Southwest Colorado - 7 Scenic Byways, 2 National Parks, 2 National Monuments

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Unmatched Beauty And Fun

Colorado is well-known for its ability to provide most every recreational and cultural experience Western travelers expect. However, the southwest Colorado travel region is unparalleled in offering the quantity and quality (read: significant) of natural resources, amenities, and activities.

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument

Showcasing the entire southwest corner of Colorado, this region boasts internationally acclaimed national parks and monuments such as Mesa Verde, Chimney Rock, Hovenweep, and the Black Canyon; world-class river systems of the Gunnison, Colorado, and Dolores; and wild geology, from ancient canyons to several of Colorado’s most remote Fourteeners, and seven scenic byways.

The challenge for the Colorado guest is to make the most of the typical 5- to 7-day visit to this amazing state. And since Colorado’s Western Slope is the least impacted by urban influences, coupled with a dizzying concentration of things to see and do, we suggest a focus on historic, authentic, spectacular southwest Colorado.

From Durango to Gunnison, and Pagosa Springs to Gateway, southwest Colorado is a treasure chest of experiences, And, we’ll let you in on a little secret—no, you can’t see it all in one week.

For more information
Colorado Tourism Office
(800) Colorado [800-265-6723]


Cliff Palace Tour in Mesa Verde National Park

7 Four Corners Gems Surrounding Mesa Verde National Park

From a thriving restaurant scene to rare opportunities to learn about our nation’s ancient history, Cortez, Mancos and Dolores offer more than just uncrowded trails in one of Colorado’s most undiscovered corners. Here are the top 7 things to do in Mesa Verde country.

Glenwood Springs Pool in summer

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Relax and restore–or get out and play hard. Famous for its thermal pools and nearby adventures, this town offers something for every type of traveler.