To the diehard daredevil who became a dad,

To the venturous warrior who became a mom,

For the bold, intrepid family living a limitless life,

This one's for you.

Durango, Colorado — a quaint mountain town with great food and an idyllic shopping scene — is more than meets the eye. Home to artists, athletes, and adventurers, Durango is where fun people go when they have to grow up. For a family-geared vacation that will inspire goosebumps and butterflies in the stomach, this itinerary is for you:

5. The Full Blast Zipline Canopy Tour

One of the longest ziplines in the United States is located right in the scenic San Juan National Forest. Soaring Treetop Adventures offers 27 different ziplines, ranging from 56 to 1,400’ in length. You’ll cross over the Animas River, through ponderosa pines, aspens, along breathtaking mountain scenery. Named the ‘zipline resort’ of Durango, the Soaring Treetop Adventure is a full day experience that begins with a first class train ride and ends with suntanned faces and big smiles. 

For a different kind of experience, the Full Blast Zipline Canopy Tour gives sight-seeing a whole new meaning. Discover unbeatable forest and mountain views from atop massive timber towers. With a remote wilderness feel located conveniently close to town, this ziptour offers family-friendly and exhilarating fun for all ages.

The course features twelve exciting ziplines, state-of-the-art equipment, world-class safety systems, and guide-assisted braking. The full tour will bring you treetop to treetop in a three-hour excursion, along the fastest, longest ziplines around. Tours run daily from March 1st to October 31st, giving you full access to the best summer weather and scenery.

4. A Full Day of Attractions at Purgatory Mountain Resort

Purgatory Mountain Resort, home to the best winter skiing in the southwest, remains a hive of activity all summer long. Nestled in the San Juan National Forest, Purgatory is not a theme park or a carnival, but brings just as much excitement. From the gryo ball and bungee trampoline, to the alpine slide, ropes course, and Bike Park, families can spend days at Purgatory with still more to see and do.

Rent mountain bikes onsite and spend your day at the Bike Park for family-friendly singletrack and downhill. SUP (stand up paddleboard), hike, and explore. No matter what you do, make it a point to experience Purgatory’s newest thrill, the Inferno Mountain Coaster. With 4,000’ of track, 300’ of vertical drop, 9 switchbacks, and one 360-degree loop, the Mountain Coaster is more exciting than anything you’ll find in an amusement park, with better views to boot.

3. A Soaring Helicopter Ride

Despite Durango’s small town feel, the mountains beyond are larger than life. The Weminuche Wilderness is the largest Wilderness area in Colorado, as the San Juans are Colorado’s largest mountain range. Even with a full lifetime of exploration, you’d likely never see everything this special place has to offer. But from the cockpit of a helicopter, you’ll gain once-in-a-life birds eye views of the full picture. Alpine Heli Tours offer group tours that explore the southwest from the sky. Choose from a Mountain Lake, Animas City, or Premium Mountain Tour. From the Animas Airpark base to nearly 11,000’ above sea level, you’ll find views of Engineer Mountain, Spud Lake, the Needles, and even the Durango train tracks.

2. Durango Dog Ranch

Wet nose kisses from a pack of professional sled dogs is enough to make any dog lover’s vacation. To dive deep into the action and take the reins, that’s an entirely different thrill. When the snow melts, the sled dogs of Durango Dog Ranch still keep running. These high energy, muscled and smiley creatures live to run and take you along for the ride.

Take a kennel tour, meet the team, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. With the choice to drive a scooter or ride in the buggy, visitors can enjoy a sled dog-pulled ride through the scenic San Juan National Forest. You’ll get wet, dirty, and by the end, your face will hurt from smiling. Since 1988, the Durango Dog Ranch has been the premiere dog ranch in southwest Colorado.

1. Whitewater Rafting

After a snow-packed winter, Durango is enjoying a wet summer. With the river running and alpine lakes melting fast, paddlesports are in full swing. You can rent a SUP board, kayak, or raft for yourself, or find the best spots with one of Durango’s highly trusted and reputable guides. No trip to Durango is complete without experiencing the Animas, the river that runs through it.