Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs
September 6, 2015

Pagosa Springs boasts a historic downtown, a beautiful riverfront, an elaborate hotel complex with bubbling and steaming hot springs, all surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.

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Cortez

September 6, 2015

Cortez serves as a gateway to Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners Monument and a jumping-off point for tourists headed into Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

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Ridgway

Ridgway Public Library
August 23, 2015

Ridgway, “Gateway to the San Juans,” took a star turn in the 1969 movie “True Grit” that won John Wayne his first and only Oscar.

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Ridgway Railroad Museum

Staff writer The Ridgway Railroad Museum commemorates the town’s role as a railroad hub for the San Juan Mountains and birthplace of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, which ran over Dallas Divide, into the mining towns of Telluride, Ophir and Rico and on to Durango. Ridgway served the railroad’s engines in its roundhouse and housed the company’s offices from 1891 to 1953. Visitors can walk through a carefully restored caboose…

August 18, 2015
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Telluride

Telluride
February 1, 2015

Telluride has many claims to fame – as a mining boom town and an elite ski resort and as the home for festivals and celebrities.

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Ouray Ice Park

Ouray Ice Park
February 1, 2015

Staff writer The Ouray Ice Park is a free, outdoor park for ice climbing on the sheer walls of the Uncompahgre Gorge just south of town. The ice is created by drawing water from the city reservoir, piping it to the end of the gorge’s cliffs, and then spraying it through 300-plus spigots. The rest is an ice wall more than a mile wide with routes ranging in difficulty from…

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Hinsdale County Museum

Hinsdale County Museum
September 1, 2013

The Hinsdale County Museum features exhibits about the mining history and minerals of the Lake City area but is best known for its exhibit on murderer and accused cannibal Alferd Packer.

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Lake City history

Alferd Packer
September 1, 2013

Lake City became a silver boomtown in the late 1800s, but the town declined along with the silver and gold mines in the area before rebounding as a tourist center.

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