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Envision a place where you can simultaneously delight in modern comforts and journey back to the legendary Old West. This is Durango—Colorado’s iconic Southwest destination and voted as one of “America’s Favorite Towns” by Travel + Leisure. With an abundance of eateries, historical experiences and surrounded by some of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the country, Durango bustles year-round with adventurers, culinary seekers and overall life livers.

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  • Ski Purgatory

    All Levels

    Winter

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Eight miles from Glacier
    • More than 1,600 acres of skiable terrain and other fun winter activities like sledding, tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling and ice climbing
  • Ski Telluride

    All Levels

    Winter

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Telluride Ski Resort offers more than 2,000 acres of varied and unmatched terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders
  • Backcountry Skiing

    Advanced

    Winter

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Tours provided by San Juan Expeditions
    • Located in Red Mountain Pass, Molas Pass, Silverton, CO
    • Programs are designed to accommodate a wide variety of experience levels and ski/snowboard backgrounds
    • All ages (ski/snowboard experience required)
  • Snowshoeing

    All Levels

    Winter

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Explore Colorado’s beautiful San Juan Mountains with Purgatory Resorts Snowshoe Tours
    • Naturalist guides enhance the tour with their knowledge of wildlife, geology, flora and fauna
    • Morning and afternoon half-day tours available daily at 9:30am and 1:30pm for $45
  • Tubing & Sledding

    All Levels

    Winter

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Located in the Columbine area, Purgatory’s Snow Coaster Tubing Hill
    • Snow Coaster Tubing is a huge fun zone equipped with multiple designated tubing lanes
  • Snow Mobiling

    Intermediate

    Winter

    Ages 4+

    Highlights

    • Offered through Snowmobile Adventures
    • Professional mountain guides will show you how to ride Ski-Doo or Polaris snowmobiles and guide you into the backcountry
    • Over 35,000 acres of terrain, and over 75 miles of trails
    • Riding terrain offers everything from vast meadow playgrounds, historic sites, mountain passes or just sight-seeing and playing in the snow
    • Age requirements:
      Solo drivers: 16 yrs
      Tandem drivers 18 yrs
      Passenger: 4 yrs
  • Golfing

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    Ages 5+

    Highlights

    • Enjoy beautiful mountain views during a round of golf on the manicured greens of our award-winning Mountain and Valley golf courses
    • Both courses rest near 7,400 feet and deliver unique features and scenery unparalleled in Colorado
  • Cycling

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Road Bikes & E-Bikes: Available on a first-come-first-serve basis at Glacier, complimentary for Aspen Members or $15 per person for two hours
    • Trails along Chris Park & Haviland Park
    • Purgatory Bike Park: New trails and an established pathway to over 400 miles of backcountry singletrack
  • Hiking & Running

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Hiking in Durango offers visitors the opportunity to explore the mountains and nature of Southwest Colorado
    • Durango is home to thousands of hiking trails weaving through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
    • Clothing and equipment available from Pine Needle Mountaineering
  • Horseback Riding

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    Ages 6+

    Highlights

    • Trail rides and pack services offered through Buck’s Livery
      Rapp Corral is located at the entrance to beautiful Haviland Lake, about 20 miles north of historic downtown Durango
  • Climbing

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Guide services offered by San Juan Mountain Guides
    • Open registration courses and custom programs designed to fit individual goals are available
    • Courses available for all ages
  • Hunting

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    Ages 12+

    Highlights

    • Full service or custom guided hunting trips available through Over The Hill Outfitters
    • Both rifle and bow hunting are available
    • Deer and elk hunts
  • Ziplining

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Ziplining experiences available through Soaring Colorado
    • Soar over the San Juan Mountains on 27 different zip lines that range from 56 to 1,400 feet in length (longest zip line course in the US)
    • Over a mile and a half of cable on this Colorado Zip Line will carry you across the Animas River and through majestic Old Growth Ponderosa Pines and beautiful Aspen Groves
  • Durango Train

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year-round adventure
    • Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago
  • White Water Rafting

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    Ages 10+

    Highlights

  • Nearby Lakes

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Vallecito Lake
    • Haviland Lake
    • Lake Nighthorse
  • Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    Ages 10+

    Highlights

  • Fly Fishing

    All Levels

    Spring, Summer & Fall

    All Ages

    Highlights

    • Durango offers diverse waters, from high mountain creeks to bubbling streams, lakes and reservoirs and rivers, including the Animas and San Juan Rivers, one of the premier fisheries in the country
    • Guide services, classes, and equipment available through Duranglers

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