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6-15 WELCOME 6 Happy Trails 7 Responsible Recreation 8 Four Corners Flights 1O Travel Tips 12 Summer Essentials 14 Local Lodging 15 Trip Checklist 16-25 EXPLORE 16 Top 5 Drives 18 National Parks & Monuments 22 State Parks 24 Open Spaces 26-37 OUTDOORS 26 High Country Hikes 28 Best Biking 30 Golf Courses 32 Lake Days 33 River Runners 34 Go Fish 35 On The Hunt 36 Careful Climbing 38-51 ATTRACTIONS 38 Geothermal Springs 40 Regional Museums 42 Train Rides 44 Guided Tours 46 Family Fun 48 Creative Communities 49 Artistic Pursuits 50 Retail Shops 52-65 ENTERTAINMENT 52 Local Talent 54 A Night Out 57 Ongoing Events 52-71 FOOD & BEVERAGE 66 Best Bites 68 Perfect Picnic 70 Restaurant Listings 72 Local Services Table of Contents 2024 SOUTHWEST COLORADO SUMMER GUIDE | 5

Happy Trails

Southwest Colorado is the perfect destination for an adventurous vacation. It’s an inspiring place to explore with acccess to incredible outdoor recreation, unique cultural attractions, important historial landmarks, and an abundance of local art and entertainment. Stop by the visitor center in each community to learn more about opportunities to participate in enriching activities along the way.

WELCOME
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Twin Buttes Trail System

Responsible Recreation

Though most people do not intend to harm the environment, not all possess the knowledge to preserve and protect it. Before embarking on an outdoor adventure, read this reminder on health, safety and ethical recreation.

ADJUST TO THE ALTITUDE

Adjusting to the altitude could come with some side effects, including headaches and nausea. Drink more water, eat energizing food and limit caffeine. Know your physical limits and pace yourself.

BRING SUPPLIES

There’s no bad weather, just bad gear. Carry a backpack with first-aid supplies, even on short hikes. Bring along plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a compass and map, too. Weather can change quickly, so pack extra apparel.

CARE FOR THE LAND

Respect the landscape and its inhabitants. Travel only on established trails. Always practice Leave No Trace principles and recreate responsibly. For a refresher on the seven basic principles, visit www.lnt.org.

HOW TO LEAVE NO TRACE PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE

n Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return before leaving, even as part of a group.

n 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.

n Understand the requirements and rules regarding each area you visit.

MINIMIZE YOUR IMPACT

n Stay on the trail to protect the delicate ecosystem.

n Dispose of all waste properly. If you pack it in, pack it out. This includes human and pet waste, so be aware of land regulations.

n Be aware of fire restrictions, and keep them small at all times. Use only established rings or mounds for campfires.

n Leave natural items alone. Preserve the beauty, including antlers, artifacts and wildflowers, for others to observe along their journey.

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.

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Four Corners Flights

TRAVEL TIPS:

n Pack luggage in accordance with TSA guidelines.

n Double check departure times.

n Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure.

The best escapes are off the beaten path. Fortunately, flying into the Four Corners isn’t as difficult as driving the infamous Red Mountain Pass, but it is every bit as thrilling.

DURANGO-LA PLATA COUNTY AIRPORT

1000 Airport Road, Durango (970) 382-6050 flydurango.com

The Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) offers flights from American Airlines and United Airlines daily. Nonstop service is available to DallasFort Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN) and Phoenix (PHX), with seasonal nonstop service available to Houston (IAH).

REGIONAL AIRPORTS

GRAND JUNCTION

REGIONAL AIRPORT

2828 Walker Field Drive (970) 244-9100 gjairport.com

TELLURIDE

REGIONAL AIRPORT

1500 Last Dollar Road, Suite 1 (970) 728-8600 tellurideairport.com

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

ALBUQUERQUE

INTERNATIONAL SUNPORT

2200 Sunport Blvd. SE (505) 244-7700 abqsunport.com

DENVER

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

8500 Pena Blvd. (800) 247-2336 flydenver.com

SALT LAKE CITY

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

3920 W. Terminal Drive (801) 575-2400 slcairport.com

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Travel Tips

To see the sights around the American Southwest and Four Corners, it is likely you will spend some time behind the wheel. Durango is located 20 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 550 and 160. This makes it a great place to visit for all kinds of adventures.

JUST LANDED

Families that fly into the Four Corners region can contact one of the various local taxis or rental car companies to reach downtown Durango. Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft are available, but extremely limited.

MOUNTAIN DRIVING

Due to the elevation, vehicles will burn gasoline faster, so plan fuel stops accordingly. With steep grades, expect to shift to a lower gear when going downhill to avoid unnecessary friction on the brake pads. Be courteous of other drivers. Be extra cautious and give yourself more time and space to maneuver, especially when passing other vehicles.

DURANGO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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As the regional public transit hub, the Intermodal Transit Center located at 250 W. Eighth St. in Durango operates a variety of small buses and trolleys. It is an accessible and affordable way to get around city limits. The Main Avenue trolley runs from the north end of town to College Drive daily from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., arriving approximately every 20 minutes. Download the app to track buses on other transportation routes.

DuranGO is an app-based, on-demand transit service available daily from 5 p.m. to midnight. The curb-to-curb transportation fare is set at $2, or $1 fare for seniors or those with disabilities. Fort Lewis College students can ride free with a current Durango Transit pass. The app is available for free download on Android and iOS.

BUS FARE & PASSES

n Adult: $1 per trip

n Daily pass: $3 per day

n Weekly pass: $10 per week

MORE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

ALL POINTS TRANSIT 970) 249-0128 • (970) 874-7334 • allpointstransit.com/dial-a-ride

ARCHULETA COUNTY MOUNTAIN EXPRESS TRANSIT (970) 264-2250 • archuletacounty.org/641/bus-schedule

BUSTANG (970) 563-4545 • ridebustang.com

FARMINGTON RED APPLE TRANSIT (505) 325-3409 • fmtn.org/279/red-apple-transit

MONTEZUMA COUNTY (MOCO) TRANSPORTATION (970) 564-2773 • montezumacounty.org/public-transportation

ROAD RUNNER TRANSIT (970) 563-4545 •roadrunnertransit.org • ort.com

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Summer Essentials

SUNGLASSES

WELCOME
HAT SHIRT BACKPACK SHORTS PANTS
WATER BOTTLE
LIGHT JACKET
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Local Lodging

Quality sleep is paramount to preparedness for any and every adventure. Fortunately, the Four Corners is filled with an array of accommodations for overnight guests ranging from simplistic camping under the stars to lavish lodging.

Whether scheduling a solo trip to explore the mountains or planning a family vacation filled with outdoor recreation, you can find affordable accommodations for every need.

Pitch a tent in a nearby national forest, find a room at a historic hotel, rent a cozy cabin closeby or park an RV next to all the action. No matter where you choose to stay, it is surely surrounded by gorgeous vistas.

CAMPING

Sleeping beneath thousands of stars under such a clear sky is a surreal experience. Access to campsites in Colorado is abundant, especially for tent campers. All campgrounds allow primitive tent camping, and a wide selection of parks offer access to additional amenities and sites for car campers and RVs with electric and sewer hookups.

CABINS & CONDOS

Rent a rustic cabin in the woods or modern condo in the mountains. Booking a vacation rental such as a house, cabin or condo gives guests access to the comforts of home, including a kitchen to enjoy homemade meals. Vacation rentals tend to market more variety in space for optimal sleeping arrangements for longer trips, too.

BED & BREAKFASTS

Energy is essential to exploring all that the area has to offer. Luckily, local bed and breakfasts provide guests an incredible morning meal to ensure the day begins on a positive note. B&Bs are a great fit for everything from overnight stays to extended vacations.

HOTELS & MOTELS

Some visitors like to keep it simple when looking for somewhere to stay overnight. Guests can also find hotels, motels and inns with vacancies around the Four Corners. Book a room or suite with easy access to dining, entertainment and shopping.

RESORTS

Resorts are meant for both relaxation and recreation. Stay at one of the area’s casinos or seek out a local resort with geothermal hot springs. Guests can schedule a stay at area resorts to enjoy exclusive access to these activities and other special services during their stay.

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Thistledown Campground
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Strater Hotel

Trip Checklist

When it comes to planning an overnight staycation or week-long road trip, these steps will simplify the experience. Make time to live in the moment by planning ahead.

BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS IN A COMFORTABLE LOCATION.

There are some truly stunning places to stay in the Southwest. From humble abodes to historic hotels, every lodging option offers something a little different than the last. Choosing a location that is central to the activities you want to enjoy is most important.

Consider availability, cost and flexibility with check-in and check-out times of the accommodation, as it may affect your budget and trip duration.

SCHEDULE RESERVATIONS FOR ACTIVITIES IN ADVANCE.

Consider the experiences you want to pursue. If the trip focuses on a specific experience, such as riding the historic train or skiing at a resort, make it a priority to purchase tickets in advance. No matter

the activity, booking reservations in advance not only saves you time, it can often save you money, too. However, don’t fill the schedule with activities without considering time for meals and travel.

DON’T FORGET TO RELAX.

It can be easy to overdo it when visiting a new destination. Stop to appreciate the views. Slow down and savor every sip of craft beer. Try something new instead of fast-food favorites, and indulge in the local cuisine. And if you find extra time between skiing the slopes and shopping for goods, relish the natural hot springs and specialty spa services.

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Top 5 Drives

UNAWEEP

TABEGUACHE SCENIC AND HISTORIC BYWAY

175 miles (one way) n 4 hours

The Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway is dotted with historical landmarks. See ancient petroglyphs and signage that follows the story of two influential Spanish explorers, as well as relics from the mining era and the ghost town of

Uravan. The journey grants visitors access to thousands of acres of public lands in the Uncompahgre National Forest. These rural communities are hidden gems for endless recreation. Rent a jeep for the Rimrocker Trail, which spans 160 miles through stunning red rock canyons. Paddle and splash around in the Dolores and San Miguel rivers. Ride singletrack at Thunder Trails and the Burn Canyon near Norwood.

TRACKS ACROSS BORDERS

89 miles (one way) n 5 hours

For breathtaking views of the Colorado and New Mexico countryside and a better understanding of the region’s culture and history, begin in Durango and travel the scenic Tracks Across Borders Byway. Learn more about the traditions of Native American communities. Visit Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio, then Chimney Rock National Monument. Enjoy an abundance of outdoor recreation at Navajo State Park and Navajo Reservoir. Uncover the stories of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, the country’s first narrow gauge railroad system, and how it shaped the region’s development by traveling to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, New Mexico.

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Unaweep Tabeguache Byway

TRAIL OF THE ANCIENTS

168 miles n 6 hours

This National Scenic Byway is known for its access to remote ruins and cultural monuments along the Colorado Plateau. The route takes travelers through Forest Service and tribal lands in Southwest Colorado and Southeast Utah. The total route takes 9 hours at a total of 480 miles, and you can get the full directions at www.fhwa.dot.gov. However, drivers can shorten the loop and hit these major monuments along the way: Canyon of the Ancients, Lowery’s Pueblo, Hovenweep and Four Corners Monument, to name a few. Begin by taking Highway 160 west to visit Mesa Verde National Park, then following Highway 160 to the intersection of Highway 145. Follow Highway 145 north to Dolores. Visit the historical museum and stop to refuel on food and gasoline, then head west on Highway 184 and northwest on 491 to Lowry’s Pueblo. From Lowry’s, set the next destination to Hovenweep National Monument and shorten the loop with a drive to Four Corners National Monument through Montecillo and Blanding, Utah. From the Four Corners Monument, return to Cortez and follow Highway 160 east to Durango.

SAN JUAN SKYWAY

236 miles n 8 hours

The San Juan Skyway is the most spectacular scenic byway. It is best enjoyed over multiple days with the company of friends or family. The route takes passengers through Durango, Mancos, Dolores, Stoner, Rico, Telluride, Ridgway, Ouray and Silverton. These authentic mountain towns teem with historic Western charm, each with something special to offer travelers. Browse shops on notorious Blair Street in Silverton or take a historic mine tour. Hike through the Box Canyon Waterfall Park in Ouray, and take a dip in the hot springs. Venture to Ridgway State Park for outdoor recreation, then onward to Telluride to ride the gondola to Mountain Village.

HISTORIC HOT SPRINGS LOOP

720 miles n 13 hours

Slow down and take the scenic route to soak in geothermal waters. The Historic Hot Springs Loop includes eight destinations where guests can wash away worries. Travel through Chaffee County, Saguache County, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ouray, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs for a relaxing road trip. Explore historic landmarks, sample the local cuisine and access biking and hiking trails along the way. Each soaking experience offers interesting features for guests, like vapor caves, cold and hot plunges, terraced pools and family-friendly aquatic facilities. Start from any one of these destinations and plan a route to discover the diversity of the luxurious retreats in Colorado.

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San Juan Skyway

National Parks & Monuments

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Entrance located off Highway 191, Moab (435) 719-2299 n Fees: $30 for 1-day vehicle pass nps.gov/arch

With over 2,000 natural stone arches and hundreds of unique rock formations, Arches National Park is a geological wonder located five miles north of Moab, Utah. Explore natural bridges and spires while hiking or drive along the 18-mile scenic road, which provides travelers with access to points of interest and trailheads. Visitors can also enjoy cycling on the park 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.

AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT

725 Ruins Road, Aztec (505) 334-6174 n Fees: free nps.gov/azru

Aztec Ruins National monument is a 900-year-old, wonderfully preserved archaeological site. The Great House has over 400 masonry rooms. Visitors can search the ancient mortar for the fingerprints of the past and listen for an echo of ritual drums in the reconstructed Great Kiva. A half-mile, self-guided trail winds through the Pueblo great house, the kiva and original rooms. Also at the site is a museum with artifacts, a Heritage 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.

BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON

NATIONAL PARK

9800 Highway 347, Montrose (970) 641-2337 n Fees: $30 for a 7-day vehicle pass nps.gov/blca

Known for its narrow width and steep canyon walls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a natural gorge that is 48 miles long. The park encompasses 14 miles of the most scenic portion of the canyon, including Colorado’s tallest cliff, at 2,250 feet tall, the Painted Wall. Open 24-hours a day, this national park also offers adventurers a remote escape to enjoy activities such as backpacking, camping, hiking, rock climbing and whitewater rafting. The South Rim Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT

Indian Route 7, Chinle (928) 674-5500 n Fees: free nps.gov/cach

Canyon de Chelly National Monument located in Chinle, Arizona encompasses 84,000 acres on the Navajo Nation. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking and scenic drives. 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 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.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

CANYONS

OF THE ANCIENTS

NATIONAL MONUMENT

27501 Highway 184, Dolores (970) 882-5600 n Fees: free blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/ colorado/canyons-of-the-ancients

The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument covers 176,000 acres with a rugged and breathtaking landscape. More than 6,000 ancient sites including cliff dwellings, kivas and rock art have been identified. Just six miles from the heart of Cortez, the Canyons of the Ancients 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.

CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT

3179 Highway 151, Chimney Rock Visitor Center (970) 883-2455

Special Programs (877) 444-6777

Fees: $20 for 5-day pass fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/ specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5390324 chimneyrockco.org

Experience a unique part of America’s heritage in the shadows of Chimney Rock’s twin spires. The site 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.

CHACO CULTURE

NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

1808 County Road 7950, Nageezi (505) 786-7014 n Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass nps.gov/chcu

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 sites are also available to explore, and trails are open from 7 a.m. to sunset.

COLORADO

NATIONAL MONUMENT

1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita (970) 858-2800 n Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass nps.gov/colm

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.

Chimney Rock
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Chaco Canyon

DINOSAUR

NATIONAL MONUMENT

11625 E 1500 S, Jensen (435) 781-7700 n Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass nps.gov/dino

Follow in the footsteps of giants at Dinosaur National Monument. Here, on the border of Colorado and Utah, remains of dinosaurs that once roamed the earth 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., and it is the perfect place to start a scenic drive around the site. The monument encompasses 210,000 acres and includes many miles of trails that lead hikers to spectacular vistas. The Green River and Yampa River both wind through Dinosaur National Monument, and visitors can participate in guided rafting trips.

FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT

NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK

597 Highway 597, Teec Nos Pos (928) 206-2540 n Fees: $8 per person navajonationparks.org

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. Located about 45 minutes from Cortez, Colorado, the monument is managed by Navajo Nation Parks and 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 depending on how many people are there, then visit the vendors around the monument to browse traditional Navajo art for sale.

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK

11999 Highway 150, Mosca (719) 378-6395 n Fees: $25 for 7-day vehicle pass nps.gov/grsa

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. Originating from large lakes that once covered portions of the San Luis Valley, the dunes now cover 30 square miles of the valley floor between the San Juan and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Three mountain passes in the Sangre de Cristo range keep the sands contained in the valley. Medeno Creek and Sands Creek also deposit sand carried with the mountain snowmelt. Visitors can also explore a variety of mountainous terrain, including alpine lakes, grasslands, wetlands, riparians and forests. Some of the most popular activities include backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, sandboarding, sledding and stargazing.

HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT latitude 37° 23’ 8.8944” N longitude 109° 4’ 31.4436” W (970) 562-4282 n Fees: free nps.gov/hove

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 multi-story towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders. The trail system provides excellent views of the archaeological sites. The Square Tower Group features a two-mile loop beginning at the visitor center. The trail down to the overlook is paved but the trails along the canyon loop are primitive and lightly maintained with one end of the trail sloping down into the canyon along a rocky pathway. The entire loop takes at least 1.5 hours. This is a self-guided hike, but guided walks can be arranged for larger groups by contacting the park in advance.

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Dinosaur National Monument

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

35853 Road H.5, Mancos (970) 529-4465 n Fees: $20 for a 1-day vehicle pass nps.gov/meve

Mesa Verde National Park is home to some of the most notable and best preserved sites in the United States. 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. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table” stretches over 52,000 acres across the Colorado Plateau. Before exploring the park’s trails or taking a self-guided tour, 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.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

1000 Highway 36, Estes Park (970) 586-1222 n Fees: $25 for a 1-day vehicle pass nps.gov/romo

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, family-friendly 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 19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo (575) 479-6124 n Fees: $25 for a 7-day vehicle pass nps.gov/whsa

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 watersoluble 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.

YUCCA HOUSE NATIONAL MONUMENT County Road 20.5, Cortez (970) 529-4465 n Fees: free nps.gov/yuho

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.

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White Sands

EACH ADVENTURE PACK CONTAINS:

n Colorado State Park Pass for free park entry (hang tag)

n Your Guide to Colorado’s State Parks (book)

n An activity ideas list

n Binoculars (optional)

n A Leave No Trace – Outdoor Ethics Card

n Fishing Basics Instruction Sheet

n Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide

n Colorado Wildlife Guide

n Colorado Birds Guide

n Night Sky Guide

State Parks

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 statewide, 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. Families can use the interactive contents of the pack to help imaginations soar or provide more structured exploration. Each pack invites curious outdoor-lovers to immerse themselves in nature and develop new skills while exploring unique landscapes.

WHERE CAN I GET AN ADVENTURE PACK?

Head to the Durango Public Library or the Fort Lewis College Library to check out an Adventure Pack. Other local libraries include those in Mancos, Cortez, Ignacio, Silverton and Ouray. Visit cde.state.co.us/cdelib/check out colorado participating libraries for a complete list. Several park visitor centers also offer activity packs for day use only, including Jackson Lake, Mancos, Navajo and Ridgway. Don’t forget to share photos of your adventures with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter or Instagram.

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Mancos State Park

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OUTDOORS KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

In order to protect wildlife habitats trafficked by the public, any person over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing or hunting license, or a State Wildlife Area Pass from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

COLORADO STATE WILDLIFE AREAS

n Devil Creek

n Dolores River

n Echo Canyon

n Groundhog Reservoir

n Joe Moore Reservoir

n Narraguinnep Reservoir

n Pastorius Reservoir

n Puett Reservoir

n San Miguel

n Summit Reservoir

n Williams Creek

Open Spaces

Protecting and preserving nature is important to residents of Four Corners communities. Access to open space makes our region a mecca for outdoor recreation of all kinds, and it improves the quality of life for future generations.

EXPLORING COLORADO

ANDREWS LAKE

Sitting at 10,800 feet above sea level in the Weminuche Wilderness, this small alpine lake just eight miles south of Silverton is an ideal location for outdoor recreation. Stop here for a scenic picnic on the way to Silverton, or enjoy activities like camping, fishing, hiking or horseback riding at the lake. Though swimming is not permitted, guests can enjoy steering a canoe, kayak or paddleboard around the water.

BODO

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, 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.

HAWKINS PRESERVE

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.

HAVILAND LAKE

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.

PERINS PEAK

Explorers with limited time can still escape to the wilderness at Perins Peak State Wildlife area located just a few minutes northwest of downtown Durango. Whether hiking or hunting, these 13,442 acres are a boon spotting animals of all sorts nestled in the Gambel oak and ponderosa pine. All visitors must obtain a State Wildlife Area pass or a valid hunting or fishing license to access this area.

TURKEY SPRINGS

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.

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ROAMING NEW MEXICO

AZTEC NATURAL ARCHES

The high desert in northern New Mexico is a vast network of canyons and geological wonders. To date, more than 400 natural sandstone arches and bridges have been identified near Aztec, divided among several canyon tours. Finding arches in Aztec is like an Easter egg hunt in BLM land. Some arches are visible from the road, while others are only accessible on foot. Visit the Aztec Visitor Center for maps.

ANGEL PEAK SCENIC AREA

Located 16 miles south of Bloomfield, Angel Peak Scenic Area encompasses 10,000 acres of badlands, and the 7,000foot landmark Angel Peak. Explore relics of the ages, including petrified wood and fossils in the sandstone. This area has three developed picnic areas, and a primitive campground complete with campfire rings, tables and vault toilets. Pets are permitted as long as they remain leashed. Keep in mind that gathering firewood at this location is not permitted, so visitors should bring their own.

BISTI/DE-NA-ZIN WILDERNESS

Located 43 miles south of Farmington, the Bisti Badlands offers 60 square miles, or 45,000 acres of remote weathered sandstone hoo-doos, pinnacles, spires and caps. These desert formations are the remnants of an ancient swamp, once home to prehistoric animals, including a 30-foot Tyrannosaur named Bisti Beast which was excavated in 1998. There are no marked trails or facilities in this area, so be prepared. Stop by the Farmington Museum and Visitor Center to pick up a map of the boundaries with GPS coordinates of key landmarks.

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NATIVE WILDFLOWERS

Below, left to right

n Blue Columbine

n Oxeye Daisy

n Silver Lupine

n Black-Eyed Susan

n Alpine Primrose

n Goldenrod

n Indian Blanket

n Mountain Blue Bell

n Rocky Mountain Iris

n Western Indian Paintbrusha

n Larkspur

High Country Hikes

ANIMAS MOUNTAIN TRAIL

5 miles roundtrip

Enjoy an incredible vista without traveling far from downtown Durango. The terrain is moderately challenging, but these views of the Animas River Valley and La Plata Mountains are worth the work. Under the cover of the canopy, follow the trail to a section of switchbacks leading up the slope for about 2.5 miles. Take in the views from the top, then descend the loop another 2.5 miles back to the trailhead.

getting there : Walk or drive to the trailhead located on West Fourth Avenue near 32nd Street in Durango.

POTATO LAKE

2.7 miles roundtrip

This is a very easy trail for hiking, a good choice for children to explore alongside, and visitors looking for a wilderness adventure that is not too strenuous, but still beautiful. The trailhead is located right next to a large beaver pond. The trail is easy to follow and the lake is good for fishing. Campsites are scattered. There are no facilities, so pack in and pack out.

getting there : From Durango, head north on Highway 550 for roughly 27 miles. Turn right onto the Old Lime Creek Road (591). Follow this dirt road for about 6 miles. High clearance and four-wheel drive is recommended. There will be a large pond directly to the south at the trailhead. There is limited parking at this trailhead and a wooden sign that reads “Spud Lake.”

COYOTE HILL LOOP

3.6 miles

As part of the Turkey Springs Trail System, Coyote Hill Loop is a great hike for beginners and families. Follow the path from the trailhead on Piedra Road through the open meadows and ponderosa pine forest. An abundance of wildflowers sprout in the spring and summer.

getting there : Drive 6.5 miles north on Piedra Road (CR600/FS 631) from Highway 160 to the trailhead on the east side of the road.

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HOPE LAKE

6.4 miles roundtrip

Those looking for an out-and-back trip near Telluride have hope. The Hope Lake trail starts out in deep forest with plenty of rushing streams, waterfalls and a verdant landscape of mosses, grasses and wildflowers. The lush, thriving landscape is home to an abundance of wildlife. Better yet, the route leads to a beautiful alpine lake.

getting there : From Telluride, drive 3 miles west on Highway 145 and then turn south to continue on Highway 145 for 8.5 miles. Turn left on County Road 63A (Trout Lake) and follow the route for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 627, and proceed 2.5 miles to the Hope Lake trailhead.

MCPHEE OVERLOOK TRAIL

Get a gorgeous view of the second largest body of water in Colorado on this multiuse trail near Dolores. The trail starts with steep switchbacks climbing to the top of the mesa overlooking McPhee Reservoir, with a mixture of beginner to advanced terrain. At about 9 miles long, one way, the pathway leads people past interesting rock features and through pinon, juniper and sagebrush to the Little Bean Canyon Trail in the Boggy Draw trail system.

getting there : Turn on B Street off Highway 45 and follow the road toward the fire station.

SAND CANYON TRAIL

6.5 miles (one-way) from trailhead in McElmo Canyon

Sand Canyon trail is a singletrack, dirt trail that crosses slickrock marked with rock cairns. There is a very steep section with 30 switchbacks about 4.5 miles into the pathway. The trail is open to hiking, biking and horseback riding. The upper section is rugged and uphill. Turn around at any time to trek back to the vehicle.

getting there : To reach the McElmo Canyon trailhead, head south from Cortez on Highway 491. Turn right

ENGINEER

MOUNTAIN TRAIL

4.4 miles roundtrip

Engineer Mountain trail is a wellmarked trail that makes for a challenging, but fun hike with panoramic views. The most direct ascent starts at Coal Bank Pass on Highway 550 and goes up the Pass Creek Trail. The hike climbs up the moderate switchbacks then a steady uphill to the base of Engineer Mountain.

getting there : From Silverton, head 13.5 miles south on Highway 550. Look for a small dirt road on the west side of the highway. Coal Bank Pass has a pull off spot with restrooms and the dirt road to the west has a parking area near the trailhead. Do not park at the restroom facility on the east side of the road.

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TRAIL ETIQUETTE

Here are 10 basics to remember before you take to the trail on a mountain bike.

n Stay on the trail. Never leave an open trail to cut a switchback or to cowboy a line down a ridge or through a meadow. Follow Leave No Trace guidelines to avoid causing erosion and trail damage, which includes looking for other riding options when the trail conditions are wet and muddy.

n Yield.

Equestrians, pedestrians and climbing bike riders have the right-of-way, a guideline to consider even when the trail is signed as bike-only, one-way or downhill-only. Be courteous as you pull over and let them pass.

n Move over when stopped. When letting others pass, pull over far enough to provide adequate room. It can get tricky with horses. An early call-out to the horseback rider and direct communication between riders is the best way to an action that puts both of you safely on the way.

n Ride where legal. Trails and roads get closed for a reason; respect all closures. Never trespass — access private land only when you have permission. If you don’t know whether a trail is open, find out! Stay out of state and federal wilderness areas, which do not allow mechanical modes of travel.

n Wear a helmet. It’s simply the safest way to ride and also the right thing to do to mentor in the outdoors.

n Be prepared. Prepare for your ride with the right equipment and the ability to use it, the skills to ride the trail, and knowledge of the trail and area you’re riding. Rely on yourself, not others.

n Watch those corners.

As you approach a switchback and prepare for the turn, especially a blind turn, watch your speed and be aware of other trail users that might be approaching from the opposite direction.

n Be peaceful around wildlife. You’re riding in the neighborhood of wildlife. Give wildlife a wide berth without startling it with loud noises or sudden movements.

n Smile!

Say hello, be kind and courteous to all members of our tribe that you may encounter on the trail.

Best Biking

FAMILY-FRIENDLY PATHS

ANIMAS RIVER TRAIL

13.7 miles

Thanks to the Animas River Trail, it is easy for cyclists to navigate Durango and avoid vehicle traffic. Take a leisurely ride along the river. Explore points of interest along the way, including community centers, playgrounds, museums and much more.

TELLURIDE BIKE PATH

6.6 miles

A great trail for beginners, this asphalt path runs parallel to Highway 145 in Telluride. Pedal gently and gaze at the aspencovered slopes, towering trees and colorful wildflowers. If you’re lucky, you may spot some wildlife along the way.

UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER TRAIL

7.6 miles

This family-friendly and ADA accessible trail connects the town of Ridgway and Ridgway State Park Dallas Creek Area. Stop at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park along the way to enjoy the flora and fauna.

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Mountain slopes create thrilling theme parks for enthusiastic cyclists. There are so many incredible places to ride. From the high desert to the forested mountainside, the diverse landscape offers a variety of terrain with leisurely moments, difficult climbs and swift descents. Visit these popular places to shred, or consult local trail guides and community members for more advice on where to ride.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

OVEREND MOUNTAIN PARK

This 300-acre playground filled with multiuse trails is a mountain biker’s paradise less than 2 miles from downtown Durango. 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.

ALIEN RUN

Made for mountain bikers only, Alien Run includes 16 miles of singletrack with fun twists and turns, climbs and descents. Around 2.9 miles into the trail, there is an intersection where riders may choose to turn left to do a 5-mile loop, or continue straight along the rim to the Outer Limits trail. Access the trails from Hart Canyon located 4 miles north of Aztec on Highway 550, then travel east on County Road 2770.

BOGGY DRAW

Weaving through scattered ponderosas and meadows, Boggy Draw Loop is a popular ride for beginners. The trails are mostly flat, but cover more than 25 miles of terrain near the town of Dolores. The Boggy Draw trailhead hosts three other trails that offer more advanced riders with a range of obstacles.

PHIL’S WORLD

Located three miles east of Cortez, Phil’s World is one of the most popular places to ride singletrack through multiple loops. The trail system includes nearly 15 miles of trails that are organized and directional, so all loops are ridden clockwise and trailheads are clearly marked with a wooden sign. The trails are easy to moderate, but offer a variety of technical challenges and BMX style jumps.

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, horseback riding or a 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.

RIDGWAY AREA TRAILS

Explore superb summer singletrack trails in Ridgway. Whether you want to ride 3 miles or 30 miles, the extensive network offers a variety of trails through beautiful sagebrush and pinon-juniper woodland. The Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) system includes everything from beginner-friendly rides to advanced trails with technical obstacles. There are several access points, including Ridgway Town Park, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, across the highway from Ridgway State Park and just beyond the animal shelter off County Road 10. See more information online at copmoba.org.

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Ridgway Area Trails

Golf Courses

Golf offers players a chance to stretch muscles, spend time outdoors and socialize. A game of golf can also help people develop strategy and problem-solving skills. For passionate players, there’s nothing better than testing those skills on different terrain. So, here’s a roundup of the gorgeous greens in the region.

CIVITAN GOLF COURSE

2200 Dustin Ave., Farmington (505) 599-1194

fmtn.org/274/civitan-golfcourse

Holes: 9 n Par: 27

CONQUISTADOR

GOLF COURSE

2018 North Dolores Road, Cortez (970) 565-9208 fourcornersgolf.com

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

DALTON RANCH

GOLF CLUB

589 County Road 252, Durango (970) 247-7921 daltonranch.com

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

DIVIDE RANCH AND CLUB

151 Divide Ranch Circle, Ridgway (970) 626-5284 divideranchandclub.com

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

HIDEOUT GOLF COURSE

648 S. Hideout Way, Monticello (435) 298-8120 hideoutgolf.com

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

HILLCREST

GOLF COURSE

2300 Rim Drive, Durango (970) 247-1499

golfhillcrest.com

Holes: 18 n Par: 71

GLACIER CLUB

600 Glacier Club Drive, Durango Mountain Course: (970) 382-6700

Valley Course: (970) 382-7851

theglacierclub.com/golf

Holes: 36 n Par: 71

LAKE POWELL

NATIONAL GOLF COURSE

400 Clubhouse Drive, Page (982) 645-2023

lakepowellnationalgolfcourse. com/play-golf

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

PAGOSA SPRINGS

GOLF CLUB

1 Pines Club Place, Pagosa Springs (970) 731-4755

golfpagosa.com

Holes: 27 n Par: 107

PINON HILLS

2101 Sunrise Parkway, Farmington (505) 326-6066

pinonhillsgolf.com

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

RIO GRANDE

CLUB & RESORT

0285 Rio Grande Club Trail, South Fork (719) 873-1997

riograndecluband resort.com/golf

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

RIVERVIEW

GOLF COURSE

64 County Road 6520, Kirtland (505) 598-0140

riverviewgolfnm.com

Holes: 18 n Par: 72

SAN JUAN COUNTRY CLUB

5775 Country Club Drive, Farmington (505) 327-4451

sanjuancountryclub.org

Holes: 18 n Par: 71

TELLURIDE GOLF CLUB

136 Country Club Drive, Mountain Village (970) 728-2606

tellurideskiandgolfclub.com/ the-course

Holes: 18 n Par: 70

THE SOUTH FORTY GOLF COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE

25500 Road H, Cortez (970) 565-3501

southfortygolf.com

Holes: 9 n Par: 27

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ALTITUDE AFFECTS GOLF YARDAGES:

n STEP 1: Determine the correct yardage from your ball to the green. You may buy a yardage book at some courses to assist you, or you may use the distance markers on the course. Walk off the distance between your ball and yardage marker location. For example, if you are 10 yards behind the 150-yard marker, you have 160 yards to the middle of the green.

n STEP 2: Subtract 10% to account for high altitude, says Golf Digest. Your 160yard shot to the middle of

the green will travel roughly 16 yards farther because of the thin air. Choose the club you would normally hit from 144 yards away.

n STEP 3: Consider the temperature and humidity. The ball won’t travel as far in cool weather or humid weather. It will travel farther in warm weather and when the air is dry.

n STEP 4: Take into account your ball flight. If you hit shots with a high trajectory, they will fly farther in high altitudes. If you hit low

shots, you won’t get as much additional distance as those who hit the ball high. One golfer subtracts 20% to calculate his yardage in altitudes above 3,000 feet. For example, if it is 200 yards to the pin, select the club normally used for 160yard shots.

n STEP 5: Prepare to be wrong. Although the general rule is to deduct 10% to determine the true distance for shots to the green, it’s not a rule you can bank on.

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Lake Days

LAKE NIGHTHORSE

Located just two miles from downtown Durango, Lake Nighthorse attracts more than 80,000 visitors annually.

activities: biking, hiking, motorized and non-motorized boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing

amenities: restrooms, guided fishing, various rentals, swim beach and aqua park

fees: Vehicle day pass $10 vehicle entrance, bike/walk $4 co-durango.civicplus.com/ lakenighthorse

NAVAJO RESERVOIR

Located on the border of Colorado and New Mexico in Navajo State Park, Navajo Reservoir hosts more than 300,000 each year and supplies water to more than 110,000 acres of the Navajo Reservation.

activities: biking, hiking, horseback riding, motorized and non-motorized boating, fishing, swimming and scuba diving, water skiing

amenities: restrooms, camping facilities and other accommodations, picnic areas, various rentals, marina, showers, visitor center

fees: Vehicle day pass $10 cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/ parks/Navajo/Pages/default. aspx

JACKSON GULCH RESERVOIR

Jackson Gulch Reservoir is a haven for wakeless water recreation located in Mancos State Park. The 217-acre picturesque lake in the woods is surrounded with 5.5 miles of trails.

activities: biking, hiking, wakeless motorized and non-motorized boating, fishing, camping, horseback riding

amenities: restrooms, self-serve station at entrance, amphitheater, camping facilities, picnic sites

fees: Vehicle day pass $10 cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/ parks/Mancos/Pages/default. aspx

VALLECITO RESERVOIR

Located 20 miles northeast of Durango, people enjoy both motorized and non-motorized boating on the 2,720-acre Vallecito Reservoir.

activities: biking, hiking, horseback riding, motorized and non-motorized boating, camping, fishing

amenities: camping facilities, restrooms, marina, various rentals, trails

fees: Vehicle day pass $5 prid.specialdistricts.org

MCPHEE RESERVOIR

As the fifth largest body of water in Colorado, McPhee Reservoir is a 4,470-acre lake with 50 miles of picturesque shoreline surrounded by pinon, juniper and sagebrush.

activities: biking, hiking, horseback riding, motorized and non-motorized boating, water skiing, camping amenities: camping facilities, restrooms, marina, picnic areas and playgrounds, various rentals, trails

fees: Free

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RIDGWAY RESERVOIR

Located just 15 miles north of Ouray in Ridgway State Park, the calm waters of the Ridgway Reservoir are a great backdrop for a variety of adventures.

activities: biking, hiking horseback riding, motorized and non-motorized boating, camping, swimming

amenities: camping facilities, marina, picnic areas and playgrounds, swim beach, trails, visitor center fees: Vehicle day pass $10 parks.state.co.us/ridgway

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River Runners

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RAFTING

Colorado is a natural amusement park filled with thrilling attractions you can’t find anywhere else, such as whitewater rafting in mountain runoff. Soak up some sunshine and test your paddling prowess on the region’s rivers. But first, check out these five things to know about rafting.

RAFTING IS FOR EVERYONE

Floating is a fun activity for both laid-back vacationers and those who seek adrenaline-filled adventures. From beginners to experts, there are a variety of trips designed to provide the best experiences for a wide range of skill levels. Best of all, most trips will feature the best of both whitewater worlds, calm currents and roaring rapids.

RAFTING GUIDES ARE EXPERTS

Choosing a rafting trip with a local rafting company is the best way to guarantee a safe, yet spectacular ride on the river. Not only do these businesses prepare guests with everything they need for a fun experience, the outfitters also provide valuable advice, insight and historical information about the river.

WATER LEVELS VARY

The speed and depth of the water varies throughout the year. The mountain rivers here swell when the snowmelt reaches its peak. As the river fills, the waters flow faster. Low and high water levels offer different types of challenges, but the same incredible views and lots of fun.

RAPIDS HAVE RATINGS

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. Different portions of the region’s rivers will be rated accordingly.

ANY TRIP CAN BE CUSTOMIZED

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.

RAFTING THE ANIMAS RIVER

The Animas River runs for 126 miles from its headwaters near Silverton, through the San Juan Mountains, the Animas Valley and into New Mexico, where it meets the San Juan River. Journals from a Spanish explorer who led the earliest known expedition through the region in 1765, Juan Maria Antonia Rivera, referred to the river as “Rio de las Animas Perdidas” which translates to “river of lost souls.”

ACCESS POINTS:

n Oxbow Park

n 33rd Street

n 29th Street at Memorial Park

n Recreation Center

n Ninth Street at Schneider Park

n Santa Rita Park

n Cundiff Park

n High Bridge

n Dallabetta Park

REGIONAL RIVERS

n Dolores River

n Gunnison River

n San Juan River

n San Miguel River

n Uncompahgre River

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FISHING HOLES

n Andrews Lake

n Haviland Lake

n Jackson Gulch Reservoir

n Lake Nighthorse

n Lemon Reservoir

n Molas Lake

n Pastorius Reservoir

n Vallecito Reservoir

n Animas River

n San Juan River

n San Miguel

n Dolores River

n Cascade Creek

n Dutch Creek

n Hermosa Creek

n Junction Creek

n Lightner Creek

n Lime Creek

Go Fish

The Four Corners region is an angler’s paradise. The San Juan and Animas Rivers and Vallecito Lake in Southwest Colorado are included on the state’s list of Gold Medal Waters. The fish in these mountain waters include kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, German brown trout, northern pike and walleye.

Local outfitters can assist novice and experienced anglers obtain a fishing license and the necessary gear. For the most up-to-date information on water conditions and fishing reports, talk with staff members at the Colorado Department of Wildlife. Call the San Juan National Forest office at (970) 247-4874 for information on high mountain waters and fishing, or visit cpw.state.co.us.

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On the Hunt

With more than 23 million acres of public land, Colorado is one of the most popular destinations for hunting. From its rugged mountain peaks to peaceful valley meadows, the landscape is home to dozens of different wild animals. Here, visitors can find a variety of opportunities to scout and shoot big and small game, as well as migratory birds and waterfowl.

Guides, outfitters and retailers can assist individuals with obtaining a hunting license and the necessary gear. For the most up-to-date information on closures and

regulations, talk with staff members at the Colorado Department of Wildlife. Call the San Juan National Forest office at (970) 2474874 for information or visit cpw.state.co.us.

GEAR CHECKLIST

n First aid kit (include mole skin/duct tape for blisters)

n Compass and high-quality maps

n Fire starter for use in the field

n Knife and sharpener

n Extra batteries

n Rain gear

n Blaze orange vest and cap

n Extra fuel for camp-stove

n Tire chains

n Cleaning supplies, trash bags

n Flashlight, lantern or headlamp

n Game bags

n Sunscreen

n Toilet tissue

n Hunting license

n List of family/ friends phone numbers

n Extra water bottles

n Water purification pump or tablets

n Latex gloves for field dressing animals

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DON’T FORGET THE GEAR

n Climbing harness, helmet, via ferrata specific lanyard (with shock absorbing arms), at least three locking carabiners, hiking shoes, food and water. Bringing along a headlamp and rain gear is also highly advised, just in case.

Careful Climbing

The geology of this mountain and desert nexus yields a surprising variety of rock climbing opportunities for climbers of all skill levels and disciplines to enjoy.

SAFETY BRIEF

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 and food as well as a first aid kit and cell phone for emergencies.

VIA FERRATA

A via ferrata, Italian for “iron way,” is a climbing route with a series of steel cables, rungs, ladders and anchors fixed to the rock for navigating a cliff face. Conquering via ferratas makes for an authentic and thrilling mountain adventure. Even those with limited climbing experience can take part in the sport with a guided tour on one of the regional via ferratas.

OURAY VIA FERRATA ourayviaferrata.org

Choose between the downstream route or the more challenging upstream route. Equipment rentals are available at regional outfitters. While access to the Ouray Via Ferrata is free, guests should consider hiring one of the seven permitted guides.

TELLURIDE VIA FERRATA telluridemountainclub.org/ viaferrata

Access to the Telluride Via Ferrata is located at the east end of the box canyon on the south-facing wall below Ajax Peak. The route includes technical elements and requires more climbing experience than the Ouray Via Ferrata.

OUTDOORS
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Unwind after a long day by lounging in geothermal springs. Sinking into a relaxing pool surrounded by stunning panoramic views is a soothing experience. The waters, heated by the earth’s core, are filled with essential minerals. So, taking a dip also has some health benefits.

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DURANGO HOT SPRINGS

RESORT AND SPA

6475 County Road 203, Durango (970) 247-0111

durangohotsprings resortandspa.com

features: ofuro tubs, mineral pools, saltwater swimming pool, spa services

DUNTON HOT SPRINGS

52068 Road 38, Dolores (877) 288-9922

duntondestinations.com

features: rustic ghost town, luxury accommodations, five unique mineral pools

HEALING WATERS

RESORT AND SPA

317 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-5910 pshotsprings.com

features: large swimming pool, hot tubs, indoor hot baths, spa services

ORVIS HOT SPRINGS

1585 County Road 3, Ridgway (970) 626-5324 orvishotsprings.com

features: clothing optional, seven soaking ponds, three indoor pools, spa services

OURAY HOT SPRINGS

POOL & FITNESS CENTER

1200 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-7073

ourayhotsprings.com

features: shallow pool, lap pool, fitness center, spa services

MINERALS

n calcium

n chloride

n iron

n magnesium

n potassium

n silica

n sulfate

OVERLOOK HOT SPRINGS

432 Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-4040

overlookhotsprings.com

features: scenic rooftop tubs, five indoor pools, private tub rooms for guests, spa services

THE SPRINGS

RESORT AND SPA

165 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-4168

pagosahotsprings.com

features: 24 geothermal pools, spa services

WIESBADEN HOT SPRINGS

SPA AND LODGING

625 Fifth St., Ouray (970) 325-4347

wiesbadenhotsprings.com

features: historic location, large pool, private pool, vapor cave, spa services

HEALTH BENEFITS

n detoxify and soften skin

n improve circulation and metabolism

n reduce muscle tension

n relieve joint pain

n sleep more soundly

n decrease stress

Ouray Hot Springs
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Regional Museums

ANIMAS MUSEUM

3065 West Second Ave., Durango (970) 259-2402 animasmuseum.org

The La Plata County Historical Society has a variety of exhibits, events and programs. The museum also houses a research library and photo archives.

hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

admission: Adults $5, Children (ages 7 -12) $2 AZTEC MUSEUM

AND PIONEER VILLAGE

125 North Main Ave., Aztec, New Mexico (505) 334-9829 aztecmuseum.org

Learn about Aztec’s early days by climbing aboard a caboose and walking through a schoolhouse.

hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. from June to October

admission: Adults $5, Children $3

AZTEC RUINS

NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITOR CENTER

725 Ruins Road, Aztec (505) 334-6174 nps.gov/azru

Take a self-guided tour on a half-mile trail, browse artifacts that are over 900 years old and view a video presentation about the mysterious history of this place and its people.

hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

admission: Free

CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS VISITOR

CENTER & MUSEUM

27501 Highway 184, Dolores (970) 882-5600

co.blm.gov/ahc

Stop by to see a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits on archeology, local history and Native American cultures.

hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

admission: Adults $3

CENTER OF SOUTHWEST STUDIES

1000 Rim Drive, Durango (970) 247-7456

swcenter.fortlewis.edu

Rotating exhibits highlight different pieces of culture through a collection of historic artifacts and artwork.

hours: Monday-Friday 1-4 p.m.

admission: Free

CORTEZ

CULTURAL CENTER

25 N. Market Street, Cortez (970) 565-1151

cortezculturalcenter.com

The Cortez Cultural Center is a community hub and small museum full of historic artifacts and modern artwork from local residents.

hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

admission: Free

DURANGO FISH HATCHERY & WILDLIFE MUSEUM

204 E. Park Ave., Durango (970) 375-6766

Learn about the variety of wildlife in Southwest Colorado, then feed the fish at the hatchery for just 25 cents.

hours: Daily 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

admission: Free

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DURANGO & SILVERTON

NARROW GAUGE

RAILROAD MUSEUM

479 Main Ave., Durango (970) 247-2733

durangotrain.com

This museum features steam locomotives, railroad cars, memorabilia and artifacts from the region.

hours: Daily 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

admission: Free

OURAY ALCHEMIST

533 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-4003

ourayalchemist.com

This space functions as a pharmacy for nonprescription medications and also houses relics of western medicine from snake oil salesmen.

hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

admission: $10

OURAY COUNTY MUSEUM

420 Sixth Ave., Ouray (970) 325-4576

ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org

The Ouray County Museum houses 38 exhibits on topics such as the history of mining, ranching and the railroad in Ouray County.

hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon - 4:30 p.m.

admission: Adult $7, Youth $3, Children 6 and under free

PINE RIVER

VALLEY HERITAGE SOCIETY MUSEUM

11 West Mill Street, Bayfield (970) 884-7636

pineriverheritage.org

The volunteer-run Pine River Heritage Society Museum displays artifacts of the early 1900s and exhibits dedicated to rural education, blacksmithing and World Wars I and II.

hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

admission: Free

THE POWERHOUSE

1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango (970) 259-9234 powsci.org

The Powerhouse is a hands-on, interactive science center which hosts a variety of ever-changing exhibits and activities designed to entertain and inspire.

hours: Saturday-Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

admission: Adults $7.50, Student $6.50, Children $6.50

MINING HERITAGE CENTER

1577 Greene Street, Silverton (970) 387-5838

sanjuancountyhistoricalsociety.org

This museum 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 more.

hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

admission: Adult $10, Children $3

RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN MUSEUM

421 Railroad Ave., Dolores (970) 882-7082

This railroad museum and gift shop showcases historical photos, interpretive displays, a model of the town of Dolores in the 1940s and the world famous Galloping Goose No. 5.

hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

admission: Free

SOUTHERN UTE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER

77 CR 517, Ignacio (970) 563-9583

southernute-nsn.gov/southernute-museum

This gallery and museum features photographic examples of different elements of the Ute culture and audiovisual presentations to enhance the experience for visitors.

hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

admission: Free

TELLURIDE

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

201 W. Gregory Ave., Telluride (970) 728-3344

telluridemuseum.org

The Telluride Historical Museum houses ten themed rooms and interactive exhibits, museum visitors can get a glimpse of historic Telluride.

hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

admission: Adults $7, Children (5 and under) Free

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D&SNGR Museum

DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW

GAUGE RAILROAD

UPCOMING EVENTS

n Cowboy Poetry Train

CUMBRES & TOLTEC

SCENIC RAILROAD

UPCOMING EVENTS

n June Geology Train

n Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

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n Outlaw Express: Brews, Views and Que’

n September Geology Train

n Outlaw Express: Surf and Turf

Train Rides

DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW

GAUGE RAILROAD

Ride in a vintage locomotive on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The train carries passengers 45 miles from Durango to Silverton, passing by ranches in the valley and old mining camps in the mountains. D&SNGR also hosts many special events and experiences for people of all ages year round. For departure times, tickets and more information, visit the website durangotrain.com.

CUMBRES

& TOLTEC

SCENIC RAILROAD

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is also a product of the mining era. In 1880, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad wanted to create an extension to the south of the D&SNGR. The 64-mile excursion carries passengers through valleys and over steep mountain passes, by ranch lands, rolling meadows, cascading creeks and an abundance of wildlife. The excursion includes lunch in historic Osier, Colorado. For more information on excursions, visit the website cumbrestoltec.com.

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Guided Tours

Rather than spending too much time researching activities and attractions, hire an expert to assist. Guided tours are guaranteed to please. Opting for a guide can take the guesswork out of planning a trip, and allow visitors to better customize adventures to ensure an enriching experience for every guest.

OTHER CASUAL ENCOUNTERS

If hiring a guide is not ideal, choose your own adventure. Take a self-guided tour with handy historical resources. Find more helpful information to curate a walking tour from the local historical society or visitor center.

AERIAL VIEWS

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.

BUMPY RIDES

Journey over remote mountain passes and across the rugged terrain in the San Juan Mountains. Traveling along unpaved roads is one of the most popular tours for people of all ages to enjoy together. Sit back, snap some photos and behold the stunning landscape, while a local guide navigates the winding roads in the scenic San Juans.

HISTORIC SIGHTS

There are centuries of history to study in the Southwest. From ancient ruins and archaeological sites, to Western saloons and historic hotels, the remnants of the past are preserved through archives, exhibits, and of course, stories. Foster a deeper connection with a place, as well as its culture and history through a guided ghost walk or historical tour.

MINING EXPEDITIONS

Go underground and experience a day in the life of a miner. Southwest Colorado has a rich history of mining, and these guided tours take guests into the tunnels beneath the towering peaks. See a variety of colorful minerals, ride a vintage electric-powered mine train, see equipment in action and go panning for copper, gold and silver in Silverton or Ouray.

DURANGO

animasmuseum.org/pdf/Main_Avenue_Walking_Tour.pdf animasmuseum.org/pdf/Third_Avenue_Walking_Tour.pdf

SILVERTON

aztecnm.com/fourcorners/colorado/silverton/walkingtour/WalkingTour.pdf

OURAY

ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org/interpretive-historical-markers RIDGWAY

ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org/ridgway-walking-tour TELLURIDE

telluride.com/site/assets/files/9394/historical_walking_tour.pdf

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Family Fun

AX-THROWING

Tossing axes at a target is an easy-going and engaging activity for all ages. Though throwing sharp objects may be intimidating at first, with a little guidance and the right technique, the sport presents a captivating challenge that can boost a player’s confidence and a great opportunity to include the whole family in a friendly competition.

BIKES & SCOOTERS

Children and adults alike can cycle around downtown or along paved paths in mountain communities. Bring a bike or scooter along for the trip, or rent one from a local spot to amble around. For those still adjusting to the altitude, try renting an e-bike with pedal-assist to increase comfort and control on steep inclines.

BOWLING

Set ‘em up and knock ‘em down at local bowling alleys. Bowling is both a beginner-friendly and budget-conscious activity. As an interactive, but low-intensity sport, it is a perfect pastime for individuals of all skill levels to enjoy as a team. The casual turnbased play offers players the opportunity to bond, while building confidence and coordination.

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DISC GOLF

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 elevated basket. Players add a point for every toss, and the player with the lowest score wins. Try out the fun courses at Fort Lewis College, Purgatory Resort, Kendall Mountain Recreation Area, Centennial Park, Reservoir Hill or Cloman Park.

ESCAPE ROOMS

Decipher clues like a detective and work with a group to solve a series of puzzles in a race against the clock to escape from a locked room. The rotating list of themed events at area escape rooms in Pagosa Springs and Farmington both offer a challenging experience for individuals of all ages.

MINI GOLF

Pause the adrenaline-filled adventures to relax with a round of miniature golf. Outdoor putt-putt courses in the Four Corners are filled with fun challenges for children and adults. Spend quality time together practicing putting and sharpening game strategy, then take turns trying to sink a hole-in-one.

INDOOR CLIMBING

Rock climbing is a rewarding activity. Indoor gyms and climbing walls provide a space for individuals to enjoy the classic Colorado sport in a safe, supportive environment.

TRAMPOLINE PARK

These amusing attractions make visitors jump for joy. Bounce off the walls and entertain energetic children at one of the local bounce parks in Farmington. The facilities, which may be rented for birthday celebrations, include a variety of activities for all ages, including super launch pads with foam pits for landing, obstacle courses, bouncy basketball and dodgeball courts.

ROLLER SKATING

Coast into the local roller rink for affordable family-friendly entertainment any day of the week. These recreation centers of a bygone era offer a large indoor space where patrons can glide around an arena on rollerblades or inline skates. Boogie and bust a move on disco nights in Durango on Fridays and Saturdays.

ZIPLINING

Fly through the trees to experience a thrilling ride through stunning mountain scenery. These special tours allow customers to soar above the ground to get a breathtaking view of the surrounding flora and fauna. From quick rides and half-day adventures to lengthy tours featuring multiple ziplines, there are options for every family.

MORE AMUSEMENT AT AREA RESORTS

Purgatory Ski Resort

Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to access more biking and hiking opportunities. Paddle around Twilight Lake with resort partners Durango Boat and Board on one of several canoes, kayaks, paddleboards or a pedal boat. There’s an aerial obstaclecourse, gyrosphere and ziplining, too.Try the thrilling gravity coaster attractions, the Alpine Slide and Inferno Coaster.

Telluride Ski Resort

& Mountain Village

Explore hiking and mountain biking trails 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 experience.

Tico Time River Resort

The hybrid RV park and entertainment venue next to the Animas River, Tico Time River Resort, invites guests to 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 a variety of gatherings and festivals year-round.

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Purgatory Resort

Creative Communities

In the state of Colorado, there are more than 30 designated creative districts. A creative district is an area or community that contributes to the town’s economy through various artistic endeavors led by creative businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations. Through innovative collaborations with local artists, these collectives lead projects and manage events that encourage expression and showcase cultural diversity.

INTERESTING INSTALLATIONS

GALLERIES

Whether searching for paintings and pottery or jewelry and stained glass pieces, the Four Corners is filled with interesting collections of one-of-a-kind artwork. Explore dozens of different galleries in Southwest Colorado.

MURALS

Murals pop up around town in alleyways, brightening bland buildings. Painted by local artists and other creative organizations, these colorful and creative pieces add vibrancy to well-traveled walkways.

SCULPTURES AND STATUES

Interesting structures provide beautifully crafted and curated collections of art that act as landmarks around our landscape. Around the city of Durango alone, there are more than 30 public art installations in public buildings and open spaces like trailheads and parks.

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Artistic Pursuits

The Southwest is a hotspot for thriving artists. These talented professionals use their skills to help others explore the arts and creative expression through community classes. With a little guidance, anyone can create a beautiful work of art. Register for a new class to expand artistic horizons.

CERAMICS

Pottery is an approachable medium for all ages. Even a beginner can create a piece that’s worthy of display. From adult-only art nights to the family-friendly classes, there are several opportunities to practice ceramics around the Southwest.

DRAWING

Whether improving scale and proportion or honing a new shading technique, drawing classes offer sketch artists a chance to challenge themselves and meet like-minded artists. Many art centers around the Southwest offer classes for both children and adults.

JEWELRY

Attend a crafting workshop to create a oneof-a-kind keepsake. With access to the right tools and introduction to proper techniques, even beginners can craft colorful and unique pieces of jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets.

PAINTING

Painting is a popular pastime for many people, since it is approachable for people of all ages and abilities. Attending a casual paint-and-sip night at a local bar or learning the basics in a classroom can be a great introduction to a new favorite hobby. There are so many more mediums to explore, too. Try your hand at other hands-on art activities such as leatherworking, print-making, mixed media, sewing or sculpture.

ART CLASSES:

n Artisans of Mancos

n Colorado Clay

n Create Art & Tea

n Dancing Spirit Community Art Center

n Durango Arts Center

n Durango Dance

n Mancos Common Press

n Painted Turtle

n Sun Sapphires

n Weehawken

n Yunomi Pottery Studio

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Colorado Clay

Retail Shops

Browse an eclectic selection of things like apparel and accessories, art and decor, souvenirs, trinkets and so much more at regional retail stores in the Southwest.

ART AND HOME DECOR

Between the abundance of art galleries and small businesses that support local creatives, there are an infinite number of places to purchase one-of-a-kind goods handcrafted by regional artists and makers. From painting and prints to handmade pottery, shop for original pieces that will add a personal touch to any space.

APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES

Score some new threads. Different retailers offer different clothing styles in a variety of sizes for men, women and children. Score deals on accessories like bags, hats, jewelry, sunglasses and shoes for every season. Visit local shops and boutiques to find high-quality attire at affordable prices.

BOOKS, MAPS AND MORE

Browse bookshops with packed shelves of new releases or search the storied stacks at second-hand shops. Local bookstores are often a better resource for detailed trail maps and history guides. Occasionally, they include an inventory of other treasures to behold, such as bookmarks, calendars, journals, stationery sets and so much more.

GAMES AND TOYS

Discover an assortment of educational activities and engaging games and puzzles. Stores that sell games and toys cater to customers of all ages, and provide a variety of playful ways to boost creativity, encourage critical thinking and strengthen a wide variety of skills. Find new ways to connect with the family over arts and crafts and board games.

OUTDOOR GEAR

While here, consider upgrading equipment for outdoor adventures and recreational activities. The region is home to several sporting goods retailers and specialty stores, such as bicycle shops. Customers can find everything they need to enjoy a day in the mountains or on the water.

SOUVENIRS

Choose from a variety of collectibles to memorialize the time spent here in the mountains. Local shops will have it all. Cherish keepsakes, like hats, clothing, mugs and glassware. Grab items for faraway friends that travel easily, such as keychains, magnets or stickers.

ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE GOODS

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Seek out consignment shops and thrift stores for funky finds. From furniture and housewares to clothing and outdoor gear, the possibilities are not only endless, but ever-rotating. Plus, patrons can feel good about shopping for sustainable goods that benefit a good cause.

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Fairgrounds Durango,

Local Talent

SHOW TIME

ANIMAS CITY THEATRE

128 E. College Drive, Durango (970) 799-2281

animascitytheatre.com

BAR D CHUCKWAGON

8080 County Road 250 (970) 247-5753

bardchuckwagon.com

COMMUNITY CONCERT HALL

AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE

1000 Rim Drive, Durango (970) 247-7657

durangoconcerts.com

DURANGO ARTS CENTER

802 East Second Ave., Durango (970) 259-2606 n durangoarts.org

FARMINGTON CIVIC CENTER

200 W. Arrington, Farmington (505) 599-1148

fmtn.org/195/Civic-Center

HENDERSON FINE

ARTS CENTER

4601 College Blvd., Farmington (505) 566-3465

sanjuancollege.edu

MERELY PLAYERS

49 Wedgewood Circle, Durango (970) 749-8585 n merelyplayers.org

PAGOSA SPRINGS

CENTER FOR THE ARTS

2313 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs (970) 731-7469 n pagosacenter.org

PALM ARTS

721 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride (970) 369-5669 n telluridepalm.com

SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

110 North Oak St., Telluride (970) 728-6363 sheridanoperahouse.com

THE SUNFLOWER THEATRE

8 E. Main St., Cortez (970) 564-9727

sunflowertheatre.org

WRIGHT OPERA HOUSE

472 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-4399 thewrightoperahouse.org

Whether looking for something new to do on date night or ways to entertain children on summer break, consider the engaging and energizing entertainment available at local venues across the Four Corners.

ENTERTAINMENT
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LISTEN TO LOCAL MUSICIANS

Indoors or outdoors? That’s the only question you will need to ask when looking for live music to enjoy. There are orchestral performances, festivals filled with fun lineups and bands playing at local bars and breweries. Check for music listings and various community concerts and jam sessions.

ENJOY A THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE

The show must go on, and the talented actors in our region bring their best portrayals of classic characters and stories to the stage year-round. Check out the schedule of summer shows produced by the troupes at various performing arts venues.

SEE A SPECIALTY SHOW

From a singing show at the Bar D Chuckwagon, to the incredible stunts by the Secret Circus Society, the options for entertainment are truly endless. Attend a variety of shows that feature spectacular individuals and energizing performances.

Old West Music and Comedy Show and Chuckwagon Supper

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The Bar D Wranglers perform in Concert after supper with songs of cowboys and the old west, comedy, and lively instruments to please the whole family Activities, ticketing, and shops open by 4:30 pm Supper is at 6:30.

CATCH THE LATEST MOVIE RELEASES

Durango Stadium 9

900 Translux Drive, Durango (970) 247-9799

allentheatresinc.com/ theater/stadium_9

Gaslight Twin Cinemas

102 E. Fifth St., Durango (970) 247-8133

allentheatresinc.com/ theater/gaslight_twin_cinema Fiesta

23 W. Main St., Cortez (970) 565-9003

allentheatresinc.com/ theater/fiesta

Liberty Theatre

418 Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs (970) 264-4578

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A Night Out

When the sun sinks below the jagged horizon, it’s not time to head home. Hit up a local hotspot for happy hour, dine out at regional restaurants, enjoy concerts and other special events, catch the latest movie or cash in casino chips.

FILMS

Grab the snacks and settle in to see a film on the big screen. Find a cozy movie theater in Durango, Cortez, Pagosa Springs or Farmington. Seek out the schedule of events at local libraries for family-friendly movie nights. Learn more about film festivals happening this summer in Ouray and Telluride on the events page.

BARS & BREWERIES

It’s easy to find entertainment any day of the week, especially after working hours. Socialize at local bars and breweries. Many locations offer live music after 6 p.m. Some places have pool tables, while others offer old-school arcade games, like pinball.

Other watering holes host live music or fun events, like comedy shows, karaoke open mics and trivia, as well as card and board-game nights

CASINOS

Similar to country clubs, casinos are specialized spaces for socializing. But in a casino, the main attraction is gaming and entertainment rather than golfing. Most casinos feature a wide variety of card games and state-ofthe-art slot machines, where players can gamble cash or casino chips. Many casinos host live entertainment throughout the year, and offer guests lodging and restaurant service.

CONCERTS

In the summer season, it’s not uncommon to find a free concert happening at a local park. Residents often look forward to annual and ongoing events, such as Music in the Mountains, Silverton Summer Sounds and Ouray Mountain Air Music Series, to name a few. There is also an abundance of venues across the Four Corners that host a variety of intimate gigs and large live performances.

STARGAZING

While entertainment is exciting, it’s also nice to slip away from the hustle and bustle of everyday activities to stare up at the stars. Visit one of the many designated dark sky parks in the Four Corners for a spectacular view of the night sky.

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Ongoing Events

MONDAYS

Kirtland Farmers Market, 5-7 p.m. 47 Road 6500, Kirtland.

Happy Hour Yoga, 5:30 p.m. Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St., Durango.

Chess Night, 6-8 p.m. Fencline Cider, 141 South Main St., Mancos.

Chess Club, 6:30-9 p.m. Guild House Games, 835 Main Ave., Durango.

TUESDAYS

Farmington Farmers Market, 4:30-7 p.m. 3401 East Main St., Farmington.

Slow Bluegrass Jam, 5:30 p.m. General Palmer, 567 Main Ave., Durango.

WEDNESDAYS

Dolores Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. Joe Rowell Park, Dolores.

Aztec Farmers Market, 4:30-7 p.m. 1409 West Aztec Blvd., Aztec.

Karate, 6 p.m. VFW Post 4031,1550 Main Ave., Durango.

Geeks Who Drink, 8 p.m., The Roost, 128 E. College Drive, Durango Karaoke Roulette, 8 p.m., Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., Durango

THURSDAYS

Mancos Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. 150 East Grand Ave., Mancos. Ska-BQ, 5 p.m., Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St., Durango.

Bingo, 5-8 p.m. Fenceline Cider, 141 South Main St., Mancos.

Bluegrass Jam Session, 6-9 p.m. Durango Beer and Ice Company, 3000 N. Main Ave., Durango.

FRIDAYS

Ridgway Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hartwell Park, Ridgway. Telluride Farmers Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. South Oak Street, Telluride.

Mocktail Happy Hour, 3:30-6 p.m. Durango Sustainable Goods, 1259 Main Ave., Durango.

Karaoke, 6-9 p.m. Durango Beer and Ice, 3000 N. Main Ave., Durango. Karaoke, 7 p.m. VFW Post 4031,1550 Main Ave., Durango.

SATURDAYS

Cortez Farmers Market, 7:30-11:30 a.m. 20 South Elm St., Cortez. Durango Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon. TBK Bank Parking Lot, 259 W. Ninth St., Durango.

Bayfield Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon. 1328 County Road 501, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

225 East Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs.

Farmington Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon 3041 East Main St., Farmington.

SUNDAYS

Durango Flea Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. La Plata Fairgrounds and Event Center, 2500 Main Ave., Durango. Amazing deals at the Durango Flea Market. Coffee and Board Games, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. VOW Coffee and Durango Sustainable Goods, 1259 Main Ave., Durango.

Irish Jam Session, 12:30-3 p.m. Durango Beer and Ice Company, 3000 Main Ave., Durango.

Board Game Sundays, 2-5:30 p.m. Lola’s Place, 725 East Second Ave., Durango.

Salsa Night, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Roxy’s 639 Main Ave., Durango.

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Local Events

JUNE

6-8

Ute Mountain Rodeo Roundup, times vary. Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 30100 Highway 160, Cortez. Three-day Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event featuring familyfriendly fun during the day, a Frazier carnival and after parties with live music. Sangha Fest, times vary. Tico Time, 20 Road 2050, Aztec. Enjoy a weekend of camping with a conscious community and filled with art, music, yoga, meditation, dance and wellness.

JUNE 6

Tour of Kin Bineola, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. Take a hike with a guide to visit sites that are normally closed to park visitors. chacoculture.org/event/ archaeological-tour-of-kinbineola-with-dr-ruth-van-dyke 19th Hole Concert Series, 5:307:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs Golf Club, 1 Pines Club Place, Pagosa Springs. Live music by Jason Rose and Denise Chaney. Cover charge is $10, and proceeds benefit Ruby Sisson Library Foundation. swcommunityfoundation.org

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Rob Yates Memorial Cowboy Golf Tournament, 7 a.m. Conquistador Golf Course, 2018 N. Dolores Road, Cortez. Top teams will meet at the 18th green for a putt-off. $40. utemountainrodeoroundup.org Car Show, 9 a.m., Downtown Pagosa Springs. Browse a cool collection of automobiles while enjoying food, drinks and live music.

Golden Graduate Weekend, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango. Alumni who graduated 50-plus years ago are invited to spend two days enjoying local activities. First Fridays Art Crawl, 4 p.m., downtown Durango and The Smiley Building, 1309 East Third Ave., Durango. Enjoy a free, special event, browsing area galleries, displays and receptions.

Live music with Tim Sullivan, Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Farmington Downtown Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. Orchard Park and downtown Farmington. Free event featuring local artists and vendors at Orchard Park.

Live music by Out on Work Release, 6 p.m. The Break Room, 2045 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs.

Durango Star Party Series, 8-10 p.m. SJMA Durango Nature Center, 63 County Road 301, Durango. Enjoy an educational presentation, Q&A and telescope viewing.

JUNE 8

Steamworks Half Marathon, 8 a.m.-noon. Point-to-point route ending at Durango Fitness Club, 1600 Florida Road, Durango. Enjoy a party by the pool after the race with food and beverages from Homeslice and Steamworks Brewing Company. Register online. runsignup.com/race/co/durango/ steamworkshalf

Community-Wide Yard Sale and Flea Market, all day. Downtown and Joe Rowell Park, Dolores.

Four Corners Chess Open, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. East 30th St., Farmington. Five rounds of USCF-rated chess. See website for prizes and entry information. nmchess.org

Swap Meet, 10 a.m. Durango HarleyDavidson, 750 South Camino del Rio,

Durango. Free event where guests can browse a variety of parts and gear. Live music by Donnie Johnson, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert with music by Rhythm Wild.

Augustus and Community Pancake, 7 p.m. The Subterrain, 900 Main Ave., Suite F, Durango. $15.

Danny Myrick and Megan Linville, 7:30 p.m. Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango. $35. durangoconcerts.com

JUNE 9

Four Corners Chess Open, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. East 30th St., Farmington. Five rounds of USCF-rated chess. See website for prizes and entry information. nmchess.org

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy live music by The Assortment. winesofthesanjuan.com

Durango Cowboy Gathering Barn Dance, 5-8 p.m. River Bend Ranch, 27846 Highway 550, Durango. The annual fundraiser features the Tim Sullivan Band, food, drinks and carriage rides. $25.

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JUNE 11

Meet the Author: Kevin Fedarko, 6-8 p.m. Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., Durango. Meet the author of A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon. Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-8 p.m. Lola’s Place, 725 East Second Ave., Durango.

JUNE 13

Community Concert Series: Birds of a Feather, 5-7 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino del Rio, Durango. Proceeds benefit Companeros Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center. Tickets available online. powsci.org

19th Hole Concert Series, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs Golf Club, 1 Pines Club Place, Pagosa Springs. Live music by Bo DePena. Cover charge is $10, and proceeds benefit The Cornerstone Project. swcommunityfoundation.org

JUNE 14

San Juan River Balloon Rally, 6:30 a.m. 700 S. First St., Bloomfield. Free family-friendly event hosted by Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce that includes flights from the Bloomfield soccer fields and evening balloon glows. Enjoy live music from local artists and food and beverages from local vendors. BID Coffee and Conversation, 8:30 a.m. TBK Bank Community Room, 259 West Ninth St., Durango. Live music by One Stan Country Band, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango. Live music by High Altitude Blues, 6-9 p.m. The Weminuche Woodfire Grill, 18044 County Road 501, Durango.

JUNE 15

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m. Outback Steakhouse, 4921 East Main St., Farmington. Enjoy a pancake breakfast on father’s day for a good cause. riodelsolkiwanis.com

Mancos Burrofest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Boyle Park and downtown Mancos. A gathering that celebrates community, burros and life in rural Colorado. The event includes art demonstrations and donkey races, as well as live entertainment, food vendors and familyfriendly fun. burrofest.com

Father–Son Dodgeball Tournament, 10 a.m.-noon. Sycamore Park Community Center, 1051 Sycamore St., Farmington. $8 per person, which includes dodgeball, pizza and a picture. Live music by Jakilyn King, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert featuring live music by Willow Blue.

Live music by High Altitude Blues, 6-9 p.m. Union Social House, 3062 Main Ave., Durango.

Talent Show, 7 p.m. The Subterrain, 900 Main Ave., Durango. Bring your talents to the stage. Register for a 10-minute slot. Entry fee is $10. Email dgosubterrain@ gmail.com for more information.

JUNE 16

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Jack Ellis. winesofthesanjuan.com

JUNE 19

Great Garden Series: Striking a Balance, 4:30-6 p.m. Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., Durango. How to choose between fire-adapted and landscape designs.

Community Concert Series: Desiderata, 5-7 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino del Rio, Durango. Proceeds benefit The Hive. Tickets available online. powsci.org

Four Corners Writers Monthly Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m. ZU Gallery, 48 West Main St. Cortez. Free monthly workshop.

JUNE 20-23

Ouray International Film Festival, times vary. Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. Over 35 film screenings, artist talks and panel discussions, catered events, parties and music. ourayfilmfestival.com

JUNE 20

Third Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Montezuma Park, Cortez. Enjoy food and drinks, family-friendly fun, live entertainment and special sales from small businesses. 19th Hole Concert Series, 5:307:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs Golf Club, 1 Pines Club Place, Pagosa Springs. Live music by The San Juan Mountain Boys. Cover charge is $10, and proceeds benefit San Juan Backcountry Horsemen. swcommnityfoundation.org

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-8 p.m. Balcony Bar and Grill, 600 Main Ave. Suite 210, Durango.

JUNE 21

Summer Solstice, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Come watch the sunrise align with the north wall.

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-8 p.m. Derailed Pour House, 725 Main St., Durango.

JUNE 22

Cortez Celtic Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Parque de Vida, Cortez. Free, familyfriendly event featuring traditional highland games, traditional dance performances, live entertainment, a discgolf tournament and a variety of vendors. Proceeds benefit the Montezuma County Health Department Food Pantry.

Revolution Enduro, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Purgatory Bike Park, #1 Skier Place, Durango. REV is a race series dedicated to every experience level. revolutionenduro.com/purgatory Macaroni and Cheese Fest, 1-5 p.m. Berg Park, 400 Scott Ave., Farmington. A premier food and beverage festival featuring live music, local vendors, games and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of San Juan County. $35 plus taxes and fees.

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The Impact of the Galloping Goose, 2-3 p.m. Montezuma Heritage Museum, Sundance Room, 35 S. Chestnut St., Cortez. Donations encouraged.

Live music by Dustin Burley, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Monster Truck Militia, Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 20100 Highway 160, Cortez. See entertaining stunts and impressive machines, then enjoy a pit party meet and greet with the drivers. Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert with music by Mark Smith.

JUNE 23

Revolution Enduro, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Purgatory Bike Park, #1 Skier Place, Durango. REV is a race series dedicated to every experience level. revolutionenduro.com/purgatory

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Ben Gibson. winesofthesanjuan.com

JUNE 25

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-8 p.m. Lola’s Place, 725 East Second Ave., Durango.

JUNE 26

Community Concert Series: Lavalanche, 5-7 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino del Rio, Durango. Proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County. Tickets available online. powsci.org

Animas City Night Bazaar: The River Pirates, 5-9 p.m. Memorial Park, Durango. Art, community-building, performances, live music, games, contests and much more family-friendly fun. animascitynightbazaar.com

JUNE 27

19th Hole Concert Series, 5:307:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs Golf Club, 1 Pines Club Place, Pagosa Springs. Live music by Bob Hemenger. Cover charge is $10, and proceeds benefit The Early Childhood Council of Archuleta County. swcommunityfoundation.org

GA-20, 7 p.m. Animas City Theatre, 128 East College Drive, Durango. Tickets are $30.

JUNE 28-30

Mountain Archery Fest, 7 a.m.8 p.m. Purgatory Resort, #1 Skier Place, Durango. A 3D archery festival featuring competitive and recreational shooting, and other signature activities including a backyard bash, fun hunt, raffles and cornhole tournaments. mountainarcheryfest.com

Scrapin’ in the Rockies, 8 a.m.6 p.m. Sky Ute Casino Resort, 14324 Highway 172, Ignacio. Incredible car show featuring fun for the whole family. Miniature golf, bowling and bass competition. strshow.com

JUNE 29

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert featuring live music by Shawn Arrington Blues Band.

JUNE 30

Gem and Mineral Show, 10 a.m.6 p.m. McGee Park, 41 Road 5568, Farmington. Shop for gemstones, jewelry, minerals, tools, books and more. Enjoy family-friendly activities and enter to win door prizes sponsored by the San Juan County Gem and Mineral Society. Entry fee is $1 per person.

TGIF Music and Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free music and entertainment with pizza from Three Rivers Pizzeria available for purchase. This event is part of Freedom Days hosted by the City of Farmington.

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Dustin Burley. winesofthesanjuan.com

Andy Frasco and The U.N. Young Nocturnals Tour, Animas City Theatre, 128 East College Drive, Durango. $40.

JULY 1

Gem and Mineral Show, 10 a.m.6 p.m. McGee Park, 41 Road 5568, Farmington. Shop for gemstones, jewelry, minerals, tools, books and more. Enjoy family-friendly activities and enter to win door prizes sponsored by the San Juan County Gem and Mineral Society. Entry fee is $1 per person.

Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m. E3 Children’s Museum, 203 North Orchard Ave., Farmington. Enjoy free entertainment and family activities, as well as cool treats and food for sale.

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Farmington Jazz Festival, 2-9 p.m. Join the San Juan Jazz Society and the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council for a musical evening. Purchase food and beverages and participate in a silent raffle.

JULY 3

Community Concert Series: People We Know, 5-7 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino del Rio, Durango. Proceeds benefit SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab. Tickets available online. powsci.org

Farmington Fireworks Display, 9:25 p.m. Sullivan Hill, 609 North Butler Ave., Durango. This display is choreographed to a soundtrack of classic and current patriotic songs simulcast on KWYK 94.9 FM.

JULY 4

4th of July River Parade, 8 a.m. Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours, 50 Animas View Drive, Durango. Half-day raft trips for $79. Parade floats through the heart of Durango on the lower Animas. mild2wildrafting.com/events.html

4th of July Parade, 10 a.m. Downtown Pagosa Springs.

Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, 2 p.m. Archuleta County Fairgrounds, 344 Highway 84, Pagosa Springs. Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in sanctioned rodeo events. pagosarodeo.com

Collin Raye in Concert, 5-9 p.m. Farmington Civic Center Plaza, 200 West Arrington St., Farmington. Free country music concert closes the Freedom Days celebration.

JULY 5

First Fridays Art Crawl, 4 p.m., downtown Durango and The Smiley Building, 1309 East Third Ave., Durango. Enjoy a free, special event, browsing area galleries, including displays and receptions. Live music with Tracy Wiebeck, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, 6 p.m. Archuleta County Fairgrounds, 344 Highway 84, Pagosa Springs. Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in sanctioned rodeo events. pagosarodeo.com

Durango Star Party Summer Series, 8-10 p.m. SJMA Durango Nature Center, 63 County Road 301, Durango. A discussion of the Summer Triangle, a Q&A session, and telescope viewings.

JULY 6

Live music with Terry Richard, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, 6 p.m. Archuleta County Fairgrounds, 344 Highway 84, Pagosa Springs. Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in sanctioned rodeo events. pagosarodeo.com

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert featuring live music by Stillwater 505.

JULY 7

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Ryan Woodard. winesofthesanjuan.com

Live music by Out on Work Release, 6 p.m. Coyote Moon Lounge, 120 County Road 600, Pagosa Springs.

JULY 8

Meet the Author: Scott Graham, 6 p.m. Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., Durango. Meet the author of Death Valley Duel.

JULY 9

Live music by High Altitude Blues, 6 p.m. Le Platt’s Pond and Events Center, 311 County Road 501, Bayfield.

JULY 10

Community Concert Series: The Monkberries, 5-7 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino del Rio, Durango. Proceeds benefit Adaptive Sports Association. Tickets available online. powsci.org

JULY 12-14

Four Corners Gem and Mineral Show, 10 a.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango. An annual show featuring gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry and more. durangorocks.org

JULY 12

Live music by Donnie Johnson, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Live music by Black Velvet, 6 p.m. Fox Fire Farms Winery, 5513 County Road 321, Ignacio.

JULY 13

Live music by Kirk James, 5 p.m.

Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Elder Grown Summer Camp, 5 p.m.-midnight. Tico Time River Resort, 20 Road 2050, Aztec. Cost is $30 for a festival-only ticket, $35 festival and car camping pass. Music by Elder Grown, Desert Child, ORA, J-Calvin and Forest Thump. eldergrownmusic.com/ summercamp

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert with music by Ga Greine.

JULY 14

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Black Velvet. winesofthesanjuan.com

JULY 18

Ice Cave Ridge Geology Hike, 9 a.m. Piedra River Trailhead, Piedra Road (County Road 600/NFSR 631), Pagosa Springs. Free interpretive hike led by Dave Bouquett. sjma.org/event/icecave-2024_07/

Third Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Montezuma Park, Cortez. Enjoy food and drinks, family-friendly fun, live entertainment and special sales from small businesses.

JULY 19

Live music by Tim Sullivan, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Live music by Black Velvet and Nina Sasaki, 6-9 p.m. Derailed Pour House, 725 Main St., Durango.

JULY 20

Christmas in July Holiday Market, 10 a.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango. A festive day of holiday cheer in the heart of summer featuring local artisans, live music and family-friendly fun. bci-events.com/ events/christmas-in-july-july-2024

Live music by Kirk James, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Live music by High Altitude Blues, 6-9 p.m. The Weminuche Woodfire Grill, 18044 County Road 501, Bayfield.

Full Moon Hike at CAMN, 7-10 p.m. Join SJMA and guest speakers at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument for a

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hike through the moonlit Sand Canyon. Learn how the moon impacts humans and wildlife. sjma.org/events

JULY 21

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and music by Black Hearted Fox. winesofthesanjuan.com

JULY 22

Durango Death Cafe, 4-5:30 p.m. Durango Joes, 732 East College Drive, Durango.

JULY 23

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-8 p.m. Lola’s Place, 725 East Second Ave., Durango.

JULY 24

Community Concert Series: La La Bones, 5-7 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino del Rio, Durango. Proceeds benefit Mountain Studies Institute. Tickets available online. powsci.org

JULY 25-28

Mancos Days, three-day community festival. Boyle Park and downtown Mancos. A fundraiser, including a parade on Grand Avenue, a 5K fun run, a classic car show, a book sale, live entertainment and vendors, as well as cornhole, softball and volleyball tournaments. This year’s theme is Beach Party! mancosdays.com

JULY 26-AUG. 3

Montezuma County Fair, multiday event. Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 30100 Highway 160, Cortez. Celebrate the community’s agricultural heritage, attend the carnival and enjoy more family-friendly activities at the annual fair. montezumacounty.org/ fairgrounds

Connie Mack World Series, 10 a.m. Ricketts Park, 1101 Fairgrounds Road, Farmington. Twelve teams compete for the championship. The beloved baseball tournament includes a parade to kick off the event and bracket play. cmws.org

JULY 26

Live music by One Stan Country Band, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

JULY 27

Four Corners Youth Fishing Derby, 5 p.m. Bruce Spruce Ranch,

231 West Fork Road, Pagosa Springs. Enjoy campfire cooking, camping and education sessions with fishing guides on Saturday evening. one.bidpal. net/2024youthfishingderby/ welcome

Live music by Dustin Burley, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert by Zia Chicks. Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-9 p.m. Derailed Pour House, 725 Main St., Durango.

JULY 28

Four Corners Youth Fishing Derby, 7 a.m.-noon. Bruce Spruce Ranch, 231 West Fork Road, Pagosa Springs. Tournament open to children ages 12 and under. one.bidpal. net/2024youthfishingderby/ welcome

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Ashleigh Bennett. winesofthesanjuan.com

JULY 31

Animas City Night Bazaar, 5-9 p.m. North Main Avenue, Durango. Art, community-building, performances, live music, games, contests and much more family-friendly fun. animascitynightbazaar.com

AUG. 1-4

Archuleta County Fair, times vary. Archuleta County Fairgrounds, 344 Highway 84, Pagosa Springs. The theme for this year is “A Timeless Tradition.” Enjoy live music, food, drinks, familyfriendly activities and beloved fair traditions.

AUG. 2

First Fridays Art Crawl, 4 p.m., downtown Durango and The Smiley Building, 1309 East Third Ave., Durango. Enjoy a free, special event, browsing area galleries, including displays and receptions.

Live music by Out on Work Release, 6 p.m. Fox Fire Farms Winery, 5513 County Road 321, Ignacio.

AUG. 2-4

Carve Wars, 9 a.m. Purgatory Resort, #1 Skier Place, Durango. Watch participants use chainsaws to transform logs into works of art. Grab a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free carving, or bid on your favorite items during the live auctions. See the schedule online for more details. purgatory.ski/event/carvewars-2/

Rocky Mountain Uke Fest, various times and locations. Enjoy a fun festival filled with jam sessions, workshops and live performances. See the full schedule of events online. rockymountainukefest.com

AKC Dog Agility Trials, 7 a.m.

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Sky Ute Fairgrounds, 200 Highway 151, Ignacio. Licensed AKC event hosted by Durango Agility Dog Club. Register online. durangoagilitydogclub.org

AUG. 3

Live music with Tracy Wiebeck, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 Camino del Rio, Durango.

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert featuring live music by Ben Gibson Duo.

AUG. 4-6

Cortez Rendezvous Balloon Event, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Parque de Vida, Cortez. The three-day festival features daily morning launches of hot air balloons, and a balloon glow at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.

AUG. 4-11

San Juan County Fair, 10-day festival, times vary. McGee Park, 41 Road 5568, Farmington. Enjoy livestock shows, live performances, a parade and many family-friendly activities. farmingtonnm.org/events/sanjuan-county-fair

AUG. 4

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Rob Webster. winesofthesanjuan.com

AUG. 6

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 5-7 p.m. Meadow Market at Edgemont, Durango.

AUG. 7-11

La Plata County Fair, 9 a.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 2500 Main Ave., Durango. See a full schedule of events and more information online. laplatacountyfair. com/event-schedule

AUG. 7

Community Concert Series: The Badly Bent, 5-7 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino del Rio, Durango. Proceeds benefit Stillwater Music. Tickets available online. powsci.org

AUG. 9-11

Devo Days Bike Festival, times vary. Purgatory Resort, #1 Skier Place, Durango. A community event with free skills clinics, race events and fun games. Proceeds support Durango Devo junior cycling programs. durangodevo.com/ ddbf/

Escalante Days, Friday 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Joe Rowell Park, Dolores.

AUG. 9

Live music by Out on Work Release, 6 p.m. The Break Room, 2045 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs. Durango Star Party Summer Series, 7:30-9:30 p.m. SJMA Durango Nature Center, 63 County Road 301, Durango. Enjoy an educational presentation, a Q&A and telescope viewing.

AUG. 10

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert featuring live music by Bryon Ramone Band.

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-9 p.m. Derailed Pour House, 725 Main St., Durango.

AUG. 11

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Segura. winesofthesanjuan.com

AUG. 12

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-9 p.m. Balcony Bar and Grill, 600 Main Ave. Suite 210, Durango.

AUG. 15

Third Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Montezuma Park, Cortez. Enjoy food and drinks, family-friendly fun, live entertainment and special sales from small businesses.

AUG. 16

Dolores Mountain Quilters Quilt Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave., Dolores. Live music by One Stan Country Band, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

AUG. 17

The Fast and The Curious 5K/10K Fun Run, 8:30 a.m. Santa Rita Park, 149 South Camino del Rio, Durango. Register to run or volunteer at this fundraiser for Durango Adult Education Center. Register online. durangoadulted.org/funrun-event/

Dolores Mountain Quilters Quilt Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave., Dolores. Live music by Kirk James, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert with music by Rockin Horse.

Live music by High Altitude Blues, 6-9 p.m. The Weminuche Woodfire Grill, 18044 County Road 501, Bayfield.

AUG. 18

Annual Wine and Shine Classic Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Cruise out to the classic car show and enjoy live music by Ryan Woodard and Kirk James. Free for spectators. winesofthesanjuan.com

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Pete Guiliani. winesofthesanjuan.com

AUG. 19

Live music by Out on Work Release, 6 p.m. Coyote Moon, 120 County Road 600, Pagosa Springs.

AUG. 20

Live music by Black Velvet with Nina Sasaki, 6-8 p.m. Lola’s Place, 725 East Second Ave., Durango.

AUG. 22

Durango Blues Train, 9 a.m. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave., Durango. Enjoy dancing, live music and Colorado’s craft beer, cider and wine. durangotrain.com

Spaghetti Fundraiser and Annual Meeting, 6-8 p.m. 107 N. Chestnut St., Cortez. $10 a plate, or $8 for members. Enjoy a plate of homemade spaghetti, then listen to a presentation of the progress of the Heritage Museum.

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AUG. 23

Durango Blues Train, 9 a.m. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave., Durango. Enjoy dancing, music and Colorado’s craft beer, cider and wine. durangotrain.com

San Juan Brewfest, 5-8 p.m. Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave., Durango. Annual tasting festival and fundraiser to benefit United Way of Southwest Colorado. sanjuanbrewfest.com

Live music by Donnie Johnson, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 Camino del Rio, Durango.

AUG. 24

San Juan Brewfest, 1-5 p.m. Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave., Durango. Annual tasting festival and fundraiser to benefit United Way of Southwest Colorado. sanjuanbrewfest.com

Live music by Dustin Burley, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert featuring live music by Chokecherry Jam.

AUG. 25

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233

Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Chokecherry Jam. winesofthesanjuan.com

AUG. 28

Animas City Night Bazaar, 5-9 p.m. North Main Avenue, Durango. Art, community-building, performances, live music, games, contests and much more family-friendly fun. animascitynightbazaar.com

AUG. 29-SEPT. 2

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, times and locations vary. This annual event hosted by Durango HarleyDavidson includes a poker run, rodeo, flat track and hill climb races and much more. See the schedule of activities online. fourcornersmotorcyclerally.com

AUG. 30

Devo Film Festival, 5 p.m. Chapman Hill, 500 Florida Road, Durango. Attend special screenings of cycling and outdoor films to benefit Durango Devo. Enter for a chance to win prizes from sponsors. durangodevo.com/film-fest/

Live music by Tim Sullivan, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

AUG. 30-SEPT. 1

Four Corners Folk Festival, times vary. Reservoir Hill Festival Meadow, Pagosa Springs.

The 28th annual festival features live performances, workshops, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, food and beverages. ksutpresents.org/ fourcornersfolkfestival

Totah Festival, times vary. Farmington Civic Center, 200 West Arrington, Farmington. Free event featuring a collection of diverse art with an auction, market and 5K fun walk/run. farmingtonnm.org/events/totahfestival

AUG. 31

Live music by Terry Richard, 5 p.m. Serious Texas BBQ, 650 South Camino del Rio, Durango.

Summer Terrace Concert Series, 6-7 p.m. Farmington Museum and Visitor Center, 3041 East Main St., Farmington. Free family-friendly concert featuring live music by Nina Sasaki and Dan Carlson. Live music by High Altitude Blues, 6-9 p.m. Union Social House, 3062 Main Ave., Durango.

SEPT. 1

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Nina and Dan. winesofthesanjuan.com

SEPT. 6

First Fridays Art Crawl, 4 p.m., downtown Durango and The Smiley Building, 1309 East Third Ave., Durango. Enjoy a free, special event, browsing area galleries, including displays and receptions.

Durango Star Party Summer Series, 7:30 p.m. SJMA Durango Nature Center, 63 County Road 301, Durango. Enjoy an educational presentation, a Q&A session and telescope viewing.

SEPT. 7

Ska Brewing Anniversary Party, 4 p.m. Ska Brewing Company, 225 Girard St., Durango. Celebrate 29 years of Ska with music and beer.

Dining with the Dead, 4-8 p.m. Greenlawn Cemetery, 1606 North Dustin, Farmington. History comes to life in this event hosted by Rio del Sol Kiwanis. Enjoy barbecue dinner and stories from costumed reenactors. $30.

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SEPT. 8

Sunday Music in the Shade, 4-7 p.m. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco. Enjoy food, wine and live music by Ga Greine. winesofthesanjuan.com

SEPT. 13-15

Convergence, times vary. Tico Time River Resort, A gathering of thinkers, doers and way-seers for a new earth emergence.

SEPT. 14

Downhill Rockies and Trail Party Enduro, times and locations vary. Purgatory Resort, #1 Skier Place, Durango. trailparty.com

Indigenous Cultural Arts Festival, 10 a.m. Aztec Ruins National Monument, 725 Ruins Road, Aztec. Free event featuring artists, dancers, live music and traditional storytellers.

SEPT. 18

Meet the Author: Zak Podmore, 6 p.m. Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., Durango. Meet the author of Life After Dead Pool.

SEPT. 19

Ice Cave Ridge Geology Hike, 9 a.m. Piedra River Trailhead, Piedra Road (County Road 600/NFSR 631), Pagosa Springs. Free interpretive hike led by Dave Bouquett. sjma.org/event/ice-cave-2024_07/

Third Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Montezuma Park, Cortez. Enjoy food and drinks, family-friendly fun, live entertainment and special sales from small businesses.

SEPT. 20-22

Colorfest, 400 Highway 160, Pagosa Springs. A family-friendly event featuring hot air balloons, food, wine, bands, brews and a fun 5k color run/walk hosted by Pagosa Chamber of Commerce.

SEPT. 20

The Energy Council Charity & Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Scramble, 8:30 a.m. Hillcrest Golf Course, Annual fundraiser featuring a Whiskey and Wine Pull during lunch. energycouncil.org

SEPT. 21

Mountain Marmot Trail Run, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Race a beautiful 12.2mile singletrack course. Register online. purgatory.ski/event/

SEPT. 25

Animas City Night Bazaar, 5-9 p.m. North Main Avenue, Durango. Art, community-building, performances, live music, games, contests and much more family-friendly fun. animascitynightbazaar.com

Meet the Author: Laura Pritchett, 6 p.m. Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., Durango. Meet the author of Playing with (Wild) Fire.

SEPT. 28

Mountain Chile Cha Cha, 8 a.m. Hermosa St. and Hot Springs Boulevard, Pagosa Springs. A celebration of the harvest season, which includes a fun run, green chile cook-off and tasting, margarita contest, beer garden, live music and activities for all ages.

SEPT. 30

Bayfield Heritage Days and Sheep Trailing, 9:30 a.m. Joe Stephenson Park, Bayfield. Spectate the running of the sheep, followed by a

street parade and a fun day of familyfriendly activities and entertainment. bayfieldcoheritagedays.org

OCT. 2-6

Durango Cowboy Gathering, five-day festival, various La Plata county locations. A fun celebration that pays homage to our ranching heritage with over 30 events. Enjoy concerts and stories from cowboys, as well as group horseback riding, comedy shows and much more family-friendly fun. durangocowboygathering.org

OCT. 5-6

Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Riverside Park, Aztec. Music and dance, clans and vendors, and traditional games. aztechighlandgames.com

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Best Bites

The culinary scene in Southwest Colorado offers diversity for hungry patrons. Whether searching for a classic American diner or authentic global cuisine, there is an eatery for every food mood.

MORNING MUNCHIES

Start the morning with breakfast. Bakeries, coffee shops and cafes in the region offer unique selections of beverages and bites. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and a fresh-baked pastry or grab-and-go burritos. Sit down at a cafe or diner for more made-to-order options.

MIDDAY MEALS

The Four Corners is filled with a variety of on-the-go options and leisurely lunch spots. Whether visiting a local deli, diner or fast-casual restaurant, customers can expect friendly service and full bellies. Hungry and in a hurry? Order ahead for takeout or make reservations online.

HAPPY

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Don’t miss deals on Colorado craft brews, specialty ciders and seltzers or handcrafted cocktails and mocktails. Sip wine in

vineyards. Sample beers at breweries. Taste award-winning spirits. Remember to drink responsibly and stay hydrated, as elevation can affect an individual’s tolerance.

ELEVATED EVENINGS

The Four Corners offers an incredible array of fine-dining experiences. Chefs source seasonal ingredients to support local farmers. From Asian and Italian cuisine to seafood and wild game, carefully-curated menus at upscale restaurants will please any palate.

DELICIOUS DESSERTS

Follow up a fantastic meal with a satisfying sweet treat. Save room and select from a variety of upscale options at fine-dining restaurants, or stop into confectionery shops to find handmade candies, cakes, cookies, chocolates and ice cream.

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SUGGESTED ITEMS

n Fresh-baked pastries make for a bountiful brunch.

n Pair chips or crackers with dips, salsa and spreads.

n Cheese and nuts are great for grazing.

n Bring berries, grapes and cherry tomatoes or other sliced fruit and vegetables.

n Savory snacks like hard-boiled eggs, pickles and olives pack a punch.

n Samples of smoked and cured meats make a full meal.

n Meat from the deli is picnic-friendly when kept cool.

n Add bread, bagels or tortillas to make sandwiches or wraps.

Perfect Picnic FOOD

One advantage of warmer seasons is the opportunity to enjoy more meals outdoors. While the Four Corners is filled with al fresco dining options, couples and families that are traveling to various attractions may find it easier to meal plan by packing a picnic. The abundance of local parks and public lands makes it even easier to find a scenic and shady location to enjoy a spread of snacks. Plus, spending more time in the sunshine can improve health and mood. Stay happy, healthy and hydrated on-the-go by packing picnics for outdoor adventures.

HOW TO PACK A PICNIC

n Find a basket, backpack, tote or cooler to transport the food.

n Bring a blanket to spread across the ground for seating.

n Pack plates, cups, utensils and napkins.

n Remember to bring a cutting board and knife for cheese, fruit, vegetables and bread, as well as a corkscrew or bottle opener if packing alcohol.

n Keep food at a safe temperature to consume by freezing water bottles and drink them after the ice melts.

n Bring an empty, separate bag for trash. Always pack out anything brought in, including food.

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Local Dining

CUSINE TYPE

Bar D Chuckwagon

8080 County Road 250, Durango (970) 247-5753 • bardchuckwagon.com

Blondie's Trophy Room 45 East Main St., Cortez • (970) 565-4015

Coffee Bear

1309 Greene St., Silverton (970) 903-7032 • coffeebearsilverton.com

Cuckoo's Chicken House & Waterin' Hole

128 East College Drive, Durango (970) 259-6322 cuckooschicken.com

Durango Farmers Market

259 West Ninth St., Durango (970) 335-8223 durangofarmersmarket.com

East By Southwest

American Barbecue bardchuckwagon bardchuckwagon

American Full-service bar blondiestrophyroom

Coffee Baked goods coffeebearsilverton coffeebearsilverton

Sports bar Hot wings cuckoos.chicken

Farm to table Market durangofarmersmarket durangofarmers

160 East College Drive, Durango (970) 247-5533 eastbysouthwest.com Sushi Steak Fusion eastbysouthwest eastbysouthwest

El Bandito 114 Blair St., Silverton elbanditosilverton.com

El Moro Spirits & Tavern 945 Main Ave., Durango (970) 259-5555 • elmorotavern.com

El Rio Cantina 140 Mesa St., Mancos • (702) 528-5446

Eolus Bar & Dining

919 Main Ave., Durango (970) 259-2898 • eolusdurango.com

Fenceline Cider • 141 S. Main St., Mancos (970) 570-5441 • fenceline.com

Four Leaves Winery

• 528 Main Ave., Durango (970) 403-8182 • fourleaveswinery.com

Frida's Mexican Restaurant

2525 Main Ave., Durango (970) 385-1595 • durangofridascantina.com

Grassburger

726 1/2 Main Ave., Durango

360 South Camino del Rio Suite 300, Durango (970) 247-1081 • eatgrassburger.com

Highway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar • 955 Highway 3, Durango (970) 385-7444 • highway3roadhouse.com

Himalayan Kitchen • 992 Main Ave., Durango (970) 259-0956 • himalayankitchendurango.com

Homeslice Pizza

441 East College Ave., Durango (970) 259-5551 2957 Main Ave., Durango . (970) 422-8337 125 Mercado St. Suite 105, Durango (970) 764-4207 homeslicedelivers.com

Jack's Meat Market

300 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 247-1988 naturesoasismarket.com

James Ranch Grill

33846 Highway 550, Durango (970) 764-4222 jamesranch.net

Rustic elmorotavern elmorotavern

Street food

Locally-grown Mountain inspired eolusdurango

Food truck Taproom fencelineciderco fencelinecider

Wine FourLeavesWinery fourleaveswinery

FridasMexican RestaurantandCantina fridas_restaurantcantina

American grassburgerrestaurants grassburger

Cajun

Nepalese Indian Tibetan himalayanktichendurango himalayan_kitchen

Casual homeslicepizzadurango homeslicepizzadurango

Deli Market JacksDurango jacksmeatmarketdurango

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La Bonne Patisserie 3101 North Main Ave., Durango (970) 403-3776 • labonnedurango.com

Los Hermanitos • 2400 West Main St., Farmington (505) 327-1919 • loshermanitos.com

Mamma Silvia's • 150 East College Drive, Durango (970) 247-5533 • mammasilvias.com

Mancos Brewing Company • 484 East Frontage Road, Mancos (970) 533-9761 • mancosbrewingcompany.com

Nature's Oasis Deli

300 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 247-1988 • naturesoasismarket.com

Nayarit Mexican Casual Cuisine 1135 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 259-4114 • nayaritmexicandurango.com

Pop Sushi 42 County Road 250, Unit 400, Durango (970) 422-8182 • popsushidurango.com

Porter's Restaurant & Smokehouse 2210 East 20th St., Farmington (505) 327-5979 • porters-farmington.com

River Liquors

• 300 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 247-1988 naturesoasismarket.com

Rupert's Durango • 810 East College Drive, Durango (970) 764-4228 • eatatruperts.com

Serious Delights • 300 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 749-8263 • seriousdelights.com

Si Senor 4015 East 30th St., Farmington (505) 324-9050 • sisenorfarmington.com

Steamworks Brewing Company 801 East Second Ave., Durango (970) 259-9200 • steamworksbrewing.com

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Still Life Coffee & Botanicals • 1301 C Florida Road, Durango (970) 501-0960 • still-life-coffee.com Specialty coffee Plant shop still.life.coffee

Strater Hotel: Diamond Belle Saloon • 699 Main Ave., Durango (970) 375-7170 • strater.com

Strater Hotel: Mahogany Grille • 699 Main Ave., Durango (970) 375-7170 • strater.com

Strater Hotel: The Office Spiritorium • 699 Main Ave., Durango (970) 375-7170 • strater.com

Sunnyside Farms Market 1305 Escalante Drive, Suite 101, Durango (970) 375-6400 • sunnysidefarmsmarket.com

Taco Boy 150 Confluence Ave., Durango (970) 422-8399 126 West Mill St., Bayfield • (970) 884-9527 tacoboycolorado.com

The Chile Pod 121 West Main St., Farmington (505) 252-4585 • cravethechilepod.com

The Roost • 128 East College Drive, Durango (970) 764-4661 theroostdurango.com

The Weminuche Woodfire Grill

18044 County Road 501, Bayfield (970) 884-7153 . weminuchegrill.com

American Casual thediamondbelle diamondbelle_durango

American Casual mahoganygrille mahoganygrilledurango

American Casual theofficespiritorium theofficedurango

Butcher Shop Deli Market SunnysideFarmsMarket sunnysidefarmsmarket

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American Upscale Lounge theroostdurango the_roost_durango

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Mountain Landing Suites & RV Park 345 County Road 600, Pagosa Springs (970) 731-5345 mountainlanding.net

O-Bar-O Cabins 11998 County Road 240, Durango (970) 259-3649 • obaro.com

Vestal House at Tabeguache Park 420 Main St., Nucla (970) 428-7750 vestalhousenucla.com

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

Bar D Chuckwagon 8080 County Road 250, Durango (970) 247-5753 bardchuckwagon.com

Colvig Silver Camps 9665 County Road 240, Durango (970) 247-2564 colvigsilvercamps.com

Durango Area Tourism Office 802 Main Ave., Durango (800) 525-8855 • durango.org

Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show

2351 North Main Ave., Durango durangorocks.org

Music in the Mountains 515 East College Drive, Durango (970) 385-6820 musicinthemountains.com

Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour 721 County Road 4A, Silverton (970) 387-5444 • minetour.com

Silverton Chamber of Commerce

414 Greene St, Silverton (970) 387-5654 silvertoncolorado.com

Sky Ute Casino Resort 14324 Highway 172, Ignacio (970) 563-7777 skyutecasino.com

Town of Silverton 1360 Greene St., Silverton (970) 387-5522 townofsilverton.colorado.gov

Visit Farmington

3041 East Main St., Farmington (505) 326-7602 farmingtonnm.org

ARTS & CULTURE

Durango Arts Center

802 East Second Ave., Durango (970) 259-2606 • durangoarts.org

Silverton Creative District PO Box 372, Silverton (970) 749-3244 silvertoncreativedistrict.org

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

All American Bud Co.

403 W. Main St. Farmington NM (505) 482-6845 allamericanbudco.com

Durango Organics

72 Suttle St., Suite F & G, Durango (970) 259-3674 durangoorganics.com

Durango Rec Room 45 East College Drive, Durango (970) 764-4087 durangorecroom.com

Kinfolk Farms

83A Davidson Creek Road, Durango (970) 759-8683 kinfolk-farms.com

Lava Leaf Organics

5100 East Main Street #105, Farmington (505) 321-4159 lavaleaforganics.com

Santé 742 1/2 Main Ave., Durango (970) 375-2837 santecolorado.com

The Green House 730 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 247-2420 thegreenhouse420.com

Southwest Foot & Ankle 270 East Eighth Ave. Suite N-102, Durango (970) 687-7717 innovationmedgroup.com

SHOPPING & RETAIL

Caswell Trading Company 39722 Highway 160, Bayfield (970) 884-2310 caswelltrading.com

Dietz Market 26345 Highway 160, Durango (970) 259-5811 • dietzmarket.com

Durango Farmers Market 259 West Ninth St., Durango (970)335-8223 durangofarmersmarket.com

Gandolf’s Smoke Shop

2165 Main Ave., Durango (970) 385-8477

Jack’s Meat Market

300 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 247-1988 naturesoasismarket.com

Mountain Bike Specialists 949 Main Ave., Durango (970) 247-4066 mountainbikespecialists.com

Nature’s Oasis

300 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 247-1988 naturesoasismarket.com

Second Time Around 139 Main Ave., Durango (970) 247-5134

SOCO Solar & Power

39754 Highway 160, Bayfield (970) 237-3800 socosolarpower.com

The San Juan Angler 600 Main Ave. Suite 202, Durango (970) 382-9978 thesanjuanangler.com

TRANSPORTATION

Durango-La Plata County Airport 1000 Airport Road, Durango (970) 382-6050 flydurango.com/1748/airport

Grease Monkey 10 River Road, Durango (970) 247-4422 greasemonkeyauto.com

DISPENSARIES
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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.

1st Place Best Restaurant 1st Place Best Fine Dining 3rd Place Best Servers 919 MAIN AVE., DURANGO • (970) 259-2898 • WWW.EOLUSDURANGO.COM

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