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CONTENTS chief executive officer

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D irector of M ultimedia S ales Jamie Opalenik

Letter from the Editor Four Corners Communities Travel & Transportation Road Trip Ready Scenic Drives

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Outdoor Ethics State Parks Twists & Turns Camping Stargazing Spots Endless Ways to Wander Open Space for Everyone Climbing Area Crags

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR What’s not to love about Colorado?

The scenery is spectacular with many miles of open space to explore. Native flora and fauna thrive in abundance on protected lands. Enriching cultural activities and traditions engage the community and bring them together. The opportunity to grow and learn is limitless. Every season presents endless ways to enjoy the abundance of the surrounding landscape. Summer is the season to camp under the stars, attend outdoor concerts and raft the Animas River. You can eat breakfast outside, hike to a mountain summit for a beautiful view and take an evening dip in the hot springs. Flipping through the Southwest Colorado Summer Guide, it’s easy to see activities and entertainment around every corner. It’s exciting to have places to go and people to see. Yet, what I love most about Colorado is the quiet sunrise. Each one is both a reminder and invitation to live in the moment. Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air. Pause for every photo. Be open to new encounters. Most of all, enjoy all there is to love about Colorado.

STAY SAFE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY ADJUST TO ALTITUDE: Drink more water, eat energizing foods and limit caffeine. Pace yourself and know your limits. Symptoms of high altitude sickness include irritability, loss of rationality, sluggishness, headaches and nausea. PLAN YOUR TRIP: Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return before leaving, even as part of a group. Bring a map, and use it. Some roads in the high country are not suitable for standard vehicles, so do not rely on any GPS device for route-finding. BE PREPARED: Carry a backpack with first-aid supplies, even on short hikes. Bring along plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a compass, map and first aid kit. Extra apparel is also helpful in the event that weather changes quickly, such as rain gears and warm layers. WATCH YOUR STEP: Be cautious on the uneven terrain. For your safety, don’t venture inside old, dilapidated structures, such as abandoned cabins and mines in nearby ghost towns. RESPECT WILDLIFE: Do not let pets harass or scare wildlife. Never feed wildlife, and don’t leave pet food outside. Limit the smell of any food, garbage or scented toiletries to avoid attracting critters, including bears.





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A quick look at the communities in Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico.



BAYFIELD is tucked in the Pine River Valley at 6,900 feet. It is a friendly town with a strong sense of community. The Pine River Valley includes the community near Vallecito Lake, one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in southwest Colorado. Population: 2,550 Elevation: 6,900 feet

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. Population: 1,411 Elevation: 6,453 feet















1 DURANGO is an authentic western town nestled at the food of the San Juan Mountains with amazing summer recreation opportunities that keep locals and visitors active. Population: 19,413 Elevation: 6,512 feet




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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. Population: 1,751 Elevation: 7,126 feet






5 SILVERTON is a quiet, high-altitude town with a rich mining history. It is surrounded by breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountain peaks and endless outdoor recreation year round. Population: 612 Elevation: 9,318 feet

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. Population: 1,046 Elevation: 7,792 feet

7 RIDGWAY is an outdoor paradise nestled in the cottonwood trees north of Ouray. The region celebrates and preserves its ranching and railroad heritage. Population: 1,142 Elevation: 6,985 feet

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. Population: 2,059 Elevation: 8,750 feet

MANCOS is 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. Population: 1,415 Elevation: 7,028 feet 10

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. Population: 6,467 Elevation: 5,646 feet

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. Population: 959 Elevation: 6,938 feet

11 CORTEZ is a small town with a colorful history located between the San Juan Mountains and the Four Corners. Cortez is home to Mesa Verde National Park. Population: 8,709 Elevation: 6,191 feet

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 has a bustling retail industry.

Population: 23,340 Elevation: 5,395 feet. 2022








traveling and transportation tips

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL SUNPORT 2200 Sunport Blvd. SE (505) 244-7700


The closest airport to the Four Corners is the DurangoLa Plata County Airport (DRO). It offers daily connecting flights to international airports including Denver, Dallas and Phoenix. Seasonally, the schedule at DRO also includes direct flights to Las Vegas. Other regional airports include Grand Junction Regional Airport and Telluride Regional Airport.


1000 Airport Road, Durango (970) 382-6050 • Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) has one of the longest runways in the Four Corners region. The terminal houses multiple airlines, five rental car companies, two restaurant and bar locations and one gift shop. The airport terminal is open 24 hours per day. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoint opens around two hours before 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 90 minutes before they are scheduled to board.

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Durango is located 20 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border at the crossroads of Highway 160 and Highway 550. Explore new landscapes, soaking in the views of desert canyons and alpine forests as you travel to and through the Four Corners region. PUBLIC TRANSIT

Accessing transportation in rural areas is often challenging, but our communities are dedicated to providing multimodal transportation. Ride a bicycle, go for 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. Appbased ride sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, are also available, yet very limited.

DURANGO TRANSIT Durango has accessible, inexpensive transportation around town. The bright red trolley is a delicate reminder of the town’s early streetcars. 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. Download the Ride Systems app from the website’s bus stops tab to track bus arrivals.


250 West Eighth St., Durango (970) 247-3577 The City of Durango Intermodal Transit Center acts as a regional hub for public transportation, including Durango T, Ignacio Road Runner and Purgatory Resort. Residents and visitors can find information on parking passes at the Transit Center as well. Parking is free on weekends. 2022

PARKING GUIDE 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.






ROAD TRIP READY Being “road trip ready” can mean different things to different people. Some may take to the highways in a tiny smart car with limited storage space, while others may drive off in a camper van or RV with a literal kitchen sink. Maybe you travel alone, with a four-legged companion or with friends and family. Distance, destination and all the adventures in between will determine what individuals will need to be road trip ready. Preparing for auto travel does have some shared points for everyone. Assessing engine health is an absolute necessity, for one. Regular oil changes and fluid checks are a good first step. And going to a mechanic for a tune up is even better. For older vehicles, the recommendation for oil was a change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but Consumer Reports notes that recommendations are more like 7,500 to 10,000 miles or six to twelve months now due to better lubricants and more advanced engines. Either way, check the owner’s manual to know for sure. Don’t forget to check the coolant (antifreeze), power steering fluid and transmission fluid or have someone else do it while under the hood. Lastly, windshield washer fluid can make the difference between a dangerous, unpleasant drive and a safe, happy one. Check the tires to be sure they’re in shape for a long drive. Proper tire pressure can save fuel and it’s recommended by Popular Mechanics that drivers check the tire pressure about every 1,000 miles of travel.

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Another thing to check is the brakes. Unless you want to feel that sinking feeling of hitting the pedal and little to nothing happening, brake pads are essential. Brake pads usually last 25,000-70,000 miles. In the event that the vehicle fails you, pack the essentials. AAA membership is inexpensive and can really come in handy if you do need roadside assistance or a tow. It comes in handy for a jump if you didn’t check your battery or left some lights on over night. If you plan on driving long distances, especially in undeveloped areas, pack a gallon or two of drinking water, snacks and a blanket to save you from hardship or even save your life. Throw in some jumper cables, an extra tire and everything you need to change it as well. State of mind is perhaps the most important thing to prepare for a road trip. Clear clutter from the vehicle and organize road trip supplies so you can enjoy the freedom of the open road. Before leaving, take one last look at everything that is packed. Now, you are ready to hit the highway for safe summer travels. 2022

TRAVEL KIT: • Maps • A gallon of drinking water • Snacks • Blanket or sleeping bag • Jumper cables • Spare tire, jack, tire iron and tire gauge • A spare quart of oil • Spare coolant/antifreeze • Windshield washer fluid • Any tools you know how to use for quick repairs • Flares or other markers to make your car more visible to passing motorists

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SCENIC DRIVES Adventures await around every bend. Hit the open road, and explore the fascinating history and landscape across the Four Corners. From ancient ruins and abandoned mines, to quaint towns with healing hot springs, travelers can discover cultural monuments as well as natural wonders all within a single day trip in Southwest Colorado. The Four Corners has limitless landscapes to explore, each more diverse and wild than the last. Whether a lifetime local or a weekend visitor, hit the highway to experience some of these scenic road trips this summer.

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CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT In the San Juan National Forest between Durango and Pagosa Springs, Chimney Rock National Monument features more than 150 cultural resources managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Here, the moon rises, often aligning between the towers of Chimney Rock and Companion Rock. A nonprofit devoted to fostering an educational experience and meaningful connection with the national monument, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, hosts astronomy events and educational programs for all ages. Though there are events and programs at Chimney Rock, visitors can also observe the archaeological site from 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. May 15 to Sept. 30. While visiting this region, don’t miss the opportunity to soak in the hot springs 2022

at one of three resorts in Pagosa Springs, or hike to Piedra River Hot Springs, an undeveloped geothermal spring accessed by a 1.5 mile trail. For more beautiful trails, travel north to Turkey Springs Trail System located in the San Juan National Forest. Surrounded by mountains and meadows, people can enjoy 14 interconnected routes and 30 miles of trails for biking and hiking. Whether you stop along the way or before you call it a day, grab a bite or beer in Bayfield. The Blue Sky Cafe is a specialty coffee shop and bakery that serves delicious homemade meals and rotating specials. Play a round of pool at Billy Goat Saloon with a craft beer or signature cocktail made with the bar’s world-famous bloody mary mix.


SAFE TRAVELS When driving in the mountains, use caution on steep grades and curves. Be sure to heed all posted signs and speed limits for your safety. Fuel stations are few and far-betwen in rural areas. Remember to fill the gas tank and monitor fuel to avoid running out of gas. Road work on mountain passes can often cause long delays or detours. Check weather conditions and review the route before leaving. Technology is great, but it can fail you. Do not rely on GPS navigation in the mountains. Always bring or buy maps to help you navigate. It is also a good idea to let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return.

Designated a National Scenic Byway in 2005, the Trail of the Ancients winds through archaeological and geological sites throughout the Four Corners. There are many variations of the route, but no matter which path is taken, a traveler finds a multitude of wonders both natural and manmade. Some of the archeological 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. Canyon of the Ancients National Monument is a beautiful place for a hike, while nearby Hovenweep National Monument has unique tower ruins and is excellent for an overnight campout. While you’re near Mancos, grab a coffee and a bite at Absolute Bakery and Cafe, or enjoy a refreshing beverage at Fenceline Cider (we recommend trying the seasonal slushie). 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 archeological places to visit. Along the way you can sample New Mexican eateries like The Chile Pod or Francisca’s in Farmington, or try classic pub fare and craft brews from Three Rivers Eatery and Brewery. 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. While there, consider a detour to see Arches National Park near Moab.

SA N J UAN S K Y WAY 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, trails, ghost towns, old mines and natural hot springs. The mountain passes of Coal Bank and Molas stand between Durango and Silverton and offer numerous activities. Purgatory Resort has many summertime activities for families with children, while the Molas Lakes provide a natural setting for high altitude camping, fishing, hiking and paddling.

In Silverton, you can find tours of historic buildings, old mines and serene hikes to pristine alpine lakes. While there, visit the shops in town and enjoy a meal from one of the many restaurants in town, such as Golden Block Brewery or Lone Spur Cafe. Driving to Ouray, known as the Switzerland of America, the road traverses Red Mountain Pass with a top elevation of 11,018 feet. While in Ouray, enjoy a short hike in Box Canyon Falls Park and rock climbing routes, as well as natural hot springs. Continuing onward, Telluride offers world-renowned beauty. Among the trails and camping opportunities, the gondola


showcases gorgeous vistas. For the more adventurous, there is a legendary via ferrata to climb. Traveling over Lizard Head pass and through Rico, the high country recedes for more arid climes. Returning to Durango, refuel with Asian food at Pop Sushi or Southwestern specialties at Eolus Bar and Dining.






WESTERN HERITAGE Though recreation and tourism are important aspects of the economies in Southwest Colorado today, the region’s history is fascinating. In the canyons carved by glaciers, archeologists uncovered artifacts and dwellings from an ancient people that mysteriously disappeared from the area before the Native American Ute tribe settled in the Animas Valley in the 1500s. Shortly after, Spanish explorers made their way to the area. By the 1600s, Spanish explorers had a complicated relationship with the regional tribes. The explorers raided Native American settlements and also traded with tribes, eventually introducing them to horses. In 1821, Mexico won independence from Spain, and the Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico region became part of the U.S. territories in 1848. During this era, the Wild West remained a lawless frontier, where cowboys settled disputes with duels. Hundreds of miners set up temporary camps along the banks of the Animas River in the 1860s. By the 1870s, dozens of mining towns like Silverton were scattered throughout the San Juan forest and mountains. In 1880, The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad

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Company founded Durango along the banks of the Animas River to serve the San Juan mining district. There, they built the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and then the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad as an extension to the south. When other railroads began to convert to standard gauge, this section of the narrow gauge track was mostly dismantled during its conversion to standard gauge following the mining bust in 1893. Little by little, mining towns were abandoned. In 1905, Teddy Roosevelt dedicated 1.8 million acres of forest to public use and recreation. A year later, Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park to “preserve the works of man,” making it the first national park of its kind. The region became a popular destination for tourists,



and the rest is history. Today, locals love to celebrate our heritage, sometimes with costumes and festivals. To get the true western experience while visiting, you should explore the ghost towns like Graysill Mines near Durango or Animas Forks near Silverton. Learn more about the customs and cultures here at regional museums. Tour mines in Silverton and Ouray, and pan for gold. And finally, take a relaxing, scenic train ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.



Explore abandoned communities in southwest Colorado Gold mining in Colorado boomed in the mid-1800s. An influx of prospectors arrived, filled with the hope of boundless riches. Today, the remnants of the Gold Rush include numerous ghost towns. Some sites were home to thousands, while others were small with only a few cabins. Yet, they all tell a similar tale of the unforgiving Colorado climate, and what’s left when resources run out. In your exploration of these abandoned sites, be cautious of any unprotected mineshafts, and don’t allow children to wander. Take only photos, and leave only footprints. Don’t destroy these sites by carrying away any pieces of history. ANIMAS FORKS Coordinates: 37.932464 N°, 107.571092° W Built by prospectors in 1884, this town was once a bustling mining town, with a population of 450 people. There was a hotel, saloon, post office, a general store and even a local newspaper, the Animas Forks Pioneer. Because of its location, Animas Forks was plagued

by avalanches as well as a recordbreaking blizzard in 1884 that lasted 23 days. By 1910, mining operations had ceased, by 1920 Animas Forks was a ghost town. The town is located on a 65-mile system of roads known as the Alpine Loop. This loop connects the towns of Lake City, Ouray and Silverton. The road from Silverton to Animas Forks is passable by two-wheel drive vehicles during summer months, but the road beyond Animas Forks is four-wheel drive only. ALTA Coordinates: 37.886379° N, 107.853739° W Situated between Telluride and Rico, Alta is one of the most scenic ghost towns in Colorado. In its heyday, from 1877 to 1948, a few hundred people lived there. The town functioned as the center for mining activity, which shut down after a mill fire in 1948. Today, the ghost town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To get to Alta, take Highway 145. Six miles south of Telluride exit Alta


Lakes Road. Turn left and stay on the road for 4 miles to reach the town of Alta. The road is passable in two-wheel drive. IRONTON Coordinates 37.9328° N, 107.6803° W Opened in 1893 by Red Mountain Mining District, Ironton was an important transportation hub between Ouray and other mining camps. Travelers staged there before heading over the pass. At its height, the population hovered around 1000 residents. Ironton had its own mines, two daily trains from Silverton, chain stores from Ouray and Silverton, as well as hotels, saloons and other necessities. The last official resident, Milton Larson, passed away in the mid-1960s. Ironton is one of the easiest ghost towns to reach, located on the San Juan Skyway, between Silverton and Ouray. It’s accessible by two-wheel drive year-round. RED MOUNTAIN TOWN Coordinates: 37°54’13”, N 107°42’09”W Red Mountain Town was once the largest mining town on Red Mountain Pass. Gold ore was discovered here in the 1870s, however, harsh winters and primitive roads delayed the boom. In its heyday, the population was projected as high as 10,000 residents. The town’s decline followed that of the mining decline in the region. Ouray and Silverton are the only towns on either side of Red Mountain Pass to remain populated today. Red Mountain Town is simple to reach, located between Silverton and Ouray on the Million Dollar Highway 4.5 miles from Ironton.






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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 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&SNGRR 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&SNGRR also hosts many special events and experiences for people of all ages year round. For departure times, tickets and more information, visit the website

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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is also 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 travels over steep mountain passes, passengers can view ranch lands, rolling meadows, cascading creeks and wildlife along the grassy hills. The excursion includes lunch in historic Osier, Colorado. For more information on excursions, visit the webstie

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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 communities still reflect a rich cultural heritage. ANIMAS MUSEUM

One of the best places to learn more about Durango is the Animas Museum. Historic classrooms hold the rich history of our railroad town. The museum features a variety of exhibits, a turn-of-the-20th-century classroom and an original 1870s log cabin.


Experience pioneer life in the American West. Learn about life in the early days of Aztec by climbing aboard a caboose, touring an old schoolhouse and take a selfguided walking tour of the historic downtown.


The Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Live a day in the life of a miner at the turn of the century. Learn how to pan for gold in the original mine stream.


The Center of Southwest Studies provides opportunities to explore, study and experience the heritage of the Southwest. Located on the campus of Fort Lewis College, the rotating exhibits highlight different pieces of culture through a collection of historic artifacts and artwork.

ANIMAS MUSEUM 3065 West Second Ave., Durango (970) 259-2402 AZTEC MUSEUM AND PIONEER VILLAGE 125 North Main Ave., Aztec, New Mexico (505) 334-9829 AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITOR CENTER 725 Ruins Road, Aztec (505) 334-6174

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CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS VISITOR CENTER & MUSEUM 27501 Highway 184, Dolores (970) 882-5600 CENTER OF SOUTHWEST STUDIES 1000 Rim Drive, Durango (970) 247-7456 CORTEZ CULTURAL CENTER 25 N. Market Street, Cortez (970) 565-1151



The Cortez Cultural Center is a community hub for arts and culture events and education. The small museum and gallery is full of historic artifacts and modern artwork from local residents. The nonprofit hosts a variety of activities year round, such as lectures, live music, plays and performances. View the schedule of events online.


Visit this 12,000 square-foot museum, housed in eight of the stalls of an old roundhouse. Learn more about the history

DURANGO FISH HATCHERY & WILDLIFE MUSEUM 204 E. Park Ave., Durango (970) 375-6766 DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD MUSEUM 479 Main Ave., Durango (970) 247-2733 OLD HUNDRED GOLD MINE 721 County Road 4A, Silverton (970) 387-5444

room, ticket office, coal room and coal dock. Outside the depot is Locomotive 493, built in 1902, forlorn but not forgotten.


of railroading, specifically the establishment of the D&RGW line and its legacy. Better yet, book a trip north to Silverton on the vintage locomotive. The museum exhibits steam locomotives, railroad cars, memorabilia and artifacts from the region, while the gift shop features a large selection of books on the history of the railroad.


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

OURAY ALCHEMIST 533 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-4003 OURAY COUNTY MUSEUM 420 Sixth Ave., Ouray (970) 325-4576 www.ouraycounty PINE RIVER VALLEY HERITAGE SOCIETY MUSEUM 11 West Mill Street, Bayfield (970) 884-7636

Dubbed by its curators as the best mining museum in the country, the Mining Heritage Center in Silverton is filled with cool relics of the past, including a collection of hats and helmets worn by miners through the years, antique tools crafted by local blacksmiths and much more. The museum covers a wide range of daily life in the mountains and mines, while the old jail showcases what life would have been like for law breakers residing there.


This guided tour takes you onethird mile into the heart of 13,000foot 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.


The Ouray County Museum is housed inside an old hospital for

POWERHOUSE SCIENCE CENTER 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango (970) 259-9234 MINING HERITAGE CENTER 1577 Greene Street, Silverton (970) 387-5838 www.sanjuancountyhistoricalsociety. org RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN MUSEUM 421 Railroad Ave., Dolores (970) 882-7082


miners, which was built in 1886. The building is three levels and contains 27 rooms filled with 38 exhibits on topics such as the history of mining, ranching and the railroad in Ouray County. Some artifacts on display date all the way back to Ouray’s earliest days in 1875.


This railroad museum and gift shop is housed in a replica of the Rio Grande Southern Depot and operated by the Galloping Goose Historical Society in Dolores. It showcases historical photos, interpretive displays, a model of the town of Dolores in the 1940s and the world famous Galloping Goose No. 5.


Browse the state-of-the-art gallery spaces to learn more about the history and current traditions of the Southern Ute tribe, Colorado’s longest continuous residents. The permanent exhibit chronicles the story of the Ute people from prehistory to modern times presented through photographic panels, audio-visual presentations and interactive electronics to enhance the experience for visitors of all ages.

SOUTHERN UTE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER 77 CR 517, Ignacio (970) 563-9583 southern-ute-museum TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM 201 W. Gregory Ave., Telluride (970) 728-3344






GUIDED TOURS Tours are educational activities that can help you learn more about the region and feel more connected to the community. Guided off-road 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.

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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.





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OUTDOOR ETHICS 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.

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• 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.

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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 • Be quiet. Let the sounds of nature prevail. • Yield to others on the trail. • When encountering horses or other pack stock, step to the downhill side of the trail.

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.


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.

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“National parks and reserves are an integral aspect of intelligent use of natural resources. It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of the earth as we know it today.” - John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the U.S. Accessible trails, diverse ecology, geographical marvels and breathtaking overlooks set the region’s parks and monuments apart from others across the U.S. Protecting both the natural landscape and wildlife is paramount.

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ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Entrance located off Highway 191, Moab (435) 719-2299 Fees: $30 for 1-day vehicle pass With over 2,000 natural stone arches and hundreds of unique rock formations, Arches National Park is a geological wonder located just five miles north of Moab, Utah. Explore natural bridges, spires and balanced rocks while hiking through the extraordinary landscape or drive along the 18-mile scenic road, which provides travelers with access to points of interest and trailheads. Visitors can also enjoy biking on the roads, horseback riding and camping. Canyoneering and rock climbing are also allowed with a permit. A reservation is required to enter the park. If arriving during the summer season, plan the trip around peak times or expect delays and full parking lots. CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT Indian Route 7, Chinle (928) 674-5500 Fees: free Canyon de Chelly National Monument located in Chinle,

FEE FREE DAYS Thursday, Aug. 4 Great American Outdoors Act anniversary Saturday, Sept. 24 National Public Lands Day Friday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day

AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT 725 Ruins Road, Aztec (505) 334-6174 Fees: free Search the ancient mortor for the fingerprints of the past and listen for an echo of ritual drums in the reconstructed Great Kiva. Take a half-mile, self-guided trail winds through the Pueblo great house, the kiva and original rooms. Browse the museum, a garden and a segment of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail that leads to the Animas River. The monument and visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arizona includes 84,000 acres on the Navajo Nation. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking and scenic drives around the canyon. There are two paved drives around the canyon with a total of nine scenic overlooks where travelers can enjoy the views of the spectacular site. The welcome

BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON 9800 Highway 347, Montrose (970) 641-2337 Fees: $30 for a 7-day vehicle pass Known for its narrow width and steep canyon walls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a natural gorge. Though the gorge is about 48 miles long, the national park encompasses just 14 miles of the canyon, including Colorado’ tallest cliff, at 2,250 feet tall, the Painted Wall. Visitors can hear the faint sound of the Gunnison River flowing below and hike along the rim. Open 24-hours a day, the park also offers adventurers a remote escape to enjoy activities such as backpacking, camping, kayaking and rock climbing. The South Rim Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Navajo Nation observes daylight saving time), and offers educational programs free of charge led by rangers. Private companies also offer hiking tours, horseback riding tours and vehicle tours for a fee.

CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS 27501 Highway 184, Dolores (970) 882-5600 Fees: free More than 6,000 ancient sites including cliff dwellings, kivas and rock art have been identified. The Canyons are accessible from many points along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. The visitor center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and details, visit the website.


CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK 1808 County Road 7950, Nageezi (505) 786-7014 Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass Located in New Mexico’s high desert landscape between Albuquerque and Farmington, Chaco Culture National Historical

Park is a remote area that preserves a collection of ancient architecture and culture. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From the visitor center, travelers can follow a 9-mile loop which provides access to short, self-guided trail tours of five major sites. More hiking trails to remote

CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT 3179 Highway 151, Chimney Rock Visitor Center (970) 883-2455 Special Programs (877) 444-6777 Fees: $20 for five-day pass Chimney Rock is accessible for self-guided walking tours from May through September. Throughout the summer, in partnership with USDA Forest Service and Pagosa Ranger District, the nonprofit Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) hosts educational events, including astronomy demonstrations, birding tours, educational storytelling sessions and much more. For more details and schedule of events, visit the website for the CRIA.

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT 1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita (970) 858-2800 Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass View gorgeous, red rock canyons with smooth walls from years of exposure to the elements when visiting Colorado National Monument. The Historic Rim Rock Drive is a 23-mile road around the site with opportunities to access scenic overlooks. The protected landscape includes 40 miles of maintained trails to explore on foot or by bike, as well as opportunities to climb rocks and watch wildlife. Enjoy camping at Saddlehorn Campground or secure a permit from the Saddlehorn Visitor Center for remote backcountry camping. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK 597 Highway 597, Teec Nos Pos (928) 206-2540 Fees: $8 per person The state boundaries for Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico are celebrated with a monument in the rural Southwest, as it is the only place where guests can be in four states – and three nations (Navajo, Ute and United States) – at the same time. The monument is managed by Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation, and is open year round from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., sometimes later in the summer season. Expect to wait in line to snap a photo, then visit the vendors to browse traditional Navajo art for sale.

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT 11625 E 1500 S, Jensen (435) 781-7700 Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass Follow in the footsteps of giants. On the border of Colorado and Utah, remains of dinosaurs are embedded in the rocks, and petroglyphs from ancient settlers are preserved. The Quarry Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The monument encompasses miles of trails that lead hikers to spectacular vistas.

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sites are also available to explore, and trails are open from 7 a.m. to sunset. Free programs led by park rangers are offered year-round, including astronomy education at the designated International Dark Sky Park. See more about International Dark Sky Parks on page 36.


GREAT SAND DUNES 11999 Highway 150, Mosca (719) 378-6395 Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. Geologists say the natural landscape formed from large lakes that once covered the San Luis Valley. Today, the dunes cover 30 square miles between the San Juan and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Three mountain passes in the Sangre de Cristo range keep the sands contained. Medeno Creek and Sands Creek carry and deposit sand carried with the mountain snowmelt. Along with the sand dunes, visitors can explore a variety of mountainous terrain, including alpine lakes, grasslands, wetlands, riparians and forests. MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK 35853 Road H.5, Mancos (970) 529-4465 Fees: $20 for a 1-day vehicle pass Mesa Verde National Park is home to some of the most notable sites. For more than 700 years, Ancestral Puebloan people lived in the cliff dwellings and sites. The park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Before exploring the park’s trails, guests can stop in the visitor center to browse the museum, grab a trail map and purchase tickets to guided tours to cliff dwellings or the backcountry. HOVENWEEP Latitude 37° 23’ 8.8944” N Longitude 109° 4’ 31.4436” W (970) 562-4282 Fees: free The detailed construction and skill of the Ancestral Puebloan builders between A.D. 1200 and 1300, is highlighted in the six prehistoric villages that is Hovenweep National Monument. Once home to more than 2,500 people, Hovenweep is made up of towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders leaving visitors to marvel at the idea of life at Hovenweep. The trail system provides views of the archaeological sites. The Square Tower Group features a two-mile loop beginning at the visitor center.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park (970) 586-1222 Fees: $25 for a 1-day vehicle pass Rocky Mountain National Park sees millions of visitors per year, and is the third most visited park in the country. Yet, the park offers visitors a sense of serenity, familyfriendly fun and adventurous recreation opportunities. Take a scenic drive along Trail Ridge Road for high mountain scenery, participate in a ranger-led program, or book a commercial tour with a private company. Across the park’s 249,126 acres, the protected landscape includes over 300 miles of hiking trails and incredible opportunities to see native wildlife in diverse ecosystems. Activities such as camping, cycling, fishing and horseback riding are also permitted.

WHITE SANDS NATIONAL PARK 1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita (970) 858-2800 Fees: $25 for a 7-day vehicle pass Between the Sacramento Mountains and San Andres Mountains sits the Tularosa Basin in southern New Mexico, where White Sands National Park preserves an oasis for plants and wildlife in the Chihuahuan Desert. Covering 275 square miles, the environment’s rainfall and wind carrying water-soluble gypsum sand have shaped the landscape into this magnificent dunefield with over 4.5 billion tons of sand. Visitors enjoy sand sledding, in addition to camping, cycling, hiking and horseback riding. Park rangers often lead educational programs, seasonal activities and tours for groups as well. 2022

YUCCA HOUSE County Road 20.5, Cortez (970) 529-4465 Fees: free An integral and unique part of Southwestern Colorado, Yucca House National Monument is one of the largest archaeological sites in the region. Yucca House was first thought to be built by the Aztec, but is known today as an important center for Ancestral Puebloan people from 1150 to 1300. This site includes a large traditional pueblo with around 600 rooms, over 100 kivas and a great kiva that could have served the entire community. It has remained largely untouched for the past 800 years, leaving the site preserved in its beauty and integrity for future visitors and scientists.






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.

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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.


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 coloradoparticipatinglibraries for a complete list. Several park visitor centers also offer activity packs for day use only, including Jackson Lake, Mancos State Park, Navajo State Park and Ridgway State Park. Don’t forget to share photos of your adventures with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter or Instagram.



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TWISTS & TURNS area trails that test the tires

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.

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The roads that lead to the backcountry can be rocky and often tumultuous. This kind of travel requires a fourwheel 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 offroad vehicle is the way to go.



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.

OHV RULES AND REGULATIONS • U nlicensed 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.

• A ll 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.

• U nlicensed 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.


65 MILES 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.


10 MILES This scenic mountain road constructed in the late 1880s follows along Lime Creek, and it was once the main route from the upper Animas River Basin to the Silverton area. Though point-to-point route is narrow and bumpy, the path reveals views of open meadows and thick forests of aspen trees and travels past the lilypad-covered Scout Lake.

12,000 feet. Explore nearby relics of he mining era or continue to cruise by heading north to Hurricane Pass for an incredible view of Lake Como.


8.5 MILES 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.


9.8 MILES 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.


42 MILES Experience the Land of Enchantment in all its majesty when you journey to New Mexico to explore 42 miles of varied 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.


6.8 MILES Corkscrew Gulch is known for its sharp switchbacks. The narrow and steep unpaved road features sweeping views of aspen trees. It was originally constructed in 1882 to provide access between Silverton and mines on Red Mountain. Access the off-road trail from Corkscrew Gulch Trail and climb to the red soil summit at 2022






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.

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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 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.


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







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Look up at the night sky and prepare to be starstruck. On clear nights in Colorado, 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,

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.

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 privatelyowned Observatory Lodge.

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.








MANCOS STATE PARK Anglers enjoy fishing for yellow perch and rainbow trout at Jackson Gulch Reservoir, while the calm waters call to paddlers in canoes and kayaks. A 5.5 mile trail system in the park connects with a network of trails on Forest Service land. The park is also a great place to catch a glimpse of the constellations overhead surrounded by ponderosa pines. Stay overnight at one of two campsites or reserve a yurt for a cozier camping experience. 4

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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.


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.







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.

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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.

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.

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. Before departing on a horseback riding adventure, participants should express any physical limitations because longer rides 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.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO 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. It is your responsibility to know what activities are allowed on specific trails. 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.


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.


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. 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


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.

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.






climbing area crags The Four Corners has been a popular climbing destination for decades. From alpinists to boulderers, the mountains are the perfect place for world class talent and beginners alike to refine their skills. The geology of our 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. 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.


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.

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In top roping 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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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. Be sure to educate yourself on park fees, regulations and bag limits. LAKE NIGHTHORSE

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 2022


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.








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.



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.



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 outfitters also provide valuable advice, insight and historical information about the river.

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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.





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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SPLASH 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 33rd Street put-in is perfect for paddleboarders and lazy floating, while the section of the river that reaches from the put in at Memorial Park to Santa Rita Park features fun rapids for kayaking. Local lakes, such as Trout Lake and Priest Lake near Telluride, Molas Lake near Silverton and Lemon Reservoir near Vallecito can offer calmer waters for non-motorized boaters.

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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, Cortez Recreation Center or the Farmington Aquatic Center. The region is also home to a number of geothermal hot springs for soaking and relaxation.




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 onsite rentals, guided fly fishing, sailing clinics and other chartered boating opportunities. Vallecito Lake Marina also includes onsite 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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Historic Hot Springs Loop

HEALING WATERS People have been enjoying hot springs since well before the advent of civilization. It’s a steamy 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. RENEW YOUR SKIN 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. IMPROVE CIRCULATION 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

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content of the water being soaked up by our bodies, improving circulation and overall oxygen flow. DESTRESS FOR QUALITY REST 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’s been shown that people who bathe in hot water sleep more soundly and have lower levels of stress. The study by the National Library of Medicine even suggests that hotwater bathers have good subjective health and happiness in general.



HereinColorado,theabundance ofhealingwatersaresourcedfrom deepwithintheRockyMountains. The best way to experience some of the finest pools the state has to offerisbytravelingtheHistoricHot Springs Loop. This five city, 720mileloopshowcases19ofthemost popularhotspringsattractionsinthe country.Choosefromdestinations likeSteamboatSprings,Ourayand Ridgway,GlenwoodSprings,Pagosa Springs and Chaffee County. Each facility offers features unique to them. Enjoy free primitive pools, vaporcaves,hotpots,terracedpools, enormous travertine formations or the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. RELIEVE PAIN 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.

soak in natural hot springs Southwest Colorado has an abundance of geothermal springs heated by the Earth’s mantle. For thousands of years, Indigenous people and travelers alike have used these springs to enhance health and encourage healing. To complement the benefits of soaking in the springs, many resorts offer spa services for guests to relax and rejuvenate after a long day. Stop and soak in the benefits of these pools in peaceful places. DURANGO HOT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA 6475 County Road 203, Durango (970) 247-0111 www.durangohotsprings Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa is newly renovated. The amenities include soaking tubs, mineral pools and a saltwater swimming pool. In addition to soaking and swimming, guests can enjoy a variety of spa services on site including facial scrubs, massages and body wraps. HEALING WATERS RESORT & SPA 317 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-5910 This facility includes a large, outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor hot tub and separate indoor hot baths for men and women. Professional spa services, including therapeutic massage, acupressure and cupping, are also available at Healing Waters Massage.

even in the off-season. The shallow pool, the lap pool and the hot pool are open year-round with water temperatures ranging from 78 to 106 degrees. For an additional cost, customers can access the fitness center or receive spa services, such as massages and body wraps. OVERLOOK HOT SPRINGS 432 Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-4040 Soak up the view of downtown Pagosa Springs, while lounging in the scenic rooftop tubs surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Overlook also features five indoor pools, and private tub rooms. The in-house spa provides Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal and hot-stone massages, as well as body scrubs and mud wraps.

THE SPRINGS RESORT & SPA 165 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-4168 The Springs Resort features 24 geothermal pools for the public to enjoy with water temperatures range from 83 to 114 degrees. The facility also offers guests a full-service spa. Pahgosa Spa pampers customers with body treatments, facials and hair, skin and nail services. WIESBADEN HOT SPRINGS SPA & LODGING 625 Fifth St., Ouray (970) 325-4347 The Wiesbaden Hot Springs is a historic location with continually flowing mineral waters ranging in temperature from 85 to 134 degrees. Guests can enjoy the large pool surrounded by beautiful views, or soak in a private pool for an additional fee. Customers can also seek spa services and relax inside the unique vapor cave located beneath the main lodge.

ORVIS HOT SPRINGS 1585 County Road 3, Ridgway (970) 626-5324 Orvis Hot Springs is a clothing optional resort featuring seven outdoor soaking ponds and three indoor pools with temperatures ranging from 98 to 112 degrees. Pair a soak with a therapeutic massage in a cozy yurt. OURAY HOT SPRINGS POOL & FITNESS CENTER 1200 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-7073 This recently renovated facility gives guests several soaking options, 2022






suds & spirits With more than 200 established breweries in the state, Colorado’s reputation for producing a wide variety of beers marketed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally is growing. More than 10% of the nation’s craft breweries are located on the Western Slope. Though the Front Range (area of Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs) is best known for their brewing practices, communities in the southwest are also home to numerous breweries, each with their own flair. But there’s more to Colorado than craft beer. Our regional business owners also craft artisanal cider, wines and spirits here. For a true taste of the Wild West, visit these local breweries, distilleries and wineries. C O L O R A D O

ANIMAS BREWING COMPANY (970) 403-8850 1560 East Second Ave., Durango ANARCHY BREWING (970) 422-8088 225 East Eighth Ave., Unit C, Durango AVALANCHE BREWING COMPANY (970) 387-5282 1067 Blair St., Silverton BOTTOM SHELF BREWERY (970) 884-2442 118 E. Mill St., Bayfield CARVER BREWING COMPANY (970) 259-2545 1022 Main Ave., Durango COLORADO BOY PUB & BREWERY (970) 325-3315 515 Main St., Ouray (970) 626-5333 602 Clinton St., Ridgway DOLORES RIVER BREWERY (970) 882-4677 100 S. Fourth St., Dolores DURANGO CRAFT SPIRITS (970) 247-1919 1120 Main Ave. #2, Durango

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DURANGO BEER & ICE COMPANY (970) 247-1009 3000 Main Ave., Durango ESOTERRA CIDERWORKS (970) 676-0053 934 Main Ave., Unit B, Durango FENCELINE CIDER (970) 533-4005 141 S. Main St., Mancos FOUR LEAVES WINERY (970) 403-8182 528 Main Ave., Durango FOX FIRE FARMS (970) 563-4675 5513 County Road 321, Ignacio GOLDEN BLOCK BREWERY (970) 387-5962 1227 Greene St., Silverton HONEY HOUSE DISTILLERY (970) 247-1474 33633 Highway 550, Durango J. FARGO’S FAMILY DINING AND MICRO BREWERY (970) 564-0242 1209 E. Main St., Cortez

TELLURIDE BREWING COMPANY (970) 728-5094 156 Society Drive, Telluride WILDEDGE BREWING COLLECTIVE (970) 565-9445 111 N. Market St., Cortez WOLFE BREWING COMPANY (970) 731-9653 2045 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs N E W

KJ WOOD DISTILLERS (303) 517-7697 929 Main St., Ouray MAIN STREET BREWERY AND RESTAURANT (970) 564-9112 21 E. Main St., Cortez MANCOS BREWING COMPANY (970) 533-9761 550 W. Railroad Ave., Mancos PAGOSA BREWING COMPANY (970) 731-2739 100 N. Pagosa Blvd., Pagosa Springs OURAY BREWERY (970) 325-7388 607 Main St., Ouray RED MOUNTAIN BREWING (970) 325-9858 400 Main St., Ouray RIFF RAFF BREWING COMPANY (970) 264-4677 247 Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs SKA BREWING COMPANY (970) 247-5792 225 Girard St., Durango

SMUGGLERS BREW PUB (970) 728-5620 225 S. Pine St., Telluride STEAMWORKS BREWING COMPANY (970) 259-9200 801 East Second Ave., Durango



550 BREWING (505) 636-2261 119 E. Chuska St., Aztec LAUTER HAUS BREWING COMPANY (505) 326-2337 1806 E. 20th St., Farmington THREE RIVERS EATERY & BREWHOUSE (505) 324-2187 101 E. Main St., Farmington WINES OF THE SAN JUAN (505) 632-0879 233 Highway 511, Blanco






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.


Durango Joes serves a variety of coffee, espresso and tea drinks made to order, alongside freshly baked pastries and breakfast burritos, sandwiches and salads at multiple locations in Durango, Aztec and Farmington. 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-to-order breakfast sandwiches and hot lunch menu. 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 drivethru, 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.

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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 a day at work or in the mountains, 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 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 available in newsstands now. Pick up a free copy from one of the many newspaper kiosks scattered around the region, or swing by the publisher’s office in downtown Durango located at 1275 Main Ave., Suite 300, across from Buckley Park.



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dining views 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.

BUMP-OUTS 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. OUTDOOR PATIOS 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 everyone in the family. 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, fries and onion rings as well as soft-serve ice cream, shakes and malts. 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

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north location has fantastic rooftop seating featuring a fun, bird’s 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 family-friendly 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 in-house. 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 family-friendly 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. The Dolores River Brewery is a local favorite that serves woodfired 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.

From farm to table and vine to wine Eolus Bar & Dining offers the finest menu selections from Southwest Colorado’s bounty of farms, ranches, vineyards and breweries. Our historic dining room provides a comfortable, mountain elegant setting with tabletop and booth seating. Our covered rooftop patio presents premium views of the surrounding mountains for our guests, as well as private parties. Eolus Bar & Dining is a distinct Durango establishment where guests are invited to relax and enjoy locally-inspired cuisine, wine and other craft beverages.

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SWEET TREATS What’s a meal without dessert? From time to time, it is important to indulge. There are so many special places in the Southwest to grab a sweet treat, from classics like candies, cakes and pies to handmade ice cream and bean-to-bar chocolate. CHOCOLATE-COVERED Animas Chocolate Company is a small artisan chocolate shop that sources fair trade, organic cocoa beans and pure cane sugar to craft bean-to-bar chocolates in the storefront at 920 Main Ave. The employees make handcrafted chocolate bars and bark, novelty chocolate lollipops, ice cream toppings, chocolate-covered potato chips and over 20 different varieties of truffles. Visit the chocolate bar for a special dessert wine and chocolate pairing.

On the other hand, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a Durango-based international franchisor. Workers handcraft chocolate confections using copper kettles and marble cooling slabs at the factory in Bodo Industrial Park and in their stores across the U.S. They make a wide variety of molded chocolates, candies, truffles and assorted chocolatecovered goods, as well as oldfashioned fudge and gourmet candy apples.

SUGAR RUSH Chocolate isn’t the only sweet treat made the old-fashioned way. Fuzziwig’s is an old-fashioned candy store located at 680 Main Ave. in Durango that carries fresh fudge in a variety of flavors. The store also sells handmade chocolates, as well as candy by the pound. The shelves are always stocked with brightly colored candies which include everything from handmade gumdrops and taffies to popular brands like PEZ and M&M. They also carry novelty candies and gift boxes. Colorado visitors won’t have to wait until August to indulge in a deep-fried county fair classic. Located in Silverton at 1249 Greene St., Rocky Mountain Funnel Cake Factory creates flavorful funnel cakes topped with incredible ingredients. There are over 20 combinations of toppings all made-to-order, including the signature strawberry cheesecake and pineapple upside-down cake.

DESSERT FOR BREAKFAST Several bakeries serve up coffee and pastries to guests, but specialty desserts keep customers coming back for more. Serious Delights, located inside Nature’s Oasis at 200 S. Camino del Rio, is a bakery that serves cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones and cookies as well as

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chocolate mousse, key lime tart, raspberry cheesecake, cherry pie, carrot cake, tiramisu and lemon bars. For the best cookies and cupcakes in the region, visit The Yellow Carrot at 3026 Main Ave. in Durango. The bakery and restaurant bakes and serves 18 cupcake flavors and 15 types


CUP OR CONE? Cream Bean Berry is a modern ice cream parlor at 1021 Main Ave. in Durango that creates some of the most spectacular flavors. Every batch is made from scratch daily with high-quality ingredients. In addition to classic flavors like vanilla bean and Belgium chocolate, some signature flavors are featured seasonally, including salted caramel, honey lavender, blackberry crisp and pumpkin spice. Guests can order ice cream by the scoop in a cone or cup, or get a pint to go. The menu also includes specialty items such as shakes, sundaes and ice cream sandwiches made with homemade cookies. In the mood for mix-ins like M&Ms and Oreos? The Pine Cone at 271 N. Mountain View Drive in Bayfield is a classic diner that serves traditional burgers, chicken strips and sandwiches with sides like fries, onion rings and mushrooms. The hidden gem is the signature shredder, which comes in four sizes and 9 flavor options. The local restaurant also offers softserve ice cream, shakes, malts and floats.

of cookies daily. The bakery carries classic cake flavors like red velvet and carrot as well as specialty flavors like tiramisu, midnight mint fudge and blackberry key lime. For visitors with special dietary restrictions, many cupcake and cookie recipes at The Yellow Carrot are gluten-free.

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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. (970) 247-9210 Diane West Jewelry and Art 820 Main Ave. (970) 385-4444 Diane West Jewelry and Art 820 Main Ave. (970) 385-4444 Durango Arts Center 802 East Second Ave. (970) 259-2606 Earthen Vessel Gallery 115 W. Ninth St. (970) 247-1281 Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts 680 Main Ave., Suite C (970) 247-9018

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Scenic Aperture 708 Main Ave. (970) 385-5853 Sorrel Sky 828 Main Ave. (970) 247-3555 Studio & 1027 Main Ave. (908) 403-9975 Toh-Atin Gallery 145 W. Ninth St. (970) 247-8277 WildShots Gallery 842 Main Ave. (970) 403-6701

IGNACIO Dancing Spirit Community Art Center 115 Ute St. (970) 563-4600



PAGOSA SPRINGS Two Old Crows Gallery 468 Lewis St. (970) 264-0800

MANCOS Artisans of Mancos 101 Grand Ave.

(970) 533-7040 Custom Calligraphy & Frame 129 N. Main St. (970) 533-7943 Painted Turtle Studio & Gallery 200 W. Grand Ave. (970) 533-7136 Raven House Gallery 120 Grand Ave. (970) 533-7149 Veryl Goodnight Gallery 106 Grand Ave. (970) 533-1172

CORTEZ Notah Dineh Trading Company 345 W. Main St. (970) 565-9607 Reflections in Metal 11500 Highway 491 (855) 213-6293 Sky Art - Karen Kristin Inc. 125 N. Sligo St. (970) 565-8965

DOLORES West Fork Gallery 202 S. Third St. (970) 759-5920

SILVERTON Sand & Snow Studio 939 Greene St. (970) 749-8880 Silverton Artworks 1028 Empire St. (970) 387-5823 Silver San Juan Gallery 1121 Greene St. (501) 413-0100

TELLURIDE & MOUNTAIN VILLAGE Adam W. Carlos Fine Art 565 Mountain Village Blvd. (931) 636-5023 Ah Haa School for the Arts

300 S. Townsend (970) 728-3886 Gallery 81435 230 S. Fir St. (970) 728-3930 Gold Mountain Gallery 135 W. Colorado Ave. (970) 728-3460 Kamruz Gallery 100 W. Colorado Ave. (970) 708-0135 Lustre Gallery 171 S. Pine St. (970) 728-3355 Mixx Projects + Atelier 307 E. Colorado Ave. (970) 797-4040 Naturescapes Gallery 100 W. Colorado Ave. (970) 728-6359 Rinkevich Gallery 618 Mountain Village Blvd. 120 C (415) 616-2055 Slate Gray Gallery 209 E. Colorado Ave. (970) 728-3777 Telluride Arts 135 W. Pacific Ave. (970) 728-3930 Telluride Gallery of Fine Art 130 E. Colorado Ave. (970) 728-3300 The Turquoise Door 226 W. Colorado Ave. (970) 728-6556 Tony Newlin Gallery 100 W. Colorado Ave. (970) 728-8084 Wizard Emporium 126 E. Colorado Ave. (970) 728-4924



Ago Gallery 445 Main St. (970) 325-0270 Ivorys Trading Co. & Gallery 737 Main St. (970) 325-0123 Kentee Suone Pasek’s Fine Art 342 Seventh Ave. (508) 360-8810 Meerdink Gallery 512 Main St. (970) 325-4818Ouray Glassworks and Pottery 619 Main St. (970) 325-7334 www.ourayglassworks Skol Studio & Design 812 Main St. (970) 325-7290 The Purple Peacock 801 Main St. (970) 325-2182

610 Arts Collective 610 Clinton St. (970) 318-0150 Amulet Arts 521 Clinton St. (970) 519-0021 Babies of the Brush African Wildlife Art & Gifts 1529 County Road 5 (480) 322-6229 Billings Artworks 609 Clinton St. 970) 626-3860 Cimarron Art Glass 294 S. Lena St. (970) 626-9808 Kane Scheidegger Fine Art Photography 133 N. Lena St. (970) 901-4880 Richard Durnan Photography 264 N. Laura St. (970) 316-2580 Treehouse Gallery 549 Clinton St.








FOR ALL AGES Making a place for the fine arts is imperative to growing creativity in communities. Stop in for a show soon to get a glimpse of Southwest Colorado and New Mexico culture and commentary at shows and performances in these regional entertainment venues. A THEATER GROUP

1315 Snowden, Silverton (970) 387-5337 This nonprofit organization fosters the artistic development of the professional, emerging and community artist. The group hosts live productions throughout the year, summer youth program and a new artist series.


128 E. College Drive, Durango (970) 799-2281 Animas City Theatre provides the community with live entertainment, such as concerts, theatrical performances and presentations, as well as a selection of independent films.


1000 Rim Drive, Durango (970) 247-7657 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.


802 East Second Ave., Durango (970) 259-2606 Guests can participate in a variety of visual and performing arts, including design and digital media, painting, photography and much more. Join community

classes and workshops, or enjoy theatrical productions.


200 W. Arrington, Farmington (505) 599-1148 The Farmington Civic Center is a multiuse venue featuring a large conference and convention center, smaller meeting spaces, and a performing and visual arts center. The facility hosts concerts, conferences, expos, lectures, plays and performances.

HENDERSON FINE ARTS CENTER 4601 College Blvd., Farmington (505) 566-3465 Located on the San Juan College campus, this venue features an art gallery, and an auditorium that seats 800. The Henderson Fine Arts Theatre hosts concerts and theatrical performances in addition to educational lectures, speakers and workshops.


49 Wedgewood Circle, Durango (970) 749-8585 Merely Players is a nonprofit theater company that provides high-quality performance theater. It also hosts theater classes and workshops for people of all ages, including opportunities for youth to enjoy educational experiences.

PAGOSA SPRINGS CENTER FOR THE ARTS 2313 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs (970) 731-7469 Pagosa Springs Center for the

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Arts offers performing art including band concerts, dance recitals, popular musicals and dramas, jazz festivals, choral concerts, children’s theater camps and art gallery exhibits. Thingamajig Theatre Company performs seasonal shows for the community.


721 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride (970) 369-5669 Palm Arts is a dynamic venue where community members gather to enjoy a variety of art-centered events, such as film festivals, theatrical productions, musicals, concerts, dance recitals, lectures, gatherings and educational workshops.


110 North Oak St., Telluride (970) 728-6363 This 240-seat venue provides quality arts and entertainment for the community. It’s versatile enough to host movies, concerts, recitals, lectures, conferences and weddings.


8 E. Main St., Cortez (970) 564-9727 The Sunflower Theatre in Cortez gives creative community members a platform for performing arts. This intimate, multiuse venue seats 105 people, and features a bar for guests. The theater hosts a variety of events including lectures, film festivals, concerts, conferences, nonprofit fundraisers and family gatherings.


472 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-4399 Located in downtown Ouray, this restored historic venue is the center of arts and culture in the community. Volunteers of the nonprofit organization Friends of the Wright Opera House promote performing arts and fine arts education through programs, performances and workshops, in addition to screening films, organizing concerts and hosting events.



F O R TH E L AT E ST M OV I E R ELE ASE S: DURANGO STADIUM 9 900 Translux Drive, Durango (970) 247-9799 stadium_9 GASLIGHT TWIN CINEMAS 102 E. Fifth St., Durango (970) 247-8133 theater/gaslight_twin_cinema FIESTA 23 W. Main St., Cortez (970) 565-9003 theater/fiesta LIBERTY THEATRE 418 Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-4578








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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.

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.


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.



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.


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






CANNABIS DISPENSARIES Dispensaries have changed the practice of buying bud for states that have legalized cannabis. These establishments are stocked with THC and CBD products such as flower, concentrates, edibles, oils and much more. Professional budtenders can help customers find the right product or strain to fulfill their desires. Though each dispensary has its own look and feel, each follow a strict set of laws, so have identification ready and cash on hand for purchases. D U R A N G O

COLORADO GROW COMPANY (970) 259-1647 965 ½ Main Ave. www.coloradogrow DURANGO ORGANICS (970) 259-3674 72 Suttle St., Suite F (970) 426-4381 37 County Road 232

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DURANGO REC ROOM (970) 764-4087 145 E. College Drive

MAMMOTH FARMS (970) 422-3282 927 Highway 3

LOVA CANNA CO. (970) 422-8029 1135 S. Camino del Rio, Suite 220

MOUNTAIN ANNIE’S (970) 247-2190 1644 County Road 203

KINFOLK FARMS (970) 759-8683 83A Davidson Creek Road



PROHIBITION HERB (970) 385-8622 1185 Camino Del Rio ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH (970) 259-4093 120 E. 36th St.

SANTE (970) 375-2837 742 ½ Main Ave. TELLURIDE BUD COMPANY (970) 422-8311 3473 Main Ave. THE GREEN HOUSE (970) 247-2420 730 S. Camino del Rio www.thegreenhouse THE GREENERY (970) 403-3710 208 Parker Ave. Suite E THE HOMESTEAD DISPENSARY 927 County Road 3 (970) 422-3283


CHRONIC THERAPY (970) 670-7534 1020 S. Broadway DOOBIE SISTERS (970) 565-2345 695 N. Broadway

LIVWELL (970) 533-9848 449 Railroad Ave. #1 THE BUD FARM (970) 533-9931 385 North Willow St. S I L V E R T O N

DURANGO ORGANICS (970) 565-6500 1104 E. Main St.

ACME HEALING CENTER (970) 387-0267 1330 Greene St.

LIVWELL (970) 565-9577 1819 E. Main St.

SILVERTON GREEN WORKS (970) 387-9931 124 E. 13th St. www.silverton

THE HERBAL ALTERNATIVE (970) 529-7007 1531 Lebonon Road www.theherbal THE MEDICINE MAN (970) 564-5181 310 E. Main St. www.cortez M A N C O S

BLEND (970) 533-5050 198 S. Frontage Road E


ALPINE WELLNESS (970) 728-1834 300 W. Colorado Ave., 2C TELLURIDE BUD COMPANY (970) 239-6039 135 S. Spruce St. TELLURIDE GREEN ROOM (970) 728-7999 250 S. Fir St.


ACME HEALING CENTER (970) 620-9164 157 U.S. Highway 550 FIDDLER’S GREEN CANNABIS (970) 626-4029 402 Palomino Trail

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CANNABIS (970) 626-4009 112 Village Square West #110 www.rockymountain P A G O S A S P R I N G S

GOOD EARTH MEDS (970) 731-3203 600 Cloman Blvd. #1 PAGOSA ORGANIC THERAPEUTICS (970) 731-4204 298 Bastille Drive SAN JUAN STRAINS (970) 264-5323 356 E. Pagosa St., Unit B SMOKE RINGS (970) 264-0942 266 E. Pagosa St. THE GREEN HOUSE (970) 264-3420 270 E. Pagosa St.







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 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 In Farmington, SunRay Park & Casino is a hot spot for hot slots. The casino has over 400 slot

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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 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 opening in 2012, the venue



Forget about Vegas. Get your game on where the mountains meet the mesas, and unearth a wealth of entertainment at these regional casinos.

has hosted a variety of live entertainment, including concerts and comedy shows. UTE MOUNTAIN CASINO 3 Weeminuche Drive, Towaoc (970) 565-8800 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.

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.

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gifts & goods There are hundreds of retailers in the Southwest, each offering unique selections for locals and tourists alike. If a gallery or store piqued 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.

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Small boutiques typically have the best selection of trendy apparel and fashionable accessories. In Durango, some of the best places to browse for clothing include Sparrow Mercantile, Animas Trading Company, Durango T-Shirt Company and Crow’s Closet. North of 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 Toast Records and Tapes. 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.


Guild House Games is a game store specializing in board games, collectible card games, puzzles and much more, located inside the Main Mall at 835 Main Ave. New to town, Twilight Toys at 600 Main Ave. Unit 105 is a small storefront that offers a big selection of games and toys for children, as well as activity kits and educational tools. 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.

26345 Highway 160 South Durango 970-259-5811 1-800-321-6069 Mon - Sat: 10am - 5:30pm Sun: 10am - 5pm








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.


Set em’ up and knock ‘em down at one of these three alleys in the Four Corners. Rolling Thunder Lanes at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio features 24 lanes, an arcade and concessions. Lakeside Lanes at 290 Lakeside Drive in Cortez offers customers bowling and billiards. In Farmington, Bowlero, located at 3704 East Main St., is a classic-style bowling alley with an arcade, pool tables, batting cages and a full-service bar and diner with 30 TVs. Farmington Lanes

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at 27 Fifth St. is also a bowling alley with a full service bar and restaurant. Hours and prices vary for each establishment based on their individual league schedules, so call or visit online for more information before making the drive.


For easy, kid-friendly outdoor exploration, plan a short trip to the Durango Nature Center at 63 County Road 310. A local conservation nonprofit, San Juan Mountains Association, invites families to explore ecosytems and enjoy a picnic on 105 acres of preserved land next to the beautiful Florida River. Discover plants and wildlife along the interpretive hiking trails, such as colonies of prairie dogs, grazing deer and nesting birds. SJMA also offers hands-on educational programs and kid-friendly scavenger hunts.


Work together to find clues, solve puzzles and crack the code to escape in themed games designed



to test problem-solving skills and creative thinking. Escapology, located in the Animas Valley Mall in Farmington, New Mexico, is open Wednesday through Sunday. Guests can choose one of four rooms at Escapology, each ranked by skill level and designed for up to eight players.


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.


Rent an e-bike that provides pedal-assisted power to riders from Durango-based business Roll E-Bike and Paddleboard. 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.


Rock climbing is a popular sport during the summer and fall seasons in the Southwest. When climbers aren’t able to get a grip on wet rock due to weather, many of them retreat to practice indoors on climbing walls. This is also a great tactic for beginners to learn safety skills and techniques. The Rock Lounge located at 111 East 30th St. in Durango is a gym dedicated to climbing that offers day passes for adults and children. There are also rock walls at the community recreation centers in Durango and Cortez for families that want to enjoy separate activities.


Experience an engaging Vaudevillestyle magic show hosted by the Animas City Theatre every Wednesday through Saturday until Labor Day. Mysto the Magi and his troupe of wildly weird assistants present mind-blowing illusions, comedy skits, circus performances and much more interactive fun. The doors 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online only and costs $10 for children 12 and under, and $20 for adults.


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.


Chapman Hill is the beloved ski hill and ice skating rink in the heart of town at 500 Florida Road. In the summer season, the indoor rink is open to the public for roller skating. The admission is $5. The rink provides rental skates and blades for an additional $2 fee. The Rock n Roller Rink is a family-friendly entertainment center

and roller skating rink in Farmington at 2125 Bloomfield Highway. The rink is a popular place to host birthday parties, so rink hours and vary during the special events hosted weekly. For more information, go online at or call (505) 258-4288.


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

MORE AM USEMEN T AT A R E A R ESO RTS PURGATORY SKI RESORT Visit Purgatory Ski 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 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. 2022

TICO TIME RIVER RESORT 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 all summer long.





ANIMAS RIVER TRAIL The Animas River Trail is a hardsurface route that follows the Animas River through the heart of town. The multiuse path is the centerpiece of the city’s trail system and offers easy access to other natural surface trails, as well as 12 city parks and other familyfriendly facilities.

POINTS OF INTEREST (from north to south)


With more than 70,000 square feet of space, there’s a little something here for every member of the family. Fit in your workout, play sports, swim or climb a rock wall. Visitors can grab a day pass, and towel rentals are available.


The local library is a space to learn, create and meet. It can also be a great place to relax on a hot day or pass some time. Browse the botanical gardens outside the

building. Stop by the Common Grounds Café inside to grab a coffee or treat from a local bakery. Pick up a brochure from the front desk to take a self-guided tour of the artwork displayed by Durango Public Art Commission.

DURANGO FISH HATCHERY AND WILDLIFE MUSEUM For a fun and educational experience, visit the Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. For just 25 cents, you can get a handful of pellets to feed hungry rainbow trout at the hatchery. The museum focuses on the variety of wildlife in the Animas Valley and admission is free.


This local brewery is a perfect place to quench thirst and appease a growing appetite. Animas River Brewery is a family-friendly restaurant and brewery that features a menu of craft beers, appetizers, comfort food and signature burgers. Dine inside to escape the heat, or enjoy the breeze on the outdoor patio.


Booklovers know you can pack a lot of pages into a small space, and this little bookshop is filled from floor to ceiling with a wide variety of new and used titles. This specialty shop at 128 West 14th St., C2 also has hand-blown glass pendants and pens, journals, jewelry and other collectibles.

POWERHOUSE SCIENCE CENTER People of all ages will enjoy this interactive museum located in the historic Durango Light and Power Company building. Check out the latest musical exhibit titled Medieval To Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar. This touring exhibit features 40 objects spanning centuries of design.


One of the most popular parks along the Animas River Trail is located at 950 Roosa Ave. Schneider Park stretches across nearly 7 acres, and includes a fishing area, river access, restrooms, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, a playground and a modern skatepark, complete with rails, ramps, stairs, bowls and more.


Sip and savor the beautiful sounds and views of the water while watching people pass by on the Animas River Trail from the patio behind the Doubletree Hotel at 501 Camino del Rio.


On the southern end of the Animas River Trail, Santa Rita Park includes open space, areas to play soccer, volleyball and basketball, playground equipment and picnic tables. In addition to activity areas, this park also has restrooms and river access near the infamous Whitewater Park. Hang out on the rocks by the water to watch people on rafts, kayaks and paddleboards navigate the rapids.

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128 E. College Drive, Durango (970) 764-4661

Photos by Kelly Roelke at Kelly Rae Photography


128 E. College Drive, Durango (970) 259-6322


FESTIVAL REVIVAL MANCOS BURROFEST Art & Activity Festival June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.mancoscreative Burros play an important role in Colorado’s history and settlement. Hosted by Mancos Creative District, this exciting community event features an incredible lineup of activities that celebrate the burro. The event kicks off with an obstacle course competition, and includes special exhibits and demonstrations. Grab-and-go food and beverages available from local restaurants. TELLURIDE YOGA FESTIVAL Activity Festival June 23-26 A special gathering focused on health and wellness through yoga, hikes, music and meditation. This festival includes over 40 presenters with nearly 100 activities, classes, discussions, social gatherings and workshops. The annual gathering includes many free events for the public, but attendees will need to purchase a festival pass for full access to all activities.

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RIDGWAY RIVERFEST Activity Festival June 25, noon-5 p.m. Organized by the local nonprofit Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, Ridgway Riverfest is a family-friendly celebration of river recreation. The event includes educational programs about the rivers and watershed, as well as children’s activities, river races for all ages, live music and local food and beverage vendors. Spectators won’t want to miss the infamous Junk of the Unc competition, where brave residents construct a watercraft from recycled and repurposed materials and try to race down the river. CORTEZ CELTIC FAIR Heritage Festival June 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dance along to traditional bagpipes during the Cortez Celtic Festival at Parque de Vida, 400 N. Mildred Road. The history and heritage event is one of the fastest growing festivals in the region. Enjoy the free, familyfriendly festival complete with Highland Games, live music and dance demonstrations as well as children’s activities, educational demonstrations, friendly contests and fun tournaments.



MAC & CHEESE FEST Food Festival June 25, 1-5 p.m. Uncover a million ways to make macaroni and cheese more fancy or fun at Farmington’s annual Mac & Cheese Fest. The event benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Farmington returns to Berg Park at 400 Scott Ave. Hosted by American General Media, this cheesy event includes a variety of local vendors serving creative menu items made with mac and cheese. MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Classical Music Festival July 7-31 Celebrate classical music with a series of concerts at a variety of venues throughout the month of July. Expect melodies performed by high-caliber musicians at each event hosted by the nonprofit, Music in the Mountains, which offers year-round educational programs for youth. Some events require tickets, while others are free to the public.

DOLORES SUMMERFEST Family Festival July 16 Organized by the Dolores Chamber of Commerce and supported by local businesses, the Dolores Summer Fest is an event that offers something for everyone in the family. Enjoy live music, a car show and a dog carnival for your furry friends. Food and beverages will also be available, and community vendors will be on-site showcasing handcrafted goods. Tickets to this event cost $10. MANCOS DAYS Heritage Festival July 29-30 Celebrate and connect with the community at the annual Mancos Days. The event features a car show, parade, library book sale and more activities, such as cornhole, softball and volleyball tournaments. The theme is Mancos Masquerade to celebrate 62 years of tradition. PINE RIVER FESTIVAL Family Festival July 30, noon-7:30 p.m. A family-friendly festival and fundraiser complete with local artisans, live music, children’s activities and a variety of beverage and food vendors. This year’s live music lineup includes Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, Elder Grown, Liver Down the River, High Country Hussle and Blue Moon Ramblers, plus performances by students from the Creative Music Conservatory. Proceeds benefit the BeFrank Foundation. RENDEZVOUS HOT AIR BALLOON RALLY Balloon Festival Aug. 6-8 See colorful balloons float over Cortez during the annual Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally. Each year, the event is held at Parque de Vida where guests can interact with hot air balloon pilots and see balloons up-close. The signature morning ascension and evening balloon glows are popular activities for families to spectate. OURAY CANYON FESTIVAL Activity Festival Aug. 10-14 Since 2009, the nonprofit Ouray Canyon Club

has hosted an annual festival dedicated to canyoneers. The all-volunteer group organizes trips each day of the event, as well as gear demonstrations, presentations and workshops. Attendees can also discover new canyons and new lifelong connections. HARDROCKERS HOLIDAY Heritage Festival Aug. 12-14 events/1208745049943762 Soak up the sun in Silverton during the annual Hardrockers Holiday. The community heritage event takes place at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area to showcase the incredible skills it takes to be a miner. People of all ages participate in competitions, like spike driving, hand mucking, machine drilling and double jacking. Arm wrestling contests, wheelbarrow races, horseshoe tournaments and more fun activities keep this educational tradition alive. ESCALANTE DAYS Family Festival Aug. 13 Commemorate the founding of this small community at this exciting festival featuring local beverage and food vendors, children’s activities and contests for all ages. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, live music and dancing, games and a parade. More highlights from this family-friendly


event include arm-wrestling competitions, chain-saw carving and a weekend-long softball tournament. RIDGWAY RENDEZVOUS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Arts Festival Aug. 13-14 Weehawken Creative Arts hosts this annual arts and crafts festival to fund youth programs and scholarships. Ridgway Rendezvous gathers over 100 artists to showcase and sell artwork. Artists may host demonstrations during the two-day event as well. Enjoy live entertainment while sipping on an adult beverage, or visit one of the food and beverage vendors on-site. Bring the children, because they will love the playground, face painting station and train rides. SAN JUAN BREWFEST Beer-tasting Festival Aug. 26-27 Every August, United Way of Southwest Colorado hosts a beer-tasting festival and fundraiser at Buckley Park. The San Juan Brewfest gathers more than 50 regional beer, cider, seltzer and wine makers in downtown Durango. Guests can enjoy live music while sipping and socializing at this fundraising event benefiting regional United Way programs.







The sound of music filters into the street from various venues when summertime arrives. From local parks and theaters to bars and restaurants, there are so many ways to catch regional musicians in live performances.


The rooftop bar and grill on the corner of College and Main Avenue is also a popular place for performers to showcase their talents. For live music in an iconic location, complete with great views, stop by the Balcony Bar & Grill.


Like most places, Derailed Pour House is a casual, but elegant restaurant and bar that serves incredible cocktails and keeps things fresh with daily specials. The establishment is located on historic Main Avenue and hosts live music regularly.


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.

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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.


Located at 3062 Main Ave., Union Social House is a neighborhood bar known for lively gatherings, creative cocktails and comfort food. Stop by to enjoy live music here on Friday and Saturday nights.


The Powerhouse is hosting a new summer music series, Rockin’ on the River. Stop by this outdoor event from 4-7 p.m. on July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4. Starting at 6 p.m. every Thursday night in June, Mountain Air Music Series features live entertainment from a regional artist in Ouray’s Fellin Park.



Every Thursday, Ska Brewing Company hosts live music outdoors in the beer garden. SkaB-Q also features food and beer specials beginning at 5 p.m. Catch live music at Flanders Park in Dolores during the Farmers Market every Wednesday afternoon 4-7 p.m. from June to September. Fox Fire Farms hosts live music outdoors every Friday night from June through September. Visit the vineyard from 6-9 p.m. 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 held on Wednesday’s at Rochester Hotel Secret Garden. From July 13 to Aug. 17, check out live music for just $10 to benefit nonprofits in La Plata County.

ONGOI NG EVEN TS ANIMAS CITY NIGHT BAZAAR Activities, art, games, live music, performances and fun for all ages. Each event is 5-8 p.m. and has a theme: June 29 Living Art, July 27 The Great Bazaar-BQ, Aug. 31 Weird Science, and Sept. 28 Animas Olympic Games. BAYFIELD BLOCK PARTIES Block parties with live music, food and drinks, local craft vendors and family-friendly activities will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. on June 16, July 4, July 21 and Aug. 18. DURANGO FLEA MARKET Browse vintage wares, used furniture, interesting art, handmade crafts, home decor, vinyl collections and so much more every Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. FARMERS MARKETS Aztec Wednesday, 4:30-7 p.m., Westside Plaza, 1409-W Aztec Blvd. Bayfield Thursday, 4:30-7 p.m., Joe Stephenson Park, 134 W. Mill St. Cortez Saturday, 7:30-11 a.m., Montezuma County Courthouse parking lot, 109 W. Main St. Dolores Wednesday, 4-7 p.m., Flanders Park, 420 Central Ave. Durango Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, TBK Bank parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St. Farmington Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St. Farmington Tuesday, 4-6 p.m., Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St. (beginning July 5) TRUE WESTERN ROUNDUP RODEO Rodeo gates open 5 p.m., show begins at 6:30 p.m. at La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Traditional Open Series Rodeo June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20. Freestyle Bullfighting Challenge Aug. 3. Ranch Rodeo and Western Variety Show Aug. 10. TRIVIA WildEdge Brewing Collective every first and third Tuesday of the month 6:30-7:45 p.m. Elks Lodge Trivia every second and fourth Tuesday 6:30-8 p.m., 901 East Second Ave. Powerhouse Trivia every Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Powerhouse, outdoors in the Carver Family Plaza, 1333 Camino del Rio., Geeks Who Drink Trivia every Thursday 8:15 p.m., The Roost, 128 East College Drive.

For more ongoing events, review the community calendar and library events schedule in the local newspaper.

EVENTS All events are subject to change. Please check with the hosting organization for more details and information. JUNE 11 MEN WHO GRILL, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. JUNE 12 DURANGO COWBOY POETRY BARN DANCE AND SILENT AUCTION, 5-8 p.m., River Bend Ranch, 27846 U.S. Highway 550, JUNE 13 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, 9 a.m., Riverview Christian Fellowship, 4995 County Road 509, JUNE 16 TAYLOR SCOTT BAND, 5:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. JUNE 17 VALLECITO SLASH DEPOT/ BRING YOUR LIMBS, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., across from station #2 below the dam. 2022

JUNE 18 HIGH ALTITUDE BLUES, 5 p.m., Weminuche Woodfire Grill, 18044 Colorado Road 501. IAM MUSIC FEST & LATE SHOW, 5-9 p.m. & 9-11 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. Main show: Paa Kow, Afrobeatniks, Secret Circus Society, Cruz & The Castaways and Nu Bass Theory. Late show: Piramids. ASPEN LOOP ULTRA, 7 a.m. Chicken Creek Trailhead, Race a 40-mile course hosted by Rocky Mountain Races. JUNE 19 FATHER’S DAY BENEFIT BRUNCH, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., VFW Post 4031, 1550 Main St. ASPEN LOOP ULTRA, 7 a.m. Chicken Creek Trailhead, Race a 40-mile course hosted by Rocky Mountain Races. http://home.





JUNE 20 VERYL GOODNIGHT’S SLED DOGS OF AMERICA, noon-6 p.m., Durango Arts Center 802 East Second Ave. JUNE 23 NOSOTROS, 5:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. J U N E 24 4TH FRIDAY TOURS AND POTLUCK, 5 p.m., potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., Heartwood Cohousing, 800 Heartwood Lane. RSVP to JUNE 25 DURANGO BOTANIC GARDENS ON TOUR, 9 a.m., Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., www. COMMUNITY ART MARKET, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Hermosa Cafe parking lot, 738 Main Ave., lindsey@ NASHVILLE SONGS AND STORIES: ‘WRITERS IN THE ROUND,’ 7:30 p.m., Community

Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive. Featuring Paul Overstreet, Jeffrey Steele, Danny Myrick and Megan Linville. Tickets available at JUN E 26 VETERAN’S ANNUAL RIVER RAFT TRIP & PICNIC, 10:30 a.m., VFW Post 4031, 1550 Main Ave. Free raft trips for veterans and their families. company-overview/community JUN E 30 USAF ACADEMY BAND: THE FALCONAIRES, 5:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. JULY 1 FIRST FRIDAY ART SHOW, 5-7 p.m., 1015 Main Ave. Art opening featuring light refreshments, musical performances and artist meet-and-greets. Hosted by Create Art & Tea. JULY 3 ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER SUMMER MUSIC SERIES, 4-7 p.m., Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio.

J U LY 4 AN EVENING WITH LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND, 7:30 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. J U LY 7 MOBILE STAGE CONCERT, 2 p.m., Durango Public Library, 1900 E. Third St. JACK & THE VOX AND COMPANY, 5:30 p.m., Buckley

Park, 1200 Main Ave. MOBILE STAGE CONCERT, 6:30 p.m., Joe Stephenson Park, 134 W. Mill St. J U LY 8 MOBILE STAGE CONCERT, 2 p.m., Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave. OUT ON WORK RELEASE, 6-9 p.m., Fox Fire Farms Winery, 5513 Colorado Road 321. MOBILE STAGE CONCERT, 6:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. JAZZ JAM, 7-9 p.m., 11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave. $25 per person. Hosted by iAM Music. FOUR CORNERS GEM & MINERAL SHOW, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., J U LY 9 RIDE OF THE ANCIENTS, 6:30 a.m., Flanders Park, 420 Central Ave. Bike race with post-ride party at Dolores River Brewery.

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MOBILE STAGE CONCERT, Shoshone Park, 400 Shoshone Ave. MOBILE STAGE CONCERT, 6:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. FOUR CORNERS GEM & MINERAL SHOW, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. J U LY 1 0 FOUR CORNERS GEM & MINERAL SHOW, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry and much more. Children’s activities, classes for adults and field trips available. Admission $3, children under 12 free. J U LY 1 3 NUAGES DU DESERT JAZZ AND SWING, 5-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. $10 cover charge supports participating non-profits. J U LY 1 5 VALLECITO SLASH DEPOT/ BRING YOUR LIMBS, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., across from station #2 below the dam. BAREFOOT MOVEMENT: WORLD MUSIC CONCERT, 7 p.m., LePlatt’s Pond Event Center, 311 County Road 501. https:// barefoot-movement-world-musicconcert/ J U LY 1 6 IAM MUSIC FEST & LATE SHOW, 5-9 p.m. & 9-11 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. Main show: Magic Beans, Shamarr Allen, Noodle, Gracie Jay and Secret Circus Society. Late show: Joseph Lamar. BACH AND BURRITOS: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 6:30 p.m., Community

Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive. JULY 17 TREEHOUSE TREASURE: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 5:30 p.m., Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive. JULY 20 KIRK JAMES BLUES BAND, 5-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. $10 cover charge supports participating non-profits. DINNER & FAMILY CONCERT: THE ORCHESTRA GAMES, 5:30 p.m., Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive. JULY 21 CARTER SAMPSON & THE JACKALOPES, 5:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. JULY 22 SERENE DREAM: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 7 p.m., Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive.

supports participating non-profits. RARE JOY: CLASSICAL CHAMBER CONCERT, 7 p.m., St. Columba Church, 1800 E. Second Ave.

J U LY 30 CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 6:30 p.m., Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive.

J U LY 28 ALI MCGWIRK, 5:30 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave.

J U LY 31 INSPIRED VOICES: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 5:30 p.m., Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive.

J U LY 29 4TH FRIDAY TOURS AND POTLUCK, 5 p.m., potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., Heartwood Cohousing, 800 Heartwood Lane. RSVP to AMERICAN MELODIES: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 7 p.m., Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive. J U LY 29-AU G . 6 MONTEZUMA COUNTY FAIR, various times, Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 30100 Highway 160.

AU G . 3 THE LISA BLUE TRIO, 5-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. $10 cover charge supports participating nonprofits. AU G . 6 BOGGY DRAW BEAT DOWN, 7:30 a.m., Flanders Park, 420 Central Ave. AU G . 7 ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER SUMMER MUSIC SERIES, 4-7 p.m., Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio.

JULY 23 HIGH ALTITUDE BLUES, 5 p.m., Weminuche Woodfired Grill, 18044 County Road 501. POPS NIGHT: THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER, 6:30 p.m., Sky Ute Event Center, 14324 Colorado Highway 172. JULY 24 GARDEN OF IMAGINATION: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 5:30 p.m., Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive. JULY 27 SIX DOLLAR STRING BAND, 5-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. $10 cover charge 2022





AU G . 1 0 JEFF SOLON JAZZ, 5-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. $10 cover charge supports participating non-profits. AU G . 1 0 - 1 4 LA PLATA COUNTY FAIR, various times, La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. AU G . 1 1 HIGH ALTITUDE BLUES, 5 p.m., Weminuche Woodfired Grill, 18044 County Road 501. AU G . 1 2 BLACK VELVET TRIO, 6-9 p.m., Fox Fire Farms Winery, 5513 County Road 321. AU G . 1 7 THE BADLY BENT, 5-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. $10 cover charge supports participating non-profits. AU G . 1 9 VALLECITO SLASH DEPOT/ BRING YOUR LIMBS, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., across from station #2 below the dam.

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AUG . 20 IAM MUSIC FEST & LATE SHOW, 5-9 p.m. & 9-11 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. Main show: Jerusafunk, J-Calvin, Connor Terrones and Secret Circus Society. Late show: Tyler Adams Trio. AUG . 26 DURANGO BLUES TRAIN, 9 a.m., 479 Main Ave. 4TH FRIDAY TOURS AND POTLUCK, 5 p.m., potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., Heartwood Cohousing, 800 Heartwood Lane. RSVP to SAN JUAN BREWFEST VIP DAY, 5-8 p.m., 1200 Main Ave. AUG . 27 DURANGO BLUES TRAIN, 9 a.m., 479 Main Ave. SAN JUAN BREWFEST, 1-5 p.m., 1200 Main Ave. SEPT. 1 HIGH ALTITUDE BLUES, 5-7 p.m., Ska Brewing Co., 225 Girard St.



S E P T. 4 ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER SUMMER MUSIC SERIES, 4-7 p.m., Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio. S E P T. 8 BLACK VELVET TRIO, 5-7 p.m., Ska Brewing Co., 225 Girard St. S E P T. 1 7 IAM MUSIC FEST & LATE SHOW, 5-9 p.m. & 9-11 p.m., Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. Main show: Ghost Tapes, Hello Dollface, Ramakandra, Delaney Davis and Secret Circus Society. Late show: Palo Brea.

S E P T. 24 DURANGO FALL BLAZE, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Lewis College Clock Tower, 1000 Rim Drive. Cycling event to raise money for the college cycling program featuring mountain, road and gravel racing and post-ride party. S E P T. 30 4TH FRIDAY TOURS AND POTLUCK, 5 p.m., potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., Heartwood Cohousing, 800 Heartwood Lane. RSVP to DURANGO COWBOY POETRY GATHERING,

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