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CONTENTS chief executive officer
Douglas Bennett chief of finance & operations
Carrie Cass director of newspaper advertising
Jamie Opalenik manager of creative services
Tad Smith special sections editor
Gary Markstein Bridget Williams
4 Four Corners Communities 6 Fast Facts 8 Travel & Transportation 10 Staying in the Southwest
Amy Baird, Cole Davis, Kelly Bulkley, Joe Nelson, Shell Simonson advertising operations
12-33 G REAT OUTDOORS
Tana Creek The Southwest Colorado Summer Guide is published once a year by Ballantine Communications. Publication date: May 29, 2021
12 Leave No Trace 14 Camping 16 Trailblazing Tours 18 Golfing 20 Ways to Wander & Multiuse Trails 22 Open Space for Everyone 24 Family-Friendly Fun 26 State Parks Activity Packs 28 Climbing in Colorado 31 Stargazing Spots
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34 Fishing Holes 36 Splashin’ Around 38 River Rafting 40 Healing Waters
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H ISTORY & HERITAGE Hands-on History Guided Tours Historic Trains Scenic Drives
FOOD & BEVERAGE
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48 Best Dining Views 50 Quick Bites 51 Flavor Four Corners Dining Guide
ARTS & CULTURE
52 Public Art Tours & Area Art Galleries 54 The Maker’s Mark
SHOPPING & ENTERTAINMENT
56 Shopping for Gifts & Goods 58 Small Town Sounds 60 Casinos 62 Events 64 Cannabis in Colorado
Cover photography by Terrance Siemon and Cole Davis
Learn outside the lines. A N E D U C AT I O N T O L I V E B Y
Flanked by Southwest Colorado’s access to canyons and high places, learning at Fort Lewis College happens as much out of the classroom as it does within. At just over 3,300 students, FLC is refreshingly small and incredibly diverse with half of the student body represented by students of color. Studies are pulled beyond books into natural laboratories that help shape FLC’s dynamic academic programs, steered by faculty who are on a first-name basis with each student.
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A quick look at the communities in Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico 1 DURANGO is an authentic western town nestled at the foot of the San Juan Mountains with amazing recreation opportunities that keep locals and visitors active.
4 PAGOSA SPRINGS is a small town with four seasons and an unusually mild climate located in the upper San Juan Basin surrounded by the 3-million-acre San Juan Forest.
2 BAYFIELD is tucked in the Pine River Valley at 6,900 feet. It is a friendly town with a strong sense of community, and it includes the region around Vallecito Lake, one of the largest bodies of water in southwest Colorado.
SILVERTON is a quiet, highaltitude town with a rich mining history. It is surrounded by breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountain peaks and endless outdoor recreation year round. 5
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ARIZONA NEW MEXICO 169
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PAGOSA SPRINGS 84
13 AZTEC FARMINGTON
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3 IGNACIO is a small, but diverse community situated in a long valley located within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and bordered by the La Plata Mountains. Ignacio is home to a variety of small, locally owned businesses that serve the nearby reservation and ranches.
8 TELLURIDE is a remote town on the San Miguel River, situated in a box canyon surrounded by steep forested mountains. Telluride’s preservation of its past has placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. 9 DOLORES is a small community tucked in a narrow valley between Telluride and Durango. It is a popular destination for outdoor recreation year round.
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7 RIDGWAY is an outdoor paradise nestled in the cottonwood trees north of Ouray. The region celebrates and preserves its ranching and railroad heritage.
6 OURAY is known as “the Switzerland of America.” Active mining operations and agriculture are vital parts of the economy, but the basis is tourism. Visitors travel far and wide to see majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, natural hot springs, the Million Dollar Highway and Ouray Ice Park. 2021
10 MANCOS is a rural town known as the “Gateway to Mesa Verde.” Like many small towns in southwest Colorado, Mancos attracts visitors from near and far with community events and a vibrant arts scene. 11 CORTEZ is a small town with a colorful history located between the San Juan Mountains and the Four Corners. Cortez is home to pristine trails in the high desert and Mesa Verde National Park. 12 AZTEC is a small community of about 6,600 residents in New Mexico just northeast of Farmington. The Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in town, and features a 500-room Anasazi pueblo with the nation’s largest reconstructed Great Kiva. 13 FARMINGTON is located at the junction of the San Juan, Animas and La Plata Rivers in New Mexico. Active families thrive in the community which is a growing outdoor recreation destination with a bustling retail industry.
Colorado Mountain Living Shaped by Nature. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the San Juan Mountains, storied towns and more than three million acres of protected wilderness, Glacier is an uncommon mountain community where lives are shaped by heart-felt moments in nature. With an array of real estate Artist Rendering
opportunities designed to fit any lifestyle and a robust collection of amenities at one’s doorstep, families are free to find their idyllic pace among Glacier’s thousand-acre landscape and reconnect with what it means to live wild and well — every season of the year. Homesites starting at $164K Luxury condominiums and cabin homes from $825K
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DURANGO Traveling and transportation tips for visitors
FLYING INTO THE FOUR CORNERS
Dreams of traveling to remote destinations for a family vacation come true for Southwest Colorado visitors in search of fresh experiences. Though Durango, Colorado is off the beaten path, it makes a perfect launchpad for exhilarating encounters in the Wild West. The city’s proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural monuments, combined with creative arts, dining, entertainment and shopping, attract travelers of all kinds – including families with curious children and young adults looking for a new adventure.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the mask requirement through Sept. 13 for all transportation networks in the U.S. This applies to all individuals flying to Colorado and on Durango Transit vehicles. Please follow all local, state and federal guidelines while traveling to keep our communities safe.
The Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) offers daily connecting flights to international airports including Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. During the summer months, the schedule at DRO also includes additional direct flights from Los Angeles and Denver. Visitors can also catch connecting flights in Denver to Telluride’s Regional Airport or Cortez Municipal Airport, or travel to an international airport and drive to Durango.
DURANGO-LA PLATA COUNTY AIRPORT
1000 Airport Road, Durango (970) 382-6050 • www.flydurango.com This 36,500-square-foot terminal is the premier regional airport in the Four Corners. It houses multiple airlines, five rental car companies, two restaurant and bar locations and one gift shop. DRO has one of the longest runways in the Four Corners region. The airport terminal is open 24 hours per day. The TSA screening checkpoint opens 90 minutes prior to the first departure of the day, and it remains open until the final departing flight in the evening. Passengers must arrive at the airport to check luggage at least an hour before they are scheduled to board.
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Accessing transportation in rural areas is often challenging, but our communities are dedicated to improving multimodal transportation. Ride a bike, take a walk or board Durango “T” to travel around city limits. For longer distances, ride with a local taxi service, such as Animas Transportation, BuckHorn Limousine, Durango Cab or High Up Tours and Transportation. App-based ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft are also available, yet limited.
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Durango is located 20 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border at the crossroads of U.S. highways 160 and 550. Though miles away from the nearest interstate, it is still relatively easy to arrive from any direction in the summer season using state and U.S. highways. Families from around the world often enjoy soaking in the views of desert canyons and alpine forests as they travel to and through the Southwest.
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www.durangotransit.com The Main Avenue Trolley runs from the north end of town to College Drive from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, every 20 minutes. It costs $1 per person to ride. Bus routes extend beyond the trolleys. To track real-time location of the buses and bus arrivals, download the TransLoc app to your smartphone.
INTERMODAL TRANSIT CENTER
250 West Eighth St., Durango (970) 247-3577 www.getarounddurango.com The City of Durango Intermodal Transit Center acts as a regional hub for public transportation, including Durango T, Ignacio Road Runner and Purgatory Resort. Visitors can also find information on parking passes at the Transit Center.
www.durangogov.org/332/parking Durango Central Business District has both metered parking spaces on the street (some take coins, others take coins and cards) and permit spaces located in parking lots. Parking rules and regulations are enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metered parking is free on Saturday and Sunday. However, parking is never allowed at meters from 2-5 a.m. To avoid parking tickets, download a parking map online, or contact the Intermodal Transit Center to review your options for temporary parking passes.
Counting Sheep Quality sleep is paramount to preparedness for any and every adventure. Fortunately, the Four Corners is filled with an array of accommodations for overnight guests ranging from simplistic camping under the stars to lavish lodging. Whether scheduling a solo trip to explore the San Juan Mountains or planning a family vacation
filled with outdoor recreation, there are affordable accommodations for every need. Pitch a tent in the San Juan National Forest, find a room at a historic hotel downtown, rent a cozy cabin in the wilderness or park your RV next to all the action. No matter where you choose to stay, it is surely surrounded by gorgeous vistas.
CAMPING Staying in a five-star hotel is overrated in Colorado. Locals
know sleeping beneath thousands of stars under such a clear sky is a surreal experience. With millions of acres of public land, access to campsites is abundant, especially for tent campers. All campgrounds allow primitive tent camping, and a wide selection of parks offer access to additional amenities, as well as sites for car campers and RVs with electric and sewer hookups.
CABINS & CONDOS Rent a rustic cabin in the woods or modern condo in
the mountains. Booking a vacation rental such as a house, cabin or condo gives guests access to the comforts of home, including a kitchen to enjoy homemade meals. Vacation rentals market more variety in space, which can provide optimal sleeping arrangements for longer trips, too.
BED & BREAKFAST Energy is essential to exploring all that the area has
to offer. Luckily, local bed and breakfasts provide guests an incredible morning meal to ensure the day begins on a positive note. Bed-andbreakfasts are a great fit for everything from overnight stays to extended vacations. Most boutique hotels or B&Bs are nearby attractions and restaurants, but offer friendlier atmospheres for sociable guests.
ROOMS IN TOWN People visiting Southwest Colorado often spend
more time outdoors than indoors on their vacation, even in the winter. Across the Four Corners, there are numerous B&Bs, vacation rentals and places to camp. However, guests can also find traditional hotels, motels and inns with vacancies. Book a room or suite with easy access to dining, entertainment and shopping.
SPECIAL AMENITIES There’s nothing quite like relaxing in the geothermal
hot springs after a long day. In fact, soaking in the natural hot springs is proven to be beneficial for quality sleep. Guests can schedule to stay at a hotel where guests enjoy exclusive access to geothermal waters during their stay. For more information about hot springs in the area, see page 40.
GHOST WALK DURANGO Walk through
140 years of haunted history
in the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Tickets $20 · Kids 10 & under FREE!!! Perfect for families, couples, locals & tour groups!
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Scenic Aperture’s Durango gallery features fine-art nature photography of the Four Corners area of the American Southwest. The gallery showcases landscape, wildlife, and nature photography of Durango’s own internationally collected photographer, Frank Comisar.
708 Main Ave | https://durangogallery.photography/ 2021
Outdoor Ethics Leave the wilderness wild If you are planning to spend time outdoors, remember to be kind to the environment. Around here, you will hear the phrase “Leave No Trace.” Simply put, Leave No Trace encompasses a set of outdoor ethics with seven basic principles. Though most of us don’t intend to harm our natural surroundings, we may lack the knowledge to preserve it. Before embarking on your next adventure, embrace the Leave No Trace model to help protect our natural spaces. PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE • Carry a map and know your route to reduce the chance of needing off-trail travel. • Know regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. • Schedule trips during low-use times and travel in small groups.
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES • Stick to using established trails and campsites. • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. • Protect plant and wildlife habitats by camping at least 200 feet from water sources.
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY • Pack it in, pack it out: All trash, food waste and litter. Leave it cleaner than you found it.
• Do your business in “cat holes” at least 200 feet from water. Cover the hole when done. • Washing yourself or your dishes? Stay 200 feet away from streams or lakes. Scatter dishwater.
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND • That antler or arrowhead looks better where you found it than it does on your shelf. • Preserve the past: Examine, but don’t touch, cultural or historic structures or artifacts.
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS • Keep fires small. Use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. • Burn only when necessary in established fire rings or lowimpact mound fire. • Firewood from home could introduce pests and diseases. Buy wood from a local source or gather it responsibly where allowed.
RESPECT WILDLIFE • Photograph or view from a distance. • Never feed wildlife. • Control pets so that they don’t harass or scare wildlife.
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS • Some escape to the wild for peace and quiet. Be courteous. • Yield to others on the trail. • When encountering horses or other pack stock, step to the downhill side of the trail.
Our love for the outdoors can take its toll on nature. And impacted areas can suffer from litter, invasive species, habituated wildlife, trail erosion, polluted water sources and more. Be mindful of outdoor ethics and leave the wilderness wild. For more information visit the website for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. www.lnt.org
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CAMPING Few experiences are quite as unique as sleeping under the stars in the Southwest. Whether you’re looking to go car camping on Missionary Ridge or primitive camping in the Bisti Badlands, our region has it all. Opt to rough it and commune with nature or seek out creature comforts in a woodsy setting. No matter your style, here’s a breakdown to help you decide how to get off the beaten path. DISPERSED CAMPING
Dispersed camping is the traditional primitive experience. To access dispersed camping sites, you may have to hike to a spot, and generally won’t have access to bathrooms or other amenities. The appeal of dispersed camping is that it allows you to stay in a more remote, natural setting.
CAR CAMPING is generally done at an assigned campsite with your vehicle close at hand. Benefits of car camping include the fact that most campgrounds provide restrooms, trash services and sometimes even showers. RV/VAN CAMPING is the perfect answer for people who want to get out in nature but aren’t comfortable sleeping outdoors. An RV or van can provide the some of the comforts of home, such as a bed, kitchen, bathroom and full power. Some parks in the area offer dedicated RV sites with full hook-ups, others offer boondocking only.
is the most adventurous form of camping. Spend the day hiking or biking through nature until you reach a desired campsite. Before setting out on a backpacking trip, remember to let someone know where you’re hiking and when you expect to return.
GLAMPING is camping’s trendy, more glamorous sister. Most glamping sites feature tents permanently pitched on decks in a scenic setting. They usually feature beds, bathrooms and other luxuries. Additional perks range from Wi-Fi to stocked kitchens.
What to pack • Tent with a rain cover • A warm sleeping bag • A pillow and sleeping pad • Camp stove and/or waterproof matches • Drinking water, water purification tablets or tools
• Layers of clothing, including a waterresistant coat, wool socks and long underwear • Flashlights, headlamps or lanterns • Sunscreen, bug spray, first-aid kit, and toilet paper
WHAT TO KNOW • The weather in this region can change without warning, especially in the summer months. Be prepared with proper dry gear, and always dress in layers. • Depending on your location, you may be required to purchase a pass or permit. Review your destination and plan ahead. • Be aware of your location. Obey all posted signs and notices at campgrounds and trail entrances. • Popular campgrounds can be booked many months in advance. It’s best to make a reservation sooner than later. • Expect to run into wildlife ranging from lizards and squirrels to rattlesnakes and bears, depending on where you camp. Familiarize yourself with the safety guidelines and etiquette of wildlife encounters in the area where you plan to camp. • Remember to care for the delicate ecosystem of the Southwest by following Leave No Trace principles.
Durango’s favorite family entertainment since 1969
Old West Music and Comedy Show and Chuckwagon Supper
The Bar D Wranglers perform songs of cowboys and the old west, comedy, and lively instruments after supper to please the whole family.
Ticketing, Activities, and Shops - open by 5:00 pm - earlier for larger crowds Supper is at 6:30. Open Memorial Day weekend thru September Reservations Required
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Twists & Turns Trails that test the tires
OHV RULES AND REGULATIONS • Unlicensed vehicles must display a current OHV registration, including those from out-of-state. • Operators of San Juan, San Miguel and Hinsdale counties must possess a valid drivers license. • In Ouray County, unlicensed motor vehicle operators must be at least 10-years-old and accompanied by a licensed driver.
• All motor vehicles must stay on legal, designated routes identified on the map. • Drivers must observe barriers, signs and other features meant to restrict vehicle travel or access. • Liability insurance is required for all unlicensed motor vehicles. 2021
• Unlicensed motor vehicles cannot be driven within the city limits of Ouray, Silverton, Lake City, Ophir or Telluride or on the highway. • All motor vehicles must comply with Colorado state sound limits.
Scenic treasures rest behind soaring peaks and evergreen forests or sand dunes and scrub brush. But if you venture off the beaten path, there are beautiful vistas hidden in among the crags and crevices of the landscape. THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
The roads that lead to the backcountry can be rocky and often tumultuous. This kind of travel requires a four-wheel drive and an unflinching driver. However, if you want to experience the pure untamed beauty that is Colorado, a trusty four-wheel drive or licensed off-road vehicle is the way to go.
EXPLORE WITH A GUIDE
Uncomfortable navigating jagged mountain passes? Fear not. There are countless professional guides that navigate the winding roads for you while providing anecdotal and historical information about the areas they explore.
BLACK BEAR PASS
This is one of the most famous four-wheel drive roads in Colorado, and also one of the most treacherous.
The road begins with a sign that reads, “You don’t have to be crazy to drive this road – but it helps!” The loose shale base, sheer drops, hairpin switchbacks and rocky narrow path make this pass best left to experienced drivers. Better yet, hire a guide for this journey.
With a summit of 11,789 feet, this is one of the highest four-wheel drive paths in the Southwest. Look for the turn-off about 5 miles after Red Mountain Pass. Your journey will take you 10 miles to the small mountain town of Ophir while presenting you with incredible views of Lizard Head Peak in one direction and the San Miguel Valley to the other. Aside from a segment known as The Shelf, Ophir Pass is one of the easiest roads to navigate.
One of the easiest ways to experience a variety of mountain passes is to drive the Alpine Loop. This circular route navigates through towering elevations, including Cinnamon Pass at 12,640 feet and Engineer Pass at 12,800. The route connects the towns of Silverton and Ouray with Lake City. Though the road will take 5 to 7 hours to complete, allow extra time to explore the abandoned mines and ghost towns along the way.
GLADE RUN RECREATION AREA
Experience the Land of Enchantment in all its majesty when you journey to New Mexico for the backcountry trails at Glade Run Recreation Area. With thousands of acres of wash runs and rock crawls, this high desert playground exceeds all expectations. At an elevation of 5,669 feet, drivers will find sandy arroyos, slick rock, rolling foothills and mountain trails.
A par above the rest There are around a dozen golf courses within driving distance from basecamp Durango. Many golfers recognize that golf has advantages, like stretching muscles, spending time outdoors and socializing. But the game also presents challenges that improve strategy and problemsolving skills. There’s nothing better than testing your skills on new terrain. So, here’s a roundup of the gorgeous greens in Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
CIVITAN GOLF COURSE 2200 Dustin Ave., Farmington (505) 599-1194 holes: 9 par: 27 other features: foot golf allowed CONQUISTADOR GOLF COURSE 2018 North Dolores Road, Cortez (970) 565-9208 holes: 18 par: 72 other features: championship golf course with sand traps and water hazards, practice driving range and putting green DALTON RANCH GOLF CLUB 589 County Road 252, Durango (970) 247-7921 holes: 9 par: 36 other features: fantastic vistas, restaurant lounge, driving range, practice green, sand trap and chipping green DIVIDE RANCH AND CLUB 151 Divide Ranch Circle, Ridgway (970) 626-5284 holes: 18 par: 72 other features: award-winning, championship course, driving range and practice facilities HILLCREST GOLF COURSE 2300 Rim Drive, Durango (970) 247-1499 holes: 18 par: 71 other features: affordable green fees, a membership program, hosts tournaments THE GLACIER CLUB 600 Glacier Club Drive, Durango Mountain Course: (970) 382-6700 Valley Course: (970) 382-7851 holes: 18 par: 71 other features: two luxurious golf courses rest at 7,400 feet, mountain vistas, challenging terrain
PAGOSA SPRINGS GOLF CLUB 1 Pines Club Place, Pagosa Springs (970) 731-4755 holes: 27 par: 107 other features: championship course surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, unique holes to challenge avid golfers PINON HILLS 2101 Sunrise Parkway, Farmington (505) 326-6066 holes: 18 par: 72 other features: rated by Golfweek Magazine as one of the best municipal courses in the U.S. RIVERVIEW 64 County Road 6520, Kirtland (505) 598-0140 holes: 18 par: 72 other features: Scottish-style course, hosts over 30 tournaments, foot golf allowed SAN JUAN COUNTRY CLUB 5775 Country Club Drive, Farmington (505) 327-4451 holes: 18 par: 71 other features: dress code, tournaments, clubhouse and two restaurants TELLURIDE GOLF CLUB 136 Country Club Drive, Mountain Village (970) 728-2606 holes: 18 par: 70 other features: located in Mountain Village on Turkey Creek Mesa, surrounded by tall mountain peaks THE SOUTH FORTY GOLF COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE 25500 Road H, Cortez (970) 565-3501 holes: 9 par: 27 other features: 50 acres surrounded by Ute Mountain, Mesa Verde and the La Plata Mountain Range
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Endless ways to wander One of the advantages to keeping the West wild is the access to serene nature areas and vast trail networks to explore. There’s no better way to experience the beauty of the countryside than being immersed in it. In fact, spending time in nature is good for your health, and the abundance of public land makes it easy for anyone to take to the outdoors. The best part is many of the trails are designated for multiuse, meaning users can enjoy activities like biking, hiking or horseback riding in the backcountry.
Trekking across the terrain on foot is a popular way to access outdoor spaces and establish a connection to your natural surroundings. There are an overwhelming amount of trails that surround each town in Southwest Colorado. For a mountain experience and panoramic views, try hiking anywhere near Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Dolores or Pagosa Springs. These areas offer amazing pine and aspen covered hiking trails. For more desert wilderness, Cortez and Farmington are the places to go. Grab a pack, lace up some boots and hit some of the best trails around the region. And remember to apply plenty of sunscreen.
Traveling across the landscape on two wheels is an energizing experience that unveils incredible views in greater detail. The Four Corners region is known for its iconic Iron Horse Bicycle Race and superb singletrack trails scattered across rocky desert mesas and forested mountain ridges. From Farmington’s infamous Alien Run to Phil’s World, adrenalinepumping, pedalpowered fun awaits riders of all ages and fitness levels. Road cyclists can also find an abundance of paved and gravel routes to train for races. Before strapping on a helmet for the ride, swing by one of the region’s bike shops that offer equipment, maintenance, rentals and expert advice.
RIDING Saddle up, and travel across the landscape like the pioneers. Southwest Colorado is home to dozens of outfitters and ranches which can help visitors make the most of their trail riding experience. Soak up the sunshine and scenery while covering more miles of mountain or desert trails on horseback. Most outfitters offer options for short, hour-long trips as well as half-day, full-day and multiday journeys. Others offer exclusive experiences, like tours of Mesa Verde National Park. Before departing on a horseback riding adventure, participants should express any physical limitations to tour guides because longer rides will require more physical exertion.
Tips for trail users
EQUESTRIANS: Always let other trail users know if they should use extra caution to pass by your horse safely. Slow the horse and give other trail users plenty of space to pass. HIKERS: When approaching a horse, call out to the rider to let them know you are going to pass. Slowly proceed to avoid spooking the animal, and speak softly to calm the horse. Always wait until the rider gives you the right of way. CYCLISTS: Bikers should always yield to hikers and equestrians on the trail. Only pass a horse if the rider has given the OK, and proceed slowly to avoid spooking the animal.
Meandering ON MULTIUSE TRAILS OVEREND MOUNTAIN PARK
This 300-acre playground filled with multiuse trails is a mountain biker’s paradise. With plenty of obstacles and bends, the downhill track offers great views of the city. Many locals refer to Overend as the Test Tracks because it is a great place to try new skills and techniques on terrain that is fun to ride again and again. There are multiple trails in this area, so pick the one that suits your skill level.
McPHEE OVERLOOK TRAIL
Get a gorgeous view of the second largest body of water in Colorado on this multiuse trail near Dolores. The trail starts with steep switchbacks climbing to the top of the mesa overlooking McPhee Reservoir, with a mixture of beginner to advanced terrain. At about 9 miles long, one way, the pathway leads people past interesting rock features and through pinon, juniper and sagebrush to the Little Bean Canyon Trail in the Boggy Draw trail system. To get to the trailhead, located across the highway from Joe Rowell Park, turn on B Street off Highway 45 and follow the road toward the fire station.
TURKEY SPRINGS TRAIL SYSTEM With numerous loops, including 14 interconnected routes and 30 miles of trails, Turkey Springs Trail System is a hidden gem in the San Juan National Forest near Pagosa Springs. Open to visitors and their pets, the area includes beautiful views of meadows and mountains, as well as a variety of flora and fauna. Whether enjoying a leisurely hike, trail riding journey or pedal-powered adventure, Turkey Springs Trail Systems has opportunities for every fitness level. Travel southwest for 3 miles on Forest Service Road 629 to reach the trailhead.
OPEN SPACE FOR EVERYONE Public lands are part of what makes this area so special. These lands include national and state parks, preserves, monuments and forests, as well as BLM land, wilderness areas and more. BODO STATE WILDLIFE AREA
Experience scenic views of downtown Durango and the Animas Valley from atop Smelter Mountain. The Smelter Mountain Trail is open to the public for day-hiking from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dogs are prohibited on this trail. Enjoy a 1-mile hike that climbs 1,000 feet in elevation and opportunities to observe deer, elk, rabbit and various fowl. If you’re lucky, you might catch a paraglider preparing for a flight from the top.
HAVILAND LAKE STATE WILDLIFE AREA
Located about 18 miles north of Durango off Highway 550, Haviland Lake is a great place to enjoy camping, fishing and nonmotorized boating. Visitors can access a series of interconnected trails in the national forest known as Chris Park or the Haviland Lake Trail System from the campground. It also makes a great basecamp for other hiking and mountain biking adventures near between Silverton and Durango.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO In order to protect wildlife habitats trafficked by the public, any person over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing or hunting license, or a State Wildlife Area Pass from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Inside the southern city limits of Cortez, Hawkins Preserve is 122 acres of protected land where the public can enjoy hiking among ancient ruins and desert nature. There are around 3 miles of trails with a total of eight segments that loop and connect for hikers to explore. Climbing is allowed with a permit, which is available on the Cortez Cultural Center’s website.
HOW TO PACK A PICNIC • First, find a basket, backpack, tote or cooler to transport the food. • Bring a blanket to spread across the ground for seating. • Pack plates, cups, utensils and napkins. • Remember to bring a cutting board and knife for cheese, fruit, vegetables and bread, as well as a corkscrew or bottle opener if packing alcohol. • Keep food at a safe temperature to consume by freezing water bottles and drink them after the ice melts. • Consider bringing a bag for trash. Always pack out anything brought in, including food.
Scenic overlooks and accessible trails set Colorado’s national parks apart from others. Marvel at the natural wonders while enjoying scenic drives. Access hiking and mountain biking trails, secluded camping and horseback riding adventures, plus more opportunities to see native flora and fauna by visiting these national parks in Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Preserving ancient history and culture helps us learn about humanity and the relationship it has with nature’s cycles. Many national monuments provide educational experiences through
guided hikes, outdoor programs and museums. Guests can also enjoy self-guided journeys through these sacred spaces: Chimney Rock National Monument, Yucca House National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Aztec Ruins National Monument.
Regional state parks are popular for year-round recreation. Some of the most popular summer activities include water activities like boating, fishing and swimming, as well as camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and watching wildlife. Visit the state parks in our region, which include Mancos State Park, Navajo State Park and Ridgway State Park.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN Sanctuaries, schemes for summer entertainment AX-THROWING
Durango Adventures allows people huck hatchets at targets after some professional instruction is provided. Anyone age 12 and up can enjoy some friendly competition in the four regulationsize cages. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests can bring their own alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and food, and those who do not want to participate can still observe the entertainment for a $5 fee.
Pause the adrenaline-filled adventures to relax with a round of miniature golf. In Southwest Colorado, there are four venues to enjoy putt-putt courses, weather permitting. Try the shady Durango Park course near Serious Texas BBQ located at 650 South Camino del Rio or Shooters & Shenanigans located in Pagosa Springs at 23 Pike Drive. Purgatory Ski Resort north of Durango and Sky Ute Resort & Casino in Ignacio also have mini golf courses.
Test your Frisbee tossing skills on regional disc golf courses. The goal of disc golf is to toss a flying disc into a basket in as few turns as possible. To play, begin at the tee area and throw the disc toward the target, which is an elevated basket. Players add a point for every toss, and the player with the lowest score wins. The Four Corners is filled with scenic places to enjoy disc golf, including Fort Lewis College, Purgatory Resort, Kendall Mountain Recreation Area, Centennial Park, Reservoir Hill and Cloman Park. Miniature golf can also offer families more opportunities to enjoy quality time together while on vacation.
ELECTRIC BIKES & SCOOTERS
Rent an e-bike that provides pedal-assisted power to riders from Durango-based business Roll. Anyone ages 8 and older can enjoy cycling around downtown and along the Animas River Trail. Riders can reserve the bikes for as little as 2 hours, or rent them out for a full week. Pricing starts at around $45, but will vary
depending on the length of the rental and type of bike. Cruising around Pagosa Springs on a fleet of electric scooters provided by Scootz is a fun option for groups of adults. Anyone 18 years old or over can rent and ride a scooter from restaurants and shops to the area hot springs. The cost to rent a scooter starts at $20 for one hour and increases by $10 per hour, up to six hours.
Fly through the forest surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife with a zipline adventure. In addition to ax-throwing, Durango Adventures has two options for ziplining just one mile from downtown Durango. The six-zipline tour includes a 10-minute uphill hike and close to two hours of soaring about the landscape. The 12-zipline tour includes a 15-minute uphill hike and nearly 3 hours of stunning views. Soaring Tree Top Adventures is an established business located on 180 private acres surrounded by
the San Juan National Forest. This unforgettable zipline experience includes a first class train ride on the D&SNG train to the remote location. The full-day ziplining experience includes five hours of adventure and a four-course gourmet lunch served on a platform overlooking the Animas River. Telluride Canopy Adventure offers a three-hour zipline experience featuring five ziplines, two aerial bridges and two rappels. Guests depart from Telluride Adventure Center. To review restrictions and tour times, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
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Visit Purgatory Resort to ride pristine mountain biking trails or a scenic chairlift that gives guests access to more hiking opportunities. The resort is known for its thrilling downhill rides the Alpine Slide and Inferno Coaster. It also has a suspended obstacle course, bungee trampoline and gyro chair. Paddle around Twilight Lake with resort partners Durango Boat and Board on one of several canoes, kayaks, paddleboards or a pedal boat.
Telluride Ski Resort & Mountain Village also have hiking and mountain biking trails to explore for all skill levels. Ride the gondola that connects the town of Telluride with Mountain Village from Oak Street Plaza to Mountain Village Center suspended over the ski slopes. Enjoy other activities like bouldering, jumping on a bungee trampoline or panning for precious stones at the mining sluis. 2021
A different kind of resort opened south of Durango in Aztec, Tico Time River Resort is a new hybrid RV park and entertainment venue next to the Animas River. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of seasonal activities all in one place, including beach volleyball, disc golf, paddleboarding, river tubing and ziplining. The riverside resort is also hosting music festivals this summer.
STATE PARKS ARE PACKED WITH FUN Looking for ideas to help you plan your next outdoor adventure in Colorado? The answer could be as close to home as the local library. While libraries and outdoor adventures may not be synonymous, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has partnered with the Colorado State Library to offer the Check Out State Parks program. Available state-wide, the program is designed to encourage Coloradans to visit any of the 42 state parks at no cost. Over 300 Colorado libraries are participating in the Check Out State Parks program, including the Colorado Talking Book Library.
HOW IT WORKS
The goal of the State Parks program is to expose new patrons to new areas to explore and the expansive services that modern libraries offer. The program is easily accessible and provides a backpack filled with educational materials, as well as a free park pass. Library patrons can check out the backpack and park pass for up to seven days, and may use it to visit any Colorado state park.
EACH ADVENTURE PACK CONTAINS: • Colorado State Park Pass for free park entry (hang tag) • Your Guide to Colorado’s State Parks (book) • An activity ideas list • Binoculars (optional) • A Leave No Trace – Outdoor Ethics Card • Fishing Basics Instruction Sheet • Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide • Colorado Wildlife Guide • Colorado Birds Guide • Night Sky Guide
Families can use the interactive contents of the pack to help imaginations soar or provide more structured exploration. Each pack invites curious outdoor-lovers to immerse themselves in nature and develop new skills while exploring unique landscapes.
WHERE CAN I GET AN ADVENTURE PACK?
Head to the Durango Public Library or the Fort Lewis College Library to check out an Adventure Pack. Other local libraries include those in Mancos, Cortez, Ignacio, Silverton and Ouray. Visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/ checkoutcoloradoparticipating libraries for a complete list. Several park visitor centers also offer activity packs for day use only, including Mancos, Navajo and Ridgway. Don’t forget to share photos of your adventures with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter or Instagram.
Climbing in Colorado Looking to climb in Durango this summer? You’re not alone! This area has been a popular climbing destination for decades. From alpinists to boulderers, Durango is a place for world class talent and beginners alike to refine their skills. The geology of this mountain and desert nexus yields a surprising variety of options, and climbers of all skill levels and disciplines will find enjoyment in this little paradise.
European-style climbing adventure A via ferrata, a Italian term for “iron road,” is a protected climbing path with gear placed to help climbers up, down and around stunning mountains. Southwest Colorado is home to two via ferrate: The Ouray Via Ferrata and the Telluride Via Ferrate. Hire a local guide to experience these incredible routes
Rock climbing can be a very safe activity, but there is no substitute for knowledge and training. Local guiding services can introduce you to the sport or new aspects of it, if you’re looking to expand. There is no room for using inappropriate or degraded gear. Make sure you know the how, what, why and where of equipment like harnesses, helmets, ropes etc. Local gear shops can help you determine the best fit for your needs. Awareness can be overlooked when we’re out having a good time. Keep a close eye on your partners, other climbing parties, the top and bottom of climbs and the weather. Bear in mind the elements can quickly turn a nice day nasty. Make sure you have appropriate amounts of water, food as well as a first aid kit and cell phone for emergencies.
Rock climbing as a term covers different aspects of one sport. Let’s take a deeper dive. BOULDERING
Bouldering uses no safety ropes and is relegated to boulders. Climbs focus on difficulty of movement. In lieu of ropes, foam pads are placed below climbs and spotters (think gymnastics) also help protect the falling climber.
In toproping the rope is secured at the top of the climb before the climber begins. As they ascend, the slack rope is pulled taught by the belayer, who also holds the resting or falling climber and lowers them to the ground.
In sport climbing, a climber starts on the ground with their rope and as they climb they clip it into bolts that are permanently drilled into the stone. Since they are fixing the rope as they go there is potential for falling farther and belaying is more intensive.
Traditional climbing is similar to sport except the climber places removable gear such as camming devices for protection instead of pre-drilled bolts. Since the protection is removable afterward, this style is generally considered the cleanest.
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STARGAZING SPOTS 10 PLACES TO VIEW NIGHT SKIES Look up at the night sky and prepare to be starstruck. On clear nights, you can marvel at the infinite universe filled with planets, moons and constellations. Preserving nature for everyone to enjoy is a priority in the Four Corners region, and the view of the night sky is no exception. It’s incredible what you can see with the naked eye when not surrounded by an urban glow. Thanks to work by the International Dark Sky Association to prevent light pollution and protect natural ecosystems, you can see up to 15,000 stars in the sky,
2 ALTA LAKES Travel through a ghost town in the Uncompahgre National Forest to a series of lakes just six miles south of Telluride. Enjoy hiking, fishing or paddling on non-motorized watercraft like canoes and kayaks. Stay overnight at one of the dispersed campsites available near Lower Alta Lake or schedule a reservation at the privately-owned Observatory Lodge.
compared to just 500 in more urban environments. The wide open spaces out West are ideal for getting a glimpse at the galaxy. Many of these spots are protected spaces, like national parks and monuments, worthy of exploring during daylight too. For your stargazing session, bring along a map and a star chart. Binoculars also can help enhance the experience.
3 MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK By day, dozens of visitors marvel at the ancient architecture known today as Mesa Verde National Park. At night, the 52,000-acre national park is the perfect place to go stargazing because it is also a designated International Dark Sky Park. The park often hosts educational programs led by rangers in the summer season, and visitors can stay the night at Morefield Campground or Far View Lodge.
1 MOLAS PASS Located in the San Juan National Forest just seven miles south of Silverton, Molas Pass is a popular destination for campers, hikers and explorers in off-road vehicles. There is a campground near the lake where visitors can stay the night and enjoy the breathtaking views of the starry sky reflecting off the water.
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4 BISTI/DE-NA-ZIN WILDERNESS Travel about 35 miles south of Farmington to the Bisti/ De-Na-Zin Wilderness, which showcases some of the most unusual scenery in America. Over eons, the elements etched a fantasy world into sandstone. The surreal desertscape looks like a scene from another planet. Winding through the hoodoos, it is easy to imagine a different world outside our atmosphere. There are no fees to enter the Bisti Badlands, but there are also no facilities or defined trails, making it the perfect place for viewing the night sky, as well as day hiking and backcountry camping.
5 CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS NATIONAL MONUMENT Visiting Canyons of the Ancients Museum and National Monument, located just six miles from Cortez is an interactive educational experience. Explore the museum’s exhibits and enjoy a guided tour of cliff dwellings, kivas and rock art. After the sun goes down, the stars overhead engulf the remote park. On occasion, special programs for star-viewing will be hosted by park rangers on-site. Dispersed camping is available in the backcountry at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
6 HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT Stretching across 20 miles of mesmerizing mesa tops and canyons, Hovenweep National Monument protects and preserves six historic villages as well as dark skies. Nearby the year-round Hovenweep Campground has 31 campsites for tent and RV camping. Daytime bird watching and hiking are popular activities at this Designated Dark Sky Park in the summer season, alongside ranger-led evening astronomy talks and telescope viewings.
7 CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK Daytime adventures at Chaco include biking and hiking near ancient ruins and guided tours. At night, evening campfire talks and night sky programs highlight the incredible view of the heavens above the Designated International Dark Sky Park. From April through October, staff members host presentations on cultural history and archaeoastronomy. The campground here allows for tents and RVs for overnight guests.
8 GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE
Towering sand dunes are the centerpiece of this national park and International Dark Sky Park. Seeing thousands of stars twinkling above the alien landscape is unmatched. Beginning Memorial Day, park rangers will lead summer programs to help guests understand astronomy and nocturnal ecology of the region. The visitor center also provides free star charts and mood calendars for self-guided stargazing. Open from April to October, the Pinon Flats Campground features 88 campsites which guests can reserve online.
Stargazing tips: PLANS: The darkest skies offer the best views. Go stargazing during a new moon, or when the moon is below the horizon. Use NASA’s night sky planner page for more information. LIGHTS: Using a cellphone, flashlight or vehicle lights hinders night vision. Red light does not have the same effect. Use a flashlight with a red-light feature or red bulb. ADJUSTMENTS: It takes our eyes about 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness, so be patient after dusk. MAPS: Always bring along a map in unfamiliar terrain. A star chart is also helpful to identify constellations.
9 CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT An archaeological site on the Southern edge of the San Juan Mountains covers sevensquare miles preserving around 200 ancient dwellings and ceremonial buildings. In addition to guided tours along interpretive trails, guests can enjoy educational lectures and programs from time to time. Volunteers at Chimney Rock National Monument host special night sky programs to educate guests about astronomy and its cultural significance to ancient people.
10 SLUMGULLION CENTER The Slumgullion Center Dark Sky Park is an undeveloped, 58acre area in the Uncompahgre National Forest perfect for studying the night sky in serenity. The wilderness area near Lake City, Colorado includes a campground where guests can access motorized trails to enjoy activities like off-roading, biking, hiking and fishing. The Lake Fork Valley Conservancy is an organization that is currently crafting programs to share with visitors soon.
The Four Corners region is an angler’s paradise. The San Juan and Animas Rivers and Vallecito Lake in Southwest Colorado are included on the state’s list of Gold Medal Waters. The fish in these mountain waters include kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, German brown trout, northern pike and walleye. Local outfitters can assist novice and experienced anglers obtain a fishing license and the necessary gear. For the most up-to-date information on water conditions and fishing reports, talk with staff members at the Colorado Department of Wildlife. Call the San Juan National Forest office at (970) 247-4874 for information on high mountain waters and fishing, or visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing page at www.wildlife.state.co.us/fishing. Be sure to educate yourself on park fees, regulations and bag limits.
Just more than four miles southeast of Durango, Lake Nighthorse opened this year for fishing and recreation. It’s stocked with rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee salmon.
Located 15.8 miles from Cortez, McPhee Reservoir is one of the largest in Colorado. Fishermen will find a variety of fish, including large and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, perch and northern pike to name a few.
Situated in the San Juan National Forest, 18 miles north of Durango. A no-wake lake, there is an accessible fishing dock located on the lakeshore. Anglers cast for rainbow and brown trout.
To access Andrews Lake wildlife, go 29 miles north on Highway 550 to the access road, then a half-mile east to the parking area. Rainbow and brook trout are abundant here.
Fishing is a year-round activity at Vallecito Lake, located 18 miles northeast of Durango and home to various large species such as northern pike, brown and rainbow trout.
The Animas River flows from Silverton through Durango and into New Mexico. The best fishing is generally south of Durango. Specific areas are limited to catch and release, and flies and lures only. Please observe the signs.
SAN JUAN RIVER
Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, the San Juan River is world renowned for providing some of the most rewarding trout fishing you will ever experience. A four-mile stretch of river below Navajo Lake Dam is a consistent producer of both rainbow and brown trout averaging 16 to 18 inches.
Located on Highway 160 west from Durango 27 miles to Mancos, turn north on 184 and follow signs to the park. Jackson provides excellent fishing opportunity yearround for trout and yellow perch.
Take Highway 160 west to Mancos, about 27 miles. Turn right onto Highway 184 and drive 18 miles until you reach Dolores. The Dolores River flows from McPhee Reservoir. It begins about 50 miles north on Highway 145 at the base of Lizard Head Pass.
The second largest state park in New Mexico, the marina is situated on the southern region of the lake, which stretches 35 miles over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Fishing is done by boat or off the bank. Navajo Lake offers a guided fishing service. Call (505) 632-3245 for more information.
Take Highway 550 north to Hermosa, about 11 miles. Turn left onto Lower Hermosa Road and travel about four miles. The creek flows along the same path as Hermosa Creek Trail, and joins the Animas River just south of Hermosa turn off 550.
Travel north on Main Avenue to 25th Street. Turn left and follow the road, which will become Junction Creek Road, to the large parking area. Junction Creek flows along the Colorado Trail.
Take Highway 160 West from Durango, and turn right at Lightner Creek Road. Lightner Creek flows along the road for several miles.
Take Highway 550 north about 27 miles, just past Cascade Village. Turn right onto Lime Creek Road. The upper entrance to the creek is further north on Highway 550, ascending Coal Bank Pass.
Take Highway 550 north about 27 miles, just past Cascade Village at the base of Coal Bank Pass. The creek flows into the Animas River north of Haviland Lake.
Take Highway 550 north to Hermosa, turn left at the sign for the Lower Hermosa Creek Road, following it to the end, about four miles. 2021
Splashin’ Around Colorado’s known for its snowy ski slopes. But when the snow melts, it cascades from cliff sides where it flows into streams and finds its way to area rivers and reservoirs. It gives the locals a wide array of water recreation options. Find reprieve from the summer heat with a cool water activity. PADDLE SPORTS
Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are some of the most popular ways to splash around on the lakes and rivers in our region. There are dozens of outfitters across the Southwest that allow visitors to rent a vessel and all the necessary safety equipment, like personal flotation devices, helmets and paddles. Best of all, there are so many places to enjoy paddling. The upper Animas River from Oxbow Reserve to the 32nd Street putin is perfect for paddleboarders and lazy floating, while the section of the river that reaches from Memorial Park to Santa Rita Park features fun rapids for kayaking. Local lakes, like Trout Lake and Priest Lake near Telluride, Molas Lake near Silverton, Lemon Reservoir near Vallecito can offer calmer waters for non-motorized boaters.
Some say the only thing better than being on the water is being in it! Swimming is a fun way to cool off outdoors and stay active. Luckily, the Southwest Region is filled with natural reservoirs and public pools that encourage swimming and splashing all season long. Check out the natural swim beach areas at Lake Nighthorse, Lake Farmington and Vallecito Lake. For more options, consider visiting Bisti Bay at Brookside Park in Farmington, Durango Sports Club, Cortez Municipal Outdoor Pool and Telluride Community Pool. On a gloomy day or off-season, try the indoor facilities at Durango Community Recreation Center or the Farmington Aquatic Center. The region is also home to a number of geothermal hot springs for soaking and relaxation, which visitors can read more about on page 46.
BOATING, WATER SKIING & TUBING
Access other deep water adventures powered by a motorized vessel. Sail and soar across large bodies of fresh mountain water surrounded by incredible vistas. For those visitors that didn’t bring their own watercraft, consider booking a tour to enjoy sailing, speed boating, water skiing, windsurfing and tubing. For an action-packed day on the water, visit Lake Nighthorse, Vallecito Lake, Navajo Lake or McPhee Reservoir. At Lake Nighthorse has on-site rentals, guided fly fishing, sailing clinics and other chartered boating opportunities. Vallecito Lake Marina also includes on-site rentals of non-motorized and motorized watercraft, including pontoons. Navajo Lake Marina also offers guided fishing, boating charters and rentals, standard kayak and paddleboard rentals onsite that include an assortment of fun water vessels like aqua cycles, hydrobikes and bumper boats. Doc’s Marina at McPhee reservoir has a limited fleet of kayaks.
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RAFTING
Colorado is a natural amusement park filled with thrilling adventures you can’t find anywhere else, such as whitewater rafting in mountain waters. Soak up some sunshine and test your paddling prowess on the region’s rivers. But first, check out these five things to know about rafting.
RAFTING IS FOR EVERYONE.
Floating is a fun activity for both laid-back vacationers and those who seek adrenaline-filled adventures. From beginners to experts, there are a variety of trips designed to provide the best experiences for a wide range of skill levels. Best of all, most trips will feature the best of both whitewater worlds, calm currents and roaring rapids.
RAFTING GUIDES ARE EXPERTS.
Choosing a rafting trip with a local rafting company is the best way to guarantee a safe, yet spectacular ride on the river. Not only do these businesses prepare guests with everything they need for a fun experience, the certified guides also provide valuable advice, insight and historical information about the river.
WATER LEVELS VARY.
The speed and depth of the water varies throughout the year. The mountain rivers here swell when the snowmelt reaches its peak. As the river fills, the waters flow faster. Low and high water levels offer different types of challenges, but the same incredible views and lots of fun.
RAPIDS HAVE RATINGS.
ANY TRIP CAN BE CUSTOMIZED.
The American Whitewater Association created a scale that establishes the difficulty of a river rapid and the skill needed to navigate a section of the river. Rapids are ranked from Class I, being the easiest, to Class VI, which is difficult and dangerous.
Many rafting companies have permits to run different sections of the rivers in our region. This means they can offer exclusive experiences that range from just a few hours, to half-day, full-day and multiday raft trips.
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Healing waters of natural hot springs People have been enjoying hot springs since well before the advent of civilization. It’s a steamy, sulfur-filled tradition that spans the ages and continues to be a staple for spas, resorts and campgrounds around the world. Some people swear by the rejuvenating powers of geothermal springs. Soaking is not only relaxing, but it can also have health benefits.
Soaking in hot springs can be a great way to naturally detoxify the dermis, and the high silica content can smooth and soften the driest, roughest skin. Meanwhile, the mineral content of a sulfur spring has been shown to help chronic conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.
When soaking in a hot spring, there’s a boost in the hydrostatic pressure all around the body. In simpler terms, when you enter a pool, it improves blood flow which increases cardiac output and metabolism. This is due, in part, to the heavy mineral content of the water being soaked up by our bodies, improving circulation and overall oxygen flow.
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Hot springs waters reduce stress by relaxing tense muscles. Additionally, the body temperature rises during a soak then cools upon exit, which can relax the mind and body for a more restful night’s sleep. In fact, it is shown that people who bathe in hot water regularly sleep more soundly and have lower levels of stress. The study by the National Library of Medicine even suggests that hot-water bathers have good subjective health and happiness in general.
Here in Colorado, the abundance of healing waters are sourced from deep within the Rocky Mountains. The best way to experience some of the finest pools the state has to offer is by traveling the Historic Hot Springs Loop. This five city, 720-mile loop showcases 19 of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. Choose from destinations like Steamboat Springs, Ouray and Ridgway, Glenwood Springs, Pagosa Springs and Chaffee County. Each facility offers features unique to them. Enjoy free primitive pools, vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations or the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool.
Soaking in a hot spring can reduce pain and ease the fatigue caused by chronic pain. The heat of the water blocks pain receptors, while buoyancy allows for free movement and joint support. Even people with ailments as severe as arthritis and fibromyalgia have seen pain mitigated after soaking. In fact, the treatment of ailments with hot sulfur water has such a rich history, we even have a word for it: balneotherapy. disclaimer: It’s always recommended that you talk with your physician before taking up a hot springs habit to ensure that the practice is safe for you.
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HISTORY & HERITAGE
HANDS-ON HISTORY Peel away the Wild West facade. Discover layers of the region’s past. Uncover the tracks and traces of those who came before us. Explore ancient ruins, revel in Western lore and strike gold with mining tales. From the very first people to call this landscape home, to the settlers and ranchers who left their own footprints, today’s Southwest reflects a rich cultural heritage. We invite you to step back in time and explore history at these interactive sites. ANIMAS MUSEUM
In Durango, one of the best places to learn more about the area’s history is the Animas Museum. Housed in the old Animas Schoolhouse building, old classrooms now hold the rich history of our railroad town. They also have a turn-of-the-20thcentury classroom and an original 1870s log cabin.
Take a step back in time when you visit this 12,000-square-foot museum. Housed in eight of the stalls of an old roundhouse, you’ll find the history of railroading, especially from the D&RGW line. Better yet, take a trip back in time on the vintage locomotive.
OLD HUNDRED GOLD MINE
This guided tour takes you one-third mile into the heart of
13,000-foot Galena Mountain by way of an electric train car. Follow the vein underground and experience the secret world of the gold miner. After the tour, try panning for copper, silver and yes, even gold.
D&SNG SILVERTON DEPOT
Just a few blocks from downtown sits the Silverton Depot. Built as a temporary structure, it still stands today, a testament to tenacity. Stroll through the depot to see the waiting room, ticket office, coal room and coal dock. Outside the depot is Locomotive 493, built in 1902, forlorn but not forgotten.
MINING HERITAGE CENTER & HISTORIC JAIL This Silverton museum has historic heart. The museum is loaded with information about
the region told from the mining perspective with numerous other accounts of life in the mountains. The museum covers a wide range of mining history, while the old jail showcases what life would have been like for law breakers residing there.
BACHELOR SYRACUSE MINE TOUR
The Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Experience life the way the miners did at the turn of the century. Learn how to pan for gold in the original mine stream. Whether visitors strike gold or leave emptyhanded, it’s an experience to treasure.
OURAY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
The museum is housed in the original St. Joseph’s Miners’ Hospital that was built between 1886 and 1887. There are three floors with many exhibits to explore on everything from mining to ranching and railroading. Artifacts on display date all the way back to Ouray’s earliest days in 1875.
SOUTHERN UTE CULTURAL CENTER
The state-of-the-art Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum showcases the history of the Southern Ute Indian tribe, Colorado’s longest continuous residents. The permanent gallery chronicles the story of the Ute people from prehistory to modern times presented through photographic panels, audio-visual presentations and interactive electronics.
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK For over 700 years—from A.D. 550–1300, Mesa Verde was home to the ancestral Puebloans. Today, clues to their lives are revealed at 5,000 archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, throughout the park. Experience the dawn of a civilization and explore by car, bike, foot or guided tour.
HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT
As Mesa Verde National Park is known for cliff dwellings, Hovenweep is famed for its towers. Balanced on canyon rims and boulders throughout
the 20-mile area, the towers’ original meaning and purpose are unknown. When you visit, take a short hike over mesa tops and through sagebrush to see these ancient structures, including a three-story tower and kivas.
More museums to visit: ANIMAS MUSEUM 3065 West Second Ave., Durango
CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT
Located south of Pagosa Springs, Chimney Rock National Monument preserves important Ancestral Puebloan archaeological and astronomical sites. When you visit, take a guided walking tour of the structures on the Chimney Rock mesa.
AZTEC MUSEUM AND PIONEER VILLAGE 125 North Main Ave., Aztec AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITOR CENTER 725 Ruins Road, Aztec CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS VISITOR CENTER & MUSEUM 27501 Highway 184, Dolores CENTER OF SOUTHWEST STUDIES 1000 Rim Drive, Durango
AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Follow the ancient passageways of the Pueblo society to a distant time. Walk the half-mile trail through Aztec Ruins to discover a 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House of over 400 rooms. Search the ancient mortar for the fingerprints of the past and listen for an echo of ritual drums in the reconstructed Great Kiva.
CORTEZ CULTURAL CENTER 25 N. Market Street, Cortez DURANGO CANNABIS DISCOVERY CENTER 965 Main Ave., Durango DURANGO FISH HATCHERY & WILDLIFE MUSEUM 204 E. Park Ave., Durango DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD MUSEUM 479 Main Ave., Durango OURAY ALCHEMIST 533 Main St., Ouray OURAY COUNTY MUSEUM 420 Sixth Ave., Ouray PINE RIVER VALLEY HERITAGE SOCIETY MUSEUM 11 West Mill Street, Bayfield POWERHOUSE SCIENCE CENTER 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango MINING HERITAGE CENTER 1577 Greene Street, Silverton RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN MUSEUM 421 Railroad Ave., Dolores SOUTHERN UTE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER 77 CR 517, Ignacio TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM 201 W. Gregory Ave., Telluride
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Guided Tours Learn more with interesting tours Tours are educational activities that can help you learn more about the region and feel more connected to the community. Guided offroad excursions across the rugged terrain in the San Juan Mountains are one of the most popular tours for people of all ages. However, there are plenty of other types of guided tours guaranteed to please. UP IN THE AIR
For a truly special experience and a bird’s eye view, schedule a tour of Colorado in a helicopter or hot air balloon. The mountain landscape features beautiful fields of flowers and alpine lakes in the valleys between the towering peaks. From a helicopter or hot air balloon, tour guests can experience these views without boundaries. Alpine Heli Tours by Colorado Highland Helicopters allow customers to choose from one of three tours, Mountain Peaks, Mountain Lakes and Animas City, while Telluride Helitrax offers passengers quick 15-minute trips over Telluride Ski Resort and Ophir Needles. For a more peaceful experience in the sky, try a hot air balloon ride with Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures in Pagosa Springs or San Juan Balloon Adventures in Ridgway. Though flight times are varied, both companies offer a special celebration meal after the tour.
Guided history tours are also popular attractions in tourist towns. Though Durango has a number of self-guided walking tours of areas such as Animas City and Historic East Third Avenue, guided tours from Ghost Walk Durango and Horsefly History are fun experiences with knowledgeable guides. Both of these tours will describe historic characters and events that shaped the growth and life in the Wild West. Step back in time with
Ghost Walk Durango, a guided walking tour through 140 years of haunted history in downtown Durango. Each tour begins at 7 p.m. in front of the old Durango High School at 201 East 12th St. Horsefly History hosts three types of tours that take participants to different parts of town. Those tours include Underground: Durango Ghost Tour, Coal Dust & Oysters and Murder & Mayhem.
Go underground and experience a day in the life of a miner. Southwest Colorado has a rich history of mining, and these tours take guests into the tunnels beneath 13,000-foot peaks. The Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour is a one-hour guided mine tour in Silverton. Guests can see colorful minerals, ride a vintage electric powered mine train, see equipment in action and go panning for copper, gold and silver. The Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour on Gold Hill in Ouray, Colorado begins with a miner’s breakfast at an outdoor cafe, followed by panning for gold in the stream nearby. The tour then follows a gravel path to the Syracuse tunnel for an underground tour of the active mining operations.
HISTORY & HERITAGE
Historic railroads PROVIDE SCENIC VIEWS FOR PASSENGERS
CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD
DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD
A familiar whistle echoes from canyon walls as train passengers travel across the valley along the winding Animas River and through the San Juan National Forest. Though this historic railroad was once constructed to haul precious ores from the mountains in the 1880s, today it is promoted as a popular scenic route for locals accessing wilderness areas and visitors seeking the scenic route. And the experience is like being transported in time to the infamous Wild West. The train chugs along at 18 mph carried by vintage coal-fired steam-operated locomotives, and climbs nearly 3,000 feet in elevation between Durango and Silverton in the summer. The train passes by ranches in the valley and old mining camps in the mountains. The trip is 45 miles of spectacular views, and passengers can explore the outdoors, enjoy a meal and browse downtown shops in both locations. In the winter months, D&SNG cuts service to Silverton and travels just 26 miles north of Durango to Cascade Canyon and back. Passengers ride in comfort on heated coaches complete with restroom facilities. Concessions are also available on every train. D&SNG also hosts many special events and experiences for people of all ages year round. For departure times, tickets and more information, visit the website www.durangotrain.com.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a product of the mining era in Southwest Colorado. In 1880, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad wanted to create an extension to the south of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This line of narrow gauge track was built to transport goods and mineral resources from the San Juan Mountains to the southern communities in the Wild West. The 64-mile excurision is named for the 10,015-foot-tall Cumbres Pass and the 600-foot Toltec Gorge. In 1890, the narrow gauge tracks prevented the railroad from changing cars with other railroads, so the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad began converting the tracks to standard size. But when the mining industry slowed three years later, the conversion project was abandoned. Though the railroad remained mostly stagnant throughout the 1900s, a natural gas boom boosted its use in the 1950s. In 1970, this long forgotten route was revived by preservationists and began hauling tourists the next year. Today, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad operates daily from May to September. As the train winds through valleys and over steep mountain passes, passengers can view ranch lands, rolling meadows, cascading creeks and an abundance of wildlife along the grassy hills. The excursion includes lunch in historic Osier, Colorado. For more information on excursions, visit the webstie www.cumbrestoltec.com.
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SCENIC DRIVES The Four Corners is full of ecological diversity and cultural significance. Within hours, anyone can travel from the mighty San Juan Mountains to sandy desert badlands. There are abandoned mining towns and ruins from ancient civilizations. Whether exploring high altitudes or southern latitudes, adventure awaits. CHIMNEY ROCK
etween Durango and Pagosa B Springs lies Chimney Rock National Monument. Part of the great Chacoan culture, this settlement was constructed as a sacred astronomical observatory. Here, the moon rises between the natural towers of Chimney Rock and Companion Rock during major lunar standstills. In 2005, with permission from the Pueblo tribes of the area, the U.S. Forest Service began allowing visitors onto the mesa during guided tours to view the night sky. Although a lunar event is special, Chimney Rock can be visited other times via self-guided tours. The season runs from May 15 to Oct. 15 and reservations can be made by telephone or online. While you’re there, visit Piedra River Hot Springs. It is an
undeveloped geothermal spring accessed by a 1.5 mile trail. As always, respect nature by packing out everything you bring and leaving the landscape unaltered.
TRAIL OF THE ANCIENTS
Designated a National Scenic Byway in 2005, the Trail of the Ancients winds through archaeological and geological sites throughout the Four Corners. There‘s many variations of the route, but no matter which path is taken, a traveler finds a multitude of wonders both natural and human-made. Some of the archaeological sites along the way are world renowned for their significance. Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been a national park since 1906. The stunning Cliff Palace is a must see.
Nearby is Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, a beautiful place for a hike. Hovenweep National Monument, also in this area, has unique tower ruins and is excellent for an overnight stay. While you’re near Mancos, try out the Absolute Bakery, a local favorite known for friendly service. Venturing into New Mexico, the amazing archeology and geography continues. The cultural keystone of Chaco Canyon is another World Heritage site. A center of the Ancestral Puebloan culture, this wonder is a definite must see. The Zuni, Aztec and Salmon ruins are among other archaeological places to visit. Along the way you can sample New Mexican-style eateries like The Chile Pod or Francisca’s in Farmington. A New Mexico journey will cross beautiful geography as well. In addition to the petrified lava of El Malpais and the Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave, the Bisti Badlands are great for the adventurous and full of unique formations.
If your adventure takes you into Utah, vast areas like Natural Bridges National Monument, Gooseneck State Park and the Valley of the Gods will take your breath away.
SAN JUAN SKYWAY
Named an All-American Road in 1996, the San Juan Skyway traverses stunning topography through the rugged San Juan Mountains. The journey is filled with panoramas worthy of photographic attention, in addition to four-wheel drive roads, hiking and biking trails, ghost towns, old mines and natural hot springs. Summer is a great season to drive this loop, as winter can bring adverse conditions. Lush aspens and pines cover the mountains and, if timed right, the high alpine flowers blanket the valleys. The mountain passes of Coal Bank and Molas stand between Durango and Silverton and offer numerous activities. Purgatory Resort has many summertime options like mountain biking and an alpine slide, while the Molas Lakes provide a natural setting for high altitude camping, fishing and hiking.
In Silverton, you can find tours of old mines, hikes to pristine alpine lakes and great stops to refuel like the regionally famous Rocky Mountain Funnel Cake Factory and Handlebars Saloon. Driving to Ouray, known as the Switzerland of America, the road traverses Red Mountain Pass. With a top elevation of 11,018 feet, this is the airiest portion of the drive. There are many spectacular views and grand overlooks. While in Ouray, enjoy excellent hikes like Box Canyon Falls and a variety of rock climbing routes, as well as natural hot springs. Multiple facilities offer a variety of options, from clothing optional pools to vapor caves. 2021
Continuing onward, Telluride offers world renowned beauty. Among the excellent trails and camping opportunities, the gondola showcases gorgeous views. For the more adventurous, there is a legendary via ferrata to try. Traveling over the incomparable Lizard Head pass and through Rico, the high country recedes for more arid climes. When returning to Durango, refuel with everything from Asian fusion at Pop Sushi to African cuisine at Eat Zawadi. The Four Corners has limitless adventure in its wild and diverse expanse. Whether a lifetime local or a weekend visitor, hit the highway to experience some of these scenic road trips this summer.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Sitting down for a meal outdoors gives guests a chance to take in the unspoiled scenery. So, when it comes time to decide where to eat, try to enjoy the outdoor areas available around the Southwest.
Thanks to recent local initiatives, guests dining in Durango have more outdoor options available than in years past. Parking spaces on Main Avenue have been transformed into temporary outdoor spaces for local restaurants and retail shops. The community calls these additions “bump-outs,” and they allow people to enjoy a meal and the fresh mountain air, while also keeping our restaurants busy. Enjoy eating at one of these new patio areas on Main Avenue, or try some of the most popular establishments for outdoor dining.
Voted Best Outdoor Dining by locals in 2020, Ernie’s Bar & 11th Street Station is a food truck collective in Durango with a spacious venue with a full bar and delicious food options for every taste. Enjoy high-quality, fresh seafood and sushi rolls at Stonefish Sushi & More in Cortez. The restaurant and bar on Main Avenue has a great patio for outdoor dining. The hidden garden at Shiloh Steakhouse is another place to enjoy a serene outdoor dining experience in Cortez and was voted Best Steak by locals in 2020. The Malt Shoppe in Pagosa Springs, located on the San Juan River, serves classic American fare like burgers and fries as well as softserve ice cream, shakes and malts.
eye view of the activity on North Main Avenue. Ouray Brewery is within walking distance to most of the town’s major attractions, which makes this familyfriendly restaurant the perfect place to plan your next adventure while enjoying a craft beer and delicious meal from the rooftop patio. In Telluride, enjoy fine dining and creative cocktails on top of a legendary theater at the Sheridan Rooftop Bar.
A CHANGE OF SCENERY
Enjoy family-friendly dining next to the Animas River at Animas Brewing Company in Durango. The brewery puts a signature twist on British pasties and offers an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and craft beer brewed inhouse. The forest that surrounds The Weminuche Woodfire Grill inspires the guests to enjoy their meal on the outdoor patio. From pizza and pasta to burgers and fries, this familyfriendly restaurant serves it all. At James Ranch Grill north of Durango, customers can enjoy fresh, organic ingredients from the farm on-site. The new family-friendly
restaurant has amazing views of the ranch and surrounding peaks. Dolores River Brewery is a local favorite that serves wood-fired pizza, craft beer and more rotating menu items from Kelly’s Kitchen in Dolores. The outdoor seating next to the Dolores River is the perfect place to wind down. Riff Raff on the Rio is an eclectic brewpub that has amazing views of the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs. They serve a fun mix of shareable appetizers, alongside burgers, sandwiches and salads.
RAISE THE ROOF
Watch people wander by on Main Avenue below you with a wood-fired pizza and craft beverage from Fired Up Pizzeria’s rooftop patio and bar. Known for its fast-casual, customizable menu, Zia Taqueria’s north location has fantastic rooftop seating featuring a fun, bird’s 2021
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Quick Bites Most visitors are too busy making memories in the mountains to slow down and refuel. Luckily, there are a plethora of locally-owned restaurants that cater to customers looking for quality food with the benefit of convenience. From fast-casual restaurants and cafes to coffee shops and markets, there’s something for everyone on-the-go. MORNING KICKSTART
Hermosa Cafe serves a variety of coffee, espresso and tea drinks made to order, alongside freshly baked pastries, quiche and madeto-order toast on Main Avenue in Durango. The menu at Raider Ridge Cafe in Durango includes smoothies, breakfast burritos, sandwiches and wraps, all made to order, as well as coffee drinks and pastries. Absolute Bakery in Mancos is the local hot spot for madeto-order breakfast meals in addition to cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins and sweet and savory strudels made from scratch daily. The Pie Maker Bakery in Cortez has incredible pastries, organic bagels and something sweet to save for later. Higher Grounds Coffee in Pagosa Springs makes customers handcrafted espresso, coffee and tea drinks and the food menu features bagels, burritos and freshly baked pastries.
The gas station diner in Durango, Bart’s Deli, is a specialty burger and sandwich shop best known for its heart breakfast burritos, made-toorder breakfast sandwiches and hot lunch menu. Bird’s is a chicken-focused restaurant that serves up breakfast burritos stuffed with curly fries, and a selection of signature sandwiches, salads and side dishes all made from scratch. Macho’s Fast Mexican Food serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in two locations in Durango. The menu includes burritos, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas and much more. Though Burger Boy isn’t technically a drive-thru, it is a popular, old-school drive-in that’s known for excellent service. Burger Boy is a great place to grab a quick meal in Cortez if it isn’t too busy. Santy’s Tacos in Pagosa Springs is a quick Mexican food stop located in City Market. The drive-thru makes this a great option for busy bodies.
Swing by one of three Homeslice locations in Durango for a convenient slice of pizza, sandwich or salad. These locations also offer a full-service bar and serve local craft beer. Consider shopping for essentials and grabbing a quick bite in one stop at Nature’s Oasis Natural Foods and Deli in Durango, which makes sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies and so much more. Farm Bistro in Cortez offers so many specialty salads, pita sandwiches and options from the grill made with fresh, organic ingredients. It can be a great place to go for a quick, but healthy meal. In Dolores, be sure to stop by the Dolores Food Market for ready-made meals like sandwiches, burritos and tamales. The store also has a wide selection of healthy snacks, such as dried fruits, trail mix, meats, cheeses, crackers, chips and so much more.
So many restaurants, even the smallest, independent businesses, adopted online ordering or curbside pickup options to benefit customers in the pandemic. So don’t forget to visit a restaurant’s website to browse the menu online and place an order for takeout.
FOUR CORNERS DINING GUIDE The Southwest is a hub for independently-owned eateries and sustainably-sourced ingredients. When locals or visitors are ready to belly up to the bar for a beer or cocktail after work or play, choosing where to go can be the most difficult decision of the day. Variety is the spice of life, and it would be wrong to call any Southwest establishment mild. Fortunately, Flavor Four Corners Dining Guide is a local directory to the culinary and beverage scene in Southwest Colorado. The biannual magazine celebrates the
creative cuisine that local chefs prepare for customers, as well as the delightful drinks that keep them coming back for more. Throughout the pages of the magazine, the regional restaurants highlight seasonal menu items, signature entrees and popular appetizers. The Spring/Summer issue of Flavor Four Corners Dining Guide is out now. Pick up a free copy from one of the many newspaper kiosks scattered around the region, or visit us online at www.flavorofdurango.com.
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ARTS & CULTURE
Public Art Tours
Expression adds value and vibrancy to any community. In Southwest Colorado, the public artwork is distinctive and fun, which enlivens the aesthetic and identity of a community.
Around the city of Durango, there are more than 30 public art installations in public buildings and open spaces like trailheads and parks. Murals pop up around town in alleyways, brightening bland buildings. Cortez also has a collection of murals around downtown painted by local artists. Thanks to the Cortez Public Arts Advisory Committee, residents and visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of more than 30 murals. While roaming around the Southwest this summer, check out these Instagram-worthy works of art.
DURANGO TROUT WALL
Mosaic fish with lively leaps greet trail users in town. See this special piece of art on the Animas River Trail. artists: Keith Wlzak, Kelly Hurford, May Anne Griffin, Sandy Bielenberg, Christ Loftus location: 1521 Main Ave., behind Woodhouse Day Spa
WHINNEY & FRIENDS
In front of the D&SNG Train Depot, this bronze sculpture of three horses is a favorite for family photo ops. artists: Joyce Parkerson location: 479 Main Ave., Train Depot
PUCK & MUDRA
Puck and Mudra are two lifesize bronze sculptures located on the east side of Second Avenue. Become your own work of art by trying to replicate their poses. artists: Elizabeth MacQueen location: Seventh and Eighth blocks on East Second Avenue
This 30-foot long, 9-foot high sculpture is one of many art displays you can find in Santa Rita Park. Observe the subjects from different angles to see the parade proceed. artists: Mick Reber location: Santa Rita Park
This metal sculpture is a centerpiece of the town and an homage to the cycling culture in mountain communities, which host a variety of professional riding events. artists: Joshua Wiener and Chester Haring location: roundabout near 500 Florida Road
Another display of masterful craftsmanship in public art includes this delicate ceramic structure on the west side of town. artists: Gunnar Anderson location: Schneider Park, corner of Roosa Avenue and Ninth Street
PANNING FOR GOLD
Inspired by Western heritage, this mural on the side of Garcia & Company Jewelers features scenic mountain mining. artists: Mariah Kaminsky and Susan Hansen Staves location: 450 E. Main Street
On the west side of the Cork ‘n Bottle, this intriguing mural adds some edge to the public art culture that primarily showcases the area’s scenic beauty. artists: Automne Mosher and Arica Dean location: 443 E. Main Street
Check out another impressive paint job nearby, featuring a bold and blue garage door mural. artists: Laura Thomas location: 340 E. Montezuma
The artist, Karen Kristin, captures magnificent hues of Southwestern sunsets in this mural at Sky Art, her art gallery. artists: Karen Kristin location: 105 N. Sligo
TREE OF LIFE
This mural’s leitmotif is inspired by a local, private textile collection, and showcases traditional customs from residents here. artists: Mariah Kaminsky location: 201 E. Main
With a melting pot of culture, history and scenery in the region, the artisans of the Southwest draw inspiration from their vibrant surroundings and things of the past. Some have a knack for photographing the landscapes of the San Juan Mountains, while others paint them professionally. There’s a mixture of sculptures, pottery, baskets, jewelry and much more on display and for sale in our area art galleries. If you enjoy visual arts and unique items, carve out some time to visit these creative spaces in Southwest Colorado.
DURANGO A Shared Blanket 104 E. Fifth St. www.asharedblanket.com Diane West Jewelry and Art 820 Main Ave. www.dianewestart.com Durango Arts Center 802 East Second Ave. www.durangoarts.org Earthen Vessel Gallery 115 W. Ninth St. www.earthenvessel.com Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts 680 Main Ave., Suite C www.karyngabaldon.com Scenic Aperture 708 Main Ave. www.scenicaperture.com Sorrel Sky 828 Main Ave. www.sorrelsky.com Studio & 1027 Main Ave. www.anddurango.com Toh-Atin Gallery 145 W. Ninth St. www.toh-atin.com WildShots Gallery 842 Main Ave. www.wildshots.com
IGNACIO Dancing Spirit Community Art Center 115 Ute St. www.dancingspiritgallery.org
Sand & Snow Studio 939 Greene St. www.sandandsnowstudio.com Silverton Artworks 1028 Empire St. www.silvertonartworks.com Silver San Juan Gallery 1121 Greene St.
Two Old Crows Gallery 468 Lewis St. www.twooldcrowsps.com
TELLURIDE & MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
Adam W. Carlos Fine Art 565 Mountain Village Blvd. www.adamcarlos.com Ah Haa School for the Arts 300 S. Townsend www.ahhaa.org Gallery 81435 230 S. Fir St. www.telluridearts.org/ gallery-81435 Gold Mountain Gallery 135 W. Colorado Ave. www.goldmountaingallery.com Kamruz Gallery 100 W. Colorado Ave. www.kamruz.com Lustre Gallery 171 S. Pine St. www.lustregallery.com Mixx Projects + Atelier 307 E. Colorado Ave. www.mixxatelier.com Naturescapes Gallery 100 W. Colorado Ave. www.naturescapesgallery.com Rinkevich Gallery 618 Mountain Village Blvd. 120 C www.rinkevichgallery.com Slate Gray Gallery 209 E. Colorado Ave. www.slategraygallery.com
Artisans of Mancos 101 Grand Ave. www.artisansofmancos.com Custom Calligraphy & Frame 129 N. Main St. Painted Turtle Studio & Gallery 200 W. Grand Ave. www.paintedturtlestudio.org Raven House Gallery 120 Grand Ave. Veryl Goodnight Gallery 106 Grand Ave. www.verylgood nightgallery.com
CORTEZ Notah Dineh Trading Company 345 W. Main St. www.notahdineh.com Reflections in Metal 11500 Highway 491 www.reflectionsinmetal.com Sky Art - Karen Kristin Inc. 125 N. Sligo St. www.skyartkarenkristin.com
DOLORES West Fork Gallery 202 S. Third St. www.westforkgallery.com
Telluride Arts 135 W. Pacific Ave. www.telluridearts.org Telluride Gallery of Fine Art 130 E. Colorado Ave. www.telluridegallery.com The Turquoise Door 226 W. Colorado Ave. Tony Newlin Gallery 100 W. Colorado Ave. www.tonynewlin.com Wizard Emporium 126 E. Colorado Ave. www.wizardemporium.com
OURAY Ago Gallery 445 Main St. www.agogallery.com Ivorys Trading Co. & Gallery 737 Main St. Kentee Suone Pasek’s Fine Art 342 Seventh Ave. Meerdink Gallery 512 Main St. Ouray Glassworks and Pottery 619 Main St. www.ourayglassworks andpottery.com
Skol Studio & Design 812 Main St. www.skolstudio.com The Purple Peacock 801 Main St.
RIDGWAY 610 Arts Collective 610 Clinton St. Amulet Arts 521 Clinton St. www.amuletarts.com Babies of the Brush African Wildlife Art & Gifts 1529 County Road 5 Billings Artworks 609 Clinton St. www.billingsartworks.com Cimarron Art Glass 294 S. Lena St. Kane Scheidegger Fine Art Photography 133 N. Lena St. www.kane.gallery Richard Durnan Photography 264 N. Laura St. Treehouse Gallery 549 Clinton St.
ARTS & CULTURE
MAKER’S MARK Artists handcraft masterpieces that showcase the best of the southwest
Creativity runs through the veins of our communities. With new artists popping up everyday, there is no shortage of artwork and ideas. Locals value the overflowing talent and variety of mediums here and look forward to the arts community continuing to flourish. Below is a roundup of a few inspiring local artists. DANDELION PRESS
Lori Preusch’s vivid, charming paintings can be found at a variety of places around Southwest Colorado, especially in Durango. Her work serves as a looking glass into her wild imagination, filled with elephants, lions, frogs, birds and much, much more. Preusch’s art brings you back to relive fantastical childhood memories and remember what it’s like to be young again. You can purchase art from her on her website, www.dandelionpress.com.
environments through her unique lens. Meanwhile, her illustrations focus on simplicity and prevailing figures. Cornue’s work can be purchased at www.reneecornue. com or her studio located at 862 Main Avenue in Durango.
Looking for unique, handmade children’s clothing? Look no further than Cartwheel Studio. Jennifer Floyd started her business in 2010 when she wanted to see a
MADE BY HOWDY
Julia Ion creates distinct, whimsical art inspired by the world around her. From her series of houseplants in various jars/ bottles to her retro glam western pieces, her small illustration studio boasts lots of potential. Her artwork can be purchased on her website, www.madebyhowdy.com or found hanging on the walls at 81301 Coffee.
Ally Shea, the owner and creator of Satya Creative, specializes in nature-inspired wooden wall art. From ocean and mountain work, to distinctive shelving and mirrors, and even custom pieces, she makes a little bit of everything. Shea’s work can be found and purchased via her website, www.satyacreative.com. Creating Native American inlay jewelry, Jimmy Poyer currently lives in Farmington, New Mexico and builds every piece by hand. He uses natural stones, shells, coral and more in his work. While Poyer’s art can be found at many different places across the country, his work can be found locally at Toh-Atin Gallery as well as Sorrel Sky Gallery.
Whether through portraiture or illustration, Renée Cornue expresses a vintage, Americana feel through her work. Her photography captures the lives of everyday people in their natural SUMMER GUIDE
change in the market for children’s clothes. Besides that, she also makes hats, jewelry, gifts and more. Her work can be found at a variety of local stores, including Dietz Market, Maria’s Bookshop, Lively, Urban Market and more. Alternatively, you can also purchase directly from her website, www.cartwheelstudioco.com.
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SOUTHWEST STITCH CO.
Whether you’re looking for patches to spice up that old denim jacket or custom embroidery work, Marissa at Southwest Stitch Co. can do it all. Chain stitched on a 1930s Singer machine, each piece has a special touch and look. Her work can be found in-person at Studio &, on Instagram @swstitchco and at popup events. All custom inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
your next outing. Adorned with everything that makes the southwest unique, from cacti, mountains, fish, skiing and more, each product is handmade with care. Her hats can be purchased from her website, www. sierramadeco.com.
Mary Mrdjenovich is a metalsmithing geologist making unique jewelry with her business, Ursa Alloys. Many of her pieces are inspired by nature and are all intricately made. Many of her crystals are hand-selected, and each is handled with great care. You can find all of her work on Etsy at Ursa Alloys.
Self-taught and thriving, Norman Lansing’s ceramics and paintings are complex and one-of-a-kind. Part of the Ute Mountain Tribe, he
takes inspiration from his heritage. Lansing’s home-based studio, called Wings and Thunder Studio, is located in Southwest Colorado. His work can be found at Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango or at www. normanlansing.com.
THE WELLS MAKERY
Owned by Annie Brooks and Whitney Watts, The Wells Makery focuses on whimsical illustrations with a modern touch. Each piece has a watercolor approach and bright, colorful tones. They specialize in portraits, logos, crests and invitations, but can do just about anything. Their art can be found at www.thewellsmakery.com.
BK Leather is Jordan Baker’s passion project. Creating belts, earrings, keychains or any custom piece, she is a multifaceted leatherworker. Based out of Southwest Colorado, Baker’s work has an individual charm and style to it. Her art can be found on Instagram @bkleather_byjordan.
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Retail stores full of gifts and goods There are hundreds of retailers in the Southwest, each offering unique selections for locals and tourists alike. If a gallery or store piques your interest, step inside to discover more treasures. From apparel and accessories to jewelry and antique furniture, there is so much to see in retail stores around the region. Best of all, many small, independent stores offer handcrafted items by local artisans you can’t find anywhere else.
Small boutiques typically have the best selection of trendy apparel and fashionable accessories. In Durango, some of the best places to browse apparel include Sparrow Mercantile, Animas Trading Company, Durango T-Shirt Company and Crow’s Closet. Outside Durango, Skyflower Boutique in Silverton and Cashmere RED in Telluride are great places to stop for a short shopping spree. For those shopping in Cortez, Love on a Hanger is a can’t miss boutique for unique apparel.
Durango is filled with interesting hobby shops, like Beads & Beyond, Maria’s Bookshop and Guild House Games. The city is also home to shops that sell work from local artists like Studio & Gallery, Sticks & Stones Handmade and Blues, Mountain and Soul that offer a fun browsing experience. Those that just enjoy window shopping will be overwhelmed by The Old Arcade in Silverton, because the historic building is filled from floor to ceiling with gifts, souvenirs and trinkets. At Waci-ci Trading Company in Ignacio, customers can browse a variety of Native American artwork, from beadwork and jewelry to pottery and paintings. O’Toys in Ouray is an independent toy shop that specializes in stocking a unique inventory of modern toys, games and collectibles from popular brands, like Lego and Melissa & Doug.
Shop for housewares in Durango to add a unique Southwestern flair to your home. Some of the most popular places to browse for decor, furniture and more are Artesanos, Tippy Canoe, Durango Rug Company, Urban Market and Dietz Market. In Cortez, the best places to find goods for the home include Cortez Quilt Company, Home & Range and Town & Country Home Furnishings. Shoppers will also be delighted by the selection of artwork and other goods available at Blue Pear in Ouray and Hook in Telluride.
In Durango, visit Relove Consign & Design for antiques and home decor. At Rose Duds, visitors can find gently-used clothing for an amazing price. For new, but affordable vacation memorabilia, go to Half Price Tees. And those in need of some outdoor gear on a budget can check out the selection of equipment at Durango Outdoor Exchange. At Caswell Trading Company in Bayfield, guests can get a great deal on antiques and vintage collectibles.
When in Rome, they say, do as the Romans do. Stop by the local Western stores for apparel and accessories, such as cowboy hats, belt buckles and holsters. To find your own Western garb, visit Kelly’s Cowboy Company or Overland in Durango. North of Durango in Silverton, guests can stop by Eagle’s Nest Leathers or Rockin’ P Ranch in Ouray also for a selection of rodeo ready apparel and accessories. Wild West Living in Cortez and Black Bear Trading Company in Telluride also keeps Western wear for all ages in stock.
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FORT LEWIS COMMUNITY CONCERT HALL
This food truck collective located on the corner of 11th Street and Main Avenue hosts live music regularly. Swing by the unique establishment to take advantage of happy hour specials and fantastic entertainment. This old-fashioned drugstore turned bar transports patrons back in time through ragtime piano performances and interactive performances from talented local musicians. Located in the iconic Strater Hotel, Diamond Belle Saloon is a treasure.
THE WEMINUCHE WOODFIRE GRILL
Serving up delicious food and cold beer, The Weminuche Woodfire Grill is a spacious restaurant surrounded by spectacular views. Local artists frequently perform for patrons on the Vallecito restaurant’s outdoor patio.
BLONDIE’S TROPHY ROOM
Known as a local hot spot for live music in Cortez, Blondie’s Trophy Room hosts really talented entertainers as frequently. The establishment received two reader’s choice awards from the local newspaper for best hot wings and best bar.
Located in the heart of downtown Durango, this intimate venue provides the community with a variety of events and live performances in addition to screening a unique selection of independent and foreign films.
The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College is a modern auditorium that seats a total of 600 people. The venue hosts several types of stage productions from speakers and conferences to concerts and musicals year-round.
SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE
The Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts live performances ranging from comedy and theater to concerts and other cultural festivals. The historic venue hosts a mixture of up-and-coming talent and established artists.
FARMINGTON CIVIC CENTER
A large conference and convention center, the Farmington Civic Center has a performing and visual arts center. The multipurpose facility hosts a wide range of events, including concerts, conferences, expos, lectures, plays and other exciting performances.
CO NCERT S E R IE S
Catch live music at Flanders Park in Dolores during the Farmers Market every Wednesday afternoon from June to September. See the lineup of local performers at www.visitdolores.com/farmersmarket. Summer Sounds Music Series is hosted by the Town of Silverton every third Friday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. from June to September at Columbine Park. This free outdoor event includes food and drink vendors. Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado hosts a summer community concert series each year. Visit the nonprofit’s website for more information about this year’s location and lineup.
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CASINOS MAY RESULT IN AMUSEMENT Similar to country clubs, casinos are specialized spaces for socializing. In a casino, the main attraction is gaming and entertainment rather than golfing. Most casinos feature a wide variety of card games and slot machines, where players can gamble cash or casino chips. Many casinos also have lodging accommodations and restaurant service. Here’s a roundup of the area’s casinos. SKY UTE RESORT & CASINO
14324 Highway 172 North, Ignacio (970) 563-7777 www.skyutecasino.com The casino in Ignacio boasts over 600 state-of-the-art slot machines featuring games like Festival of Riches, Lucky Lines, Gold Bar 7s and Baccarat. The 45,000-squarefoot gaming floor also hosts table games like blackjack, craps, roulette and poker, as well as a 200-seat bingo hall. Guests can enjoy live entertainment from comedians and musicians, go bowling or play a round of miniature golf at Sky Ute Casino. The resort features a day spa onsite in addition to four restaurants.
SUNRAY PARK & CASINO
39 Road 5568, Farmington (505) 566-1200 www.sunraygaming.com In Farmington, SunRay Park & Casino is a hot spot for hot slots. The casino has over 400 slot
machines in addition to card tables. Catch the full season of live horse racing via the simulcast theater, which includes over 40 screens to watch races happening coastto-coast. The on-site restaurant, Sportz Arena, serves American fare and traditional New Mexican cuisine and hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
NORTHERN EDGE CASINO
2752 Indian Service Road 36, Farmington (505) 960-7000 www.northernedgecasino.com New games are always being added to Northern Edge Casino’s 86,000-square-foot gaming area. Among the 750 slot machines and a wide variety of popular table games, the casino also houses a food court that serves American fare and authentic Navajo meals. An on-site restaurant and bar, Cedar Bow, increases the food offerings for casino guests. Since
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opening in 2012, the venue has hosted a variety of concerts and comedy shows. UTE MOUNTAIN CASINO 3 Weeminuche Drive, Towaoc (970) 565-8800 www.utemountaincasino.com Featuring over 700 games and hot slots, Ute Mountain Casino in Towaoc is just 20 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park. The hotel and resort includes state-ofthe-art gaming facilities and a 400seat bingo hall. Live table games include traditional favorites such as poker, blackjack and roulette. Kuchu’s Restaurant serves guests breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there is no alcohol served anywhere in the casino.
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Serving Breakfast and Lunch Daily A ‘50s-style diner serving award-winning breakfast and lunch. Voted a locals’ favorite! We are a family-operated cafe for the last 41 years. Watch our model train circle the ceiling as you enjoy your delicious breakfast or lunch. Offering an extensive menu with traditional breakfast and southwest-style entrées. Enjoy our famous French toast, hashbrowns, homemade biscuits and gravy, nine
kinds of omelets and chile verde breakfasts. Our huge homemade cinnamon rolls are not to be missed. Lunch includes USDA Black Angus burgers, our locals’ favorite Rueben or Club sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade soups and chilis. A trip to Oscar’s is never complete without a slice of our acclaimed pie or hand-scooped malts and milkshakes.
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EVENTS O NGOI NG EVEN TS
All events are subject to change. All events require adherence to local guidelines regarding health and safety for all participants. To stay up-to-date with the latest events, go to www.downtowndurango.org.
DOLORES FARMERS MARKET
Enjoy a series of live music while browsing local produce and handmade goods Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. at Flanders Park in Dolores.
FRIDAY FOOD & FUN NIGHTS
On Fridays from June to September, enjoy social shopping, site-seeing and shenanigans in Dolores, then from 5-8:30 p.m., visit area restaurants and Food Trucks near Flanders Park for dinner before viewing a Drive-In movie at Joe Rowell Park.
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ANIMAS RIVER DAYS
An annual celebration dedicated to river recreation that includes paddling and rafting competitions, an inflatable rodeo and a costumed parade. www.animasriverdays.com J U N E 1 0- 1 2
DURANGO FARMERS MARKET
Shop for fresh, local produce, cheese, meats, bread and other homemade artisan goods on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the TBK Bank parking lot.
CORTEZ FARMERS MARKET
Pick up fresh vegetables, eggs, beans, local meats and prepared food and beverages in the parking lot of the Montezuma County Courthouse at the corner of West Main and South Elm. Beginning June 6, the farmers market will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
UTE MOUNTAIN ROUNDUP RODEO
The annual Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo is a weekend-long event that features fun for the whole family. www.utemountainroundup.org
DURANGO FLEA MARKET
Browse antiques, housewares, clothing, jewelry, sporting goods and much more from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. every Sunday, at the community flea market, held at La Plata County Fairgrounds.
TRUE WESTERN ROUNDUP RODEO An annual tradition honors our Western roots with rodeo entertainment at both the La Plata County and Montezuma County fairgrounds on Wednesdays from June through August. www.truewesternroundup.com
ANIMAS CITY NIGHT BAZAAR
A fun gathering featuring local art, live entertainment, food and beverages, costumes, games and more that takes place on the last Wednesday of each month from June to October. www.animascitynightbazaar.com
TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
The annual festival celebrates Americana roots and bluegrass music with concerts, workshops, contests and musical collaborations. www.bluegrass.com/telluride JUNE 12
MEN WHO GRILL
The annual fundraising for the Women’s Resource Center is back with another virtual grilling competition for a good cause. www.wrcdurango.org
This family-friendly tradition takes place in downtown Mancos from noon to 5 p.m., and the festival includes a burro obstacle course that begins at Boyle Park. www.mancoscreativedistrict.com J U LY 8 - 1 1
A celebration of heritage and history at Boyle Park featuring games, tournaments, live entertainment, vendors, food and beverages and a parade. www.mancosdays.com JULY 24-31
ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKEFEST
Annual musical festival featuring concerts, jam sessions and workshops for ukulele enthusiasts. www.rockymountainukefest.com
MONTEZUMA COUNTY FAIR
The annual tradition includes activities, contests, games, live entertainment, food and beverages in addition to a rodeo and demolition derby. www.montezumacountyfair.com JULY 30 - AUG . 1
DURANGO CARVE WARS
A unique wood-carving contest at Purgatory Resort sponsored by Kroeger’s Ace Hardware. www.purgatoryresort.com/events/ carve-wars AUG . 7
BOGGY DRAW BEAT DOWN
The 23rd annual Race for Change presented by the Dolores Rotary Club showcases fun, flowing singletrack trails. Racers can choose between four race lengths: 13 miles, 18 miles, 33 miles and 50 miles. The two longest races take riders by the scenic McPhee Reservoir. www.doloresrace.com AUG . 11-15 J U LY 9 - 1 1
FOUR CORNERS GEM & MINERAL SHOW
A weekend-long festival featuring really cool minerals, fun activities and workshops, a silent auction and educational displays at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. www.durangorocks.org/gem-show J U LY 1 7
DOLORES SUMMER FEST A new event featuring live music, food and beverages, local retail vendors, a car show and a dog carnival. www.visitdolores.com/ dolores-summerfest-2021
LA PLATA COUNTY FAIR
An old-fashioned county fair complete with carnival games and rides, livestock shows, live entertainment, food and beverages and more fun events.
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Immerse yourself in traditional and contemporary jazz at the weekendlong music festival in Telluride. www.telluridejazz.org AU G . 1 8- 22
Join hundreds of racers on a 13.1 mile run from Hesperus through Wildcat Canyon, past Lake Nighthorse and to the finish line at Ska Brewing. www.thirsty13durango.com AU G . 28- 29
TELLURIDE JAZZ FESTIVAL
TELLURIDE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
The town’s most eclectic festival invites experts in many fields of study, scientists, writers, thought leaders and enthusiasts alike to explore all times of fungi, including edible, toxic and psychoactive. The festival features a colorful parade, woodland expeditions and a cook-off with live music and a vendor’s fair. www.telluridemushroomfest.com
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SAN JUAN BREWFEST
The biggest beer tasting event in the Four Corners is back. Enjoy live music from local talent and craft beer from regional breweries at Buckley Park from 1-5 p.m. www.sanjuanbrewfest.com S E P T. 3- 5
FOUR CORNERS FOLK FESTIVAL
Enjoy a weekend of live folk music on Reservoir Hill in Pagosa Springs. www.ksutpresents.org
COLORADO’S CANNABIS The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment encourages Colorado visitors to educate themselves on Colorado’s cannabis laws, and how to use it legally and responsibly.
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is as a resource to help communicate state laws, and help visitors understand responsible and safe behavior.
DON’T TEST YOUR LIMITS. LEARN THE LAWS
Learn the laws before you buy. In Colorado, adults 21 and older can buy and possess up to one ounce of cannabis on them at any given time. Licensed dispensaries are the only legal places to purchase cannabis. So that means it’s also illegal for you to re-sell your cannabis before you leave. Know where you can use cannabis legally. Using cannabis in any form is not allowed in public places. That includes ski resorts, sporting and music venues, state and national parks, campsites, playgrounds, sidewalks and roads, dispensaries, bars, restaurants and outdoor or rooftop cafes. Not only is it against the law, but you’re also exposing people to unwanted secondhand smoke. Find out if you’re allowed to use cannabis where you’re staying. Many hotels, property owners and rental companies don’t allow cannabis on their property; so check with them first because it could be illegal. If you’re renting a car, know that it’s illegal to use cannabis in a vehicle, even as a passenger. Many rental companies may even charge a fee if the car smells like cannabis.
Whether you’re trying cannabis for the first time or you’re a regular smoker, there is such a thing as too much cannabis. That’s why it’s important to understand how cannabis affects you and know your limits. Signs that you’ve had too much can include extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure and severe nausea or vomiting. If you’re new to cannabis and are unsure how it will affect you, start with a low dose. Dabbing and hash oil products use highly concentrated THC with potency up to 80% and they should not be used by anyone who hasn’t used cannabis in the past.
NEVER DRIVE HIGH.
Driving while under the influence of cannabis is illegal and dangerous. You can be charged with a DUI, and are subject to the same penalties as driving drunk. Under Colorado cannabis laws, you can’t drive if you have five nanograms or more of THC in your system. Make the right choice by planning to wait several hours if you’re going to drive. So if you’re smoking, wait six hours before driving. If you’re having edibles, wait eight hours.
KEEP IT IN COLORADO.
Even though cannabis is nice and legal here, it’s totally illegal to take or mail it out of Colorado. Carrying cannabis is also banned at all Colorado airports, so if you’re flying out of town, make sure you leave all cannabis products at home. For more information, visit www.responsbilitygrowshere.com.
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