When you visit Southwest Colorado, be sure to make lodging reservations at our BBIC member inns, where you are sure to experience friendly hospitality and comfortable accommodations.
Southwest Colorado marvels visitors with its granite walls towering over 2,000 feet above the Gunnison River as they drive, hike, raft or fish the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Mesa Verde National Park (Spanish for “green table”) is home to the ancient ruins and cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Visit its regional cultural center that houses millions of artifacts to study, sharing the stories of the past.
Drive the Million Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray, and experience panoramic views and marvel at the terrain and appreciate what the miners of the 1800s would have experienced as they sought their fortunes. Learn more about the history of this region as you visit with geology experts sprinkled through the shops and museums in the towns of Montrose, Ouray, Silverton, and Durango. Hop aboard the popular Durango-Silverton train as it winds through the mountains along the narrow gauge tracks pulled by a coal-fired steam engine. Disappear in the wilderness of untouched terrain, and experience wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting. This part of Colorado is home to more geothermal hot springs.
Scenic Byways of the Southwest Region:
San Juan Skyway
Trail of the Ancients
Unaweep – Tabeguache
West Elk Loop