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Activities – Mesa Verde, Durango, and Exploring SW Colorado…

If you just want to have a restful vacation, you can do nothing but appreciate the green pastures along the cottonwood groves, marvel at 400-year old the cedar pines on the mesas, enjoy the fabulous sunsets that change everyday, listen to the birds singing, and watch thousand of stars during the night.

Nearby attractions like Canyons of The Ancients Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango Steam Train, Monument Valley or Mexican Hat are all within a 1.5 hour drive. The famous ski resort, Telluride, is less than 2 hours away. By staying at Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch, you will be able to explore major attractions around the Four Corners region.

There's so much to do around Cortez, Colorado and our lodges!

Wine Tasting/Vineyards Tour

You will find the best Colorado wines at Sutcliffe Vineyards. Our guests rave about Sutcliffe’s wines. It is just 7 minutes from our ranch, a great place to enjoy the exquisite Colorado wines.

Exploring ancient ruins and rock art panels

If archeology is your favorite, then the nearby ancient ruins and rock arts will be your best bet. Nearby attractions include:

Horseback riding

It is an option for those who love riding. You can either bring your own horses or join the guided tour. Our neighbor “Canyon Trail Ranch” offers half-day, full-day or overnight camp-out trips.


If you like hiking, climbing up to the unknown hills at the property is a great way to exercise your muscles.


Not only can you ride around the ranch, but there are plenty of mountain biking trails nearby such as Phil’s World Mountain Bike Trail.

Steam Engine Train

We are in close proximity to the world-famous Durango-Silverton Railroad.


You are welcome to participate in our daily chores of feeding animals, weeding gardens, irrigation…etc.

Soaking at Hot Springs

We have several hot springs facilities nearby in Durango and Pagosa Springs for your relaxation.

Skiing/ Snowboarding

Purgatory Mountain outside of Durango and Telluride offers great skiing and snowboarding.

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