Bring Out Your Cowboy In Colorado

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America’s “Alps” are generally known to be the Colorado Rockies, and the skiing in winter compares quite favorably with that in Switzerland and Austria.  The Colorado Rockies are home to many world-class ski resorts and the region is dotted with historic mining towns from the 19th Century as well as some of the most spectacular scenery in North America.   Colorado is a sizeable state with many miles separating each ski resort or vacation destination.   Based upon the duration of your vacation time, you might want to consider this when choosing an area of Colorado to visit.

Southwestern Colorado is a magnificent area to visit with amazing mountain views and various outdoor activities in the winter and summer months alike.  Durango in particular, near Purgatory Ski Resort,  has first-rate ski runs, snow mobile trails, cross country skiing trails and accommodations with views of the majestic San Juan Mountain Range.  Purgatory Ski Resort itself has tasty dining choices, but a excursion into town for shopping and more great dining options are close by and transportation is easily accessible. 

The town of Silverton is close to Durango, which you can get to via the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which takes you through a winding picturesque mountain track.  You can also take Hwy 550, which by car, is also a beautiful drive.  Silverton is an old mining town, overflowing with old west flavor including saloons with piano players, gun fights, horse back riding, hiking and old fashioned ice cream parlors.  Mining is no longer operational in Silverton, but a few shops sell all the fools gold and mining accessories a person can ever hope for. 

Mesa Verde National Park is close to Durango as well and contains amazing cliff dwellings of Native Americans  over  700 years old.  See the hieroglyphs  impressed into walls, ancient artifacts, and many dwellings  preserved.  There are quite a few vacation lodges surrounding Mesa Verde.  For information on vacation lodging, contact Mesa Verde National Park.

Four Corners National Monument is also in Southwestern Colorado, the only place in the U.S. where you can be in four states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah) at once.   Navajo  Indians sell their turquoise and silver jewelry all through this region along with their quality weaving.   If you haven’t ever tasted Navajo flat bread, you are in for a delight as it is all hand made fresh that day. 

Heading northward along U.S. Highway 550 along the Uncompaghre River, you will come across a number of scenic and historic towns including Telluride, Ouray and Ridgeway. You and your family could easily spend several weeks in this section of the Centennial State, and fortunately, there is no deficiency of Colorado vacation rentals all along the way, many of which are bed and breakfast houses in carefully restored Victorian-style properties, giving you a taste of what life might have been like in the peak of Colorado’s mining industry and the “Robber Baron” Era.

Southwestern Colorado is a breathtaking place to visit for people who like an active life style in the great outdoors.  Camp sites are everywhere, RV campgrounds are throughout this great state, as well as rustic Colorado condo rentals.  Any region west of the Rocky Mountain Front Range in Colorado is spectacular scenery with all sorts of outdoor activities from river sports to hiking to simply sitting around a camp fire.

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