Your next big adventure promises to shine bright among Colorado’s soaring mountain peaks and flat-top mesas. Embrace your freedom to explore the San Juan Mountains and reconnect to who you really are, whether it’s digging into fascinating history or sinking into natural hot springs. Stay in the small town of Silverton, then hit the road to discover the amazing wine and produce offerings of the small communities of Delta County. With nothing holding you back, your outdoorsy spirit shows no signs of plateauing, from hiking in the wilderness to playing golf with unmatched scenery. Explore it all at your own pace with plenty of time to enjoy delicious dining and local shopping in Colorado.
Itinerary / 5 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
For a heart-pumping step back in time, take a self-guided, two-hour spin in an ATV or OHV to Animas Forks Ghost Town and visit nearby ghost towns, which were abandoned in the 1920s. While out adventuring, be sure to leave no trace and do your part to stay on the designated trails. Later, take in a brilliant sunset and then have dinner at the historic Grand Imperial Hotel’s Restaurant & Saloon. “The Grand Lady of the San Juan’s,” as it’s known, has been in business for more than a century and lovingly pays tribute to the past with a piano player in the bar, classic cocktails, and a sophisticated menu.
DAY 2Montrose and Ouray
If you’re feeling like a soak, the geothermal pools have been used by the Ute Native American tribe for hundreds of years. Feel stress and tension melt away at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Fitness Center featuring five pools, three of which are geothermally heated, and an adults-only, eight-lane lap pool. Make your way to the 10-room Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast, which dates to 1906, in Paonia and rest up to explore the wine and food scene here tomorrow.
DAY 3Paonia and Hotchkiss
Chart a self-guided tour stopping at Stone Cottage Cellars, Azura Cellars, The Storm Cellar, and Jack Rabbit Hill Farm. At Big Bs orchard in the North Fork Valley, pick your own seasonal produce. Warm days and cool nights produce some of the finest fruits in the world, which they turn into organic juices and ciders at a local plant in Hotchkiss. Finally, pick up high-quality goat cheese from Western Culture Farmstead, a small sustainable farm on the western slope. In the evening, savor the treasures of your day trip with a quiet night relaxing in your hotel’s rocking chairs on the front porch or outdoor hot tub under the clear night sky where stars shine brighter.
Stop by Herman Produce to take home some homemade goods—which are an absolute must—and have some fresh, locally grown Palisade Peaches. Continue the theme by dining at Pêche, a culinary gem where reservations are highly recommended.