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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace

The only way to see the superb Cliff Palace is to take the hour-long ranger-led tour. The tour retraces the steps taken by the Ancestral Puebloans – visitors must climb down a stone stairway and four 10ft ladders. T…
Top Choice Modern American in Grand Junction

626 on Rood

Elegant and inventive, this is contemporary American at its best, like whole plates of stunning heirloom tomatoes in season, house-made mozzarella and lobster mac 'n' cheese. Artful mains change with the seasons and…
Top Choice National Park in Southwest Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

A fascinating, if slightly eerie, national park. Anthropologists will love it here; Mesa Verde is unique among American national parks in its focus on maintaining this civilization's cultural relics rather than its …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Durango

Bookcase & the Barber

This modern speakeasy may be Durango's sexiest nightcap, hidden behind a heavy bookcase, with exquisite cocktails worth the $12 price tag and a dimly lit allure. Enter via the barbershop, but you'll need the passwor…
Top Choice Bar in Crested Butte

Montanya

The Montanya distillery receives wide acclaim for its high-quality rums. Its basiltini, made with basil-infused rum, fresh grapefruit and lime, will have you levitating. There are also tours, free tastings and worth…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Delta

Dry Mesa Dinosaur Quarry

Within the borders of the Uncompahgre National Forest, this bone-rich area yielded one of the most diverse Jurassic vertebrate collections in the world. Over a dozen different dinosaurs have been unearthed here sinc…
Top Choice Breakfast in Mancos

Absolute Baking & Cafe

The screen door is always swinging open at this town hot spot with giant breakfasts. Try the green chili on eggs – it’s made from scratch, as are the organic breads and pastries. Lunch includes lavender lemonade, sa…
Top Choice Market in Durango

James Ranch

A must for those road-tripping the San Juan Skyway, the family-run James Ranch, 10 miles out of Durango, features a market and an outstanding farmstand grill featuring the farm's own organic grass-fed beef and fresh…
Top Choice Brewery in Durango

Ska Brewing Company

Big on flavor and variety, these are the best beers in town. Although the small, friendly tasting-room bar was once mainly a production facility, over the years it’s steadily climbed in the popularity charts. Today …
Top Choice Southern US in Cortez & the Four Corners

Pepperhead

A haven of smoky Southwestern spice, this favorite sits in a colorful room adorned by a beautiful mural. Start with a grapefruit margarita – it's tart perfection. Also worthwhile are the posole (hominy stew), thin s…