February is officially Staycation month in Durango!

No matter how you slice it- 2020 was a strange year. After so many tragedies and hiccups that last year brought us, everyone in Durango could use a break!

As you’re considering taking a break from your couch or rewarding yourself for surviving 2020, you might be asking yourself, “what should I do to ‘rediscover’ the town I live in during my Staycation?

Fortunately, we’re making it easy for you!

For those looking to explore Durango while also recharging your batteries, here are 50 things to do during your Staycation in Durango:

50 Things to Do During Staycation Month

#50 Take the Cascade Canyon Express train

#49 Cross country skiing around Andrews Lake

#48 Window shopping in Durango’s art galleries

#47 Take a self-guided historic tour of downtown Durango

#46 Learn the Queen’s Gambit while playing chess in your hotel room

#45 Look for frozen waterfalls on the Church Camp trail or Falls Creek Loop trail

#44 Rent fat bikes and go biking down County Road 124 in La Plata Canyon

#43 Soak your worries away at the Durango Hot Springs & Spa resort

#42 Get hot chocolate at a downtown coffee shop

#41 Take a driving tour of Mesa Verde National Park

#40 Explore the exhibits at the Powerhouse Science Center

#39 Go thrift shopping

#38 Go fly fishing around Lemon Reservoir

#37 Rent a snowmobile and explore Molas Pass

#36 Have a romantic dinner in downtown Durango

#35 Have Sunday brunch at a greasy-spoon diner

#34 Take a scenic drive to Vallecito Reservoir via County Road 501 and 240

#33 Take landscape photos at Haviland Lake

#32 Stay out enjoying Durango’s bars and nightlife scene until last call

#31 Sunday skiing or snowboarding at Purgatory Resort

#30 Take a spa day or get a massage

#29 Go gift shopping for Durango goodies to give to your non-Durango friends or family 

#28 Rent gear and go ice fishing on Molas Lake

#27 Take an evening stroll on the Animas River Trail

#26 Hike down to the frozen waterfalls at Cascade Canyon

#25 Watch the sunset from the Rim Trail next to Fort Lewis

#24 Order take-out and have a movie night in your hotel room

#23 Go snowshoeing along Old Lime Creek Road

#22 Patio dining at 11th Street Station

#21 Scenic road trip from Durango to Ouray along the Million Dollar Highway

#20 Rent snowbikes at Purgatory

#19 Go fly fishing in the Animas River 

#18 Visit Coal Bank Pass during sunset

#17 Build a snowman at Buckley Park

#16 Grab a deal on skiing and snowboarding gear at an outdoor gear outfitter or store

#15 Borrow a book from the Durango Public Library

#14 Explore the Durango Botanic Gardens

#13 Go wine, spirit, or beer tasting

#12 Go dog sledding at the Durango Dog Ranch

#11 Watch the snow fall downtown from a bar’s window with a hot toddy

#10 Go for a sleigh ride through the Animas River Valley

#9 Go snowtubing or sledding next to the Chapman Hill Facility

#8 Try a restaurant that you’ve never tried before

#7 See the dioramas and models at the free Durango Train Museum

#6 Go ice skating at the Chapman Hill Facility

#5 Find your summer reads at a local bookstore

#4 Enjoy happy hour with live, ragtime piano music at The Diamond Belle

#3 Take an art class at the Durango Arts Center

#2 See the bees make honey at Honeyville

#1 Don’t leave your hotel room and relax or nap the whole day


February is officially Staycation month in Durango and is a perfect excuse for you to reset your mind and direction for the rest of the year. Sometimes all that’s needed is a few days from your couch, emails, and daily obligations to reset and recharge your batteries. And with so many things to do in Durango during your Staycation, you’re bound to see your hometown in a new light, while creating new memories. All while falling in love with Durango again.