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If it can be done outdoors, it can be done here. This is a huge mountain biking community, and the Iron Horse Classic race draws cyclists from all over the country each Memorial Day weekend to race the steam train. Animas River Days celebrates top-notch whitewater rafting on the nearby rivers. If you like fishing, bring your pole! Backpacking and camping are prime activities in the San Juan National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness Area. Not far away is Vallecito Lake reservoir where you can rent a cabin, fish, hike and spend lazy days on a high-mountain lake.

Every autumn, people head to the town for a lavish display of fall colors, to partake in foliage-related activities and celebrate the Western culture and traditions of the area. They also play golf on one of several local courses in summer and ski at the nearby Purgatory in winter. Then soak those weary bones at Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs, where you’ll watch the moonrise over the cliffs while relaxing in the steamy waters. The town is also a starting or ending point for two scenic drives: the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, known for its dramatic views, and Tracks Across the Borders Scenic Byway, Colorado's newest byway.

Lodging ranges from traditional hotels and comfortable cabins to unique bed and breakfasts and memorable guest ranches. And the city boasts more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. You will find something to satisfy every taste bud. A trip wouldn't be complete without a pint from one of several microbreweries and brewpubs.

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