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Welcome to the official blog of Durango.org. We hope to inspire you to make your Durango visit truly unique. Get ideas of places to see, things to eat and paths to explore. We would love to hear your feedback! What do you want to know about Durango? What would you like to share about your Durango experience!? social@durango.org

5 Day - Family Budget Itinerary

13 Feb, 2017

Day One

First off, welcome to Durango! For your first day, we recommend checking out and getting a feel for this incredible mountain town with a scenic hike to show you gorgeous views of our little mountain town.

Climb Smelter Mountain and check out the view to the north. Hike from downtown to check out the Lion’s Den by Fort Lewis College and see the La Plata Mountain Range. Another popular lookout can be found at the top of the Animas Mountain trail.  Animas Mountain gives you incredible views up the Animas Valley, toward the Needles Mountains. After taking in the views, check out historic downtown Durango’s charming shops and restaurants to let you really get the local feel.

Day Two

While you’re getting acclimated to the altitude, take time to take in Durango’s rich history. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is, and was, an integral part of the establishment of this mountain town. There is a free railroad museum to explore or you can head over to the Animas Museum – a historic building from Animas City. This museum walks you through the town’s history (Durango used to be two towns – Durango and Animas City!) In the afternoon take a Durango Jeep tour that will take you to the top of the San Juan Mountains and give you picturesque views and a little lesson on all things Colorado.

Day Three

Durango is home to the Animas River, known as the River of Lost Souls. When the summer heat hits, the river becomes the lifeblood of the town. Take a half-day trip down the river with Mild to Wild and get some whitewater splashes with a unique view of the town. The Southwest also has some great hot springs, a little reminder of the volcanic origins of the area. The Piedra hot springs are about 40 minutes from Durango and are natural hot springs located on the banks of the Piedra River. Soak in the hot water and take in the wild Weminuche wilderness – the largest wilderness area in Colorado. You can also explore the Piedra River from a raft, with some Colorado intermediate or high adventure Colorado whitewater rafting!

Day Four

Southwest Colorado is home to some of the most well-preserved Native American ruins in North America. Mesa Verde National Park has the largest collection of cliff-dwellings and is a mere half hour from Durango. You can visit the park on your own, but to get the best experience we recommend going on a guided Mesa Verde tour to get all of the vital history of the place. Chimney Rock National Monument is about 20 minutes outside of Pagosa Springs. The Aztec Ruins are one of the best kept secrets of the area and are a must-see while you’re here.

Day Five

Take a trip to see the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado on the San Juan Skyway.  Check out the Old Hundred Mine and go a quarter mile into a mountain and pan for gold. Be sure to check out the Silverton Museum and the historic streets of this quaint town. On your way back to Durango, check out Purgatory Mountain Resort’s summer activities (like the alpine slide) or rent a mountain bike and take the lift up and cruise back on down.

We know you will love our little mountain town and find that 5 days is just the tip of the iceberg. That is why we have so many guests come back year after year! Can’t wait to meet you.

By: Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours



  • 1. Cheri 1 Jun, 2017

    Thank you for the great tips for exploring Durango.  We are arriving Monday June 6, and I can’t wait to start hiking and sightseeing!

  • 2. Richard Stenerson 1 Jun, 2017

    We will visit Durango on Sept.27-28th. Look forward to experiencing Colorado. Any other ideas or suggestions greatly appreciated.

  • 3. Rosemary Jones 6 Jun, 2017

    Thanks for the tips, my family of 11 will be arriving June 29
    For 7 days, we are so excited

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