Suggested Itineraries

Summer:  Western Americana on Mountain Time

Step back in time to bygones days when the west was wild! From gunfights to saloon crooners, a historic steam train to chuckwagon dinners, Durango has maintained its western heritage and historic charm.  

Day 1
All aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a historic steam train ride to the mining town of Silverton. The 42-mile trip through breathtaking wilderness offers photo opportunities and sights you won’t see from the road. Enjoy lunch in Silverton before returning by train or coach bus to Durango, tour the Railroad Museum after returning to the Depot, freshen up before strolling historic Downtown Durango and enjoy dinner at one of our microbreweries or local restaurants. Before you settle in for the evening, stop by the Diamond Belle Saloon for a gunfight and ragtime music.

Day 2
Mesa Verde National Park
Situated in the hills 35 miles west of Durango, Mesa Verde Country is the archeological center of America. Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors an unforgettable opportunity to see and experience the life of the ancient Ancestral Puebloans. Visit the best-preserved Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings with over 4,000 ruin sites and 600 cliff dwellings. On your way back to Durango enjoy dinner at the Kennebec Café.

Day 3
Enjoy the beauty of the area with some adventure! Take a raft trip on the Animas River, horseback ride in the mountains, jeep ride to old mining towns, bike ride or stroll on the Animas River Trail. In the afternoon, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Durango including an Old West photo at Thru the Lens. In the evening, sing along under the stars at the Bar D Wranglers Chuckwagon dinner and western show.

Day 4
On your last day in Durango there’s still so much to do! Choose from something you discovered during your stay or try one of our recommendations: rent a pontoon boat at Vallecito Lake, hike on the Colorado Trail, experience our local agriculture with a tour of James Ranch, visit the Powerhouse Science Center or check out the Animas Museum.  

Colorado Winter Wonderland

Blue skies, fresh powder and crisp clean air…it’s easy to fall in love with this quintessential Colorado mountain town. Try snowcat or backcountry skiing, stroll Main Avenue, take an invigorating winter snowshoe hike or snuggle up for a sleigh ride. Try ice skating, skiing, beer tasting and enjoy a plethora of delicious cuisine. There’s so much to love about Durango including the casual friendliness of our locals, inspiring art galleries, boutique shopping and winter fun.

Day 1
Head for the slopes at Purgatory Resort. With over 1,325 skiable acres, 260” annual snowfall, 10 lifts, 2 terrain parks and almost every snow-centric activity imaginable, there is something for everyone from expert to beginner. Enjoy après ski drinks “on the beach” at Purgies before you head into town, and upon returning, try a sampling of our finest brews and dinner at one of our six craft breweries.

Day 2
Our winter wonderland offers a smorgasbord of winter activities. Choose from a snowmobile tour, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, a sleigh ride, ice skating or a train ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad through Cascade Canyon. Find your way back to town for dinner and a sleigh ride on Main Avenue.

Day 3
You’ve earned a day of rest and relaxation. Start with breakfast at Carver Brewing Co. followed by a massage and soak at Trimble Natural Hot Springs and Spa. Head to Historic Downtown Durango for lunch then shop the galleries and stroll Main Avenue. When you are ready for dinner, try one of our award-winning restaurants. End your evening with a show at the Durango Arts CenterHenry Strater Theatre, or live music at one of many venues.

Day 4
Hit the slopes one more time at Purgatory Resort. Enjoy snowbiking, The Plunge zipline, ski biking and tubing. Looking for adventure?  Try snowcat skiing or backcountry skiing. 

Summer Adventure:  Exhilaration in the Outdoors

Durango is the summer adventure hub! Nestled in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, there are mountain and river activities to create your quintessential Colorado vacation.

Day 1
Soar through the air at Soaring Tree Top Adventures. Accessible only by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Soaring offers two adventures in one. Enjoy soaring from tree to tree on the #1 Trip Advisor zipline adventure. If you want to stay closer to town, try ziplining and skywalks at Full Blast Adventure Center.  

Day 2
Durango is a biking Mecca. Rent a mountain bike and ride from downtown Durango on the 30 miles of maintained trails in the Horse Gulch area; ride down the slopes at Purgatory Resort; graduate to the Colorado Trail to gain a higher elevation. For a cruiser ride, try the Animas River Trail. If road biking is your pleasure, challenge yourself on the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic route over two mountain passes to Silverton. Relax your weary muscles with a soak and swim at Trimble Natural Hot Springs and Spa. Enjoy a beer tasting and dinner at one of our six craft breweries

Day 3
Durango is named for the river that runs through town. Enjoy a half day raft, kayak or float on the Animas River. Eat lunch on the riverside with a picnic from Bread or at the Animas River Café. For unmatched views, take in a round of golf or hit the driving range at Dalton Ranch or Hillcrest Golf Course. At the end the day tempt “Lady Luck” at Sky Ute Casino Resort.

Day 4
Learn to fly-fish on a guided trip, trail ride into the backcountry by horseback, ride The Plunge zipline or Alpine Slide at Purgatory Resort or take a jeep tour to old mining ruins. Don’t forget to take home the perfect souvenir or gift from a downtown gallery or gift shop.

Durango from our Historic Side

From our Wild West heritage we have assembled a top western vacation that only Colorado can offer. Take a trip to the simpler times when cowboys ruled and western charm prevailed.

Day 1
All aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a historic coal-fired, steam-powered train ride to the mining town of Silverton. The 42-mile trip through the breathtaking wilderness offers photo opportunities and sights you won’t see from the road. Enjoy lunch in Silverton before returning by train or coach bus to Durango, freshen up before strolling historic downtown Durango and enjoy dinner at one of our six craft breweries or other local restaurants. Before you settle in for the evening, visit the Diamond Belle Saloon for live piano entertainment or the Henry Strater Theatre

Day 2
Set out on a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Durango and 3rd Avenue, ending at the Railroad Museum. Head next door to the Palace for lunch, then visit the Toh-Atin Gallery and other galleries that dot Main and Second Avenue. Stroll historic downtown Durango and take an old western photo at Thru the Lens. In the evening, under the stars, enjoy the Bar D Wranglers Chuckwagon dinner and western show.

Day 3
Set out for a driving adventure on the San Juan Skyway as you follow the Million Dollar Highway North to Silverton, Ouray and back to Durango. The entire San Juan Skyway (recommended 2 day trip) is a 236-mile, breathtaking loop of paved, state maintained highways through the San Juan Mountains. The San Juan Skyway is designated as an All-American Road, a National Forest Scenic Byway and a Colorado Scenic & Historical Byway. The Skyway has been called one of the most beautiful drives in America, and has been described as a place “where the road touches the sky.”

Day 4
There’s plenty of history yet to discover: a visit to the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest StudiesAnimas Museum, or Mesa Verde National Park. Each of these full-day adventures provides a window to the history of Southwestern Colorado’s initial inhabitants.   

Create Summertime Memories of Family Fun

Families, reunions and multi-generational holidays find something for everyone in Durango’s playground. With 300+ days of sunshine, friendly locals and something for every budget, you will find Durango a favorite destination for destination group holidays.

Day 1
All aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a historic coal-fired, steam-powered train ride to the mining town of Silverton. The 42-mile trip through breathtaking wilderness offers photo opportunities and sights you won’t see from the road. Enjoy lunch in Silverton before returning by train or coach bus to Durango. Stop into Animas Chocolate Company or the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for a treat when you return to the depot and have dinner at Steamworks Brewing Co before you catch the gunfight in front of the Diamond Belle Saloon.

Day 2
Divide and conquer depending on what people want to do:  raft the Animas River on a 2 hour raft trip, take cruiser bikes on the Animas River Trail, hike Hogsback, Horse Gulch or the Colorado Trail. Enjoy lunch on the river at the Animas River Café then assemble the gang for an old west photograph at Thru the Lens. Rest up before you spend your evening at the Bar D Wranglers Chuckwagon dinner and western show.

Day 3
Take on a day of adventure ziplining at Full Blast Adventure Center or Soaring Tree Top Adventures. Another option is to head to Purgatory Resort for the Alpine Slide, the Plunge zipline, mini golf, hiking and a picnic in the mountains. In the evening, enjoy live music downtown, a performance at the Durango Arts Center or a live show at the Henry Strater Theatre

Day 4
Everyone will enjoy a day at the high mountain hamlet of Vallecito Lake. Take a breakfast, rent a pontoon boat for a cruise and fishing, or take an hourly horseback ride in the mountains. Remember to watch for the Ponderosa Pine commemorative carvings on the Tour of Carvings. End the day with a campfire near the lake.