Things To Do in Durango
Outdoor adventure in and around Durango is incredible! Surrounded by towering mountain peaks and back country wilderness, the Durango, Colorado area is a four-season outdoor paradise. Picture postcard perfect. Rivers can be glittering calm for trout fly-fishing or rushing with whitewater rapids for the avid rafting thrill-seeker. Sky blue mountain lakes, bounding wildlife, meadows of wildflowers, groves of aspens, pines that reach for the sky, hundreds of developed campgrounds, dark nights with the brightest stars, ski-slopes with deep bases, and best of all, clean, crisp mountain air. If you have a love affair with undisturbed nature, Durango, Colorado is an ideal vacation destination.
The weather in Durango is rather pleasant all year but temperatures and winter snow conditions can shift dramatically due to changes in elevation, so plan accordingly for the season and whatever you plan to do in the Durango area.
Recreational bliss in every direction. Durango is known for its extensive selection of outdoor activities. World-class snow-skiing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, jet-skiing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, camping, lake fishing and scenic drives woo and wow visitors from around the globe.
While back country hiking lures the more rugged crowd, miles of hiking trails hug river banks for pleasant strolls anytime of the year. Anglers enjoy some of the best Durango fishing. Boaters skim across the reflective opulence of Vallecito Lake. And golfers take their swing to the mountain valley greens.
They call it Purgatory but it feels like heaven. With white powder over humbling slopes, Durango becomes a true winter wonderland. Colorado's gorgeous snow-covered mountains are sure call to the outdoor enthusiast in you. Skiing is hugely popular in Durango, especially at Durango Mountain Resort. And after a day of downhill adventure, there's nothing better than a soak in one of the area's restorative hot springs.
More local fun. Of course you don't have to leave the town of Durango to partake in activities amidst natural attractions. The Animas River flows through Durango and features mild river rafting that can really turn up the volume to rough whitewater rapids when the winter snow melts in the surrounding mountains.
The Chapman Hill Ski Area next to Fort Lewis College offers hours of snow time without the frills of the bigger, outlaying slopes. There is even an indoor ice-skating rink that can be used for roller-skating in the warmer months.
And when you've experienced all the fun you can handle in one day, head to your Durango Hotel, Vacation Rental or Romantic Bed and Breakfast and get ready for dinner at one the fine Durango restaurants. Hmmm… now what will you do tomorrow?
Durango Activities and Attractions
Favorite Durango Attractions
Pick your passion. Camping, snow-skiing and sleeping under the stars may not be your thing. Instead, attend an annual festival or event, visit Durango's Railroad Museum, enjoy a stage show at an old-fashion theater, be entertained at the Community Concert Hall, play at the casino, or meander around the campus of Fort Lewis College.
Rich with historical attractions. The beauty that surrounds Durango is matched by its Old west history and collection of ancient Indian ruins left as a gift by prehistoric Puebloan peoples, centuries ago. There are wonderful opportunities to explore premier archeological wonders in both Mesa Verde N.P. and the San Juan National Forest.
Simply stroll Historic Downtown Durango to feel the aura of years gone by when early pioneers flocked to the area in the 1870s in search of gold and silver. Much of the architecture built during those times is not only still standing but still in-use today.
From natural wonders and archeological treasures to charming towns with unique places to shop and sightsee, Durango is a sure bet for exploration, adventure and family fun. Come. Discover the magic. Again and Again.
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