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A Grand Tour of the Mountains & Mesas Region

A Grand Tour of the Mountains & Mesas Region
10 days
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.
Day 1
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Colorado National Monument

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Sheer-walled canyons, monoliths, colorful formations, bighorn sheep, soaring eagles and a spectacular road reflect the environment and history of plateau-and-canyon country. Hike, camp, picnic,... Read More

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Spoons Bistro & Bakery

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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 your meal, know that you are also supporting... Read More

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Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area

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

357 Bar & Grill

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Family-owned restaurant serving delicious food with daily $3, $5 & $7 specials. Come in and catch a game on one of our seven big-screen TVs! Read More
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Wine Tasting in Palisade

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More than 25 wineries await you in Palisade, where you can take a guided tour or sip and sample at your own pace.
Lodging

Wine Country Inn

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An 80-room Victorian-style boutique hotel, Wine Country Inn sits in 21 acres of working vineyards, and is adjacent to two wineries and about  two dozen more. The Inn, Colorado's first wine... Read More

Day 2
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Eat & Run

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Grab breakfast at the Wine Country Inn before hopping on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway headed toward the town of Delta, making a stop for adventure in Cedaredge along the way.
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Grand Mesa Adventures

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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, fishing, gift, souvenir store on Grand... Read More

Lunch

Wild Flower Bistro

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Sourcing from local growers as much as possible is our goal. Not only to support local agriculture, but also to harness the freshest flavors the earth can offer. Fresh salads, soups, panini,... Read More
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Black Bridge Winery

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

The Living Farm Cafe

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Welcome to The Living Farm Café and Inn. We are one of the very few true farm-to-table restaurants in Colorado. Our café features farm-fresh and organic produce, meat, cheese and eggs from our... Read More

Lodging

The Living Farm Café and Inn

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The Living Farm Cafe and Inn is conveniently located in down town Paonia, CO. In walking distance to local businesses, bars & restaurants. Also a great location to bounce over to the local... Read More

Day 3
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Eat & Run Again

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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 an eye toward Gunnison.
Lunch

High Alpine Brewing Company

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Located in downtown Gunnison, Colorado surrounded by epic terrain that locals embrace all year round. Family owned and operated, Scott and Stacey started HABC as a way to rule world one... Read More

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Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

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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, rock climbing, horseback riding,... Read More

Dinner

The Sunflower Deli

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The Sunflower is a communal kitchen in Crested Butte. Long time locals have teamed up to share a space & resources to make it all happen.

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Crested Butte Creative District

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Crested Butte's Creative District encompasses the Center for the Arts, 16 artist-owned studios and galleries, three co-op galleries, 10 performance venues and a year-round schedule of creative... Read More

Insider's Tip

Stop for a Sip:

Need a break from all that artsy strolling? Montanya Distillers is the perfect place for a rest and to wet your whistle with a craft cocktail.

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Elk Mountain Lodge

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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 Butte. Completely and beautifully renovated,... Read More
Day 4

Insider's Tip

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.
Breakfast

Confluence

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Shop for bikes and ice-climbing gear rentals and sales. Enjoy a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. Read More
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Drive to Pagosa Springs

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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 way.
Lunch

Kip's Grill & Cantina

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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 tacos with amazing flavors and provide our... Read More
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Pagosa Mountain Sports

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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 to support outdoor adventures. We specialize... Read More

Dinner

Alley House Grille

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Alley House Grille is the premier dining destination in Pagosa Springs offering an elegant but casual atmosphere featuring Global/Colorado style fusion cuisine. Read More
Lodging

The Springs Resort & Spa

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The Springs Resort & Spa is located on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral pools and a mineral water lap pool fed by the World's... Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

Two Chicks & A Hippie

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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 Chicks and a Hippie will be looking for you! Read More
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Chimney Rock National Monument

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This undiscovered gem is an intimate, off-the-beaten-path archaeological site located at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains  in Southwestern Colorado. You'll walk in the footsteps of... Read More

Lunch

Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen

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Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen is a modern American bistro. We specialize in from-scratch Southwestern and Mediterranean cuisine, featuring fresh salads, small plates, artisanal pizzas, fire... Read More

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Head to Durango & Stroll Alongside the Animas River Greenway

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

Bar D Chuckwagon

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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

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Built in 1887, the historic Strater Hotel is one of Durango's prominent downtown landmarks and is located two blocks north of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in the center of town.... Read More

Day 6
Breakfast

Cj's Diner

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Yes! We serve breakfast all day! Veggie skillets, French toast, omelets, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos and more. Read More
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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

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Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Wind through... Read More

Lunch

Handlebars Food & Saloon

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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

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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 evening.
Dinner

The Farm Bistro

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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 comfort food with style, and features locally... Read More

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Notah Dineh Trading Co

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

Mesa Verde - Far View Lodge

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Far View Lodge is the only lodging inside Mesa Verde NP. Breathtaking views, award winning cuisine, guided tours of Ancestral Puebloan dwellings, invigorating solitude and endless wildlife... Read More

Day 7
Breakfast

Far View Terrace Cafe

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Casual food-court setting features breakfast burritos and omelet station, a yogurt bar, and standard breakfast fare. For lunch, daily specials including our signature Navajo tacos, sandwiches and... Read More
Activity

700 Years Tour of Mesa Verde National Park

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The 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.
Lunch

Metate Room

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Mesa Verde Metate Room Restaurant received "Award of Culinary Excellence" from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association in the area of sustainable cuisine. Colorful Native... Read More
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Drive, Hike & Sightsee the Ancients

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

Stonefish Sushi & More

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

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Sown along the Colorado Plateau, Fenceline is dedicated to reviving America's cider tradition, working with historic local orchards to build quality cider from the apple up. Set at the base of... Read More

Lodging

Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins

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Mesa Verde vacation, adventure in the heart of Southwest Colorado; Abode at Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins; best-kept secret in the area. Private, secluded, elegant lakeside cabins, bass, trout... Read More

Day 8
Breakfast

Absolute Bakery & Cafe

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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 no secret that the burgers taste better because the... Read More
Activity

Head for Telluride

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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 and shops.
Lunch

Smuggler Union Restaurant & Brewery

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Boasting many medals and awards from beer competitions and festivals such as the Great American Beer Festival the brewery is pride and joy of our restaurant. Led by our brewer Thomas Daly, the... Read More

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Telluride Mountain Guides

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Telluride's longest standing local guide service. Over the years, TMG has evolved into a team of dedicated professionals who orbit the majestic San Juan Mountains. This intimate, home town... Read More
Dinner

221 South Oak

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221 South Oak is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home, steps from the Gondola in Telluride Colorado.  Chef Eliza produces eclectic cuisine in an intimate atmosphere.  221 is perfect for... Read More

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Explore Telluride

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

The Peaks Resort & Spa

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Located a short walk from the Telluride-Mountain Village Gondola, The Peaks Resort & Spa offers warm, welcoming hospitality, a wide selection of comfortable rooms, suites & penthouses, an... Read More

Day 9
Breakfast

Crumb Bakery and Cafe

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Bakery, cafe and market in Ridgway. Frittatas, bagels, potato pancakes, scones, artisan breads and much more.

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Activity

Alpine Scenic Jeep Tours

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​"Go further and see more." is our motto.  All of our half day tours give you about 3.5 to 4 hours of exciting sightseeing no matter which destination you pick.  We keep our best tours close to... Read More

Lunch

Ouray Brewing

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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 kitchen and intimate pub. Level two offers... Read More

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Hike the San Juans Around Ouray

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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 75 trails ranging from short, easy hikes to more challenging ones.
Dinner

Brickhouse 737

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BrickHouse737 is a gathering place that focuses on community, farm fresh ingredients, hospitality & travel inspired dishes. Read More
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Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

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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 degree, plus lap lanes and a Wibit obstacle... Read More

Lodging

Hotel Ouray

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

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Day 10
Breakfast

Kate's Place

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

Head for the Hills (and Canyons) of Montrose

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

Horsefly Brewing Company

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Horsefly Brewing Company believes that each beer should be as honest as possible …. that is, carefully crafted to the style with some added originality. The ingredients are traditional. No cheap... Read More

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Morrow Point Boat Tours

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Join a park ranger for a leisurely 1½ hour boat tour on the Morrow Point Reservoir. You will travel into the famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison, learning about geology, wildlife, early... Read More

Dinner

The Stone House

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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, sandwiches, burgers and desserts, or enjoy... Read More
Lodging

Hampton Inn Montrose

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A year-round playground, the Hampton Inn Montrose hotel is surrounded by scenic mountains, valleys, canyons and lakes. Outdoor enthusiasts will love all the great activities in the area from skiing... Read More