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Embrace the Great Outdoors: Outdoor Recreation in Southwest Colorado - Part 11



Welcome to Part 11 of our series, where we'll delve into the thrilling world of outdoor recreational opportunities in Southwest Colorado. This region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of activities that take advantage of its breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or seeking a tranquil escape, Southwest Colorado has something for everyone.


Hiking and Backpacking: Southwest Colorado is a hiker's dream. Some notable hiking destinations include:

  • Mesa Verde National Park: Explore ancient cliff dwellings, visit petroglyph sites, and enjoy scenic hikes that provide glimpses into the region's rich history.

  • San Juan National Forest: This vast forest offers numerous hiking trails, from easy strolls to challenging backcountry adventures.

  • Lizard Head Wilderness: For experienced hikers, this wilderness area is home to challenging terrain and stunning alpine landscapes.

Mountain Biking: The region is a mountain biking paradise with countless trails to explore. Some popular spots include:

  • Phil's World (Cortez): Known for its fast and flowy singletrack, this trail system caters to riders of all levels.

  • Horse Gulch (Durango): A network of trails with a mix of beginner and advanced routes, perfect for mountain bikers looking for variety.

  • Kennebec Pass (Durango): A challenging backcountry ride that offers breathtaking views of the La Plata Mountains.


Winter Sports: When winter arrives, Southwest Colorado transforms into a wonderland for winter sports enthusiasts. Key destinations include:

  • Purgatory Resort (Durango): Hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding in the winter or enjoy mountain biking and scenic chairlift rides during the summer.

  • Telluride Ski Resort (Telluride): This world-renowned ski resort offers not only winter sports but also summer festivals and outdoor activities.

  • Silverton Mountain (Silverton): A backcountry skiing and snowboarding mecca with steep terrain and deep powder.



Rafting and Kayaking: The region's rivers provide excellent opportunities for rafting and kayaking. Consider these options:

  • Animas River (Durango): This river offers a range of trips, from mild family floats to thrilling white-water adventures.

  • Dolores River (Dolores): Experience remote wilderness and challenging rapids on the Dolores River.

  • San Juan River (Pagosa Springs): Perfect for leisurely float trips, this river meanders through scenic canyons and offers opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities to enjoy in Southwest Colorado. Whether you're an avid hiker, a mountain biking aficionado, a winter sports enthusiast, or someone who loves the thrill of river adventures, this region has it all. Living in Southwest Colorado means having access to an outdoor playground that's second to none. In our next installment, we'll explore the region's local cuisine, dining, and the culinary delights that make Southwest Colorado a food lover's paradise.


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