Lone Mesa State Park

Lone Mesa State Park near Dolores
May 9, 2012

Lone Mesa State Park covers 11,760 acres of scenic land, ranging in elevation from 7,200 feet over 9,000 feet. It has not yet opened to the public except for special uses.

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Crawford State Park

Crawford State Park near Delta
May 8, 2012

Crawford State Park features a lake and campgrounds. It’s just east of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and has similarly dramatic scenery.

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

With 6,000 archaeological sites so far identified, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument cradles the greatest density of archaeological sites in the United States. Cliff dwellings, rock towers, giant kivas, pottery shards and painted canyon walls bear passive witness to the thousands of years when humans lived here in harmony with the earth. The monument was created by presidential proclamation in 2000. Its 164,000 acres curve around Hovenweep National Monument….

May 6, 2012
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Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument
April 19, 2012

Staff writer Visitors looking for a quiet destination to embrace the harsh beauty of the Four Corners region (where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet) and to contemplate the skill of ancient stonemasons will find both at Hovenweep National Monument. The first inventive humans who made seasonal pilgrimages to the arid, rocky area arrived about 10,000 B.C., leaving slight footprints of their centuries in the region. About 900 A.D….

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Montrose County Historical Museum

Montrose County Historical Society
January 22, 2012

Staff writer The Montrose County Historical Museum is located in the former Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot and has exhibits on the Montrose area’s history. The highlights include a walk-through Homesteader’s Cabin equipped with a family’s furnishings and memorabilia and one of the state’s largest collections of farm machinery, including horse-drawn reapers and a hay bailer. The Children’s Corner has dolls, toys and baby furniture. The museum library has…

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Durango Mountain Resort

Durango Mountain Resort skiing
December 15, 2011

Staff writer The Durango Mountain Resort offers 1,360 acres of skiable terrain, and it’s popular with families because its lift tickets are cheaper than those at the larger resorts and 45 percent of its 88 runs are rated intermediate and another 20 percent rated beginner. The ski area is located 27 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 and is better known locally as Purgatory, its name when it was…

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

December 15, 2011

Staff writer The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory stores that you find in malls and on main streets across the United States and Canada got started in Durango, at the store still operating near the depot for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This store, like others in the chain, features up to 100 chocolates and confections on display for most of the year, with up to 100 more for…

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Strater Hotel

Strater Hotel in Durango
December 15, 2011

Staff writer The five-story Strater Hotel was built by Cleveland pharmacist Henry Strater for $70,000 with 376,000 native red bricks and hand-carved sandstone cornices and window sills in a style that blends Italianate, Romanesque, and Renaissance features. Strater, who was a minor at the time, had lied about his age to borrow the money and had enlisted his brothers, Fred and Frank, and his father, Antone, to work on the…

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