Within 1 Hour’s Drive:
Historic Mesa Verde National World Heritage Park– a stunning new visitors’ center architecturally reflects, in more contemporary forms, the ancient dwellings of the Anasazi people who inhabited this area a thousand years ago. Packed with the latest research on this group of peoples, you can amble through the park at your own pace or sign up for informative, guided tours of specific and classic ruins.
Hovenweep National Monument – another smaller, classic Anasazi site with unusual ruins not seen in Mesa Verde Park; it tends to be less crowded and offers great hiking in and out of the small canyon where it is situated.
Four Corners Monument – here you and the kidos can plop your hands and feet down on the ground for an “unusual” photo shoot being in four different states of the union !Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico can all be “visited” in one awkward move, something not easily done…
Dolores River Canyon – the entire Dolores river valley abounds with water sport activities like rafting, canoeing, tubing, picnics, fly-fishing or boating at its termination into McPhee Reservoir; hiking off its perimeters and side streams is a “must” . Plus, the proprietors can put you onto trails that are “lesser traveled” and into gorgeous, mountainous terrain.
Telluride Village– this historic Colorado mining town is now a world-class down-hill skiing resort with all the related winter activities of snowboarding, back-country and cross-country skiing, snow mobile riding, jeep tours and the like. Some of the finest outdoor music, culinary and wine festivals happen here annually in addition to it’s world renown film festival. If the fine arts are part of your traveling passions, the small venue galleries bring the best contemporary expressions available in the world.
Durango– this historic “end of the railroad” town offers an abundance of winter and summer activities to suit both indoor and outdoor tastes. A classic narrow-gauge railroad takes you in open or closed cars through the high mountain passes and over trestles into the small mining town of Silverton. Winter out-door activities abound. Down-hill or cross-country skiing, snow mobiling and luscious hot bath dips at Trimble Hot Springs are some of your best choices. Durango is known for its year-round outdoor events, especially those that center around mountain biking and road-bike cycling, kayaking and hiking. Great farmers’ markets occur weekly and outstanding restaurants, pubs and micro-breweries regularly use our local farmers products of vegetables, meats, and eggs.
Within 2 Hour’s Drive:
Canyolands National Park, Moab, Utah & Arches National Park – here the avid slick rock hiker or river rafting rat, cyclist, technical rock climber or 4-wheeler enthusiast can totally indulge their passion on a long day’s foray from the casa. Casual walking in this small town offers galleries or a wet down at the end of a hot day’s hike at the micro-breweries and eateries.
Pagosa Springs– this is a near-by mountain resort town with the “ultimate” outdoor, hot springs experience! There are hot spring pools in several public facilities. Most of which are nestled up against the alpine waters of the Animas River for that “cold plunge” at the end of a day of skiing. Wolf Creek Pass offers down hill and cross-country skiing on a web of trails in the local national forests.
Within 2-3 Hour’s Drive:
Monument Valley, Utah – this is one of the most surreal landscapes in the continental United States. It is well worth the drive to see where many of the “spaghetti” westerns were filmed. The park and classic Goulding’s Trading Post will take you into a “time-warp” and a taste of the rich tribal culture of the Navajo people.
Chaco Canyon National Park – about 3 1/2 hours drive from the casa is the mysterious area of Chaco Canyon where the ancient Anasazi are thought to have migrated out from to the now thriving pueblos of northern New Mexico.
Canyon de Chelly – one of the oldest areas of habitation in the country where families still reside in its rich riparian canyons and along its precipitous cliff walls ; tours must be done with a certified guide to best see all its beauty; about 3 hrs. from the casa.