Southwest Colorado, CO

Travel Guide
Mesa Verde National Park which includes tranquil scenes and landscape views
Home to national parks, dramatic wilderness, ancient Indian cliff dwellings and abandoned mining towns, this corner of Colorado has seemingly endless sights to see.

Ski, drive, hike or bike your way through Southwest Colorado’s soaring mountains, snowy slopes and rugged rock formations. Focus on its national parks, charming villages or historic Indian sites, or discover all the attractions that the region has in store.

Ski or snowboard the famous slopes of Telluride, nestled among the highest concentration of 14,000-foot (4270-meter) peaks in the United States. Explore the charming former Victorian mining town, full of historic sites such as the Sheridan Opera House and the Telluride Historical Museum.

Don’t miss other smaller but equally charming resort towns scattered throughout the region. Because of its location, largely enclosed by steep mountains, Ouray is called the "Switzerland of America." Crested Butte, a former mining town, is now known as "the last great Colorado ski town." Take a steam-powered locomotive along the heritage railway between Durango and Silverton, a historic mining town.

Explore the famous Pueblo cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park. After touring the Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America, learn about Pueblo culture in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. See rock carvings along Petroglyph Point Trail and enjoy panoramic views from Sun Point Overlook.

Experience some of the country’s steepest cliffs and oldest rocks in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Hike along the rims or down into the canyon, camp under the stars and look for elk, mule deer and more along the Gunnison River.

Make your way over the fabled Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton along the Million Dollar Highway. Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you navigate the narrow road’s hairpin turns. Bike or hike along the Colorado Trail, which stretches for 500 miles (805 kilometers) through six national forests and eight major mountain ranges.

Southwest Colorado offers fun in all seasons, but plan accordingly depending on the time of year that you visit. Snow begins falling in early fall and remains on the ground well into spring. Many places in the region are closed or inaccessible during winter. Outdoor activities are highly dependent on the season.

Where to stay in Southwest Colorado

Browns Canyon Inn
Browns Canyon Inn
2.5 out of 5
407 E Hwy 50, Salida, CO, 81201
The price is $100 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this hotel in Salida. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"What a nice place to stay. very clean and bed was very comfortable . We really enjoyed the property."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Comfort Inn & Suites Durango
Comfort Inn & Suites Durango
2.5 out of 5
455 S Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO, 81303
The price is $100 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Durango. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Elevation Hotel & Spa
Elevation Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
500 Gothic Rd, Mount Crested Butte, Crested Butte, CO, 81225
The price is $153 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Crested Butte. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Great spa."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

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Alexander lake lodge
Alexander lake lodge
2.5 out of 5
21221 Baron Lake Dr, Cedaredge, CO, 81413
Stay at this cabin in Cedaredge. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (120 reviews)
"The cabin was cozy but adequate, bed was comfy. The view from the cabin was beautiful. The owners are polish and cooked the most incredible polish platter for us for dinner. Sausage, pirogies, stuffed peppers, potato salad, sourkraut plus homemade tiramisu for dessert. Call ahead for hours, they ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Ice House Suites and Condominiums
Ice House Suites and Condominiums
4 out of 5
310 S. Fir St., Telluride, CO, 81435
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in Telluride. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (336 reviews)
Wonderful stay and Great Location
"We had a wonderful stay at Ice House. The unit was even better than the photos and the location is the best in town. There was free parking on the premises and you could walk to anywhere. We will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Texan Resort
Texan Resort
3.5 out of 5
860 County Road 142 Box 156, Lake City, CO, 81235
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Lake City. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and a library. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Discover genuine guest ...
3.4/5 Good! (162 reviews)
Good place to stay
"Great communication. Really took care of us on a last minute reservation. Great shower. Comfortable bed and a nice setting. All we needed."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

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