Rise and shine, and get excited for the return of all things green! Springtime in Durango presents a magical time for anyone who loves a strong dose of sunshine with a side of breeze. Okay, maybe Durango’s spring winds are a little stronger than your average breeze, but we’re too busy to notice. 

There’s simply too much to do, from sniffing (and sneezing) all the blooming buds to hiking and biking flowy trails and grooving to live music at al fresco community events. Town pulses with life as the days lengthen, with plants reaching toward the sun’s rays, breathing a hundred shades of emerald back into the brown spaces.  

Durango looks good in green, and we’re thrilled to share tips for how to enjoy the best and brightest pops of color and community connections.   

Exploring Durango in Bloom

Animas River Trail in Summer

As spring unfolds, Durango offers endless opportunities for mindful exploration. You don’t have to go far from downtown Durango to enjoy the natural world. Grab a guide on wildflowers and wildlife from one of Durango’s local bookstores, and head out for a wander. Distances vary from a leisurely stroll to a full-day excursion. 

Early risers might answer the call to get outside before inevitable spring winds rattle the stillness. Amble along the Animas River Trail, keeping your eyes peeled for darting lizards, ducks, and, of course, Durango’s unofficial mascot, the leggy mule deer. Stop by the Durango Botanic Gardens to see surprising irises, herbs, and the carefully curated collection of regional flowers, trees, grasses, and rocks.   

As the sun climbs higher in the sky, awe at pink cherry blossoms that animate neighborhoods and hillsides. Those who prefer warmer walks in the woods are in for a treat, so there’s no rush if you’d rather enjoy a tasty brunch at a local restaurant before embarking on your choice of adventure.  

For maximum relaxation, bring a blanket to Rotary Park or Buckley Park and watch ravens, hawks, and eagles soar on thermals rising from the valley floor. Close your eyes and count how many sounds you hear. Take a deep breath and find an extra ounce of gratitude for reemergence and new beginnings.  

Outdoor Adventures

Little Molas Lake Colorado Trail Hiking Durango, CO

If outdoor adventures are your cup of tea, you’re in good company. Every spring, Durango dwellers swap out ski gear and snowblowers for bikes and lawnmowers. Birders awaken to the sounds of chirping visitors reappearing from their winter vacations. Lupine and paintbrush wildflowers greet the iconic yellow-headed dandelion, peeking out along trails and sidewalks. Park visitors carry their lunches to the banks of the Animas River, flushing wild with yesterday’s snow as rafters bob along the ripples and rapids.  

Seasonal closures lift at trailheads around town, welcoming impatient recreationists to romp and ramble in their hiking and trail running shoes, furry companions running alongside. With 50 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown Durango, your biggest problem will be choosing from a hike along Junction Creek on the Colorado Trail or a breathtaking climb up to the ridge overlooking town. Pack sandwiches and the family for a Sunday drive to the quickly melting high country. For an adrenaline kick, book a rafting trip with a local guiding company. Pop into one of the locally owned outdoor shops for ideas and tips on where to go and what to expect.  

Community Connections

iAM Music Festival during Spring | Ri Ganey

It’s no secret Durango knows how to party, and that mentality accelerates as the days lengthen and temperatures rise. The events calendar bursts with music, art, and food festivals, so there’s something for everyone. 

From symphony performances to comedy shows, get your culture fill any day of the week. Inspiration lurks around every corner, where murals crafted by local artists brighten up strolls around town. Artists and art patrons join for First Fridays and other special events hosted by downtown Durango’s prolific art scene. You’re sure to find something exceptional for your personal collection or the perfect gift.  

On the last weekend of May, event season moves into fifth gear with the annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, a 50-mile bicycle race against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train. Test your skills with the pros or opt for the challenging Citizen Tour. If biking isn’t your thing, grab a cappuccino from a local coffee shop and pick a spot along Highway 550 to cheer on participants. 

The Durango Farmers Market also kicks off its summer season on May 11. Come for the vibes, stay for the vibes, with fresh food, locally brewed coffee, live music, and around 125 vendors showcasing wares, artisanal treasures, seasonal produce, and activities for the whole family. Locals and visitors alike discover the community spirit that defines life in a thriving Colorado mountain town.

Remember that furry friends must be left at home.


No matter how you choose to experience Durango in spring, make sure you’re prepared for anything. Pack a jacket for those quick temperature fluctuations and sneaky May showers. 

Carry a water bottle and stay hydrated. And double down on the sunscreen, your skin will thank you.