Lakehouse log cabin with pinon privacy Fall foliage with lake reflections and magnificent mountains Bungalow cabin living room with vintage furniture and South Eye window Cozy privacy corner in bungalow log cabin on lake Hot tub for two with seating over Willowtail Springs private lake Successful release of adolescent golden eagle through the CO Division of Wildlife Garden Cottage cabin master bedroom with views to private gardens Gorgeous iris gardens leading to Garden Cottage cabin in spring Sunrise over private Willowtail Springs lake and background forests of pinon, ponderosa, cedar Lakehouse cabin living room and chaise lounge overlooking lake and mountains Pathways to Willowtail Springs adventures and beautiful views Lush pathways with wrought iron steps leading to Lakehouse and Bungalow Aspen in fall in San Juan mountains very close to Willowtail Springs Your hosts, Peggy and Lee, on Lakehouse deck with pastel painting

Four Corners Area Adventures

The Top Five (as rated by our guests)

  1. Mesa Verde National Park
  2. Ute Mountain Tribal Park
  3. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  4. Fishing at Abode at Willowtail Springs
  5. Transfer Camground Hike 

 Brown Trout in private lake at Willowtail Springs
Rainbow Trout in private lake at Willowtail Springs.

 

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Local History / Archeology

Mesa Verde National Park
(10 minutes to entrance)

The spectacular giant of Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) Ruins
 – one of the 10 Wonders of the World and most visited sites in the area. The entrance to this World Heritage Site is only 10 minutes from Willowtail Springs. Visit for a day or more depending on your interest level.

 Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park
(45 minutes)
Ute Mountain Tribal Park is owned and operated by the Ute Tribe. 
Larger than Mesa Verde National Park
, full day or half-day tours are available with a native Ute guide.  Guests are always amazed and thrilled by their experience here.

Crow Canyon Archeological Center
(40 minutes)

Become an archeologist for the day or the week.

Hovenweep National Monument
(1 1/2 hours)

Canyon of the Ancients National Monument
(30 minutes)
Especially lovely late afternoon

Sand Canyon, back entrance of Canyon of the Ancients
(45 minutes)

Lowry Pueblo

Anasazi Heritage Center
(30 minutes)
Museum of Ancestral Puebloan Culture. Two 12th Century archeology sites. Revolving Exhibits. Park and much more. Wonderful!

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This is another giant attraction of endless thrilling views and river gorges.

Comment: Think seriously about arranging to take the train one way and the bus or van and a jeep tour or river rafting upon return. One has two views and double the thrills with any of these alternatives.

Scenic Day Drives

San Juan Skyway Loop
Gorgeous, an enjoyable full day adventure. Drive along the Dolores River, thru mining towns and over three mountain passes. Take a picnic to enjoy while overlooking some of the most exquisite vistas in Colorado. Stop and explore the following historic towns along the way:

Ouray, "Little Switzerland"
(2 1/2 hours)
Hot springs
, ice climbing park, 
Bon Ton Restaurant, 
Buena Tempo Mexican Restaurant

Ridgway
(2 1/2 hours)
Orvis Hot Springs, 
Sandy's Sunshine Kitchen, the fabulous 
Adobe Inn (5 Star Mexican, Great!!!!)

Silverton
(2 hours)
Mining tours, Blue Grass Festival, four wheel and Jeep thrills

Telluride
(1 1/2 hours)
Bridal Falls, many festivals: Film, Blues and Brews, Bluegrass and others. Hongas Restaurant (Asian, fresh & yummy!)

Four Corners National Monument
Touch 4 states at once!

Canyonlands National Park, Utah
(1 1/2 - 2 hours)

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
(2 1/2 hours)

Comb Ridge, Bluff, Utah
(2 hours)
Hike for hours or days

Valley of the Gods, Utah
(2 1/4 hours )
Explore limitless hidden canyons, waterways and waterfalls

Mexican Hat, Utah
(2 1/2 hours)
Point of departure or take-out, San Juan River Trips, magnificent and varied landscapes

 Monument Valley
(2 1/2 hours)

Fishing & Boating

If you want to try your luck with  the rainbow trout, brown trout and largemouthed bass at Willowtail Springs, the fishing is fabulous.
If you want some pointers, especially on fly fishing we have experienced people who will come and give you some pointers.

Are you are itching for a day trip near by with one of the wonderful guides in Durango or Cortez?
Here are a couple of good suggestions.

Duranglers

ProFlyFishers

Try some of the fabulous areas close by Willowtail Springs

McPhee Reservoir
The second largest body of water in Colorado, has both warm water and cold water fishing, swimming and boating
.

Naraguinnepp Reservoir
Take a boat or a fishing rod or just a picnic


Navajo Lake

Dolores River

Animas River

San Juan River

Bicycling

You are in one of the Mountain Biking centers of the country. The trails and choices are unlimited.
 Bring your own bike or rent one in Cortez or Durango when you arrive.  Click here to learn more.

Boggy Draw, Dolores

Durango, tons of off-road trails

Horseback Riding

 Rimrock Outfitters
A favorite with our guests, go up in the mountains, have dinner cooked and hear cowboy songs!

Rustler's Roost
Also very good

Golf

Conquistador, Cortez


Dalton Ranch, Durango

Durango Mountain Resort

Piñon Hills, Farmington, New Mexico

Click here for more.

Hiking

Limitless! A couple of good options:
Dolores Canyon Overlook (1 1/2 hours)
Ponderosa forest entrance ending in deep SW canyons of pinion and juniper. This one is an unexpected and spectacular surprise.

Transfer Campground (20 minutes)
Be in the mountains in a heartbeat for viewing, long hiking trails down the river bottoms and the mountain ridges or easy strolls through aspen and oak. Keep driving and hike Shark’s Tooth Mountain.

Goodman Point
Short hike from the car. Partially excavated site. Spectacular views. Overlooks Canyon of the Ancients.

River Rafting

Mountain Waters Rafting, Durango

Mild to Wild, Durango

Flexible Flyers, Durango

Durango Rivertrippers, Durango

Jeep Tours

Outlaw Jeep Tours

Skiing

We are midway between Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort and Telluride. 
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

Telluride

Hesperus
(20 minutes from Mancos
)

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Chicken Creek, Mancos (Cross Country)

 
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