Southwest Colorado

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  • 1. Million Dollar Highway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Ouray is also the northern end of the Million Dollar Highway, the awesome stretch of U.S. 550 that climbs over Red Mountain Pass (arguably the...Read More

  • 2. San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center


    This large, well-kept museum houses an assortment of mining memorabilia, minerals, and local artifacts, including walk-in mining-shaft replicas...Read More

  • 3. The Springs Resort


    In a beautiful setting overlooking the San Juan River, the Springs Resort draws from the Guinness World Record–verified deepest geothermal hot...Read More

  • 4. Alfred Eames Cellars


    Located at the Puesta del Sol Vineyards, 3 miles south of Paonia, this casual winery offers a nice selection of top-notch reds. ...Read More

  • 5. Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    The inspiring 63-mile Alpine Loop Scenic Byway joins Lake City with Ouray and Silverton. The road, typically open late May or early June through...Read More

  • 6. Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour


    On this hour-long tour, visitors trek 1,500 feet into one of the region's great silver mines. Tour guides are actual miners and they explain...Read More

  • 7. Black Bridge Winery


    This winery, part of Orchard Valley Farms, has made great strides with its nice selection of Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay...Read More

  • 8. Box Cañon Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One particularly gorgeous jaunt is to Box Cañon Falls, where the turbulent waters of Clear Creek thunder 285 feet down a narrow gorge. A steel...Read More

  • 9. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Spread across 176,000 acres of arid mesa and canyon country, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument holds more than 20,000 archaeological...Read More

  • 10. Chimney Rock National Monument

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    About 16 miles west of Pagosa Springs, State Highway 151 heads south to Chimney Rock National Monument. Twin spires of rock loom over the ruins...Read More

  • 11. Christ of the Mines Shrine


    If you look north toward Anvil Mountain, you'll see the Christ of the Mines Shrine, the centerpiece of which is a 12-ton statue of Jesus carved...Read More

  • 12. Creamery Arts Center


    In a renovated milk-processing plant, the two-story Creamery Arts Center showcases the work of more than 50 regional artists. Exhibits include...Read More

  • 13. Creede Historic Museum


    Occupying the original Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot, the museum paints a vivid portrait of the town's rough-and-tumble early days...Read More

  • 14. Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum


    Housed in an 1893 hardware store, this museum showcases the essentials for life in an 1880s mining town, such as clothing, furniture, and household...Read More

  • 15. Delicious Orchards Organic Farm Market


    This lovely orchard markets its own organic apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, and plums throughout the summer. You can...Read More

  • 16. Delta County Historical Society Museum


    One of the more interesting artifacts at the Delta County Museum is a collection of guns used in a failed bank robbery in 1893. Other attractions...Read More

  • 17. Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Explore hiking trails and view Native American rock art in this 210,000-acre conservation area. You can also visit 19th-century homesteads,...Read More

  • 18. Fort Lewis College

    Educational Institution

    High on a mesa southeast of Durango, Fort Lewis College adds a college-town vibe to the city. Visitors often stop by the school's Center of...Read More

  • 19. Fort Uncompahgre


    Learn about the area's rich history with a visit to Fort Uncompahgre, which has a self-guided tour that takes you through the 1826 fur-trading...Read More

  • 20. Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    For spectacular views of wildflower meadows, evergreen mesa forests, and high-mountain lakes, take a drive through Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre,...Read More

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