With fall officially here, now is the perfect time to start planning some autumn adventures. Glacier and the surrounding area offer an abundance of exciting ways to embark on fall activities. Whether you’re up for a leisure adventure like kayaking or prefer to relax by going for a scenic drive, there’s something for everyone here. Read on to learn about five ways to experience fall this year at Glacier and beyond.
Looking to spend some time on the water? Then head on down to Lake Nighthorse, which is located just two miles from downtown Durango. This lake offers loads of activities, including boating, fishing and more. Onsite rentals include paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. You can also enjoy a scenic walk around the lake to admire the fall colors.
While traveling to Germany might not be in the cards at the moment, you don’t have to get your passport to participate in Durango’s Oktoberfest. Located only 20 minutes from Glacier, this widely-attended festival offers traditional Barvarian-style food and local craft beer. This event provides an evening of fun and non-stop entertainment to the whole family. One of the most anticipated events is the Brewers Brat Eating Contest.
Take a Scenic Drive
Ready for a day to relax and soak up the scenery? The San Juan Skyway, which is part of the Million Dollar Highway, was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of “America’s Best Road Trips”. Since Glacier is nestled in the San Juan Mountains that means that Glacier residents have a front-row seat to this magnificent landscape. The “road to the sky” consists of a 232 mile loop where you will see historic old west towns, craggy peaks and vibrant fall foliage.
Find your future jack-o-lantern at Durango’s best pumpkin patch. Falfa Pumpkin Patch, located in Durango and just 25 miles from Glacier, allows guests to pick a pumpkin right off the vine. There’s also plenty of family-friendly activities, such as a barrel train ride or corn pit with toys for children. Between the pumpkin picking and the fun-filled activities, you and your family are in for an unforgettable day of making memories.
This summer, many of our Glacier Member Guests marked their grand return to the green in two of our foremost golf tournaments, Crystal Pistol and Duel in Durango.
Crystal Pistol, our premier Ladies Member-Guest event at Glacier, ran through August 12-14th. This year’s tournament was rife with both whimsical and competitive spirit, as our 46 remarkable golfers competed in wonderfully-coordinated costumes. ‘Fiesta in the Mountains’ was this year’s tourney theme, and the players did not disappoint with colorful matching golf fits, costume props and playfully-adorned golf carts. We would like to congratulate our 2021 Crystal Pistol Champions – Jill Crombie & Jennifer Washburn!
Our recently wrapped Duel in Durango marked the 18th Edition of our premier Men’s Member-Guest Event, taking place September 15-18th. We saw a record number of participants this time around, with 96 golfers taking to the field. The four days were filled to the brim with brilliant competition, special events and knockout food & drinks.
“Wow, what a spectacular summer this has been at Glacier. There are so many things to do, that there is something for everyone. There has been a positive energy and buzz this summer that has created a place where you want to be. Glacier is truly a special place with great people.” – member Marina Siepiela
The sheer amount of camaraderie made this one the best Duel in Durango’s yet — players came from all over the country to experience all Glacier has to offer, both on and off the course. We witnessed great golf and even better weather for this year’s event, and even saw a hole-in-one during the competition! We would like to congratulate our 2021 Duel in Durango Champions on their incredible game – Scott Marks & Erik Zoeller! This event is the biggest and most involved event we host each year at Glacier and is a must for any golfer.
“What a summer for Glacier! The activities were endless – Golf, Pickleball, Tennis, Mahjong, Booray, Pitch, Music Events, Racket Socials, Picnics, Jeep Adventures, Fitness Hikes and so many other social gatherings. Our days were filled at ‘Adult Summer Camp!’” – member Meri McGraw
Congratulations to our winners and a great big thank you to all the players and staff members who made these events as memorable as they were this year.
As the summer heat starts to fade, it’s a sure sign that fall is on the way. Fall is the optimum time to book a vacation to Colorful Colorado, boasting an array of vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage – and Durango provides the perfect setting to enjoy this color palette first hand. Read on to discover some top ways to experience fall around Glacier.
Step back in time and hop aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The ride weaves through breathtaking canyons and wilderness of San Juan National Forest. You can experience a slice of history on the same track that miners, cowboys and settlers utilized over 100 years ago. This adventure is perfect for the entire family and allows you to see the fall colors up close.
If you’re interested in exploring Real Estate options at Glacier, book a discovery stay with our sales team. The stay consists of either a two- or three-night stay in a cabin or cottage, situated in a picturesque setting with autumn colors. Guests can enjoy daily activities customized to their preferences, as well as access to Glacier services and amenities.
Explore the mountain trails on horseback. Trail rides are available through Buck’s Livery, which is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Whether you’re an experienced rider or it’s your first time on horseback, Buck’s offers an assortment of trail rides to choose from.
When visiting Durango, be sure to pack your hiking boots. Trek through alpine forests, encounter refreshing waterfalls and glismpe the magnificent fall colors firsthand. Vallecito Reservoir and Gudy’s Rest are among some of the most popular hikes. The trails are lined with aspen, oak and pine trees. The plethora of lookouts give you plenty of opportunities to see the fall colors and snap some photos.
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