Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Come experience a trip back into time and witness a special Native American interpretation of the culturally diverse homelands of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Spend time in our incomparable Ute Mountain Tribal Park with one of their knowledgeable Native American Ute tour guides. Guides interpret Ute Indian History, Ute pictographs, geological land formations and Ancestral Pueblo petroglyphs, artifacts and dwellings. Click here for information on the Ute Mountain Tribal Park http://www.utemountaintribalpark.info/
Mesa Verde National Park
On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park to "preserve the works of man," the first national park of its kind. Today, the continued conservation of both cultural and natural resources is the focus of the park's research and resource management staff. Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, is a World Heritage Site and offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. The park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Click here for information on visiting Mesa Verde National Park http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm
Four Corners Area
The Four Corners area is named for the only location in the United States where four states meet, consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, northwestern corner of New Mexico, northeastern corner of Arizona and southeastern corner of Utah. Most of the Four Corners region is part of the semi-autonomous First Nations aboriginal peoples, which consist of the Ute, Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes. The Four Corners Monument is located off US Highway 160, six miles from Teec Nos Pos, AZ.
Monument Valley is located on the Arizona-Utah state line, near the Four Corners area and has been the setting for more Western movies than any other site in the United States. The Valley features crimson mesas and surreal sandstone towers that reach heights of 1,000 feet and is one of the most photographed places on earth. Visitors may pay an access fee and drive the 2-3 hour trip through the park on a 17-mile dirt road. Parts of Monument Valley are accessible only by guided jeep tours, such as Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa. The Wildcat Trail is the only hiking trail inside the Tribal Park that visitors can hike unescorted Horseback rides are also available from various establishments both inside the park and in the general Monument Valley area, and rates vary widely depending on the length of the ride. Additionally, hot air balloon flights are available May 1 through October 31. Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort is a world-class Colorado ski resort and summer vacation destination remotely located off SR 145 in the San Juan Mountains. The resort offers some of the most incredible skiing and riding on the planet. Telluride offers a free gondola and is the main source of transportation - no traffic or long lift lines, and no driving once you've arrived.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a narrow gauge heritage railroad that operates 45 miles of 3-feet track between Durango and Silverton, in Colorado. The railway is a federally designated National Historic Landmark and was originally built in the early 1880s by the Denver and Rio Grande Railway. It carried supplies and people from various locations as well as silver and gold ore from mines in the San Juan Mountains. The round-trip excursion from Durango to Silverton is 3 1/2 hours each way with a 2 hour layover in Silverton, giving guests time to grab lunch on their own and check out the historic downtown and shops of Silverton.
Albuquerque Balloon Festival
For nine days in October, the Albuquerque skies are colorfully painted with as many as 600 balloons as they take fight from Balloon Fiesta Park. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is the world’s largest balloon festival, on any given day during the festival, up to 100,000 spectators may be present for the rare opportunity to observe inflation and take off procedures.
For current information on visiting Southwest Colorado including the option to view or download a Vacation Planner please visit Mesa Verde Country: http://www.mesaverdecountry.com/
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