Electric Mountain Lodge Announces New Partnership with Uncharted Society, Now Offers Guests Transformative Powersport Experiences
December 5, 2022 – Snowmobilers and outdoor enthusiasts will have even more reasons to visit Electric Mountain Lodge (EML) thanks to new opportunities to explore Western Colorado’s untouched backcountry, hone their powersports skills, and enjoy extensive upgrades to the Lodge’s kitchen, bar, lounge, cabins, and living quarters.
Through a new partnership with Uncharted Society, a global network of BRP-certified outfitters, the Electric Mountain Lodge, now owned and operated by Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management, is offering on-site UTV and snowmobile rentals, as well as optional guided tours, clinics, rides, adventures, and more.
The partnership, coupled with rentals through Electric Mountain Outfitters, means guests of all skills and ability levels can explore the natural beauty and unique history of the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest and tallest flat top mountain, through immersive, transformative, and safe powersports experiences.
“There is no better way to explore the hidden gems of Colorado’s western slope than on an UTV or snowmobile. It’s the only way to fully take in the rugged grandeur of such a remote and untamed environment,” said Luke “Wildman” Dobbs, EML’s outfitter and guide. “Electric Mountain Lodge’s partnership with Uncharted Society, along with onsite rentals, guides, and elevated lodging and dining accommodations is taking an already extraordinary vacation experience to new heights.”
One of the few backcountry lodges in the world that’s strictly ride-in and ride-out, the Electric Mountain Lodge is tucked away on the western slope of the Rockies, in a remote setting up to 50 miles away from civilization. Known as a snowmobiler’s paradise, the area offers every type of riding for every type of rider, full of fresh tracks and untouched powder. Here, it’s not uncommon to go out riding all day for several days and not see anyone else the entire time.
“We are always thrilled to foster experiences that allow visitors to forge their own paths, escape their comfort zones, and explore uncharted territory,” said the Uncharted Society. “Our partnership with Electric Mountain Lodge exemplifies all of that and more. We look forward to exploring the area’s natural wonders safely, sustainably, and with a mindset for adventure. And we hope you’ll join us for a ride.”
The partnership with Uncharted Society opens more than 800,000 acres of wooded wilderness in the Gunnison and Mesa National Forests to more visitors and excursionists, from beginners to avid riders. In addition to unguided rental options, mountain and trail sled rentals, and guided backcountry tours and clinics (lunch included), the Electric Mountain Lodge offers:
- Overnight trail rides of up to 50 miles.
- Day trips across the top of the Grand Mesa to have lunch at other lodges.
- 2-3 hour, half day, or full day scenic tours.
- RAD (ride all day) adventures.
- Club rides and poker runs.
- Clinics for beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders on various topics like balance and foot placement, throttle control, carving and controlling, tree riding, wilderness first aid, and more.
These experiences are managed and coordinated by Dobbs, a native of Colorado’s western slope and world-renowned backcountry expert who has been visiting the Electric Mountain Lodge since he was four years old. Dobbs, who worked at the Lodge under its previous owners, was retained by Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management to run the outfitters. In addition to being an expert in wilderness survival, first aid, and avalanche safety, Dobbs’s knowledge of the backcountry and its splendor is only matched by his affable demeanor and fun-loving attitude.
Situated just three miles south of the 180-mile Sunlight to Powderhorn Trail, a popular spot for snowshoers and cross-country skiers, as well as snowmobilers, the Electric Mountain Lodge has long been known as an oasis for outdoor adventurers to refuel, grab a bite to eat, attend a clinic, relax in a cabin, and more.
During the warmer months, onsite UTV rentals will ensure the Lodge remains a top destination for hunters, hikers, birdwatchers, anglers, boaters, and nature lovers to take in the majesty of the great outdoors on the Grand Mesa. With more than 300 lakes across 500 square miles of forest teeming with wildlife like moose, bears, bald eagles, great-horned owls, and more, the opportunities to explore are limitless.
In response to feedback from visitors and groups, Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management has invested in extensive renovations designed to prioritize customer experiences and accommodations. The upgrades aim to preserve the Lodge’s rustic charm while embracing necessary improvements like all new furniture and décor and remodeled cabins and living quarters. While daily restaurant hours will be limited, the kitchen has been expanded to include more than $100,000 of new equipment, like a pizza oven and espresso machine, as well as an updated bar and lounge.
In addition, the Electric Mountain Lodge is partnering with local vendors to offer new homegrown experiences to visitors. And, since the Lodge is only accessible via snowmobile or helicopter in the winter, a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van with tracks will now be used to transport guests from the trailhead to the Lodge.