Last summer, we shared 100 unique ways to spend the season in Durango. From farmers markets and music festivals to secret bars and rugged alpine hikes, our visitors enjoyed a jam-packed summer of wild mountain adventure.

One year later, we’re adding 100 more bullets to your Colorado bucket list. This time, it’s about more than just the activities. It’s about special moments shared with special people, wild adventures under the southwestern sun, and making more time for more memories. Take on the Summer 200 Challenge and discover the Real Colorado in the southwestern oasis of Durango.

Experience the Local Event Scene

Explore Hot, New, and Trendy Places around Town

Complete the Backpacking Bucket List

Photo: Kyle Ledeboer

Find Live Music and Shows in the Mountains

Photo: Sky Capture Studios

Try something you’ve never done before

Dive into Southwestern Culture and History

Test your Physical Limits

Spend Every Night Outdoors

Find Unique Animal Experiences

Photo: Kim Shivers at James Ranch

Take on Durango’s Best Day Hikes

  • Summit Perins Peak for a birds eye view of town
  • Climb the switchbacks from Junction Creek to Gudy’s Rest for a wild, remote view
  • Find unrivaled views from the Purgatory Cliffs on the Elbert Creek Trail
  • Hike to Park Point in Mesa Verde National Park for a 360-view of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado
  • Skip the Engineer crowds and wander the drainage to Jura Knob
  • Drop a fishing line at the end of the 6 mile trail to alpine Crater Lake
  • Straddle the Continental Divide at the Lobo Overlook
  • Take on the steep Smelter Mountain Trail, where you’ll gain over 1,000’ in less than a mile
  • Laze around one of Colorado’s best beaches at Vallecito Reservoir and wander the trails
  • Find the lesser known access point to Adrenaline Falls for an easy waterfall hike