Just another roadside attraction

There is no shortage of charming roadside attractions that grace the scenic highways and byways surrounding this fair town of ours. With just too many classics to be featured on these pages, here is a slight, but prime selection of our local favorites. Remember to tread lightly and most importantly, drive safely!

One can still make out the wagon-wheel ruts of the Old Spanish Trail located on the south side of HWY 160 between Mancos and Durango. This historic trade route was utilized until the 1850s connecting settlements of Northern New Mexico clear to Southern California.

Ava Kay Quade, of Austin, Texas, ponders the geothermal waters of the Pinkerton not-so Hot Springs located north of Durango, off HWY 550. Laced with minerals and painted with colorful algae, this lovely site is not to be missed.

Just west of Mancos is one of the oldest apartment buildings in the area. While the original landlord remains a mystery, it is presently managed by the National Park Service. This roadside attraction is very popular among out-of-state visitors.
This ancient gambel oak lives off HWY 160 atop Mancos Hill and must hold a state title for age. While we will keep its exact location somewhat obscure, hardwood enthusiasts will surely consider this beauty worthy of a pit-stop.