- Arrive in Cortez, Colorado. Arrange to arrive in time to enjoy the old west with an authentic dinner ride. Enjoy the true western flair of a stagecoach ride and a great cowboy cookout.
- Visit the spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages in this world-reknowned Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde, a world heritage site, has been voted #1 historic monument in the world. Ranger-guided, self-guided, and 1/2 day guided tours are available in the park. Enjoy dinner in park at the famous Metate Room with views that will take your breath away.
- Drive to Durango and take a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Visit the historic town of Silverton for lunch and shopping and then return to Durango in the afternoon. Take time to explore historic downtown Durango and then enjoy a rodeo, western stage show, or melodrama in the evening.
- Depart Durango on Highway 550 toward Silverton and then Highway 110, over what is also called the Million Dollar Highway into the town of Ouray –“The Switzerland of America.” Upon arrival in Ouray enjoy the charming Victorian architecture, soak in the natural hot springs, visit several of the beautiful waterfalls, or take a hike or jeep ride in the mountains.
- Spend a leisurely morning in Ouray and then head to Ridgway for a “John Wayne” lunch at the True Grit Cafe. After lunch continue on to Telluride, a national historic district known for its Victorian architecture, mining history and spectacular scenery. Hike along the River Trail or enjoy one of the many festivals for which Telluride is famous.
- Depart Telluride for Cortez on Highway 145. This route travels past beautiful Trout Lake and over Lizard Head Pass, the beginning of a wilderness area. It then follows the Dolores River through the beautiful Dolores Canyon and the San Juan National Forest into the town of Dolores. Many hiking trails are located along this part of the drive. Take time to hike into this spectacular area or take a small detour on Highway 184 and visit the Anasazi Heritage Center, an archaeological museum and headquarters for the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. After this detour continue on to Cortez. Visit the Cortez Cultural Center in the evening for free Indian Dances and Cultural Programs.
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