Further Afield

Mesa Verde Tours

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Mesa Verde is a stunning National Park created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, and is home to more than 4,000 sites and 600 cliff dwellings, making it the largest archeological preserve in the US. A must see if you’re in the area, taking the whole family on a tour will open your eyes to the wonders of Colorado’s rich history.

There are several tour options at Mesa Verde  on three different mesas.

Chapin Mesa:
-Cliff Palace
Normal Tour, Photography Tour, Twilight Tour
-Balcony House
-Spruce Tree House
Wetherill Mesa:
-Lon House
Aramark:
-Half day bus tour

 

 


Durango Rafting – Lower and Upper Animas

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Durango Train

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Operating out of the original 1882 depot in Durango, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. The coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive runs on the same tracks as the miners, settlers, and cowboys used over a century ago. There are many different packages to choose from to suit your family’s needs.

 

 

 

 


Ouray Hot Springs

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In operation since 1927, the Ouray Hot Springs are a perfect place to relax with your family any time of the year. The springs themselves have been enjoyed since at least the 14th century when native Ute Indians used the hot, clear water for healing. The Ouray Hot Springs are open all year, giving you access to the ‘hot section’ (104 degrees,) ‘soaking section’ (95 degrees,) and the lap lanes (80 degrees.)

 

 

 


Ouray Ice Park

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Open starting mid-December to late March, the Ouray Ice Park has been described by Rock and Ice magazine as “the perfect place for an ice park.” There are 14 distinct climbing areas, totaling approximately 200 ice and mixed climbs, from beginner to expert with more than 3 miles of vertical terrain.

 

 

 

 


Montrose Water Sports Park

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San Juan Skyway (Million Dollar Highway)

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Stretching 25 miles from Silverton to Ouray,  has existed from 1926 to today. The drive through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive. With steep cliffs, lack of guardrails, and narrow lanes, it’s certainly a car ride you’ll never forget.

 

 

 

 


Hikes

It will take you a long time to run out of hiking trails in the Telluride area. Not only do we have beautiful treks right out of town and Mountain Village, but we also have National Geographic worthy views a little ways down the road. Here are some of our favorites:

Hope Lake

Ice Lake

Lizard Head to Cross Mountain Trail  (loop)

Navajo Lake Trail

Wilson Mesa

Woods Lake


Anasazi Heritage Center – Cortez

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Boggy Draw mountain biking trails – Dolores
Phil’s World mountain biking – Cortez