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Visiting Southern Colorado | Spring 2015

Getting an earlier jump on spring than their counterparts in the north, southern Colorado is welcoming the warmer weather with a wealth of ways to get familiar with not only its beautiful countryside, but also the personality of its people. From Cortez and Durango in the southwest, to Canon City and Pueblo in the heart of the state, communities throughout the region promise much to see and do this season.

Durango is especially ready to party. The 2015 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is April 17th through 19th and this year's iteration is expected to be a citywide event. Dance along with the sounds of some of the country's best bluegrass musicians or get involved in a jam session of your own. There will even be educational workshops for the kids.

That same week, the 2015 Durango Wine Experience is three days of educational seminars, wine dinners, and unique tastings scattered throughout the city of Durango. Don't miss the signature event, Walk-About Durango, which sends participants along a casual, multi-location tasting journey throughout downtown Durango.

The celebration continues in Canon City as the community hosts its largest festival of the year, April 30th through May 4th. The 2015 Canon City Music and Blossom Festival boasts a little something for everyone in its 77th annual year, with a parade, live music and entertainment, rodeos, 5K runs, and more – all in commemoration of spring's blooms and the bountiful harvest to come.

Then, on June 26th and 27th, the 2015 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival brings boats, bands, and beers to Centennial Park in Canon City. The event, now in its seventh year, exists to promote the outdoors and an active lifestyle through kayak, stand up paddle board, raft, and river board competitions along with other activities. Aside from the 20 whitewater adventure races, the festivities include a kids' zone, live music, and a ton of great food and beverages.

Alamosa kicks off summer a few weeks earlier with a festival of its own, June 5th through 7th, when SummerFest on the Rio returns for its 15th year. To promote the San Luis Valley's vibrant and eclectic arts and crafts community, Alamosa's idyllic and spacious Cole Park draws big crowds with food, music, family activities, and vendors selling handmade creations. The weekend's events culminate in a fireworks display, lighting the sky and reflecting off the Rio Grande. 

Southern Colorado & Four Corners Hotel Map

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9 Best Western Hotels
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    Alamosa Inn

    Alamosa

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    Canon City

    Canon City

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    Turquoise Inn & Suites

    Cortez

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    Durango Inn & Suites

    Durango

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    Mountain Shadows

    Durango

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    Rio Grande Inn

    Durango

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    Movie Manor

    Monte Vista

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    Eagleridge Inn & Suites

    Pueblo

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    Rambler

    Walsenburg

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Southern Colorado & Four Corners Events

April 2015

April 17 - 19, 2015
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

Enjoy bluegrass music, jam sessions, dancing, children's workshops and more at this Durango city-wide event.

April 23 - 25, 2015
Durango Wine Experience

Take on three days of educational seminars, wine dinners, and unique tastings scattered throughout the city of Durango.

April 30 - May 4, 2015
Canon City Music & Blossom Festival

Canon City's largest festival includes music, rodeos, 5K runs, and much more.

June 2015

June 26 - 27, 2015
Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

This action-packed Canon City event includes 20 whitewater adventure races, kids zone, live music, and food.

June 5 - 7, 2015
SummerFest on the Rio

Alamosa's Cole Park welcomes the start of summer with food, music, family-fun, and fireworks over the Rio Grande River.

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