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Overlook

Seven of the Best Stargazing Destinations Around Durango

When the sun sets and darkness falls over Durango, something magical happens. Situated more than a mile above sea level, Durango enjoys very little light pollution and perfect weather for stargazing. Starry-filled nights provide time to step away from the chaos of day-to-day and enjoy something…

Durango is the Shoulder Season Destination You Deserve

Shoulder season — that prime travel period between peak and non-peak season — is a perfect time to snag cheap flights, cozy lodging, and alone time in your favorite mountain town. For a quiet November retreat equipped with cool weather, zero crowds, and plenty of outdoor activities, Durango is a…

Eight Unique Ways to See Colorado’s Best Fall Colors

Fall in Durango is in full swing. Our San Juan National Forest has transformed into a fortress of red, yellow, orange, and gold. If you’re not here already, now is the perfect time to book your plane ticket and explore the fairytale world of southwestern Colorado. Plan to make your visit the…

How to Pack a 100% locally made picnic basket in Durango

Our most memorable moments are those spent around food: Enjoying the aprés scene at Purgatory Resort with fresh tamales in hand, swapping adventure stories across the table at Eolus, sharing a summit sandwich atop Engineer Mountain. For those of us who love food almost as much as the outdoors, there…

Ditch the Crowds: Find Solitude at Emerald Lake

If we labeled every hiking destination near Durango a “must-see,” nobody would ever leave the backcountry. Our neighboring Weminuche wilderness is huge, at ¾ the size of Rhode Island and consisting of nearly 500,000 acres of pristine alpine adventure. There are infinite ways to find solitude and…

The Best Ways to See the Fall Colors at Purgatory Resort

Fall is in full swing in Durango, and there’s no better place to experience a true Colorado fall than at Purgatory Resort! With golden aspens, cool temperatures, and activities for the whole family, Purgatory is an ideal place to spend a fall getaway. Plus, with 25% off on lodging now through…

The 6 Best Trail and Ale Pairings in Durango

Nestled in the rugged Animas River Valley, Durango, Colorado, has everything an adventurer could possibly want: serious mountains, a big river, and a friendly mountain town vibe. It’s also home to six craft breweries, plus a winery and distillery. With so much adventure potential, it’s tough to…

8 Epic Fourteeners to Bag Near Durango

Summer means a lot of things in Colorado - hiking, rafting, fly-fishing, mountain biking and most importantly, peak bagging! Durango is perfectly situated between eight of the most breathtaking Colorado 14ers, making our town the perfect southern Colorado base camp. From Handies Peak to Mt. Eolus…

The 5 Best Places to View Wildflowers This Season

Every summer from early June to August, a quiet cascade of color appears in the San Juan Mountains surrounding Durango. Wildflower season announces itself subtlety and without fanfare, but once it’s here, there’s nowhere else you’ll want to be than on our trails, surrounded by colors and textures of…

5 Day - Family Budget Itinerary

Day One First off, welcome to Durango! For your first day, we recommend checking out and getting a feel for this incredible mountain town with a scenic hike to show you gorgeous views of our little mountain town. Climb Smelter Mountain and check out the view to the north. Hike from downtown to check…