Telluride + Southwest Colorado

Things to do in Telluride + Southwest Colorado

Ride the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which travels 45 miles through snowcapped mountains and along the Animas River to the old-time mining town of Silverton.

Celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the West, Naturescapes Gallery specializes in photographic prints of landscapes in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and the Pacific Northwest, all created by photographer-owner Dale Malmedal.

Take a hike beneath cottonwoods and aspens alongside the rushing San Miguel River.

Stop in to buy tickets for ranger-led tours to the park’s three most dramatic and important cliff dwellings: Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House.

View the excellent exhibits on the region’s Ancestral Puebloan culture.

Rent kayaks or book a white-water-rafting trip through Pagosa Outside, a reputable one-stop outfitter for activities on the roaring San Juan.

Ascend the frozen waterfalls of Ouray's Uncompahgre River Gorge, where a local organization aims hoses and sprinklers off cliff edges each winter to grow dozens of immense ice climbs. Guide services teach newbies to swing ice axes and kick crampons on the walls of white.

Centered on the late June main festival, the Telluride Bluegrass season runs from June to August with five different events and academies. The stage is set in Town Park among the San Juan Mountains, and the first gathering took place in 1973.

Serious treks through Western Europe (the Mont Blanc region; the Italian Dolomites), the Himalayas, and southeastern Utah. Accommodations vary by region, from luxury tents to intimate chalets.

At this Colorado[/guides/colorado] site, kids and adults help dig with archaeologists in search of untouched Anasazi artifacts that have not seen the light of day in 700 years.

Housed in a narrow 19th-century building, this independent bookstore contains an old hardwood floor, which the owners lovingly describe as “creaky and crooked,” and wall-to-wall shelves lined with everything from bestsellers to cookbooks.

Where locals fuel up on fair-trade espresso before taking on the slopes.