Southwest Colorado

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Gunnison Pioneer Museum


    Anyone interested in the region's history shouldn't miss the Pioneer Museum. The complex spreads across 6 acres, and includes an extensive collection...Read More

  • 9. Mud Creek Hogan


    This endearing bit of classic American kitsch has about a dozen enormous arrows (made from telephone poles) stuck into the ground as if shot...Read More

  • 10. Museum of the Mountain West


    Run by a retired archaeologist, the museum depicts life in Colorado from the late 1800s to the 1940s. It features roughly 500,000 artifacts...Read More

  • 11. Ouray County Museum


    This small, but surprisingly stocked museum highlights the history of mining, ranching, and railroading in the San Juan Mountains. The basement...Read More

  • 12. Ridgway Railroad Museum


    Ridgway is the birthplace of the Rio Grande Southern, the narrow-gauge railroad that connected Durango to Ridgway between 1893 and 1951. The...Read More

  • 13. Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum


    Housed in a replica of the town's 1880s-era train station, this museum displays Galloping Goose No. 5, one of only seven specially designed...Read More

  • 14. Telluride Historical Museum


    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

  • 15. Underground Mining Museum


    This museum is housed in rooms that modern miners blasted out of solid rock to commemorate the lives of 1880s-era miners. Exhibits tracing the...Read More

  • 16. Ute Indian Museum


    If you're interested in the lives of the region's original residents, stop by the excellent Ute Indian Museum, 3 miles south of town. The museum...Read More

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