Area Activities

Southwest Colorado is full of incredible attractions and activities for all types of groups. Durango Colorado is the hub for tourism in the area but Cortez, Silverton, and Pagosa Springs all have unique experiences to offer visitors.


The historic town of Durango is now a thriving community with a big emphasis on outdoor adventures. It is rooted in the lower Animas River Valley at the start of the San Juan Mountains. Here you will find the Southwest’s most popular destination town. Learn more about Durango…


Located high in the San Juan Mountains, Silverton is small old mining town that has become a hub for off-road enthusiasts, sightseeing, hiking, and is the destination of the Historic Durango Silverton Railroad. Learn more about Silverton…


The gateway to Mesa Verde and Colorado in the Southwest, Cortez hosts access to great biking trails and incredible ancient cultural history. Learn more about Cortez…

Pagosa Springs

Home of some of Colorado’s best hot springs, Pagosa Springs is nestled in the east side of the San Juan Mountains. Outdoor adventure is plentiful in this area. Learn more about Pagosa Springs…

Mesa Verde Information

  • Special Tours for Photographers
    Special Tours for Photographers
    Mesa Verde Park Staff is offering two special tours for Summer 2017! There will be four special sunrise tours of Balcony House and Twilight Tours of Cliff Palace everyday May 26 – Sept 9. These tours will offer a unique oppoerunity to capture these spectacular cliff...
  • Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    The Petroglyph Point Trail is a lovely excursion for the active bunch to do while visiting Mesa Verde. The 2.4 mile trail is a good activity to do during the heat of the day. The majority of the trail and most strenuous part is shaded, ending...
  • Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    This self-guided tour of Step House on Wetherill Mesa is quick and accessible from the trail, 3/4 mile in length that loops the dwelling. We recommend doing this either at the beginning or end of the day due to the high sun exposure of the trail...

Park Alerts

  • Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House, an iconic self-guided cliff dwelling in the heart of Chapin Mesa, is unfortunately CLOSED for the unforeseeable future due to concerns about rock fall. It can still be viewed from the Museum overlook....
Area Activities July 29, 2014