Durango is a small town nestled at the base of the San Juan Mountains in the Animas River basin. It has an interesting history dealing with mining and railroads. Today it is the starting point for some of the most rugged and remote year-round outdoor recreation in Colorado. There is so much to do in the area around Durango, from rivers and lakes, to 4×4 trails and mountain climbing. The town itself has a vibrant scene with dozens of excellent restaurants, historic downtown, 5 microbreweries, and many shops.
Spend a day riding the historic 1882 narrow gauge railroad from Durango to Silverton! This trip cuts through the Animas River gorge with big views of peaks and high alpine meadows. Explore the historic mining town of Silverton before returning to Durango on the train or take a bus back to town. Learn more…
The Animas River runs right through the heart of Durango! Rafting is one of the most popular Summer activities. The area has world class Class IV-V advanced whitewater trips and family friendly floats through town. When the water is low, tubing is another great way to spend a day on the water! Learn more…
There are great 4×4 trails in the La Plata Mountains, just 30 minutes from Durango. The mining history in these mountains is rich and the scenery on you way up to 12,000 ft at Kennebec Pass is outstanding. You can take your own vehicle or get a guided tour from an outfitter in Durango. Be sure to get out early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms! Learn more…
Just a mile from downtown is a zipline operation in Durango. They have setup 12 spans and offer 2 hour and 3 hour zipline tours. Flying through the Ponderosa Pine trees is an exhilirating experience! There are some weight and height restrictions but most people can participate.
Animas River Trail
The City of Durango has installed a 7 mile trail following the Animas River right through town! There are many parks along the way and some fun stops like the DOW Fish Hatchery and Children’s Museum. Rent some bikes and cruise up and down the trail for half a day of fun.
Hike the Colorado Trail
The Colorado Trail runs 485 miles in length from Denver to Durango. There are several access points to the trail just outside of Durango up Junction Creek. The hike can be anywhere from 30 minutes to a full day or more, depending on how far you want to go. The mountain biking on the trail is also exceptional!