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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 tree and mogul runs at this world-famous ski area, tucked among the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in North America.

Hiking the Colorado Trail: Bike, hike, or photograph along the nearly 500 miles of volunteer-maintained trails traversing eight major mountain ranges, seven national forests, and six wilderness areas from Durango to Denver.

Mountain biking in Crested Butte: There’s a reason the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame resides here—the town is one of the birthplaces of fat-tire biking and it’s completely surrounded by up-close mountain scenery.

Riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: This six-hour round-trip journey along the Animas River will take you back in time in trains mostly powered by coal-fired locomotives. The views include dramatic canyons and the sweeping panoramas of the San Juan National Forest.

Updated: 2014-01-16

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