Autumn is arguably one of the best times to visit Mesa Verde Country. It’s an area renowned for its rich culture, history, agritourism, adventure and more. Fall colors bloom, and the crisp air is just right for outdoor recreation – no scorching heat or biting cold!
There are two scenic byways that offer a beautiful glimpse at the glow of fall. The San Juan Skyway is Colorado’s first National Forest Scenic Byway and has been dubbed “The Most Beautiful Drive in America. The Trail of the Ancients, which is the only National Scenic Byway dedicated to archaeology, takes you on a journey from the past to the future, and from adventure to understanding.
From single tracks to challenging climbs in the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde Country offers more than 600 miles of trails. Mountain bikers will encounter everything from slick rock to old growth forest. But one thing that’s not here? The crowds! Must-ride trails include Sand Canyon Trail in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (the only place you can ride past ancient cliff dwellings!) and Phil’s World Trail System (a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails). Learn more and watch a video here.
Dolores Harvest Festival, October 8
This fest is all about the Montezuma County apples and produce. Local hard apple cider and beer, a pie walk, apple and cider tastings, preserves, crafts, music and more!
Farview Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park is located 15 miles inside the park grounds at an altitude of 8,200 feet. The lodge not only has beautifully appointed rooms, it also boasts the Metate Room, an onsite fine dining restaurant. The lodge is offering special rates until its season closure on Oct. 23.