Southwest Colorado

Why Wolf Creek Ski Area Near Pagosa Springs is Worth the Drive. Tranquility run. HeidiTown.com

It’s possible you heard because it’s been all over the news, but Wolf Creek Pass Ski Area opened this past weekend. Not only was it the first ski area to open in Colorado, but it was the first ski area to open in the country. Quite a feat for this comfy little family-run ski area in the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado. Located just 30-minutes from Pagosa Springs, I’ve

Take Road G to Wine Paradise Sutcliff Winery Blue Chairs

There’s a road in Southwest Colorado where the rocks take the shape of sculptures, where canyons are speckled by twisted green trees and low-lying mesas are camouflaged by vineyards. In addition to being home to thousands of ancient archeology sites, this is grape growing country. Located in the western part of Mesa Verde Country, close to the border of Utah, Road G runs from Cortez to Hovenweep, and there are

Cortez, Colorado, Blending the Past & Present, Fiesta Theater retro sign. HeidiTown.com

I love road trips and I love Americana, and Cortez has more “Americana” architecture on Main Street than I’ve seen in any other Colorado town. From the Cork n’ Bottle liquor store to the Retro Inn, vintage signs are standard fare around town. It gives this part of Colorado a “Route 66” type of feel even though that famous road is well south of the area. It had been years

Downtown Telluride, Telluride Blues & Brews Featured Festival

If you’re looking for great music in a splendid Colorado location, look no further than the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival on September 15-18, 2016. The Town Telluride represents the good life no matter how you interpret the phrase. Whether “the good life” means communing with nature, first-rate shopping, high-end dining or simply taking in a indescribably beautiful sunset – you’ll experience it in Telluride. Attending Telluride Blues & Brews

Featured Festival San Juan Brewfest HeidiTown (4)

As most of my regular readers already know, beer festivals are a dime-a-dozen here in Colorado. So how does one decide which festival is worthy of their patronage? Check with me! Today I’m here to tell you that San Juan Brewfest (August 27) rocks, and here’s why. Durango rocks Durango’s cool factor is off the charts. It’s brew-factor is also off the charts. There are six breweries and two distillers in

five things to do in pagosa springs this summer. tube the san juan river. HeidiTown.com

Last week I was a speaker at a tourism conference in Pagosa Springs, and it was a good reminder of the total awesomeness of this Southwest Colorado town. Pagosa Springs should be on your must-visit list this summer and here are five things you need to do once you get there. 1. Float the river in Pagosa Springs The best way to take advantage of a river that runs directly

Ska Brewing Tasters HeidiTown

Mayor’s note: I’m writing a three-part series on DOing Durango. Part one, focuses on the Durango brewery scene. Part two will focus on food. Part three will focus on touristy, fun activities you shouldn’t miss. If I had to use just one word to describe Durango, Colorado, it would be “chill.” People are friendly and the pace of life is a few clicks slower than along the Front Range of

the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad chugging through the canyon HeidiTown.com

I love trains. If you’ve been a fan of HeidiTown for any length of time you are already aware of my train obsession. I’m not into the technical stuff, but I like the experience of train travel and the nostalgia that comes with it. Train travel forces us to slow down and look around; something we should be doing on a daily basis. While in Durango last month, Ryan and

Ouray, Colorado by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer for HeidiTown.com

Do you seek out adventure? Or would you rather soak in hot springs all day? Does rappelling into a waterfall sound exhilarating? Or would you rather sit on a sun-soaked, rooftop patio drinking a beer? You can do all of these things and more in Ouray, Colorado. Ryan and I visited Ouray in March and we fell in love with the town. I hadn’t been to Ouray since my parents

Ice climbing in Ouray, not just for the pros

When I told people I was going ice climbing in Ouray, they would say, “I didn’t know you were a climber.” I’m not a climber. I had never even sat in a harness until my first zip lining experience in 2012. However, when I was offered the chance to go ice climbing with San Juan Mountain Guides, for some crazy reason I said yes. On our third day in Ouray,