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REGIONS

Our itineraries span 10 of Colorado’s premiere destinations. We consider our home of Snowmass, with access to world-class rivers, seven 14,000-foot peaks and wilderness right out the back door, the crown jewel of Colorado. It’s also the perfect base to explore the best of the state.

 

Southwest Colorado includes Silverton, Ouray and Telluride, known for rich mining history, spectacular Jeep roads through the San Juan mountains, and famous festivals like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Under-the-radar Durango offers scenic and exciting whitewater rafting, a unique blues train and one of the state’s best breweries.

 

Just north of Denver, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park offer scenic vistas, hiking and wildlife viewing. On the border of Utah and Colorado, Grand Junction shows off the desert side of the state with slick-rock mountain bike trails and its neighbors Palisade and Paonia are home to a burgeoning wine region and a sunbelt of orchards and farms.

 

Colorful, funky Crested Butte offers bucket-list mountain bike rides and wildflower filled high-alpine hikes. Glenwood Springs accesses spectacular Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River. And just over Independence Pass from Aspen, the Arkansas River Valley is home to the state’s highest (and some of the easiest) 14,000-foot peaks and the laid-back river towns of Buena Vista and Salida. And in Denver you’ll find a booming, hip city full of craft breweries, music venues and cultural offerings.

CRESTED BUTTE - 8,908ft/2,715m

Nestled in the Elk Mountain Range, colorful Crested Butte offers spectacular high-alpine hiking and mountain biking trails, rich mining history and festivals celebrating its wildflowers and funky mountain culture.

DENVER - 5,280ft/1,610m

Denver is much more than a launch pad for exploring Colorado. The Mile High City offers its own dose of mountain culture with inspiring outdoor spaces, stylish and arty neighborhoods, award winning bike sharing program, brewery trail tours, world-class music and galleries, museums and cultural events rivaling any large city.

ESTES PARK & ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - 7,522ft/2,293m

More than 100 peaks rise above 11,000 feet within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park and many of the taller peaks make up the Continental Divide, where snowmelt runs either west to the Pacific Ocean or east to the Atlantic.

 

The outdoor opportunities lure enough visitors to make it the most visited National Park in the country. Ten minutes away, Estes Park offers a riverfront downtown with one-of-a-kind stores and fine restaurants.

Located in the southwest corner of the state, near Mesa Verde National Park, the San Juan Mountains and the Animas River, Durango is home to every kind of outdoor activity a Colorado visitor could seek out.

 

Home to the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango is one part wild west, one part hip college town.

DURANGO - 6,512ft/1,985m

Home to the famous Grand Mesa, the largest flat top in the world, and nearby Colorado National Monument, a paradise for mountain bikers and photographers, Grand Junction accesses a variety of outdoor activities and agritourism opportunities on Colorado’s high-desert Western Slope.

GRAND JUNCTION - 4,640ft/1,414m
OURAY-SILVERTON REGION - 7,811ft/2,381m

Ouray has been called the Switzerland of Colorado, the Jeeping Capital of the World and an ice climbing Mecca. Its rugged and winding roads traverse a variety of terrain and its hot springs are some of the most scenic in the state.

 

Historic Silverton occupies a small valley between two rugged San Juan Mountain passes, and offers mining history, OHV trails, backcountry camping and hiking, fishing and more.

Wine, produce, art and the outdoors. Sound like the perfect combination? Paonia and Palisade are home to the best fruits, vegetables and wineries in the state.

 

Known as Colorado’s fruit basket, the region also hosts numerous festivals and endless opportunities for hiking, ATVing, mountain biking, fishing, dirt biking and more.

PAONIA-PALISADE REGION - 5,574ft/1,699m
REDSTONE & MARBLE - 7,203ft/2,195m

Off the beaten path, the beautiful Crystal River Valley and the two communities of Marble and Redstone offer mining history, ghost towns and dramatic mountain scenery. On the banks of the Crystal River, Redstone is home to the luxurious and historic Redstone Castle, which has housed guests like John D. Rockefeller and Teddy Roosevelt.

 

Marble, best known for its quarries that produced the white marble in the Lincoln Memorial Monument and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, offers easy access to 4x4 trails, hiking and camping.

Located in the heart of the Elk Mountain Range and near the world-famous Maroon Bells, Snowmass offers alpine views and access to everything a mountain lover could want—hundreds of miles of scenic, wildflower filled hiking trails, more than 50 miles of carried singletrack, crystal-clear rivers for rafting and fishing and festivals of every kind.

SNOWMASS - 9,100ft/2,774m
TELLURIDE - 8,750ft/2667m

Set in a picturesque box canyon in the San Juan mountains with Colorado’s longest free-flowing waterfall in the background, Telluride has transformed from a remote mining town to a jet-set destination.

 

Its Victorian downtown offers hip boutiques, while its surrounding mountains entertain hikers, bikers, climbers and Jeepers.

CONTACT US

Ursus Adventures

1 Village Mall

Snowmass Village, CO 81623