With activities for visitors of every age and preference, it’s no wonder Durango is known for offering “a dozen vacations in one destination.” We’ve rounded up a list of 9 things to discover during your mountain holiday. There’s so much to see and do in this picturesque setting, we think you might be tempted to stay in Durango for a little while longer.

 

1. The Great Outdoors

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The mountains, forests, rivers and canyons that surround Durango create the ultimate natural playground. Travellers will have a hard time choosing out of the many options to explore these great outdoors. You can hike, bike, climb or paddle, but adrenaline seekers also have the option of off-roading in Jeeps or ziplining through gorgeous landscapes in the area. 

 

2. Old Country Charm

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Durango knows how to preserve the western charm of Colorado. Whether you’re on the back of a horse in the beautiful mountains or taking a horse and carriage down Main Street, your inner cowboy will thank you! Be sure to visit the Diamond Belle Saloon where the piano bar, saloon girls, and live gunfights will have you feeling like you’ve walked right into the cowboy era.

 

3. The Historic Rails

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How often do you get the chance to travel through scenic mountains in an old-fashioned steam train? The old-world cars of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are a fun and unique way to take in the beautiful wilderness of the San Juan Mountains. The rail service between Durango and Silverton is made even better when combined with drinks and live music on the Durango Brew Train or during Durango Wine and Rails.

 

4. Soothing Spas and Springs

Something about the picturesque backdrop of Durango makes any holiday more relaxing. Take a dip in the local hot springs or visit one of the spas in town and let yourself unwind before a night out on the town.

 

5. Culinary Delights

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From comfort food to fine dining, the evolving food scene is making Durango a culinary destination. Unique farm-to-table programs ensure you get to savour the flavours of local ingredients. Get a real taste of Durango by pairing your meal with a local wine or beer from one of the six craft breweries in town.

 

6. Festivals Galore

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If your ideal escape includes a dash of exciting entertainment, then Durango is sure to put you in a festive mood. Music lovers can enjoy concerts in the park, an evening at the symphony and a variety of live music events year-round. For those who would rather celebrate with food, festivals like Taste of Durango, Music in the Mountains  and the Durango Wine Experience will fill both your heart and belly. 

 

7. The Perfect Base

Four Corners National MonumentFlickr/Vicki Watkins

A short drive from Durango will take you to The Four Corners Monument, where you can be in four places at one time (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah).

Durango’s location makes it a great base to explore the surrounding landscapes and national parks. Stay at an authentic Victorian hotel or maximize the outdoor fun at one of the many RV parks and campgrounds nearby.

 

8. A Close Knit Community

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It won’t take long to notice the hometown feel in Durango. The community is close-knit and thriving. Bright, welcoming smiles greet visitors and neighbours like old friends. To really become one with the locals, join in on the 
various community events held throughout the year, like outdoor summer movie nights, weekend farmer’s markets and community bird walks.

 

9. Archaeological Treasures

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The budding Archaeologist won't be left out on your trip to Durango. Intrigued visitors can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mesa Verde National Park  and Chaco Canyon or learn more about the rich history at other archaeological sites and museums around Durango. Bring your camera for some otherworldly photos-ops.

 

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