of these classes. They are taught by professionals, allowing you to have a fulfilling and cultured experience. The classes are offered throughout the year and can range from one day to five days long. Join others, create friendships, share inspiration, and just have fun. Whether you have experience or not, these classes are available to all who are interested. We always have something going on so sign up for a class today.

Art Classes and Workshops by the Owners

Some of the classes we offer here include areas such as visual arts, writing, poetry, music, theatre, filmmaking, gardening, landscape design, and the sciences as well. Within the sciences, learn about ecology, conservation, wildlife, water, air, forests, math, astronomy, Tai Chi, and nature walks. The owners, Peggy and Lee Cloy teach their own classes as well – painting, sculptor, poetry, and Tai Chi. Peggy Cloy is a painter, sculptor, and poet herself, making her perfect to be the one to critique your work and give suggestions for moving forward. She offers one hour sessions at $50. Lee Cloy is a Tai Chi instructor and he leads Nature Walks on Willowtail Springs Land. Find inner peace and balance or see the beautiful land that is Willowtail. Both of these activities are $50.

Discover Your Passion

With the various areas covered with the classes, there is always something for you to discover and learn about next. Whether you want to learn something new or learn more about an already existing practice, the classes can be incredibly beneficial. Some of the artists we feature include Dan Groth who is a painter, printmaker, and poet. His upcoming class on April 30 is focusing on autonomic drawings and paintings to expand one’s creative approach. David Holub is a writer, playwright, and an editor for DGO Magazine. For his workshop on May 6, you will discuss the various forms and examples of literary humor and discuss what makes for effective literary humor-pacing, clear POV, concision, and more.

A photographer and pastel painter, Deborah Sussex is another well-known artist. She will help the students explore with pastels and have discussions on materials, color use, generating sketches, and composing paintings. This particular workshop is offered on May 7. Crystal Hartman is a painter, jeweler, and printmaker who is offering a class on June 3rd. She will explore the concept and storytelling of drawing and train our eyes to see form, contrast, and details. Kit Frost is another known artist, focusing on photography. She focuses on landscapes over an extended period of time to capture their essence. She works with traditional film, digital, and smartphones. Learn more about the artists and their classes to see if this is just what you were looking for. The prices vary and if you cannot find what you want now, always check back in because there will always be more artists and classes.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

If you want to join one of these classes, the fees are paid to Willowtail Springs. These various classes and workshops are interactive. The costs of teaching and property rental are funded by those who take these classes. If any are taught at Willowtail Springs, we have cabins for you to stay at and enjoy. Sign up today and learn something new. Interact with new people who share your same interests. Inspire yourself and others and create new things.

Willowtail Springs Hotel in Southwest Colorado

Willowtail Springs Lodging is the best kept secret of the Southwest. Did you know that it is also an Artist Residency? Check out the site here.

“My Willowtail experience — from conceiving a proposal to the actual residency to executing and realizing my project — was the catalyst for so many creative endeavors that did not exist nor would have been possible otherwise.”

– David Holub



Dear Peggy & Lee,

I am happy to share these images from my residency with you to promote future residencies.   I will donate the usage of these to the non-profit for print and web, with the use of a watermark, linkback or photo credits when used.

If you would like to use any images to promote the for profit side of Willowtail Springs, I would like to discuss compensation prior to usage. Payment could be with money and/or trade as we agree on at the time. Photo credits are always appreciated and I want to thank you for being so good about it in the past.

Thank you for such a wonderful time and place to do my work.

If I can help others do the same in the future, please let me know.


With gratitude,