At­trac­tions & Ad­ven­ture

Log Home Living - - HAND CRAFTERS -

1 Za­p­ata Ranch

5305 State HWY 150 Mosca, CO 81146

719-378-2356

zranch.org

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

970-882-4800

dun­ton­hot­springs.com

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

nps.gov/meve/in­dex.htm

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

colorado.com/ar­ti­cles/ colorado-ghost-towns

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

970-723-3282

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.

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