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A Grand Tour of the Mountains & Mesas Region

Tour the scenic and friendly towns of the Mountains & Mesas region, from the red-stone canyons to ancient cliff dwellings to towering and jagged peaks of the San Juan mountains and beyond.

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Day 1

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Colorado National Monument

Sheer-walled canyons, monoliths, colorful formations, bighorn sheep, soaring eagles and a spectacular road reflect the environment and history of plateau-and-canyon…

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Spoons Bistro & Bakery

At Spoons our philosophy is simple - fresh, local, from the heart. Our food not only boasts local flavor but also handmade quality. While you savor…

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Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area

The wild horse area north of Grand Junction is one of only three wild horse reserves in the country.

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Peche

Sip. Dine. Visit. We serve fresh produce from the Grand Valley in ever-changing ways.

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Carlson Vineyards

While we take the art of winemaking seriously, we like to have fun too. Small farm winery produces premium Colorado-grown wines in the heart of Colorado…

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Hotel Maverick

Grand Junction's premier destination for travelers who seek an upscale, boutique — and at the same time uniquely down-to-earth — "New West" experience…

Day 2

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Eat & Run

Swing by Betty's Gourmet Coffee — in the Hotel Maverick — before hopping on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway headed toward the town of Delta, making a stop…

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Altitude Outdoor Adventures

We our a local family owned business offering mountain biking, snowmobile, ATV, fly-fishing and ice-fishing tours on Grand Mesa. We also have a general,…

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Stockyards Restaurant and Lounge

Homemade comfort food done right. With pies, beer and smoked meats served every day this is Texas-style at its finest.

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Black Bridge Winery

Black Bridge Winery produces a limited number of wines each year.

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Mountain Oven

Proudly serving our community and visitors in Crested Butte, Colorado since 2009!

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Qutori Wines

Qutori Wines means Creativity and Leadership. We are an award winning family owned vineyard and winery in Paonia, Colorado along the West Elks Scenic…

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Hotel Maverick

Grand Junction's premier destination for travelers who seek an upscale, boutique — and at the same time uniquely down-to-earth — "New West" experience…

Day 3

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Eat & Run Again

Munch breakfast from ingredients grown on site at the Living Farm before leaving Paonia and hitting the road on the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway with…

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High Alpine Brewing Company

Located in downtown Gunnison, Colorado surrounded by epic terrain that locals embrace all year round. Family owned and operated, Scott and Stacey started…

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Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

Located just on the outskirts of the city, Hartman Rocks is one of Gunnison's greatest gems. It's a paradise of desert mountain biking, hiking, motorcycling,…

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Lil's Sushi Bar & Grill

We are proud to offer you the best selection in town with fresh, never-frozen fish flown in 6 days a week!

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Montanya Distillers

Montanya Distillers is a Colorado craft distiller of award-winning rum, founded in 2008. The company moved its headquarters from Silverton, CO to Crested…

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Elk Mountain Lodge

Located 1 block from Elk Ave, fine restaurants, and unique shops and galleries, the Elk Mountain Lodge has become the premier hotel in downtown Crested…

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Rise & Shine, Then Dine

Get up early and head south toward Pagosa Springs, with a scenic stop for late breakfast in Lake City along the way.

Day 4

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Climb Elevated Eatery

Elevated comfort food and craft cocktails served with attentive, friendly service.

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Drive to Pagosa Springs

Take in the alpine scenery on the beautiful three-hour drive to Pagosa Springs, passing through the mountain towns of Creede and South Fork along the…

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Kip's Grill & Cantina

Kip's Grill started operating out of a caboose on the side of the Highway in Del Norte, Colorado in 1996. The goal was to create seriously fresh, handmade…

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Pagosa Mountain Sports

We are a bicycle and outdoor gear store, including tubes for floating in the San Juan River right in town. We offer clothing, equipment and services…

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Alley House Grille

Alley House Grille is the premier dining destination in Pagosa Springs offering an elegant but casual atmosphere featuring Global/Colorado style fusion…

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The Springs Resort

Relax and renew at The Springs Resort - hot springs capital of Colorado, with 25 natural geothermal soaking pools, located downtown Pagosa Springs.…

Day 5

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Two Chicks & A Hippie

Come join us for a cup of joe and a treat with friends. Or come and try our full breakfast and lunch. don't forget about all our baked yummys. The Two…

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Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock Interruptive Association in partnership with the Forest Service would like to share with this amazing preserved archaeological site iss…

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Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen

Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen is a modern American bistro. We specialize in from-scratch Southwestern and Mediterranean cuisine, featuring fresh salads,…

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Head to Durango & Stroll Alongside the Animas River Greenway

Along the way, you'll pass the Durango State Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, as well as Ska Brewing Company — both must-make stops.

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Bar D Chuckwagon

Old West Cowboy music and comedy stage show and barbecue supper. Fun for the entire family. Memorial Day weekend through Labor day. Reservations required…

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Historic Strater Hotel

THE OFFICE SPIRITORIUM, with its lavish and comfortable décor, can't really be called a bar, saloon, tavern, or lounge but a delightful office away…

Day 6

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College Drive Cafe

Fresh and local food doesn't have to be expensive. Breakfast, lunch coffee, Wi-Fi, freindly staff and relaxing atmosphere.

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic steam-powered or diesel locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West…

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Handlebars Food & Saloon

Savor the flavor of our Wild West atmosphere in Silverton while enjoying some of the best grub around.

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Silverton back to Durango & Beyond to Cortez

Ride the bus back from Silverton to Durango over a portion of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, then hop in your own car and head for Cortez for the…

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The Farm Bistro

The Farm Bistro is a casual yet elegant farm to table restaurant in the heart of historic downtown Cortez, Colorado. The lunch and dinner menus are…

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Notah Dineh Trading Co

American Indian rugs, jewelry, pottery and an extensive display of historic American Indian art and artifacts.

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Mesa Verde - Far View Lodge

Far View Lodge is the only lodging inside Mesa Verde NP. Breathtaking views, award winning cuisine, guided tours of Ancestral Puebloan dwellings, invigorating…

Day 7

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Far View Terrace Cafe

Casual food-court setting features breakfast burritos and omelet station, a yogurt bar, and standard breakfast fare. For lunch, daily specials including…

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Soda Canyon Overlook Tour

The 1.2-mile Soda Canyon Overlook walk in the morning gives visitors a chance to view Balcony House, taking advantage of its east facing exposure.

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Metate Room

Mesa Verde Metate Room Restaurant received "Award of Culinary Excellence" from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association in the area…

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Drive, Hike & Sightsee the Ancients

Drive along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway, hike Sand Canyon and visit the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

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Stonefish Sushi & More

Delicious sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri and other specialties. Open for lunch and dinner; happy hour Tuesday through Friday at 4:30pm.

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Fenceline Cider

Sown along the Colorado Plateau, Fenceline is dedicated to reviving America's cider tradition, working with historic local orchards to build quality…

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Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center

Mesa Verde vacation in the heart of southwest Colorado. Private, secluded, elegant lakeside cabins, fishing, gear, boats on private lake. Kitchens,…

Day 8

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Absolute Bakery & Cafe

Dedicated to the art of food, the Absolute Bakery & Cafe prepares food from scratch, using only the finest of organic and local ingredients. It's…

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Head for Telluride

In less than two hours, you'll find the alpine paradise of Telluride tucked away in a lovely box canyon lined with historic buildings and boutique cafes…

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Floradora Saloon

The Floradora Saloon is a family-owned and operated restaurant and bar. The menu features fresh, crisp flavors using natural and organic ingredients…

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Telluride Mountain Guides

Telluride's longest standing local guide service. Over the years, TMG has evolved into a team of dedicated professionals who orbit the majestic San…

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221 South Oak

221 South Oak is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home, steps from the Gondola in Telluride Colorado.  Chef Eliza produces eclectic cuisine…

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Explore Telluride

Walk around town and enjoy the Old West and Victorian ambiance on the beautifully preserved Main Street.

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The Peaks Resort & Spa

Located a short walk from the Telluride-Mountain Village Gondola, The Peaks Resort & Spa offers warm, welcoming hospitality, a wide selection of…

Day 9

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Kate's Place

Cuisine with heart and soul, freshly prepared using the highest quality ingredients (local when feasible).

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Alpine Loop - Scenic and Historic Byway

Crosses the remote, rugged heart of the San Juan Mountains.

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Ouray Brewery

The Ouray Brewery is open daily. Our brewery has three levels with fine food and outstanding craft brews offered on each floor. Level one houses our…

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Hike the San Juans Around Ouray

Many trails begin in the foothills right outside downtown, so access is easy and the views are magnificent. The Ouray Trails Group maintains more than…

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Brickhouse 737

BrickHouse737 is a gathering place that focuses on community, farm fresh ingredients, hospitality & travel inspired dishes.

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Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

Nearly one million gallons of clear hot springs water, without the sulfur smell common in many hot springs. There are 3 pools ranging from 80 to 105…

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Hotel Ouray

Historic boutique hotel specializing in couples getaways. Accommodating children 10 years old and above.

Day 10

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Kate's Place

Cuisine with heart and soul, freshly prepared using the highest quality ingredients (local when feasible).

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Head for the Hills (and Canyons) of Montrose

Make the winding half-hour drive from Ridgway to Montrose, past Ridgway State Park, farms and ranches set beneath bluffs and mountains.

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Horsefly Brewing Company

Horsefly Brewing Company believes that each beer should be as honest as possible …. that is, carefully crafted to the style with some added originality…

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Hike the Mesa Creek Trail

The sheer walls and extreme narrowness of the Black Canyon are appreciated along this trail as well as views from the base of the Morrow Point Dam.

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The Stone House

A great place to stop for lunch or dinner on your way to the San Juan mountains! Featuring steaks, seafood and pasta, as well as delectable soups, salads,…

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Hampton Inn Montrose

A year-round playground, the Hampton Inn Montrose hotel is surrounded by scenic mountains, valleys, canyons and lakes. Outdoor enthusiasts will love…