What to do
Tour ancient cliff dwellings, ski CO's best terrain, and explore nearby mountain towns.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is home to an estimated 30,000 archeological sites of native cultures. Check out the Sand Canyon Trail for a good hike through these ancient ruins – the trailhead is just across the road from the vineyard.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park houses some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan sites in the U.S. With miles of roads for sightseeing, miles of trails for hiking and a fabulous restaurant featuring Sutcliffe as their house wine, the Park is a must-see.
Hovenweep National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument is located on land in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. Hovenweep offers six separate prehistoric ruined villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. These ruins are different from the classic Puebloan ruins. These are high towers, almost like a castle, built along the canyon rim.
Telluride, less than a two-hour drive from the vineyard, is a lively mountain town with excellent restaurants and bars, a quaint main street, and some of the best ski terrain in Colorado. Ride the gondola for a spectacular view.
Durango is the largest town in Colorado’s southwest, offering a wide array of dining options, breweries and distilleries, and the famous Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Sand Canyon and Rock Creek Trailhead - moderate - Across from Sutcliffe Vineyards is a beautiful hike of the red rock canyons. Bring lots of water!
Goodman Point Trail - easy -1.1 mile loop trail located near Cortez, Colorado. Best in April until October.
Sharkstooth Pass Trail - moderate - 3 mile trafficked out and back trail located near Mancos, Colorado. Best from March until September. Dog friendly.
McPhee Overlook - moderate - 7.1 mile out and back trail located near Dolores, Colorado that features a lake.
Boggy Draw Trail - moderate - 8.4 mile trafficked loop trail located near Dolores, Colorado. This trail is mostly used for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. Dog Friendly.
Madden Peak - hard - 4.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Hesperus, Colorado. Stunning view of the La Plata Canyon at the top.
Priest Gulch and Highline Driveway Loop Trail - hard - 15.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dolores, Colorado. Dog friendly.