Year-Round Outdoor Recreation and Fun!
The town of Durango, Colorado is located in the southwestern part of the state near the Four Corners area where the states of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado all meet at one geographical spot.
The town is at an elevation of 6,512 ft. and can be found in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.
You can find a huge variety of outdoor activities in this area, including whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. There is also mountain and road biking, backpacking and hiking, rock climbing and some great golf.
Best of all, if you’re a fisherman, the Animas River runs right through the middle of town and will provide world-class fly fishing in its bubbling stream.
Before you go, why not learn to make your own fishing lures?
While you’re in this area, also try some of the hundreds of miles of snowshoeing trails that weave through the forests in the San Juan Mountains.
Maybe you would like to try a thrillng snowmobiling excursion or maybe even go on a fun and noisy dogsled ride.
You could also enjoy a quiet, sundown sleigh ride through the snowy forest with that very special person.
While in Durango Colorado, don’t miss a ride on the historic D&S Narrow Gauge Railway which travels through the surrounding mountains between Durango and the town of Silverton.
Not too far away, you will find amazing archeological attractions such as Mesa Verde National Park, ATV tours, gaming at the Sky Ute Casino, hot air balloon rides, horseback riding and a visit to one of the local hot springs or spas.
And finally, why not try something you never thought you’d ever do…a zipline adventure!
If you’d like to stay in town, there are many choices available. These include the:
- General Palmer Hotel, which is an historic bed & breakfast located downtown near the theater, shopping and the railway depot. Founded in 1898, the General Palmer is a victorian hotel that will give you a delicious taste of old Durango.
- Lightner Creek Inn, which is a delightful bed & breakfast located near the Peregrine Falcon Sanctuary and also near an elk preserve. This French manor-style hotel provides lovely accommodations not far from the attractions in Durango.
- O-Bar-O Cabins, which is located on the Florida River close to the San Juan National Forest and includes two large lakes and horseback riding trails. If you’re a trout fisherman, this is a great place for you to stay.
If you’re looking for a great restaurant in this town, there are many choices, such as:
- Cosmopolitan, which has a rooftop dining area that makes having dinner on a cool, summer evening very memorable. A good choice for American cuisine, this restaurant is one of the best around.
- Ken & Sue’s, which serves American food with a bit of an Asian twist. If you can, try their Sunday Brunch. It’s worth the wait.
- Mutu’s Italian Kitchen, which is the place to go for a real, authentic Italian meal. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in this mountain town and I’m not the only one!
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Durango Colorado is a terrific town to make your home base while you explore the Four Corners area and southwestern Colorado. It’s a town with energy, a vibrant history and top outdoor recreation options.