If you're looking for a great read and an even better adventure, pick up New York Times #1 Bestseller, '1,000 Places To See Before
You Die' by Patricia Schultz. This 974 page book combines a "Traveler's
Life List" of world wonders you need to visit, experience, live, and/or
see before you die. "Here is the best the world has to offer: 1,000 places
guaranteed to give travelers the shivers"... "Each entry tells exactly
why it's essential to visit. Stop dreaming… and get going!"
After perusing through the book for a while... the places she recommends are actually really cool. It's the perfect coffee-table book to start planning your next adventure. I noticed that out of
1000 places to see before you die, six are right
here in Telluride's backyard. You could easily make Telluride your “homebase” and visit any or all of these unique, bucket-list items. Here’s a short excerpt from each
"must see" attraction in the Telluride region:
Mesa Verde National Park
"Cliff Dwellings of a
Mysterious People in the Four Corners
" - Cortez,
Colorado - Mesa Verde is the largest archaeological preserve in the U.S.,
"Of the more than 300 national parks in the United States, 52,000-acre
Mesa Verde is the only one devoted exclusively to archaeology." More than 4,000 archaeological sites discovered, of which approximately 600 are
cliff dwellings. Make sure you pack a lunch, take plenty of water and comfortable hiking shoes because there are endless trails, cliff dwellings and hikes to explore. An amazing site dating back to 600 A.D., Mesa Verde is an easy
day-trip from Telluride - Approximately 86 miles, 2 hour drive Southwest of
The Million Dollar Highway
& The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad -
"Heaven via Road or Steam
Engine" - Durango, Colorado - "Many roadsters herald the San
Juan Skyway as the most beautiful drive in the continental United States".
Beautiful is an understatement as you drive through the San Juan Mountains,
narrow canyon ledges, glacier-carved valleys, abandoned mining towns... it's pure
bliss. If you're a train fan, jump on the Narrow Gauge Railroad that starts in
Durango and takes you to the old mining town of Silverton, Colorado. You'll
have two hours to check out the old mining/skiing town of Silverton and then head back to Durango. We just rode the Narrow Gauge Railroad during the Telluride Blues & Brews "Blues Train" back in early June. Amazing. Bending around corners while the Animas River rages beneath you is quite the thrill. Durango is an east day-trip from Telluride - Approximately 120 miles, 2.5 hour
drive South of Telluride.
Telluride - "Festival Capital of the
Rockies" - Telluride, Colorado - #1 in our heart… "Isolated in a
box canyon surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in the
United States, Telluride has a well-earned reputation among high-octane
vertical ski buffs, vacationing celebs seeking a low-profile hiding place, and
Victoriana-seekers looking to experience the charm of its gold-and-silver-rush
days". Not to mention, Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank here in 1889
and with 25+ festivals stretching from May to September; Telluride is rich in
history, adventure, beauty, and fun. We <3 Telluride.
Moab and Red Rock Country -
"Adventure Central" - Moab, Utah - "Set amid a spectacular desert terrain so far from anywhere
that Butch Cassidy found it a perfect place to hide out, Moab has become the
hot spot from international mountain bikers, river runners, four-wheel-drive
enthusiasts, hikers, rock climbers, and adrenaline junkies". That pretty
much sums up how cool and adventure-packed the little town of Moab is. Drive,
hike, or camp in the beautiful Arches National Park and view the countless
natural arches and rock formations... a true "photographer's paradise". This is the perfect escape from Telluride if you need hot sunshine and amazing mountain biking terrain. Moab is an easy day-trip from Telluride - Just 30 miles
Northwest of Moab, check out Utah's largest National Park, Canyonlands.
Approximately 135 miles, 3 hour drive Northwest of Telluride.
Canyon De Chelly National Monument -
"Sacred Outdoor Museum of
the Navajo Nation" Chinle, Arizona - "Canyon de Chelly (pronounced
"d'Shay") serves as a showcase for 2,000 years of Native American
history with a quiet magic and spirituality all its own". Described as a
"mini Grand Canyon", this area includes sandstone walls towering 600
feet, cliffside dwellings built by the Anasazi people between 700-1300 A.D.
(oldest houses in the United States), and some of America's finest rock art
pictographs. Never been to this spot... but it's on the list! Approximately 216 miles, 4 hour drive Southwest of Telluride.
"A Grand Canyon Filled with
" Page, Arizona - "A 186-mile long artificial lake,
created by construction of the Glen Canyon Dam" is the perfect place to
camp, boat, and hike. Enjoy the red-rock walls, rose-colored sand, and
blue-green water. Rent a houseboat or pitch a tent by the nation's 2nd largest
artificial lake. The drive from Telluride is do-able but you're going to want
to stay and camp at least one night. Another perfect warm weather escape from Telluride... the best thing to do is rent a houseboat with a large group of friends and spend a couple days on the lake! Approximately 300 miles, 5.5 hour drive
from Southwest of Telluride.
Not only do you need to check out this awesome book... more importantly, you need to check out these spectacular places! Each one of these places shares a unique & rich history, beauty and adventure. We live in one of the prettiest countries in the world...
Let us know which one of these amazing spots you've been to on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/TellurideCO