15 Things to do in Durango this winter

1. Skiing at Purgatory

With over 1600 acres of skiable terrain and 105 trails, Purgatory is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful San Juan Mountain Range. Bring your families and enjoy the slopes without the crowds!

2. Winter Trains

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a staple for many Durango visitors and the fun doesn’t stop in the winter! Be sure not to miss the Polar Express. For a day-time adventure for the whole family, the Cascade Canyon trains will take you on a 5-hour scenic trip through the San Juan National Forest, offering views you cannot get any other way! Check the site for dates and times.

3. Sleigh Rides

What magical, mountain, winter vacation would be complete without a sleigh ride?! Cozy up under warm blankets as you take in the amazing Colorado scenery. It's an experience you'll never forget. Find rides here.

4. Snowmobiling

What better way to enjoy the San Juan Mountains, La Plata Mountains, San Juan National Forest, or Weminuche Wilderness in the winter than from a snow machine!? A guided trip would allow you to see the snowy section of the Rocky Mountains we call home that few have an opportunity to experience! Find sleds here.

snowmobile durango

5. Snowshoeing

Getting outside in the winter months is not always appealing but with such a beautiful backyard and you wanting to take picture-perfect-family photos, what better way than a snowshoe excursion? There are shops in town where you can rent snowshoes or you could go on a guided trip to get some local perspective. 

6. Dog sledding

Another once-in-a-lifetime way to view the Rocky Mountains of Southwest Colorado would be to do it from a dog-powered sled! Talk about a photo-op! Check out Durango Dog Ranch.

7. Hot Springs

After a day of snowy adventures stop by Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa to relax in their healing waters!

Hot Springs in Durango

8. Ice Fishing at Vallecito

Once the lake is frozen over, it will soon be thick enough for ice fishing! Try your hand at catching a fish with a beautiful backdrop and then swing by the Lake House or The Rusty Shovel for lunch or dinner!

9. Nordic Ski

Cross Country Skiing is a popular winter activity in Durango with almost two million acres of San Juan National Forest to explore.

10. River Trail

The Animas River Trail runs along the Animas River all through Durango. This is a great way to explore the town with beautiful views of the river.

11. Back Country Skiing

If you love skiing but want to take it to the next level or experience something other than the local slopes, you should check out some of our local partners offering backcountry adventures. Purgatory Snowcat Adventures is the largest backcountry skiing and snowboarding operation in Colorado with access to over 35,000 acres of expansive terrain.

12. Ice Skating

Chapman Hill is the in-town ski slope and also houses a skating rink. You can rent skates and spend the afternoon tiring out the kiddos.

13. Snow Tubing

If racing down a mountain with your feet strapped together is not your idea of a good time you might be interested in snow tubing at Hesperus Mountain or Purgatory (or bring your own tubes and find a gentle slope in the surrounding wilderness).

Durango Tubing Sledding

14. Explore Downtown

Downtown Durango is full of charming things to see and do. Grab lunch at one of our many unique restaurants or shop and explore one of our many world-renowned galleries.

15. Explore Durango's Craft Breweries

Explore the depth of the craft beverage scene in Durango at our local breweries!