Hidden Gems of Southwest Colorado
Go beyond Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez and Durango to find the farm bistros, guest ranches and lesser-known towns and monuments of Colorado's southwest corner.
There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.
Pop into some of the local vineyards around Cortez for a taste of their special vintages.
Settle in and relax in the peace and quiet of the ranch for your overnight stay. Tour the barns and vegetable garden, feed the baby sheep, hike the easy trails around the property or the nearby Canyons of the Ancients National Monument towers.
The ranch's breakfast is packed with fresh organic produce from the area, so be sure to savor the local flavors before heading out for a day of activity.
This 6.5-mile trail is used for hiking and mountain biking. You'll pass through one of the largest prehistoric settlements in this region with 420 rooms, 100 kivas, and 14 towers, but no exposed walls.
The Mesa Verde 700 Years Tour provides you with an overall historical view of the Ancestral Puebloans’ architectural, horticultural, cultural, and religious dimensions of their lives in the Southwest.
Tour the park's Far view Sites Complex, which can be explored by a trail system that weaves through several excavated sites.
We invite you to step inside our lobby and walk around and be part of our history by joining us. You’ll see shadow boxes depicting stories of the old west and mining times and witness unsurpassed craftsmanship at every turn.
If you're visiting in May, check out the Durango Wine Experience: Three delicious days of educational seminars, wine dinners and unique tastings featuring hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits and craft beers.
Pre-order a boxed lunch and much your sandwich as you ride the rails alongside the Animas River.