Cool stuff to do around SW Colorado

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Cool stuff to do around SW Colorado

Historical vistas
Awe inspiring historical places from early history. See beautifully preserved ruins of a vast civilization that spanned centuries.
If you want to take any of the tours get tickets EARLY. Tickets can be purchased online up to 24 hours in advance. Beautiful vistas, historic ruins, abundant wildlife.
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Mesa Verde National Park
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If you want to take any of the tours get tickets EARLY. Tickets can be purchased online up to 24 hours in advance. Beautiful vistas, historic ruins, abundant wildlife.
Great place to see historic structures. If you enjoy stargazing definitely plan a night visit as this area is designated as "dark sky country". Expansive views of the night sky.
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Hovenweep National Monument
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Great place to see historic structures. If you enjoy stargazing definitely plan a night visit as this area is designated as "dark sky country". Expansive views of the night sky.
The best place to start if you want to explore the Native American culture that was located in and around the area.
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Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum
27501 CO-184
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The best place to start if you want to explore the Native American culture that was located in and around the area.
Best hiking trails
Although this is a fairly steep elevation gain hike the trail is easy and very well maintained. Stunning views await. There are several historic mining encampments along the way.
Sharkstooth Trailhead
Although this is a fairly steep elevation gain hike the trail is easy and very well maintained. Stunning views await. There are several historic mining encampments along the way.
Beautiful hiking, exploring, forest bathing opportunities abound.
La Plata Mountains
Beautiful hiking, exploring, forest bathing opportunities abound.
Locals hangout
Nice little local no frills skiing. A great little place to ski on a budget. There's a kids hill for tubing and sledding. Night skiing available.
Hesperus Ski Area
9848 U.S. 160
Nice little local no frills skiing. A great little place to ski on a budget. There's a kids hill for tubing and sledding. Night skiing available.
Bring your mountain bike and take a ride around Phil's World a local mountain biking mecca. Trails galore draw visitors from around the world. The yearly 12 hours of Mesa Verde Endurance race takes place in May.
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Phil's World Bike Trail
31215 U.S. 160
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Bring your mountain bike and take a ride around Phil's World a local mountain biking mecca. Trails galore draw visitors from around the world. The yearly 12 hours of Mesa Verde Endurance race takes place in May.
Wild hot springs outside of Rico, CO frequented by locals. By aware that the hot springs are located on public land and require a short hike to access. Also locals have been known to enjoy the springs al fresco. Bring a towel and a water bottle. Cameras are optional but highly recommended as the scenery is spectacular.
Rico Hot Springs
Wild hot springs outside of Rico, CO frequented by locals. By aware that the hot springs are located on public land and require a short hike to access. Also locals have been known to enjoy the springs al fresco. Bring a towel and a water bottle. Cameras are optional but highly recommended as the scenery is spectacular.
One of a kind adventures
Unique, one of a kind adventures in the 4 corners area.
Narrow gauge train that takes a beautiful, breathtaking ride through the San Juan Mountains. Enjoy the ride and the views along the way. The train stops in Silverton where you can enjoy discovering an old mining town in the heart of the Rockies.
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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum
479 Main Avenue
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Narrow gauge train that takes a beautiful, breathtaking ride through the San Juan Mountains. Enjoy the ride and the views along the way. The train stops in Silverton where you can enjoy discovering an old mining town in the heart of the Rockies.
Relax, refresh, and recharge at the hot springs in Pagosa Springs, CO. Over 25 different pools of varying sizes and temperatures, from the 109* Lobster Pot to the frigid snow melt of the river. Beautiful views as you soak away the aches and pains.
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Hot Springs
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Relax, refresh, and recharge at the hot springs in Pagosa Springs, CO. Over 25 different pools of varying sizes and temperatures, from the 109* Lobster Pot to the frigid snow melt of the river. Beautiful views as you soak away the aches and pains.
Sightseeing
One of a kind FREE public transportation system in Telluride, CO. The only public transportation of it's kind in the United States. Enjoy the sweeping alpine vistas as you ride the gondola from the top of Mountain Village to in town Telluride. Once you arrive in Telluride it's a short walk to anywhere in the town. Explore one of Colorados most quintessential mountain towns.
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Free Gondola - Telluride Station
West San Juan Avenue
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One of a kind FREE public transportation system in Telluride, CO. The only public transportation of it's kind in the United States. Enjoy the sweeping alpine vistas as you ride the gondola from the top of Mountain Village to in town Telluride. Once you arrive in Telluride it's a short walk to anywhere in the town. Explore one of Colorados most quintessential mountain towns.

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Hydrate, hydrate. Hydrate! People forget that we are in the high desert with very low humidity.

Due to the extremely low humidity and the high elevations people, especially visitors that come from coastal areas, are very susceptible to elevation sickness. If you visit and begin to feel a headache, DRINK WATER! Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and bring a light sweater or jacket.
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Bring good hiking shoes

If you want to hike any of the trails in the area make sure you have good hiking shoes with good tread. Many of the trails are easily accessible however rocks, limbs and other debris can cause difficulty.