2014 Story Ideas: A Dozen Vacations in One Destination
Durango, CO (February 2, 2014)--Nestled in the southwestern foot of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado, Durango boasts over a dozen vacations in one destination! From ancient ruins, arts and culture to adventure sports and agritourism; it’s time to The location is known as the “Four Corners” region where Colorado meets Utah, Arizona and New Mexico-- the perfect gateway to experience the history of the American West.
1. Old West Heritage. Step back in time and bring the Wild West to life. Enjoy the Bar D Chuckwagon, a dude ranch, set off on a self-guided walking tours; visit the Animas Museum, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, Durango Discovery Museum, or the Southern Ute Cultural Center. There are gunfights, carriage rides and Melodrama at the Strater Hotel.
2. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Ride a historic steam train along the Animas River through the remote wilderness to the mining town of Silverton. Seasonal theme rides include the Dinosaur Train™, Polar Express, Blues and Brews Train, or True West Railfest. www.durangotrain.com
3. National Parks & Monuments. Durango is the gateway to culture and history: UNESCO World Heritage site-Mesa Verde National Park, Chimney Rock National Monument, archeological sites at Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancient National Monument, the Aztec Ruins, Four Corners National Monument, Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum, and the Center for Southwest Studies.
4. Adventure. From rafting the Animas River to mountain biking over 200 miles of single-track trails, zip lining, rock climbing to hiking, backpacking, golfing mountain courses, horseback riding and paddle boarding. There is an adventure just out your door!
5. Skiing/Summer on the Mountain. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort was named as the best value ski spot by TripAdvisor for 2013/2014 and is recognized as a top family-friendly resort. Winter operations include 88 trails, five terrain parks, 10 chairlifts and 1,360 skiable acres. Other activities include dog sledding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice climbing, snowbiking, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and more. Summer adventures include: Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, mountain bike uplift, miniature and disc golf, Sky Hike Adventure Ropes Course and Water Runners, Diggler Mountain Scooters, Purgatory Plunge Zipline, climbing walls, bungee trampolines, mechanical bull and bounce house. Home to the first World Mountain Bike Championships in 1990, Purgatory features 10 mountain bike trails for all ability levels and offers mountain bike rentals on site.
6. Arts & Culture. A hidden jewel in the arts world, over a dozen art galleries carry treasures from Contemporary, Western and Southwestern art represented with sculptures, jewelry, pottery, baskets, photography and furnishings. The exceptional summer music festival, Music in the Mountains, runs July 7 - 28. Enjoy outdoor public art, Center of Southwest Studies, Durango Arts Center, Tour of Carvings at Vallecito Lake, Durango Discovery Museum, and live theatre at the Durango Arts Center, outdoor concerts, and a wide array of live music at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
7. Outdoor Sportsman. Southwestern Colorado is a sportsman’s playground with hunting, guided hunting outfitters, pack trips, horseback riding, fly-fishing on the Gold Medal Waters of the Animas River and Vallecito Lake, 4x4 trails and jeep tours. Visit the Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.
8. Leisure and Luxury. Choose from over 80 restaurants for fine and casual dining, three historic hotels, and 5 craft breweries for award-winning craft brews. Soak at Trimble Hot Springs, relax at a spa, or stroll historic downtown for boutique shopping.
9. Touring. On a motorcycle or by car, the scenic San Juan Skyway winds through mountain, alpine and high desert regions on a 233-mile scenic byway. Take a tasting tour of our 5 craft breweries or a guide trip to Mesa Verde National Park. For recreation on a pristine high mountain lake visit Vallecito Lake.
10. Agritourism. A rural experience where tourism and agriculture meet! With the increased awareness of sustainability and local resource, agritourism is a growing travel trend. The new El Moro Spirits & Tavern celebrates history and agriculture with farm-to table dining in a renovated saloon. Where does your food come from? Experience 400-acre James Ranch, Linda’s Local Food Café, Fox Fire Farms, Honeyville, farm-to-table dinners, Farmer’s Markets, craft breweries and much more!
11. Special Events. Celebrate at our (almost) weekly summer festivals, parades and celebrations including: Apple Days, San Juan Brew Fest, Iron Horse Chef at the Durango Farmer’s Market, Animas River Days, Music in the Mountains, Fiesta Days, La Plata County Fair, Heritage Days, Cowboy Poetry Gathering, San Juan Brew Fest, Showcase of the Arts, Four Corners Bikers Rally, Salute to America, True West Railfest…
12. Groups and Meetings. From educational trips, group meetings, business retreats to family reunions and sporting team events. Durango provides a venue that creates a memorable and unique event. Bring your children for a soccer summer camp, art lessons, organize a dude ranch retreat, or take your business meeting on the river. Think outside.
Over a dozen ideas to inspire your summer vacation. Packages and lodging available at: https://www.durango.org/lodging/info.aspx For information on planning a trip to Durango visit www.durango.org. Like us at “visitdurango” on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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-GO DURANGO, www.durango.org