10 Things to Do in Bayfield That You Shouldn't Miss

January 19, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

Bayfield in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Forests. Discover best things to do in Bayfield with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Bayfield

1. San Juan National Forest

15 Burnett Ct, Durango, CO 81301-3647 +1 970-247-4874
Excellent
86%
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5 based on 474 reviews

San Juan National Forest

Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.

Reviewed By CathyP1953 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

What a beautiful ride in the San Juan Mountains. Our journey began in Durango, CO, with the beautiful trees along the route. The bright yellow leaves mixed with the reds and greens were just striking. The mountains faces were so unique as we climbed in elevation. The different color granites were just breathtaking. We made many stops to examine the area and take photos of the majestic scenery.

2. Fox Fire Farms Winery

5513 County Road 321, Ignacio, CO 81137-9690 +1 970-563-4675
Excellent
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Fox Fire Farms Winery

Fox Fire Farms is the only commercial vineyard, winery and tasting room in the Durango / Pagosa Springs area. We are located between Durango and Pagosa Springs Colorado. Fox Fire Farms is also one of the largest livestock farms in southwest Colorado. The scenic, pastoral view from the winery is stunningly green. We host events like "Friday Nights at Fox Fire" where every Friday night we have live music provided by a local band and food. (During Summer months only) We have a 100 year old, one room, country school house on the farm that has been fully restored. Open Thursday through Sunday 1:00 PM o 6:00 PM Closed November 1st to May 15th.

Reviewed By Susan A - Ignacio, Colorado

Good wine and an assortment to choose from, food and entertainment on designated nights. A place for all members of the family.

3. Altitude ATV Rental

Bayfield, CO 81122 +1 970-403-2260
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Altitude ATV Rental

Reviewed By chad756 - San Antonio, Texas

My family and I rented Two side by side ATV's from David and had a great time. Everything with the machines went well. Once off the main road and in the back country was when the adventure started, my wife was a bit nervous at first but took to it like a pro. I think she had the most fun of all of us, splashing through creeks and using the all wheel drive to climb the more challenging rocky hills she was all smiles. I had more fun seeing her than I did driving. David was great and insured we all felt safe, comfortable with the machines and provided good insight into were to have the most fun.

4. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

479 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301-5421
Excellent
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old West used over a hundred years ago. The route winds in and out of canyons and past open wilderness affording great views. The price of a ticket also includes admission to the D&SNGRR Museum and the Silverton Freight Yard Museum.

Reviewed By BCbikeGuy - Keremeos, Canada

We went on a pre-booked trip. The morning was dreary and a light drizzle was falling. Our car attendant was welcoming and did a great job of making sure we were comfortable and provided coffe (or other choices) quickly. We had chosen the dome car and it was a great choice although a more expensive option. Since this car was the last on the train we were able to get great pictures from the rear platform. Fortunately the day improved with bright sun by the lunch stop at Cascade. We had pre-ordered lunches and these were nicely made sandwiches with chips, apple and cookie. A very enjoyable day with magnificant scenery.

5. Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center

503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81137 +1 970-563-9583
Excellent
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center

Thank you for your interest in the Southern Ute Museum, located on the Southern Ute reservation, and operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, “Ute Seasons”, an exhibit of seasonal relevance for Ute people, begins in the Welcome Gallery. Timber and steel rise 60 feet toward a medicine wheel ceiling, offering a view of the sky. The Permanent Gallery tells the story of Ute people through large photographic curtains, life size replicas, video, audio, touchscreen equipment, and the “Circle of Life”, a multi-screen short film. The Temporary Gallery features “Mountain Lion!” (through September 2017), created by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. This family-friendly exhibit features large dioramas, calls of the lion, fossil representations, an informative video about large cats, and many artifacts. A Southern Ute Veterans exhibit, the latest display to be developed at the museum, presents a unique history of tribal members in the military. This exhibit provides cultural, historical, and educational information with panels, photographs, beadwork, basketry, a world map of historical military conflicts, and Navy diving helmet with select equipment. In addition to exhibits, “Behind the Scenes” tours are available. These specialized tours offer a closer look at the Museum’s inner workings, including the journey an object takes, beginning with arrival, to collections, to display. The tour also provides a unique insight and broader perspective of the Southern Ute Museum’s mission and purpose. Tours can accommodate families to large groups. There is a nominal charge, and reservations are required. Please call for more information. On behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, we invite you to visit our Museum, and hope you enjoy your visit to the land of the “Shining Mountains” in beautiful southwest Colorado.

Reviewed By countrygirl8050 - Manyana, Australia

This is an excellent museum particularly for overseas visitors like ourselves.There is a permanent gallery that tells of the unique history of the Ute people with imaginative and interactive displays.The temporary gallery had an educational exhibit on the mountain lion.The building itself is iconic in design and the staff are extremely courteous and helpful.There is an interesting gift shop with some traditional medicines.Hard to believe entry is free.

6. Horse Back Riding at Elk Point Lodge

21730 County Road 501, Bayfield, CO 81122-9703 +1 970-884-2482
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Horse Back Riding at Elk Point Lodge

Reviewed By balyAZ - Fountain Hills AZ

We had a group of six (3 moms, 3 kids 11 years old) who enjoyed a beautiful and relaxing morning horseback trip up the mountain and alongside the lake. The horses were well groomed and behaved. The trail bosses were attentive and friendly. And the mule deer were cooperative, standing still for photo ops along the trail!.
Afterwards the husbands joined us for a delicious and huge pancake, eggs, etc. breakfast lakeside.
We didn't stay at the lodge but recommend the Elk Point Lodge based on our wonderful experience with the horseback ride.

7. Animas River

Schneider Park, Durango, CO 81301
Excellent
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4.5 based on 271 reviews

Animas River

Reviewed By CathyP1953 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We loved our observations of the Animas River and we explored the Durango-Silverton, CO area. The blue color was just absolutely gorgeous as we traveled the mountainous road up to Silverton and back to Durango. The rapids were just so exciting to watch as the terrain was constantly changing from one bend in the river to another. So interesting to see this beautiful river!

8. Sky Ute Casino

14324 Highway 172 North, Ignacio, CO 81137-9762 +1 970-563-7777
Excellent
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4 based on 67 reviews

Sky Ute Casino

Reviewed By Doug S - Colorado Springs, Colorado

They have an excellent air filtration system. One of the few smoking casinos left. There is plenty of room around you, not all crowded up like some. The drive out to it is very beautiful and out in the country. Not much else in town, 2 gas station, the Ute Museum, 2 liquor stores and about 3 restaurants that are not part of the hotel. We stopped at the Rose. Don't get the Rib eye

9. Over The Top Adventures

802 Main Ave, Bayfield, CO 81303
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5 based on 1 reviews

Over The Top Adventures

We offer activities and guided adventures in Durango area for all experience levels. Fat bike/ mountain bike rental and tours. Stand up paddleboard/ kayak rentals and tours. Day hikes/ Snowshoeing rentals and tours

Reviewed By taylinhart - Chicago, Illinois

My husband and I were in Durango over the summer and came across Over The Top Adventures. Not being familiar with the area, Gabe showed us a great time hiking and paddle boarding (first time!) near Vallecito Lake. Prices are reasonable, views were amazing and Gabe was very knowledgeable about the area. We're looking forward to going back and recommend using this service again!

10. James Ranch

33846 Highway 550, Durango, CO 81301-7144 +1 970-385-6858
Excellent
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

James Ranch

Reviewed By Terri H - Helena, Alabama, United States

Stopped here for lunch mainly because it was convenient while out sightseeing and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip! My husband had a Sloppy Joe and I had a steak salad. The food was excellent and well priced, however the views are what make the experience. Seating is outside at a picnic table in the shade overlooking the pastures where they raise the cows, and the mountains. It was an extremely enjoyable dining experience!

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