Attractions & Adventure
1 Zapata Ranch
5305 State HWY 150 Mosca, CO 81146
If Billy Crystal’s classic portrayal of Mitch Higgins in the blockbuster “City Slickers” had you dreaming of becoming a reallife cowboy, now’s your chance. Zapata Ranch is a working dude ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy. The 103,000acre bison and guest ranch is located on the eastern wall of Colorado’s San Luis Valley, and guests can help wranglers move the herd while exploring the area on horseback. After working the land, enjoy some soothing fly- fishing or bird watching. And if you really need to relax, massages and daily yoga sessions are available. Check their schedule for special events, like photography excursions and painting workshops.
2 Dunton Hot Springs
52068 Road 38 Dolores, CO 81323
Lying due east of the famed Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (and a stone’s throw away from Stop #3, the main attraction of this tiny mining town turned rustic resort is its natural mineral hot springs. Said to heal the body and rejuvenate the soul, the springs have attracted weary travelers for more than a century. Today, its rugged log buildings contain romantic and luxurious interiors, offering both a relaxing attraction and a place to stay.
3 Mesa Verde National Park
Mile .7 Headquarters Loop Road, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330 970-529-4465
This archeological treasure is home to more than 600 dwellings carved out of rock thousands of years ago by the area’s ancestral Puebloans. A stop here allows you to climb the staircases of these abandoned buildings and marvel at the sandstone masonry, but there’s even more to do: Winter ecology hikes, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center are just a few of the activities available.
4 Ghost Towns Castle Creek Road Aspen, CO 81611
West- bound expansionists and fortune-seeking prospectors mining for silver and gold along Colorado’s Mineral Belt left literally hundreds of ghost towns dotting the mountainsides in their wake. Frozen in time, these towns are now fantastic pit stops along your Log Home Road Trip. Check the link for wide range of options, like Ashcroft Ghost Town near Aspen (pictured below).
5 North Park Pioneer Museum
387 Logan St. Walden, CO 80480
Housed in a log cabin built in
1883, the museum's exhibits showcase the region's mining, logging, ranching and farming heritage. Three floors (it’s deceptively large) of artifacts and history from the earliest days of the westward expansion, its down-home atmosphere stays true to its pioneering roots. Bonus: Admission is free.