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Visiting Southern Colorado & Four Corners

A visit to southern Colorado can mean virtually limitless outdoor fun in unmatched mountain terrain. Fall weather is mild enough for explorations of the region’s numerous state parks and national parks, and when it does get chilly enough for snow, places like the beautiful Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are ideal for skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

There’s still time to embark on a driving tour of the Centennial State’s quirky, historic, and scenic southern region. West of Buena Vista, peak fall foliage may have come and gone in the San Isabel National Forest, but the remaining golden leaves and white bark of some of the oldest and tallest aspens in the state are still a striking sight to behold against the Collegiate Peaks backdrop.

The arts are alive in Pueblo and one only need peruse the First Friday Art Walk for proof. On the first Friday of every month downtown pueblo shops, galleries, and venues open up to showcase local artists, musicians, and performers. Things usually get started around 5 p.m.

After exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park, visitors to Monte Vista and Alamosa can become immersed in an abundance of holiday cheer at the 2015 Alamosa Christmas Light Parade on December 18th, when lighted floats, marching bands, and community luminaries make their way through the streets of downtown Alamosa.

As winter sets in, Alamosa continues to be a destination for a variety of fun activities. From January 29th through 31st, the town is overtaken by the 2016 Alamosa Ice Fest & Rio Frio 5K. Don’t miss the Faux Snowman Building Contest, Fire & Ice Bonfire, live music, or the 5K run. It’s a full weekend of fun with a little something for everyone in the family.

To the southwest, the people of Durango celebrate winter with a longstanding tradition. The 38th Annual SnowDown is January 27th through 31st, promising costume parties, a parade, fireworks, and many more special events under the theme "Back to the Eighties."

Southern Colorado & Four Corners Hotel Map

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in Southern Colorado & Four Corners

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    Canon City

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    Turquoise Inn & Suites


    Durango Inn & Suites


    Mountain Shadows


    Rio Grande Inn


    Movie Manor

    Monte Vista

    Eagleridge Inn & Suites




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Southern Colorado & Four Corners Events

November 2015

First Friday Each Month
First Friday Art Walk

Just as the name would suggest, the community of Pueblo celebrates culture and art on the first Friday of each month, as Steel City Art Works displays various works alongside refreshments. The show begins at 8 5 p.m.

May 2016

May 11-15, 2016
2016 Mesa Verde Birding Festival

A scenic outdoors festival held at Ute Mountain near Cortez. This get together promises scenic tours of the region from the Cortez Cultural Center, as well as great bird watching and sight-seeing. 

May 6-8, 2016
2016 Canon City Music & Blossom Festival

Spend the weekend in Canon City, as three days worth of parades, rodeos, band competitions, and more festival fun are scheduled to take center stage along Royal Gorge Boulevard.

June 2016

June 10 & 11, 2016
2016 Loaf 'N Jug Presents Boats, Bands & BBQ

Enjoy beautiful Pueblo during this two-day celebration featuring everything from live music to beer gardens to boat rides and more. Don't miss the BBQ cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. The event is hosted at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo.

June 3 & 4, 2016
2016 Durango Blues Train

All aboard the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad this season – live blues acts will be performing as the train travels its usual route looking over the breathtaking San Juan National Forest. Grab your tickets today.

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