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Resting between the San Juan peaks and the Monument Valley plains is a unique Colorado gem that blends the best of desert and mountain.

2020 threw my summer tradition for a loop (understatement for the world). Every June, we meet friends from Denver for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It’s my favorite — it falls on my birthday, Telluride is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, and the festival vibes can’t be beat.

Well, surprise, no Telluride Bluegrass this year! But every great tradition improvises as needed, and our annual meetup shifted from summer in Telluride to September in Durango, Colorado.

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I thought I knew Colorado mountain towns — I’d seen a few from Winter Park to Breckenridge — but these mountain towns had a little something different for us. …


Jim Burch

Arizona Adventurer | Writer | 9 to 5 Hiker

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