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         WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, September 7, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

The ruddy or red-hue rocks found in much of the state, 
particularly in the Southwest, give Colorado its name. 
The region's terrain varies widely -- from yawning 
black canyons and desolate monochrome moonscapes to 
pastel deserts and mesas, glistening sapphire lakes, 
and wide expanses of those stunning red rocks. It's so 
rugged in the southwest that a four-wheel-drive vehicle 
or hiker's sturdiness is necessary to explore much of 
the wild and beautiful backcountry. 

The region's history and people are as colorful as the 
landscape. Southwestern Colorado, as well as the "Four 
Corners" neighbors of northwestern New Mexico, 
northeastern Arizona, and southeastern Utah, was home 
to the Ancestral Puebloan peoples formerly known as 
Anasazi, meaning "ancient ones." They constructed 
impressive cliff dwellings in what are now Mesa Verde 
National Park, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, and other 
nearby sites. This wild and woolly region, dotted with 
rowdy mining camps and boomtowns, also witnessed the 
antics of such notorious outlaws as Butch Cassidy, who 
embarked on his storied career by robbing the Telluride 
Bank in 1889, and Robert "Bobby" Clark, who hid out in 
Creede from the James Gang after he shot Jesse in the 
back. Even today, the more ornery, independent locals, 
disgusted with the political system, periodically talk 
of seceding from the union. They can be as rough as the 
country they inhabit. 

Happy Trails,



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--DESTINATION: Telluride, Colorado

Southwest Colorado offers such diversity that, depending 
on where you go, you can have radically different vacations. 
You can spiral from the towering peaks of the San Juan range 
to the plunging Black Canyon of the Gunnison, taking in 
alpine scenery along the way, as well as the eerie remains 
of old mining camps, before winding through striking desert 
landscapes, the superlative Ancestral Puebloan ruins, and 
the Old West railroad town of Durango. If you're not here 
to ski or golf in the resorts of Crested Butte, Purgatory, 
or Telluride, there's still much to experience in this part 
of the state. 

Tucked like a jewel in a tiny valley caught between azure 
sky and gunmetal mountains is Telluride, once so inaccess-
ible that it was a favorite hideout for desperadoes such 
as Butch Cassidy, who robbed his first bank here in 1889. 
The savage but beautiful terrain of the San Juan Mountains,
with peaks like 14,157-foot Mt. Sneffels, and rivers, like 
the San Miguel, now attracts mountain people of a different 
sort -- alpinists, snowboarders, freestylers, mountain 
bikers, and freewheeling four-wheelers -- who attack any 
incline, up or down, and do so with abandon. 


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Alpine Loop Scenic Byway 
Scenic Drive, Lake City 
The inspiring Alpine Loop Scenic Byway joins Lake City 
with Ouray and Silverton. This part of the route is only 
open in summer and is not paved over Cinnamon Pass and 
Engineer Pass. However, this is heaven for four-wheelers, 
dizzily spiraling from 12,800-foot-high passes to gaping 

ARA Mesa Verde Company 
Tour, Mancos 
ARA Mesa Verde Company runs three- and six-hour tours 
of Mesa Verde National Park. 
Address: Box 277, Mancos, CO, USA
Phone: 970/529-4421

Box Canyon Falls 
Body of Water, Ouray 
One particularly gorgeous jaunt is to Box Canyon Falls. 
The turbulent waters of Clear Creek thunder 285 feet 
down a narrow gorge. A steel suspension bridge and well-
marked trails afford breathtaking vistas. Birders flock 
to the park, and a visitor center has interpretive 
displays. COST: $3. OPEN: Mid-Oct.-mid-May, daily 10-10; 
mid-May-mid-Oct., daily 8 AM-dusk. 

Address: West end of 3rd Ave., off U.S. 550, Ouray, CO, USA
Phone: 970/325-4464

Other Places of Interest:

Balcony House 
Native American Site, Mesa Verde National Park 
The stonework of Balcony House is impressive, but you're 
likely to be even more awed by the skill it took to reach 
this place. Perched in a sandstone cove 600 feet above 
the floor of Soda Canyon, Balcony House seems almost sus-
pended in space. Even with the aid of modern steps and a 
partially paved trail, today's visitors must climb two 
wooden ladders (the first one 32 feet high) to enter. 
Surrounding the 40-room house are a courtyard with a 
parapet wall and the intact balcony for which the house 
is named. COST: $2.75. OPEN: May-mid-Oct, daily 9-5, 
extended hrs in summer. 

Address: 8.5 mi southeast of visitor center on Cliff 
Palace Loop Rd., CO, USA

Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour 
Mine, Ouray 
On the Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour, a mine train hauls 
visitors down 3,500 feet into one of the region's great 
mines. Explanations of mining techniques, a visit to a 
blacksmith shop, and panning for gold are part of the 
experience. Tours depart every half hour. 

Address: 1222 County Rd. 14, Ouray, CO, USA
Phone: 970/325-0220
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Anasazi Motor Inn 
$70 to $110, Cortez 
This is definitely the nicest motel on the strip, 
mostly because its air-conditioned rooms are spacious 
and pleasantly decorated in desert colors. The pool is 
a godsend after a long drive. 86 rooms. In-room: 
refrigerator (some). In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, 
airport shuttle. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: 640 S. Broadway, Cortez, CO 81312, USA
Phone: 970/565-3773 or 800/972-6232
Fax: 970/565-1027

The Animas B&B at Wingate House 
$70 to $200, Silverton 
Owner Judy Graham, a landscape artist, adorns the walls 
of this 1886 inn with her own work and family photos 
dating from the Civil War. The library of books on hand 
are souvenirs of her travels. The effect is both 
sophisticated and homey. The breezy front porch overlooks 
Kendall Mountain, a majestic "thirteener" (a mountain 
higher than 13,000 feet). Large, sunny rooms are filled 
with antiques and beds piled with down pillows and 
comforters. A well-set dining room table is the scene of 
breakfast, with home-baked treats. www.wingatehouse.com. 
5 rooms, 3 with bath. In-room: no a/c, no TV. MC, V. 
Continental breakfast. 

Address: 1045 Snowden St., Silverton, CO 81433, USA
Phone: 970/387-5520
Fax: 970/387-5520

Apple Orchard Inn 
$111 to Over $200, Durango 
About 8 mi from downtown Durango, this little gem sits 
on 5 acres in the lush Animas Valley. The main house 
and six cottages surround a flower-bedecked pond, com-
plete with friendly geese. Cherrywood antiques, fluffy 
feather beds, and handcrafted armoires add a graceful 
touch to the handsome rooms. In the evening, relax on 
your cottage swing, enjoying views of the surrounding 
cliffs. The owners' experience at European cooking 
schools is evident in the breakfasts -- and in the 
"train cookies" sometimes sent along with guests who 
make the journey to Silverton. www.appleorchardinn.com. 
4 rooms, 6 cottages. In-room: no a/c, VCR (some). In-
hotel: no-smoking rooms. D, MC, V. Full breakfast. 

Address: 7758 County Rd. 203, Durango, CO 81301, USA
Phone: 970/247-0751 or 800/426-0751
Fax: 970/385-6976

# 1 Old Firehouse 
Cafe, Under $8 to $12, Creede 
The decor in this casual restaurant, ice-cream parlor, 
and Internet café reflects the building's heritage, 
with old-fashioned fire equipment, red ladders, and 
patches from fire departments around the country left 
by customers. The food is Italian, with such items as 
pizzas and lasagna. Step up to the marble bar with its 
antique stained-glass back for a variety of ice-cream 
flavors. In summer the restaurant is open for breakfast, 
lunch, and dinner daily; wintertime it's only open 
Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch. D, MC, V. 
Closed Mon. and Tues in winter. No dinner in winter. 

Address: 123 N. Main, Creede, CO, USA
Phone: 719/658-0212

221 South Oak Bistro 
Contemporary, $19 to Over $25, Telluride 
In a pretty Victorian cottage, this elegant bistro 
entices you to linger with its soft peach walls, blond-
wood bar, and soft music. Chef-owner Eliza Gavin, who 
trained in Paris, New Orleans, and the Napa Valley, 
creates such dishes as Muscovy duck breast with duck 
confit, spinach, shiitakes, spinach, and pine nuts; rack 
of lamb with zucchini and potato-chèvre ravioli; and 
potato-crusted halibut with asparagus and fennel. Most 
people come only for the fine food, but some regulars 
schedule their visits to sample special martinis on 
Wednesday evenings. AE, MC, V. Closed Sun., early Apr.-
mid-June, and early Oct.-early Dec. No lunch. 

Address: 221 S. Oak St., Telluride, CO, USA
Phone: 970/728-9507

Carver's Bakery & Brew Pub 
American, Under $8 to $18, Durango 
The "Brews Brothers," Bill and Jim Carver, have about 
eight beers on tap at any given time, including such 
flavors as Raspberry Wheat Ale, Jackrabbit Pale Ale, 
and Colorado Trail Nut Brown Ale. If you're feeling 
peckish, try one of the bread bowls filled with soup 
or salad. There's a patio out back where you can soak 
up the sun. From breakfast to the wee hours, the place 
is always hopping. Reservations not accepted. AE, D, 
MC, V. 

Address: 1022 Main Ave., Durango, CO, USA
Phone: 970/259-2545


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