Southwest Colorado Travel Guide



Plan Your Southwest Colorado Vacation

The reddish rocks found in much of the state, particularly in the southwest, give Colorado its name. The region’s terrain varies widely—from yawning black canyons and desolate moonscapes to pastel deserts and mesas, glistening sapphire lakes, and wide expanses of those stunning red rocks. It’s so rugged in the southwest that a four-wheel-drive vehicle or a pair of sturdy hiker’s legs is necessary to explore much of the wild and beautiful backcountry.


Southwest Colorado Hotels

No matter what you’re looking for in vacation lodging—luxurious slope-side condominium, landmark inn in a historic town, riverside cabin, guest ranch, more


Southwest Colorado Restaurants

With dining options ranging from creative international cuisine in the resort towns of Telluride, Crested Butte, and Durango to no-frills American more


Southwest Colorado Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Southwest Colorado

    Downhill skiing and snowboarding in Telluride: There’s never much of a wait to take a lift up to the sweeping, groomed trails and challenging... Read more

  • The Spirit of Telluride

    Telluride’s independent spirit is nothing new. The town was established by a handful of very independent types—men who’d hauled themselves and... Read more

  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival

    Bluegrass may have evolved from country’s "Appalachian mountain music," but Telluride’s Bluegrass Festival has added a distinctive Rocky Mountain... Read more

  • Chief Ouray

    In the mid-1800s, Colorado was crawling with prospectors and settlers in search of their fortunes—and undergoing great social and political change... Read more


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