Willowtail Springs

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Things To Do In Southwest Colorado

The Top Five (as rated by our guests)

  • #1 - Mesa Verde National Park
  • mesaverde-128Mesa Verde National Park
    (10 minutes to entrance)

    The spectacular giant of Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) Ruins
 – one of the 10 Wonders of the World and most visited sites in the area. The entrance to this World Heritage Site is only 10 minutes from Willowtail Springs. Visit for a day or more depending on your interest level.

  • #2 - Ute Mountain Tribal Park
  • utemountaintribalpark-128Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park
    (45 minutes)

    Ute Mountain Tribal Park is owned and operated by the Ute Tribe. 
Larger than Mesa Verde National Park
, full day or half-day tours are available with a native Ute guide.  Guests are always amazed and thrilled by their experience here.

  • #3 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • durangotrain-180Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
    This is another giant attraction of endless thrilling views and river gorges.
    Comment: Think seriously about arranging to take the train one way and the bus or van and a jeep tour or river rafting upon return. One has two views and double the thrills with any of these alternatives.

  • #4 - Fishing at Willowtail Springs
  • wtsfishing-128Fishing right here at Willowtail Springs

    If you want to try your luck with the rainbow trout, brown trout and large mouthed bass in our private lake please be our guest, the fishing is fabulous! If you’d like some pointers, especially on fly fishing, we have experienced people who will help you out.

  • #5 - Transfer Campground Hike
  • hike-128Transfer Campground
    (20 minutes to trailhead)
    Be in the mountains in a heartbeat for viewing, long hiking trails down the river bottoms and the mountain ridges or easy strolls through aspen and oak. Keep driving and hike Shark’s Tooth Mountain.

Activities and Areas of Interest by Category

History/Archaeology

Mesa Verde National Park
(10 minutes to entrance)
The spectacular giant of Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) Ruins – one of the 10 Wonders of the World and most visited sites in the area. The entrance to the World Heritage Site is only 10 minutes from Willowtail Springs. Visit for a day or more depending on your interest level.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park
(45 minutes)
Ute Mountain Tribal Park is owned and operated by the Ute Tribe. Larger than Mesa Verde National Park
, full day or half-day tours are available with a native Ute guide.  Guests are always amazed and thrilled by their experience here.

Crow Canyon Archeological Center
(40 minutes)
Become an archeologist for the day or the week.

Hovenweep National Monument
(1 1/2 hours)
Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. Explore towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders.

Canyon of the Ancients National Monument
(30 minutes)
Especially lovely late afternoon

Sand Canyon
(45 minutes)
The back entrance of Canyon of the Ancients and a popular 6.5 miles trail great for hiking and biking.

Anasazi Heritage Center
(30 minutes)
Museum of Ancestral Puebloan Culture. Two 12th Century archeology sites. Revolving Exhibits. Park and much more. Wonderful!

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This is another giant attraction of endless thrilling views and river gorges.
Comment: Think seriously about arranging to take the train one way and the bus or van and a jeep tour or river rafting upon return. One has two views and double the thrills with any of these alternatives.

Scenic Drives

San Juan Skyway Loop
Gorgeous, an enjoyable full day adventure. Drive along the Dolores River, thru mining towns and over three mountain passes. Take a picnic to enjoy while overlooking some of the most exquisite vistas in Colorado. Stop and explore the following historic towns along the way:

Ouray, “Little Switzerland”
(2 1/2 hours)
Hot springs
, ice climbing park, 
Bon Ton Restaurant, 
Buena Tempo Mexican Restaurant

Ridgway
(2 1/2 hours)
Orvis Hot Springs, 
Sandy’s Sunshine Kitchen, the fabulous 
Adobe Inn (5 Star Mexican, Great!!!!)

Silverton
(2 hours)
Small mining town with spectacular hiking, Four Wheel and Jeep tours. Stop here on the the Durango & Silverston Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Telluride
(1 1/2 hours)
Every weekend throughout the summer there is a festival in Telluride (Food, Blues, Jazz, Yoga, you name it). Hike Bridal falls, ride the Gondola to Mountain Village, eat amazing food – Hongas Restaurant (Asian, fresh & yummy!)

Four Corners National Monument
Touch 4 states at once!

Canyonlands National Park, Utah
(1 1/2 – 2 hours)
Expansive National Park playground wilderness. Canyons and buttes carved by the Colorado River.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
(2 1/2 hours)
A great day trip. Mostly smaller hikes and walks to view stone arches, pinnacles and balanced rocks.

Comb Ridge, Bluff, Utah
(2 hours)
Hike for hours or days!

Valley of the Gods, Utah
(2 1/4 hours )
Explore limitless hidden canyons, waterways and waterfalls

Mexican Hat, Utah
(2 1/2 hours)
Point of departure or take-out, San Juan River Trips, magnificent and varied landscapes.

Monument Valley
(2 1/2 hours)
Amazing sandstone buttes that rise up to 1,000ft off the valley floor. On the Navajo Nation and park of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

Skiing

We are located midway between Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort and Telluride. 
Purgatory
(60 minutes)
A true locals ski resort. Ski down Salvation, Nirvana or El Diablo then get a drink from the Bear Bar and sit on the ‘beach.’

Telluride
(90 minutes)
A steep and challenging mountain. Take the Gondola up and ski down.

Hesperus
(25 minutes)
The only night skiing in the area! A short drive for people who want an affordable, fun time.

Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Springs, CO
(2 hours)
There is always snow at Wolf Creek. Back country skiing at a ski area. Soak at Pagosa Springs Hot Springs at the end of the day.

Chicken Creek, Mancos (Cross Country)
Right down the road for those who prefer to avoid the droves of people and enjoy the quiet outdoors.

Water

River Rafting

Mountain Waters Rafting, Durango

Mild to Wild, Durango

Flexible Flyers, Durango

Durango Rivertrippers, Durango


Fishing

If you want to try your luck with the rainbow trout, brown trout and large mouthed bass at Willowtail Springs, the fishing is fabulous. If you want some pointers, especially on fly fishing we have experienced people who will come and give you some pointers.

Are you are itching for a day trip near by with one of the wonderful guides in Durango or Cortez? Here are a couple of good suggestions.

Duranglers

ProFlyFishers

McPhee Reservoir
The second largest body of water in Colorado, has both warm water and cold water fishing, swimming and boating
.

Naraguinnepp Reservoir
Take a boat or a fishing rod or just a picnic


Navajo Lake
Great place to go if you have boat. Fishing, tubing, relaxing in the sun.

Dolores River
Fly fish or float, only 20 minutes away.

Animas River
Plenty of white water rafting available in Durango.

San Juan River

Jeep Tours

Bicycling

You are in one of the Mountain Biking centers of the country. The trails and choices are unlimited.
 Bring your own bike or rent one in Cortez or Durango when you arrive. Click here to learn more.

Boggy Draw, Dolores
Great trails for beginner and intermediate bikers.

Durango, tons of off-road trails

Phil’s World, Cortez
World class mountain biking in our backyard. For the Intermediate to advanced mountain biker. Beware the rib cage!

Horseback

Rimrock Outfitters
A favorite with our guests, go up in the mountains, have dinner cooked and hear cowboy songs!

Rustler’s Roost
Also very good

Golf

Conquistador, Cortez


Dalton Ranch, Durango

Durango Mountain Resort

Piñon Hills, Farmington, New Mexico

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