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Glacier Guide: Winter Wildlife Watching in Durango

As snow piles high across the San Juan Mountains this season, winter wildlife becomes an everyday sight. Surrounded by more than three million acres of protected wilderness, Glacier’s wildly natural setting makes for an incredible animal playground — home to everything from deer and elk to eagles and owls. Not sure what to keep an eye out for during your morning hike? Here’s everything you might be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of this winter. 

1,000 Acres of Wilderness & Wildlife

Nestled into an ancient glacier-carved landscape that spans 1,000 private acres, Glacier offers residents front-row seats to the wildlife show as animals descend from the peaks each winter. Deer, elk, sheep and more traverse Glacier’s meadows and forests, while predators like bobcats, foxes and mountain lions follow close behind. You might even catch sight of a moose or black bear — just be sure to take precaution!

Flocks of Winter Birds

Lively flocks of birds keep Glacier residents company throughout the winter, too. Chickadees, finches and more gather at feeders while acrobatic ravens perform above the ridges. Listen for eagles, hawks and owls echoing through the forests.

Peak Sightings: Morning and Evening

Early mornings and evenings present the best chance to spot large mammals in the open areas as they seek grasses and shrubs. Listen for the unique bugling of bull elk gathering their herds and catch a glimpse of impressive antler racks.

With wildlife watching opportunities at their peak, grab your binoculars and camera to see what wild neighbors you can spot this winter. Tag us on Instagram @glaciercolorado so we can share your sightings with the community!

6 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Durango

Valentine’s Day is almost here and Durango offers no shortage of charming restaurants perfect for celebrating with your special someone. Just a short drive from downtown Durango, Glacier residents boast seamless access to the area’s best, most romantic dining options. Here are our six favorite spots for an intimate meal in Durango — one of which is found right here at Glacier.

Mountain Clubhouse at Glacier

At Glacier, you needn’t stray far to experience the perfect Valentine’s Day. The members-only Mountain Clubhouse offers an idyllic setting to gather with your loved one over cocktails beside the fire pit and indulge in locally sourced fare and curated wines — all set to breathtaking views of the majestic San Juan Mountains.

Prospector at Glacier

Not a member or owner at Glacier but still want to experience its breathtaking setting this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Prospector, the community’s newest dining concept open to residents and non-residents alike. Here, indulge in refined mountain fare and farm-fresh flavors while surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain views. 

636 Main Ave

Located in Downtown Durango, 636 Main Ave is a warm, dark-wood bistro serving up diverse Asian-inspired dishes in a cozy, intimate ambiance. Indulge in everything from steak and seafood to shrimp tempura and potstickers — along with custom-crafted martinis, classic cocktails and so much more.

Eolus Bar & Dining


The relaxed and casual ambiance of this contemporary brick-walled restaurant and bar makes for an ideal spot for a moderately upscale yet laid-back romantic date night. Eolus is acclaimed for their fresh sushi as well as their specialty hand-crafted cocktails that can be paired with New American entrees or small plates perfect for sharing.

El Moro Tavern

The site of “Durango’s Strangest Shootout” in 1906, El Moro Tavern is a hip bar and eatery set within a former saloon in Durango. Replete with historic steampunk decor, the fine dining restaurant offers seasonal New American eats like charcuterie boards, shrimp & grits, chicken au poivre and more. If you’re seeking a blend of great food and lively vibes, look no further. 

Primus Restaurant

The warm and inviting environment of Primus‘s exposed brick interior nicely complements their ethos of sourcing sustainable ingredients from local purveyors in creating imaginative contemporary cuisine. Their menu focuses on locally raised game, fresh seafood, and seasonal vegetarian dishes that diners can enjoy over a relaxed, candlelit meal.