Southwest Colorado

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  • 1. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

    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

  • 2. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The most entertaining way to relive the Old West is to take a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a nine-hour round-trip...Read More

  • 3. Four Corners Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This interesting landmark is located about 42 miles from Cortez, 65 miles southeast of Bluff, and 6 miles north of Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. The...Read More

  • 4. Million Dollar Highway

    Scenic Drive

    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

  • 5. Purgatory Resort

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Purgatory does summer better than just about any Colorado ski resort, especially for kids. In the past, activities have included a new mountain...Read More

  • 6. San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 7. San Juan Skyway

    Scenic Drive

    One of the country's most stupendously scenic drives, the 236-mile San Juan Skyway weaves through an impressive series of Fourteeners (peaks...Read More

  • 8. Telluride Historical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the 1896 Miner's Hospital, the Telluride Historical Museum hosts exhibits on the town's past, including work in the nearby mines,...Read More

  • 9. The Colorado Trail

    Trail

    Junction Creek to Gudy’s Rest Junction Creek is the southern terminus for the Colorado Trail and one of Durango’s best trails for hiking, mountain...Read More

  • 10. The Springs Resort & Spa

    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

  • 11. Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park

    Ruins

    The only way to see this spectacular 125,000-acre park, located inside the Ute reservation, is by taking a guided tour. Expert tribal guides...Read More

  • 12. Warner Point Nature Trail

    Trail

    The 1½-mile round-trip hike starts from High Point. It provides fabulous vistas of the San Juan and West Elk mountains and Uncompahgre Valley...Read More

  • 13. Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive

    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

  • 14. Animas Overlook Trail

    Trail

    If you're looking for a great view without the effort, try the ¾-mile Animas Overlook Trail. It takes you past signs explaining local geology...Read More

  • 15. Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour

    Mine

    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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Cedar Point Overlook Trail

    Trail

    This 0.4-mile round-trip interpretive trail leads out from South Rim Road to two overlooks. It's an easy stroll, and signs along the way detail...Read More

  • 18. Chasm and Painted Wall Views

    Viewpoint

    At the heart-in-your-throat Chasm viewpoint, the canyon walls plummet 1,820 feet to the river, but are only 1,100 feet apart at the top. As...Read More

  • 19. Chasm View Nature Trail

    Trail

    The park's shortest trail (0.3 mile round-trip) starts at North Rim Campground and offers an impressive 50-yard walk right along the canyon...Read More

  • 20. Chimney Rock National Monument

    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

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