The Best of the
Endless Durango Colorado Attractions
Not sure what to do while you're here?
We'll sort out the best Durango Colorado attractions for you. From extreme outdoor sports to fancy dining to Music in the Mountains... or just a stroll down Main Avenue to browse all the gift shops, we can help you find just the right things to do. And there are LOTS of things
You can start with hiking, or horseback riding. Or, if you're a little more energetic, how about mountain biking? For even more fun, race the train to Silverton in the annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic!
For rugged roads, you can rent a 4-wheel-drive, or an ATV...or take one of the guided tours on either of those, so you can watch the scenery without falling off the cliff!
Other great ways to enjoy the Durango Colorado attractions include several drives that don't require a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. There's the San Juan Circle drive, a day-long (or more) loop to see some nearby towns and mountains.
Or take the jaunt to Silverton on your own. The quaint little town has loads of charm and lots to do right there. And not far beyond it, there are old mines and a ghost town to explore.
Maybe you want family friendly ideas.
One of our favorite Durango attractions is the
dinner and music. They feed you a wild west supper (on tin plates!), then entertain you with old cowboy songs, newer cowboy songs, and funny songs that'll have you holding your sides. Possum stew anyone?
Maybe you have something a little more adventurous in mind.
How about challenging the Rio de las Animas (the River of Souls)? Families can take a one or more hour, guided raft trip. More ambitious folks can kayak down the rapids.
Of course there are the other water sports: fishing, fly fishing, water skiing, boating, and swimming. Oh wait, I forgot the hot springs. Soaking in a hot spring is a water sport, too, isn't it?
Like history and breathtaking views (and curves)?
Durango Colorado train
. The Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad follows the Animas River from Durango to Silverton (50 miles north) with three trains daily all summer, or partway up once a day in the winter (unless excessive snow prevents it). The jagged canyon scenery alone will enthrall you.
Or if more ancient history is your thing, check out another of the great Durango Colorado attractions: Mesa Verde National Park. A short drive west of Durango, this park is definitely worth your time.
The athletic among you will love all the places you can rock climb, or investigate the local Weminuche Wilderness. And, in the fall, you can go on guided hunting trips.
Or, if you like to fly, how about a glider ride? Yep. The Durango Colorado attractions include a glider company, and you can float over the Animas Valley with them. And not too far away, in Mancos or Silverton, you can even paraglide!
But back down on earth (where I prefer to stay), there's always golfing, for the golf enthusiasts of your group. And the Animas Museum, for those who like to know the history of the place they're visiting.
Don't forget to try
. You don't even need to go anywhere special. Just keep your eyes open and you're likely to see a wide variety of birds.
How about evening entertainment, you ask? Well, the Diamond Circle Theater has melodramas all summer long, the Diamond Belle Bar has a live piano player most nights, and there are numerous concerts, plays and movies to see while you relax for the evening.
What if you're visiting in the winter?
I don't know where to begin...
You can ski, snow board or snowmobile at
Durango Mountain Resort
(still known to the locals as Purgatory). They have runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding, trails for cross country skiing and trails for snowmobiling. Or you can use the oldest of methods to cross the snow: snowshoeing.
Ever heard of skibiking? How about snowcat skiing? I'd never heard of those before. (I don't downhill ski, my husband's knees won't ski anymore, and we've never taken the kids, either.) Durango Colorado attractions boast both of those options as well.
For the more adventurous, there's ice climbing. Brrr! Or ice fishing (nope, I don't like to get cold!). Or, go back country skiing. There are companies that will provide skiing equipment, train you a bit, and take you there.
And if you like it a little easier, there's always winter hiking or ice skating at the local ice rink. Or join the locals at Durango's winter festival, Snowdown.
No matter which of the Durango attractions you choose, you're sure to have fun.
For a complete list of Durango activities, check out the other Durango Colorado Attractions pages.
We hope to see you soon!
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