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The Durango & Silverton Train has been one of the Southwest's most sought after tourist attractions for over 130 years since 1882! Today, it remains Durango's premier attraction as visitors come from around the world for the unique opportunity to enjoy one of Colorado's most scenic excursions.   Experience the pristine backcountry of the San Juan Mountains as you travel from Durango, CO  to historic Silverton, CO  aboard one of the last surviving Narrow Gauge railroads.  This journey is available over 300 days a year and departs from Durango, CO  with round-trip full day excursions.  The route varies depending on the time of year, offering both summer excursions and winter excursions.  There are also a wide variety of classes of service and car types available for your trip.

More info: http://www.durangosilvertonrailroad.com


http://www.durangotrain.com/ride-us

 

 Preserving the "Works of Man"

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home of over 700 years, from A.D. 600 - 1300.  Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings.  These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm


 
 

For those that seek rivers - rafters, kayakers, paddlers  tubers, explorers, waders, kids of all ages.. look no further.  The Animas River runs right through Durango and boasts waters for a wide range of abilities from Class V rapids (expert boaters only) on the Upper Animas to a playful Class I (novice, all abilities) above Durango.  Visitors can enjoy a half-day or full-day guided raft trip.  

Either a whitewater rafting trip or take on the river solo in a kayak or canoe create unforgettable memories.   At the 32nd Street Bridge you can simply wade along its sandy shore and rocky banks with a family dog and watch the boaters float by or raft it, boat it, or float it but don't leave Durango without experiencing the river.



 Durango activities include an endless array of things to do, see and experience

Hike through fields of Colorado wildflowers in early summer, mountain bike endless miles of Colorado bike trails [link to: durango.org biking page]. And, raft the waters of one of the last free flowing rivers in the West.  Get in Touch with your adventurous side on a jeep or dogsled tour of Colorado's rugged San Juan Mountains and ski the locals favorite terrain at Durango Mountain Resort while soaking in some of the most specular views of any Colorado ski resort.  For those seeking to unwind.  Enjoy and meandering road trip along southwest Colorado's scenic byways.  A leisurely sailboat ride on pristine Vallecito Lake or a rejuvenating soak in Durango's mineral hot springs.

http://www.durango.org/activities/things-to-do.aspx 

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and Natural Hot Springs!

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Durango, Colorado's hot springs, spa and lodging resort, located seven miles north on US Highway 550, near the San Juan National Forest and millions of acres of outdoor recreation. Of all Southwest Colorado Hot Springs to visit, Trimble is a must! Our comfortable hot springs lodging option is convenient to all the Southwest USA activities you can think of. Our two saunas and naturally heated mineral hot pools are therapeutic and relaxing. Our poolside lawn next to the biggest, heated, outdoor swimming pool in town is great for picnics and sunbathing, receptions and reunions, or just reading a good book. Combine soaking with sauna and a large selection of massage and body treatments, and you're sure to leave rejuvenated and ready to take the world on again.

http://www.trimblehotsprings.com/

 

"The Sparkling  Jewel of the Four Corners"  A demanding and inspiring course located near Hermosa.  For more information call Pro Shop at 970-274-8774.

The Spectacular setting of the Animas River Valley provides a wonderful setting for a round of golf.  The course plays from four different sets of tees, ranging from 5,500 to 7,000 yard layout the club captivates all levels of play with four sets of tees.  

The rare blend of the river undulating terrain and splendid vistas makes the Dalton Ranch the grand course to play.

http://www.daltonranch.com/golf-course


*Hillcrest Golf Course

 

2300 Rim Drive

970-247-1499

www.golfhillcrest.com

Set atop a scenic mesa which overlooks Durango.  Hillcrest Golf  Course offers a fun and scenic way to enjoy your golf.  Our 18 hole course has been open since 1980.  The course features 6,838 yards of golf and has the longest tees for a par of 71.  Surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the Southern Colorado Rockies.  It Provides amateurs to pros the opportunity to play golf.

*Recreation Center

 

The Rec Center is located near the county fairgrounds.  The center is a comprehensive fitness facility featuring a huge array of exercise equipment which includes a climbing wall, fitness classes, and a pool complex.  The olympic size pool has multiple lap lanes, a diving area there is an adults-only pool and for tots a zero-depth spray and play area, a long, fast water slide.  Adjacent to this is a lazy river, and a hot tub!  

Location 
2700 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
(970) 375-7300

Get ready to gather, get fit, and have fun at the 71,557 square foot Durango Community Recreation Center! Whether you prefer a game of basketball, a walk on the indoor track, some time on the treadmill, an aerobics class, a swim in the lap pool, a soak in the hot tub, or just playing in the leisure pool, the Recreation Center offers something for everyone.  

Google "Durango Recreation Center" to get the recent schedule of events.

*The Colorado Trail 

303-384-3729

www.coloradotrail.org

Spanning some 500 miles from Denver to Durango, this path crosses many different elevations (topping out at 13,334 feet!) and environments, including eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas and five river systems, making it one of the most fascinating and scenic trails in the state.


Reviews...

“A must in Durango”

Reviewed August 16, 2012

Don't get out too late as parking lot isn't that big and fills up but there is more than one way to access trail. Impressive.  Wading in creek was nice. A fun trail area that you can decide how much you want to hike.


More comments: http://www.tripadvisor.com/

Splendid View

"The trailhead (elevation: 6983 ft) is on Junction Creek Road, around 2.5-3.0 miles from downtown Durango (there is also another parking lot that grants access to the trail about a mile form the terminus). The first 2 miles or so follow the edge of Junction Creek. One is really walking at the bottom of a canyon here, and so the views are limited, but it is a pleasant stroll with occasional wildflowers, some interesting rock formations, and bird-spotting."

more trails see: http://www.durango.com/durango_hiking.asp

*Specialties


 DURANGLERS

Fishing Equipment, Rentals, Trips...

923 Main Avenue

970-385-4081

http://duranglers.com 

  THE SAN JUAN ANGLER

Fishing Guides

600 Main Avenue

970-382-9978 or 970-759-9978

Brain Capsay (Head Guide)


  THE SKI BARN

Ski Equipment Sales and Rentals

3533 N. Main Avenue

970-247-1293

 

   INFERNO 

Snowboard Sales and Rentals

Main Avenue

970-259-2818

 

Full Blast Adventure Center

www.fullblastadventures.com or http://ziplinedurangoco.com 

970-759-9880

Durango's in town zip line adventures offers a safe, fast, fun, and exhilarating way to create Durango's unforgettable memories.  Located at 20673 Hwy 160 West Durango you can enjoy a zip line adventure ove the forest floor with snacks and drinks included.  Full Blast is the first zip line canopy and commercial paintball facility in Durango.  Reservations are recommended.



Soaring Treetop Adventures

www.soaringcolorado.com 

A canopy tour zip line is the first of its kind and scale in the mountainous area located near Durango Colorado.  An all-day course guests to traverse  by gliding through the air like birds from tree to tree, on a network of stainless steel platforms.  The eco-adventure consists of over 27 zipline spans through the Aspen forests and across the beautiful Animas River.  Link above to see video of our Zip Line Attraction!

 

Link to More Adventures

http://www.durango.com/durango_attractions.asp

http://www.durangodowntown.com/events/index.html

http://www.durango.org/activities/things-to-do.aspx 

 http://www.tripadvisor.com

Rapp Corral

51 Haviland Lake Road

970-247-8454

www.rappcorral.com

Rapp Corral offers summer horseback trail riding.  We provide 1-hour to full day high-country excursions in the San Juan National Forest.  *Flexible schedule & *small group rides ensures a wonderful experience for all riders. Located near Haviland Lake, 20 miles north of Durango.    

Animas Mountain Trail

Trail head is located West 33rd Street

www.durangogov.org/parks/trails.cfm

Located in the San Juan National Forest yet on the edge of town.  An eight mile trail that leads to the top of a mesa where you get a fabulous view overseeing Turtle Lake area.  This trail is great for hiking and yet is a fairly strenuous climb for mountain bikers.  

Animas River Trail 

http://www.durangogov.org/parks/trails.cfm

The Animas River Trail now spans from one end of Durango to the other.  Miles of hard-surface trail funs through town and along the beautiful river.  The north end of the popular trail is the intersection of 32nd Avenue traveling alongside several city parks and across many bridges.  Miles of fun for roller blading, biking, jogging, and site seeing.

Mountain Water Rafting

 http://www.durangorafting.com

970-259-4191 

Rafting adventures is a great way to experience the Southwest.  Mountain waters provides river trips for all levels of experience and thrill. 

Durango Dog Ranch

 

Dog Sled Tours

970-259-0694

 http://www.durangodogranch.com

Your first step to winter nirvana is to contact Gretchen and Greg at the Durango Dog Ranch.  Along with an experienced guide for the journey, join them for a dog powered exploration of the snowy peaks of Southwest Colorado.  The enthusiasm of being whisked along the trail by Siberian and Alaskan huskies is a feeling you will not soon forget.  See the mountains as very few have ever seen them on picturesque mountain trails.  Warmth and safety are of a utmost importance.  Hot drinks, fresh snacks, and a camaraderie between human and canine are just some of the highlights.  Enjoy a lifetime adventure.