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Trip List by lifeisbeautiful

A long weekend in SouthWest Colorado

11 Jul 2007  Our first couple vacation back in 2003 Labor Day weekend
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 4 votes

some highlights from our trip

  • 1. Day - 1 Stay in Cortez
    Cortez, Colorado

    The drive from Boulder CO to Cortez is mountainous for the most part and needs extra attention when driving in the dark. Cortez is a good base to explore Mesa Verde national park.

  • 2. Day 1- Million Dollar Highway
    Million Dollar Highway, Silverton, Colorado

    We took the Million Dollar Highway from Durango to Silverton. It was as beautiful as expected.

  • 3. Day 1- Silverton
    Silverton, Colorado

    We visited the Silverton gold mine. This is an attraction I would surely skip next time. I wouldn't even recommend it once. Trolley takes you underground and from then its a lot of talk but nothing much to see or appreciate. It's an abandoned mine anyway.

  • 4. Day 1 - Ophir Pass Road
    Ophir, Colorado

    One memorable thing from our visit to Silverton mine is that by some measure of foolishness and misdirection (from mapquest directions - i guess we must have said shortest distance), we did this 4WD drive adventure in a 2WD economy rented car. The scenery was out of the world but the drive had us remembering God like never before. Memorable but neither should be repeated nor is recommended without a jeep.

  • 5. Day 1- Telluride
    Telluride, Colorado

    On arriving at Telluride we visited the visitors' center and found out we have time for 1 hike and a gondola ride. We fell in love with this town and were in awe of its real estate prices at the same time.

  • 6. Day 1 - Bear Creek Falls
    Bear Creek Falls, Telluride, Colorado

    It's 2 1/4 miles one way to the waterfall with a 1,040-foot elevation gain within this 325-acre mountain canyon. Nice hike with some views and a waterfall at the end. We did this hike due to lack of time to do the Bridal Veil Falls Hike.

  • 7. Day 1 - Mountain Village

    Next we took the free gondola ride to Mountain Village with some fun people who had come for the film festival. We enjoyed this trip a lot and the views are gorgeous.

  • 8. Day 2 - Mesa Verde National Park
    Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    We must have reached the park at around 10.00 and that is way too late for doing all the tours in 1 day. The rangers help you choose your tours and we ended up doing the tour to Cliff palace and balcony house. We enjoyed both immensely and i think I liked Balcony house a little bit more. This took most of the day and we stopped at a few other viewpoints. 2 days at this park would have done better justice to the place. If u are spending just one day, go early to get in all the tours and viewpoints.

  • 9. Day 2 -Durango
    Durango, Colorado

    We stopped in Durango en route to lake Vallecito and just spent some time downtown and in the rail museum. Funky and cool with lots of motor bikers at that time.

  • 10. Day 2 and Day 3 -Vallecito Lake
    Vallecito Lake, Colorado, United States

    We reached here late night and spent the night in a cabin by the lake. beautiful and serene. We took a walk around the lake early morning and in general liked the surroundings and our cabin.

  • 11. Day 3 - Pagosa Springs
    Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    This was a chance discovery for us - a recommendation by the cabin owners and this was the 3rd highlight of the trip after telluride and mesa verde. Spent a relaxing 2-3 hours there. they have pools of different temperatures and also some springs in the creek. So u could soak in steam like water or cool down by the creek.

  • 12. Summary

    Overall a nice introductory trip to the area. If we head out there next time, we would concentrate more on hikes in mesa verde and telluride. Maybe also add ouray to the mix and the san juan scenic byway.