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.
Chimney Rock has been a landmark in Colorado for more than 1,000 years and is an important archaeological site. It is now part of a national monument.
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.
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.
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…
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad takes tourists aboard coal-fired, steam-powered locomotives on the 45-mile trip from Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton, along a route that dates back to 1882.
Telluride has many claims to fame – as a mining boom town and an elite ski resort and as the home for festivals and celebrities.
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…
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.
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.