As the sun sets on summer time, the Durango community is settling in for a cozy, colorful fall.

The season that gave ‘Colorful Colorado’ its name is a natural time for gratitude and reflection, bringing with it cooler weather, earthy smells, and new reason to explore the outdoors.

The best fall activities can be found off the beaten path. Enjoy the calm before the holidays by prioritizing time for yourself, away from the crowds, with these beloved local Durango events.

6. Stroll Durango’s Fall Gallery Walk | September 21, 5-9pm

This bi-annual evening stroll is celebrated once in the spring and again in the fall. It’s a time when all of Durango’s art galleries swing open their doors and windows to welcome the cool fall breeze and curious shoppers. Durango’s must-visit galleries participate in the event, using the opportunity to showcase unique pieces and to introduce the artists to the community.

5. Join the Cowboy Poetry Gathering | October 4-7

A three-day celebration of the American cowboy, the annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a laid back and longstanding local favorite event. Expect evening performances and daytime poetry sessions with performers like Trinity Seely, Nolan King, and Ross Knox.

Don’t miss the cowboy chuckwagon breakfast on October 5th or the Main Avenue parade that will follow. Enjoy the scenery and spend intimate time with the performers on the Rapp Corral trail ride and finish your evenings with Cowboy Humor performances.

4. Visit Fox Fire Farms on a Friday Night | (every Friday through September)

A cold climate vineyard in Ignacio, Colorado, Fox Fire Farms offers a cozy venue to relax, settle in, and sip. Watch the cattle in the pasture idle by as you sample wine and listen to live musicians strum. You can tour the north sector of the vineyard by horse drawn carriage for stunning, quiet views of the surrounding area. Bring your own blanket or sit at the vineyard patio.

3. Begin your morning with the Durango Morning Trotters | (every saturday)

The days are shorter, but the sunrise is just as beautiful. Every Saturday morning, the Durango Running Club meets at Durango Joe’s for an early morning jog. All skill levels are welcome, on these easy pace trots generally lasting 60-120 minutes. Enjoy the scenery with the locals during the quiet morning hours.

2. 13th Annual Three Springs Fall Festival | October 26th

The 13th Annual Three Springs Fall Festival is a perfect example of a locally loved event you won’t find on TripAdvisor. Celebrate Halloween with trick or treating, live music, and a search through the pumpkin patch.

1. Take a drive out of town | Anytime

Perhaps the best way to enjoy fall and spend time to yourself is to get out of town and explore the trails. The San Juan Skyway, the 232 mile loop through the San Juan National Forest, is one of the most beautiful drives in the country. Stop at any of the seven best places to see Durango’s fall colors, but leave room in your itinerary for surprises. You never know what views lie around the corner.