When it comes to outdoor adventure, Durango guarantees the only thing that will be cooler than the San Juan Mountain weather is the fun you can have on the trails. When the temperatures rise, Durango saddles up for waterfall trail rides on horseback with San Juan Sky Outfitters or Rapp Corral. Whether it’s hiking, mountain biking or off-roading, the quintessential mountain town offers a variety of exciting opportunities that make the most of the sunshine and Durango’s incredible natural offerings. For a summer breeze you’ll never forget, zip line over the San Juan Mountains with Soaring Tree Top Adventures. For family friendly fun, Purgatory Resort features everything from an alpine slide to a tranquil chairlift ride that explores the area’s stunning scenery. For an opportunity that’s “cool,” both in temperature and experience, ride the rails of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a breathtaking trip that takes you into the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness en route to the quaint mining town of Silverton.


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The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. 1-800-525-8855, www.durango.org
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Discover the Heritage of Ancestral Puebloans who made the Southwest Region their home for 700 years. With hundreds of archeological sites dotting the hillsides, with spectacular views and rich history. Mesa Verde National Park has the largest cliff dwellings remaining in North America and is one of the 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States. The Ancestral Puebloans farmed this area as far back as 600 AD, and lands fertility stretches along the horizon seen as we travel aboard a motor coach with a narrative of Mesa Verde National Park and local history.

If shade just isn’t cutting it to escape the summer sun, duck into one of Durango’s premier cultural establishments for some top-notch art. Discover one of the town’s award-winning art galleries or museums like Toh-Atin Gallery, Sorrel Sky Gallery or the Durango & Silverton Train Museum. When the sun drops, so does the temperature, making it the perfect time to take in live theatre and music on stages and at restaurants around Durango. Take advantage of the mountain’s cooler weather with open-air musical offerings like the Concert Hall @ the Park’s summer series or the rustic and rousing Bar D Chuckwagon. Summer isn’t the only season marked by Durango’s terrific temperatures; festival season has become a staple for Durango good-times, and events like Music in the Mountains, a three-week celebration of orchestral music, are the cream of the crop.

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​Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a ride into the Past on a 19th Century Steam Train. Take a journey back in time and step into the history of the American Wild West. Your journey begins in Durango a picturesque mountain town, nestled at the southwestern foot of the Rocky Mountains. We will travel aboard a motor coach for a breathtaking scenic ride to Silverton at 9,318 feet it is a visit you will not forget. A perfect combination of intimate restaurants, boutique shopping and supreme natural beauty adds to Silverton’s Victorian charm. From there, step onboard the D&SNRR train to travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery Colorado has to offer- the backcountry wilderness of the San Juan Mountains. Your historic, coal fired, steam-powered train travels up and down a winding narrow-gauge grade as you travel past cascading creeks and waterfalls, trough towering pines to view rugged snowcapped summits, following the Animas River on your way to Durango. 


CULTURE

Shaped by a rich and profound heritage, Southwest Colorado boasts some of the nation’s best-preserved and most interesting archeological offerings, from ancient dwellings to awe-inspiring wilderness. After spending a night in Durango, continue your exploration of sensational sleeping spots at Mesa Verde National Park, featuring the dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo as well as hiking trails and a museum. Take advantage of Durango’s central location with an archeological adventure to Chimney Rock National Monument or Chaco Canyon. Experience the thrill of being in four states at once at the Four Corners Monument, the intersection of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.  Explore the ruins and arches in the charming and historic town of Aztec, New Mexico


With a matchless combination of ancient tradition and contemporary flair, Southwest Colorado is a vacation destination that has something for everyone, and Durango is the perfect basecamp to explore all the area has to offer. Durango’s central location and easy access to activities from archeological wonders to historic mining towns make it the ideal starting point for all of your adventures. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend the night or spend the day, the mountain town is an escape in itself, featuring diverse and unique outdoor, cultural and culinary opportunities. Visit the Southwest, but vacation in Durango, Colorado.

ABOUT DURANGO

Durango Colorado is a picturesque mountain town, nestled at the southwestern foot of the Rocky Mountains. Located in the “Four Corners” region where Colorado meets Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Durango is the Perfect gateway to Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Chimney Rock National Monument. Durango is also home to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, making it a must see for history enthusiasts. The ride between Durango and Silverton aboard a historic steam train is a spectacular journey with in the heart of the Rocky Mountains along the Animas River; Durango offers an endless variety of year-round activities and world-class experiences. From Old West Heritage, Ancient Ruins, Art & Culture to Adventure Sports, Agri-Tourism and Special Events, Durango has something for all travelers.

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