Southwest Colorado

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwest Colorado - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Creede Historical Museum and Library

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 5. Creede Underground Mining Museum and Community Center

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Galloping Goose Historical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 9. Gunnison Pioneer Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 10. Mayflower Mill

    Historic District/Site

    Northeast of Silverton, the Mayflower Mill (also known as the Shenandoah-Dives Mill) is a beautifully restored landmark with tours that explain...Read More

  • 11. Museum of the Mountain West

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 12. Ouray County Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This small but surprisingly stocked museum housed in an 1887 hospital highlights the history of mining, ranching, and railroading in the San...Read More

  • 13. Ridgway Railroad Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 14. Ute Indian Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

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