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Hidden Gems of Southwest Colorado

Hidden Gems of Southwest Colorado
5 days
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.
Day 1
Activity

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center offers students, teens and adults of all ages the opportunity to explore the field of archaeology in the middle of the richest archaeological region of the... Read More

Lunch

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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Sip & Explore

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Pop into some of the local vineyards around Cortez for a taste of their special vintages.
Dinner

Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch

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Experience a true Southwest Colorado vacation at our Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch and vacation rentals. Located in the countryside of Cortez, Colorado near Mesa Verde National Park.  Our... Read More

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Settle in for the Evening

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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.
Day 2

Insider's Tip

Stay for Breakfast: 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.
Activity

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Anasazi Heritage Center, BLM

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument contains a huge number of archaeological sites representing Ancestral... Read More

Lunch

Thai Cortez

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Serving Thai lunch and dinner specialties in Cortez. Read More
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Hike Sand Canyon Trail

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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.
Dinner

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
Activity

Mesa Verde National Park

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We want to welcome you as our guest to the nation's richest archeological preserve, where amazing cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 ancient sites. 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 3
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

Take the 700 Years Tour

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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.
Lunch

Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe

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Patio Dining at its best! Stop at Spruce Tree Terrace Café, located in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park, for favorite American classics and Southwest specialties. Read More
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Far View Sites

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Tour the park's Far view Sites Complex, which can be explored by a trail system that weaves through several excavated sites.
Dinner

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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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Puebloan life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Puebloan culture, and other items related to the... 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 4
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

Mancos Creative District

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Facilitated by a vibrant community of more than 150 artists, the growing downtown Mancos Creative District has eight... Read More

Lunch

Fired Up Pizzeria

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Fired Up Pizzeria is dedicated to the ingredients, quality and traditional methods of producing authentic Neapolitan pizza. Our pizzas are created with handmade dough, fresh mozzarella, and hand... Read More

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Check into the Historic Strater & Tour Its Living Museum

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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.
Dinner

Cyprus Cafe

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Award-winning Mediterranean cuisine. This charming restaurant is located in a Victorian home just a few steps from Durango's Main Avenue, and has the best outdoor garden patio adjoining it in... Read More

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Four Leaves Winery

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Four Leaves Winery Durango is a boutique winery located in historic Durango, Colorado. We import the highest quality grapes and then handcraft, blend, and ferment all of our wines right in front... Read More

Insider's Tip

Durango Wine Experience:

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.

Lodging

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 Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

Mahogany Grille

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Enjoy handcrafted cuisine while stepping back in time in the ambiance of the Victorian Old West as we serve you an array of eclectic culinary specialties. Handcut Steaks, seafood, and vegetarian... Read More

Activity

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

Insider's Tip

Have Lunch on the Train: Pre-order a boxed lunch and much your sandwich as you ride the rails alongside the Animas River.
Activity

San Juan Skyway - Scenic and Historic Byway

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The 232-mile San Juan Skyway Loop takes about 7 hours to drive or can be a great 2 or 3 day trip with multiple opportunities to stop and enjoy scenic, recreational and historic sites.... Read More

Dinner

El Moro Spirits & Tavern

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El Moro sources meats, produce & beverages from local and regional partners whenever possible.  Local beers, spirits & meats are always on the menu!

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Animas River Trail

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The Animas River provides gold medal waters for fishing, kayaking and rafting. The centerpiece of the city's trail system, this paved multi-use trail stretches nearly 7 miles through Durango's... Read More

Lodging

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 Read More