Lots to see and do in Bayfield, Durango & SW Colorado
41743 US HWY 160, Bayfield, CO 81122
What To See And Do In Bayfield and Southwest Colorado
We are located “smack-dab” in the middle of gorgeous Southwestern Colorado.
You can raft or kayak down a river or take a narrow gauge railroad ride to 9,200 feet elevation and visit the quaint mountain town of Silverton. On another day you can explore the vast ruins of Mesa Verde National Park or tour historic old-town Durango.
There is also Pagosa Hot Springs, Ignacio with its Southern Ute Museum, Chimney Rock National Monument, Vallecito, Lemon and Navajo Lakes, the Four Corners National Monument, horseback riding, golf, ghost towns, jeep trails and more.
Perhaps you would rather stay close to camp and take the walking trail to Bayfield, or just sit in the shade by our creek and read a good book.
There’s so much to see and do in this area that we can’t possibly include everything, so please follow the links we provide to help you plan your vacation.
Enjoy Bayfield On Your Doorstep
This comfortable rural town set in the beautiful Pine River Valley offers a variety of excellent restaurants, a bakery, delicatessen, coffee shop, gift shop, a micro-brewery, as well as the convenience of grocery and hardware stores.
It's also the home of the Pine River Heritage Museum whose mission is to collect, preserve, protect and interpret the history and heritage of the Pine River Valley in Colorado. The fascinating historical displays include a rural schoolroom, blacksmith display, antique kitchen and old post office among other interesting exhibits.
For more information about Bayfield and all it has to offer, visit www.bayfieldchamber.org/.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Ride this famous historic 1800's steam-powered train to Silverton through the beautiful and remote Rocky Mountains of Southwestern Colorado.
"This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. It is a family-friendly ride sure to create memories that will last a lifetime while offering a view of Colorado's mountain splendor inaccessible by highway. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad."
More information and reservations at www.durangotrain.com/.
Explore Historic Durango
Check out this amazing little town; a snapshot of the classic American West with so many incredible attractions.
"Eat, Stay and Play in Historic Downtown Durango where you will find beautiful hotels, friendly shops, first class restaurants, famous breweries and many things to do. Take a stroll through the streets and marvel at the historic buildings and unique shops, sip a gourmet cup of coffee or enjoy some of the rich arts and culture of downtown."
Every season has its highlights! Summertime in Durango, CO has amazing whitewater rafting down the Animas River, biking, horseback riding, fishing, rafting and many more great outdoor activities, and in winter you can ski at Purgatory Resort.
This area has so much to offer that we can't possibly list them here - visit www.durango.com/ and www.durango.org/ for more information and details of upcoming events. Trip Advisor also has a long list of available trips and activities at www.tripadvisor.com.
Head West to Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Mesa Verde is open year-round, but some areas are seasonal. For full details, visit the official Mesa Verde National Park website.
While You're There Visit Mancos and Cortez
Mancos was recently named "One of the Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016" by Smithsonian.com for its Western charm, thriving artisan community and proximity to some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes. (From Colorado Vacations - Mancos)
Cortez, one of America's richest archaeological centers, lies between the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park and the fascinating Ute Mountain Tribal Park. (From Colorado Vacations - Cortez)
Surrounded by over 3 million acres of national forest and wilderness areas, Pagosa Springs in the center of nature’s playground in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. With a variety of outdoor activities at your doorstep, along with the famous Pagosa hot springs, charming shops, historic sites, and an assortment of artisans, you'll find plenty to do in Pagosa.
Visit The Springs Resort and Spa, home of the world's deepest geothermal hot spring, and enjoy the miraculous curative powers of these ancient waters.
For more information on all there is to see and do in the Pagosa Springs area go to http://visitpagosasprings.com/