The beauty of living on land that embraces all four seasons is that we at Glacier get to live a lifestyle that’s the best of all worlds. Now, with ski season behind us, it’s that time of year when owners trade in their ski gear for trail wear, tighten the strings on their racquets, ready their road bikes and dust off their clubs to hit the links. Whether you’re craving an alfresco meal in downtown Durango this spring, looking forward to exploring our lush, thousand-acre landscape this summer, yearning to get that perfect photo of fall foliage or already seeking that adrenaline rush on the slopes next winter, Glacier is the perfect place to call home — every month of the year. Here’s a guide of what to expect each season in our backyard.
Once the frost melts away, now is a wondrous time to hop on the Durango & Silverton railroad, which winds through breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. A year-round delight, this coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive ride takes you through jaw-dropping river gorges as the greenery returns to the landscape after hefty winters, putting you on the same tracks that miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West rode over a century ago. The tail-end of May is also the ripe time to get back to the golf course and refresh your backswing.
White water rafting, ziplining, rock climbing — the list of outdoors adventures is nearly endless in the summer. Situated at the center of gorgeous treks, swims and bike rides, Glacier in the summer is like camp 2.0. While fly fishing is a year-round activity, the summer is a comfortable time to wade through trout waters and get some Dry Fly action. Two miles from downtown Durango, Lake Nighthorse is also a water-lover’s paradise with endless options for water sports. Whether you’re wakesurfing with friends or boating with family, there’s a lot to love out on our waters. Back on solid ground, this is also the prime season for cycling journeys and tennis court showdowns. Summer at Glacier is guaranteed to have you break a sweat.
Fall is a great time to stroll through historic Downtown Durango, pick up local produce from the Farmer’s market and take in all the autumnal sights and scents. With an endless array of cultural centers, wineries and breweries, weekends in Durango are a nice reprieve from all the seasonal sporting here in Colorado. Be sure to take a drive on the famed San Juan Skyway in early September to take in the peak fall foliage. Our aspens boast a gorgeous golden yellow, and exploring these brilliant autumn shades can be an adventure in itself — Jeep tours, horseback rides and canoe trips make for lovely fall adventures.
It goes without saying that ski season is unbeatable in Southwest Colorado. Hit the slopes at Purgatory and Telluride, embark on a thrilling backcountry tour, hit the snowshoeing and Nordic skiing trails, catch a horse-drawn sleigh ride on family holidays, and sled and tube nearby with the kids. And at the end of the day? Retire to the cozy comforts of your Glacier home. Among the frosty vestiges of wintry gales, don’t forget to retreat to our Woodhouse Spa to decompress.
With the tremendous sales success over the past year, several families will be celebrating their first post-snow season with us in their new Glacier home. And with the first two buildings of luxury mountain condominiums entirely pre-sold at Etta Ridge, we’re excited for even more owners to embrace the year-round wonders at Glacier in the near future. It’s not too late for you to join us, so please contact our sales team today and schedule a discovery stay to experience firsthand the year-round splendor of Glacier.