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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 salads, big sandwiche…
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 and cheese. Artful mains change with the seasons and…
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 American in Gunnison

Garlic Mike's

This place, just north of Gunnison on the road to Crested Butte, is generally regarded as the town's best place to eat. And for rural Colorado, it's a pretty darn authentic taste of Italy. Mike Busse, chef and resta…
Top Choice Winery in Palisade

Colterris

Sold in Colorado's finest restaurants, Colterris sits in a league of its own – a sip of its earthy, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon confirms. The inviting tasting patio has cheese with wine pairings and a general store …
Top Choice Modern American in Telluride

New Sheridan Chop House

With superb service and a chic decor of embroidered velvet benches, this is an easy pick for an intimate dinner. Start with a cheese plate, but from there the menu gets Western with exquisite elk shortloin and ravio…
Top Choice Pizza in Crested Butte

Secret Stash

With phenomenal food, the funky-casual Secret Stash is adored by locals, who also dig the original cocktails. The sprawling space was once a general store, but now is outfitted with teahouse seating and tapestries. …
Top Choice Waterfall in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Box Canyon Falls

This is a popular short walk from town, or you can drive to the signposted carpark off Box Canyon Rd. The waterfall is 285ft high and issues thousands of gallons of water each minute over a spectacular drop. The imm…
Top Choice National Park in Mesa Verde & the Four Corners

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 …