Durango offers an endless variety of year round activities and world-class experiences for the entire family. Take a trip through breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest aboard the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Retrace ancient footsteps of the Ancestral Pueblo people who once lived in cliff dwellings located in nearby Mesa Verde National Park. Take a stroll back in time with a walking tour of downtown Durango, explore Durango’s eclectic shops and art galleries, and channel your child’s inner artist at the Children’s Museum.
A Colorado vacation isn’t complete without enjoying (or participating in) a uniquely Durango special event! Race the Train to Silverton on your bike, enjoy a summer gallery walk or outdoor movie night, and don a zany costume for Durango’s annual winter celebration. In Durango, there’s always a reason to celebrate!
Downtown Durango has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco – enjoy them! Indulge in one of the award winning Durango restaurants, throw peanuts on the floor of a family-friendly brewpub, or curl up on a comfy couch in one of Durango’s cozy coffee shops.
Hike through fields of Colorado wildflowers in early summer, mountain bike endless miles of Colorado bike trails [link to: durango.org biking page], and raft the waters of one of the last free flowing rivers in the West. Get in touch with your adventurous side on a jeep or dogsled tour of Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains and ski the locals’ favorite terrain at Durango Mountain Resort while soaking in some of the most spectacular views of any Colorado ski resort. For those seeking to unwind, enjoy a meandering road trip along southwest Colorado’s scenic byways, a leisurely sailboat ride on pristine Vallecito Lake, or a rejuvenating soak in Durango’s mineral hot springs.
There is so much to do, see, and experience in Durango. Click on an activity below to learn more about summer activities in Durango, or check out other activities by season: year round, spring, summer, fall, and winter.