Top 5 Towns To Visit In Southwestern Colorado
It’s finally time to travel! After a year and a half of turmoil, lockdowns, and restrictions like we have never seen before, now is the perfect time to bring the whole family on vacation! Here at Soaring Canopy Tours, we think there is no better place to go than Southwest Colorado. Here are our five favorite towns in Southwest Colorado to visit.
Often called “The Switzerland of America,” Ouray is nestled inside a breathtaking box canyon that provides majestic views around every corner. For adventure seekers, Ouray offers an array of options such as traversing a Via Ferrata, 4×4 jeep and ATV trail riding, rock climbing, and hiking scores of different trails to fill everyone’s level of adrenaline. If relaxation is more your speed, take a dip in the world-famous Ouray Hot Springs Pool. For more information on this beautiful destination, click here.
Pagosa Springs is a small mountain town surrounded by 2.5 million acres of National Forest that happens to have the deepest geothermal hot springs aquifer in the world. There are several different thermal pools to relax and take in all the therapeutic benefits these springs have to offer. Also, high class III rapids run right through the middle of town, giving thrill-seekers plenty of options for great water adventures. Pagosa is also well known for the cultural and artistic experiences it offers. The Pagosa Center for the Arts and Thingamajig Theatre Company offer shows year-round. To find out more about Pagosa, click here.
Mostly known for some of the best skiing in North America, Telluride is also a summer paradise. Take a trip to the top of the Gondola and look down into town and see a beautiful array of 13,000- and 14,000-foot-high peaks. Raft or float the San Miguel River or get a bite to eat at the world-famous Brown Dog Pizzeria. Hiking and ATV trails to areas like Bridal Veil Falls offer breathtaking sights. In autumn, the changing leaves are some of the best in the area. This town has it all. Click here for more information.
This quaint little town is the gateway to the past. Being only 10 minutes from Mancos, Mesa Verde National Park is home to ancient Puebloan Cliff Dwellings. Visitors can tour several of these homesteads and see how the native Puebloan people lived. Mancos is also home to several different historic buildings, art galleries, and one of the oldest bars in Colorado. To make your trip even more memorable, stay at one of the Dude Ranches around live out your fantasies of being a cowboy!
Where the mountains and the desert converge lies the town of Durango. In the heart of southwest Colorado, you will never have a dull day here. Durango has something for everyone with loads of adventure activities, including rafting through the Animas River through the heart of town, hiking or rock climbing the numerous peaks, or wandering through the historic city center with its various shops and galleries. The main attraction in Durango is the Narrow-Gauge Railway that runs from Downtown Durango to Silverton through the Animas River valley. This historic train ride traverses canyons, valleys, and mountain scenery. Along this ride is our very own Soaring Treetop zipline tour. Situated in the heart of the Animas Canyon, Soaring Tree Top Adventures provide guests with an all-day adventure across 27 different zipline spans and serves guests a four-course gourmet lunch, and includes riding in our very own private, first-class train car. Click here to book your all-day zipline adventure.