Hole in the Wall Stables also provides stagecoach rides, a unique way to travel throughout the Colorado scenery. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the San Juan Mountains when you take a horseback ride with Rim rock Outfitters.
Travel through the famous Mesa Verde Park and gaze at the magnificence of the La Plate Mountains. Choose from a day ride in the San Juan Mountains or a five-day Basecamp journey throughout some of Colorado’s prettiest locations.
Brothers Tom and Jim Mayer concocted the idea behind the first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Jim worked as a brakeman on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, which had operated the steam-powered line between Durango and Silverton since the 1880s.
Tom was a young bicycling enthusiast who enjoyed riding alongside the railroad tracks. He won his candy bar, alright, and he had no idea that he had just started a famous race that would draw thousands of riders to southwest Colorado.
So in 1972, a group of 36 riders celebrated the train’s first run of the spring by accepting his challenge. Durango is centrally located between Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.
Each year, thousands of riders experience the thrill of descending into Silverton with hopes of beating the train. We now host Quarter Horse and Pedal Assist Quarter Horse rides to Purgatory, the Mountain Bike Race, the Kids Race, the BMX Straight Rhythm, and the La Strata La Plate Gravel Ride.
Join us to step back in time and experience an unforgettable evening of wholesome fun amidst the grandeur of towering pines and mountain vistas. A family-owned operation for more than 30 years, 2 Below Zero is centrally located to serve the Colorado resort communities of Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Silverstone, Dillon, Frisco, and Keystone.
We are a beautiful 80-minute drive from Downtown Denver and 30 minutes east of View. We are hospitality experts, and our friendly staff is eager to make the 2 Below Zero dinner sleigh ride or chuck wagon ride the highlight of your mountain stay.
A great Colorado experience!” Winter Guest from Lake Worth, FL. The chuck wagon dinner and Wild West Show was fun for the entire family.
Thank you, 2 Below Zero, for giving my family a memorable vacation experience!” Summer Guest from West Union, IA. Soaring Tree Top Adventures in Durango, Colorado offers the largest zip line course in the world.
With 27 breathtaking spans, this all-day, family-friendly adventure features 5.5 hours of zip lining, a four-course gourmet lunch in the trees, an ecology tour, and first-class train transportation to Soaring in their own private, luxurious train cars, offering guests two of the bestDurango attractions in one day. Soaring Tree Top Adventures is plain and simple one of the best places to visit and experience.
Safety is top-notch and very well maintained every step of the way. First and foremost is safety-the zip line equipment is in pristine condition, and I never once felt the least bit nervous about it.
The staff is amazing-enthusiastic, positive, upbeat, informative, friendly, welcoming, helpful, and experienced at what they do. The Coolest adventure around! Soaring Colorado, truly is the number one zip-line course in the world, with over 25 runs it truly is the best way to experience the beautiful aspens, ponderosa, the Animus river, and so many more breathtaking sights.
I recommend this experience to do while in the Durango area, it takes around 5 hours to complete, but they offer you snack and waters along the way, along with lunch! Highlight of our trip! This truly is a 5-star, once-in-a-lifetime experience from beginning to end.
The scenery you're zip lining through (one line goes through Aspen trees! ), having lunch at, riding the train through is all truly incredibly gorgeous and the best scenes we saw over our entire week trip to Colorado.
The staff was incredibly helpful, kind and educated on how to operate all lines. We took the train ride from the Lockwood pickup and it was a very scenic and enjoyable trip.
Outdoor sports and adventure, along with cultural attractions and history, make Durango one of the best places to visit in Colorado, for all types of travelers. Many people come here for the activities, but the historic downtown, with numerous buildings remaining from the late 1800s, offers great dining, shopping, and accommodation for those who just want a relaxing getaway.
In summer, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, and other outdoor activities dominate the scene. If you have time to add on a day trip, consider heading out to the Mesa Verde National Park for a close-up look at the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings.
Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad | Photo Copyright: Lana Law With old restored carriages pulled along by an authentic coal-fired steam engine through a breathtaking narrow mountain canyon, this trip has all the makings of a romance novel.
Instead, the train stops before the major avalanche areas and allows passengers to disembark at Cascade Canyon, 26 miles from Durango. If you decide to do this as a one-way trip, it's best to take the train up, to fully appreciate the technical workings of steam engines, and the bus back rather than the reverse.
If you don't want to stay in town, you may want to consider Purgatory Lodge, with ski-in, ski-out access to the mountain; two- to four-bedroom units; a pool; hot tub; and restaurant. One of the most impressive Native American sites in the Southwest is found at Mesa Verde National Park, a little over an hour away from Durango.
The native settlement here was at its peak between 800 and 1,000 years ago, and the ruins can be found all over the mesa. These extensive cliff dwellings, built under huge overhanging rocks, include multi-story complexes, with ladders connecting various floors and rooms.
The route from Silverton to Our is known as the Million Dollar Highway due to the expense of building the road in such a difficult environment. Driving this section from the south to the north is considered safer, as you are on the inside of most of the turns.
Along the way, Tellurium is a beautiful area, and the scenic little town is definitely worth a stop. It's open to non-motorized vehicles, and is primarily a running, hiking, and mountain biking trail.
The 1.8 million square miles of San Juan National Forest is Durango's backyard playground. You can explore the beauty and excitement of this wilderness area on a drive along the San Juan Scenic Byway.
If you expand your driving range just a bit, you can also do some non-mountain rides on fast and flowy trails. The popular Colorado Trail starts on the edge of town, quickly taking you up into the mountains for fabulous views and awesome riding.
Beside being the apparent crash site of a UFO in the 1940s, it's also a fun 10-mile loop trail with single track and slick rock sections. Alternatively, venture out to Cortez, about 50 minutes from Durango, for a ride on Phil's World, known for Snoopy, curving loops, combined with good views.
Rafting down the Animas River in Durango is a fun way to spend a spring day. This can range from a very sedate experience for younger kids, up to a Class III trip for more adventure.
Discover History at the Danger Railroad Museum | Photo Copyright: Lana Law This unique museum features an eclectic mix of items, with everything from antique cars to a solar-powered car, as well as antique farm equipment, covered wagons, models, mounted animals, and a variety of other random pieces.
Starter Hotel on Main Ave | Photo Copyright: Lana Law The streets of Durango, once plied by horse and carriage, still maintain some of their grand historic structures.
One of the most impressive historical buildings is the Starter Hotel, where Louis L'Amour wrote several of his books and where both JFK and Gerald Ford have stayed in rooms you can still rent today. You can take a walking tour of downtown Durango to fully appreciate the buildings and the history.
Walk or bike along the Animas River Trail | Photo Copyright: Michael Law Along the way are interpretive plaques, public art, and peaceful spots to watch the water flow by.
The trail is paved and is suitable for biking, walking, running, and is wheelchair friendly. Depending on the time of year, you can see fishermen, whitewater rafters, kayaks, or even people floating by on tubes laughing and having fun.
The sandstone bluffs of the Animas River Valley and the granite walls of the San Juan Mountains are what climbers come to enjoy. On the edge of town is Dallas Mountain Park, although most people call it Sailing Hawks, and this is where much of the action is centered.
If you are interested in lessons or want more information on where to go or how to get started, stop by the Rock Lounge climbing gym. The Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum is a seasonal attraction (summer only), located just back from the Animas River near 16th Street.
A fun outing for the family, you can see how 1.25 million fish are raised in order to be released into Colorado's waterways. Next door is the Wildlife Museum, where various exhibits showcase the animals of Southwest Colorado.
To fully experience the true vibe of Durango, it's best to stay in the historic downtown. This charming property from the late 1880s and 90s has been completely renovated with the utmost attention to detail, and each room is uniquely decorated.
Ornate ceilings, finely crafted woodwork, and antique treasures can be found in the guestrooms, restaurants, and common areas. You can rent rooms that were occupied by writer Louis L'Amour, JFK, Gerald Ford, and numerous other famous people and characters from olden times.
Rooms are modern and comfortable, and the property features an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. The Quality Inn is another good choice, a couple of miles from downtown but very close to the scenic Animas River.