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Things to do in Durango

Nestled in the heart of Southwest Colorado, Durango is a town rich in history, adventure, and natural beauty. Our team of locals is proud to share its unique charm and our curated list of the top things to do in Durango.

Known for its historic narrow-gauge railroad, Durango offers a journey back in time with the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Animas River runs through the town, offering world-class whitewater rafting and fly-fishing. Surrounding the town, the San Juan Mountains beckon hikers, bikers, and skiers with their trails and slopes. The nearby Purgatory Resort is a favorite for winter sports.

Culturally, Durango thrives with a vibrant arts scene, local breweries, and fantastic dining that showcases the spirit of the Southwest. Our tight-knit community values its heritage, welcoming visitors to experience the warmth and adventure of our home. Come see why Durango is not just a destination, but a way of life.

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About Durango, Colorado

Durango is where the Old West meets outdoor adventure. It offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and cultural richness. Boasting over 2-million visitors a year, there is good reason folks flock to this mecca of Colorado recreation.

Summer in Durango

Our favorite summertime activities in Durango include rafting, fly fishing, hiking and hopping on the train. For history enthusiasts, a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a must. This historic train journey offers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and a chance to explore the old mining town of Silverton or combine the train ride with ziplines, off-road tours or other fun adventures.

White water rafting down the Animas River offers thrilling family-friendly excursions, while the Durango Zipline Tour provides an adrenaline rush with a course soaring through scenic terrain. For a more relaxed pace, the Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa offers a serene getaway, and the Purgatory Alpine Slide at a nearby ski resort promises fun for all ages with its exhilarating rides.

Winter Activities in Durango

Winter in Durango, Colorado, is a wonderland of activities. For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Purgatory Resort offers a wide variety of trails, suitable for all skill levels. Families and those who prefer gentler activities can enjoy snow tubing at both Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area.

Relaxation seekers will find the Durango Hot Springs & Spa an ideal retreat with its numerous hot spring pools. For a unique experience, dog sledding through the picturesque San Juan Mountains offers an unforgettable adventure.

Cross-country skiing in La Plata Canyon provides a serene and scenic workout. Other activities include ice skating at the Chapman Hill Facility and taking leisurely sleigh rides through the stunning Animas River Valley, making Durango a perfect destination for a diverse winter experience.

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