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.
No matter what you’re looking for in vacation lodging—luxurious slope-side condominium, landmark inn in a historic town,... read more
With dining options ranging from creative international cuisine in the resort towns of Telluride, Crested Butte, and... read more
Things To Do in Southwest Colorado
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Downhill skiing and snowboarding in Telluride: There’s never much of a wait to take a lift up to the sweeping, groomed trails and... Read more
Telluride’s independent spirit is nothing new. The town was established by a handful of very independent types—men who’d hauled... Read more
Bluegrass may have evolved from country’s "Appalachian mountain music," but Telluride’s Bluegrass Festival has added a distinctive... Read more
In the mid-1800s, Colorado was crawling with prospectors and settlers in search of their fortunes—and undergoing great social and... Read more
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