Explore Southwest Colorado Heritage

Follow in the Trail of the Ancients, explore the San Juan Skyway or the “Shady” side of Southwest Colorado. Start planning  your trip on a new web site, http://www.swcoloradoheritage.com covering  the Southmesa-verde1west Colorado Travel Region.

What a rich heritage you’ll find throughout the region, from the Ancient Puebloan People to Chief Ouray and the Utes; early Europeans coming for fur trapping to railroaders and miners with gold fever. Ride a stagecoach down Mancos Canyon or buy a custom made Western hat. The region’s scenery surpasses expectations and you’ll find recreational opportunities around every corner.

Visitors to the web site find a number of suggested trips, an electronic trip planner to build your own personalized itinerary, lots of information and links for attractions, destinations, events and accommodations. The region includes:cortez-dancer

  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Seven Scenic and Historic Byways
  • Five National Forests
  • Five Wilderness Areas
  • Hovenweep
  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Ute Mountain Tribal Park
  • Chimney Rock Indian Ruins
  • Five Major Hot Springs Locations

That’s only ten of the dozens of options available to visitors. Start planning now.

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