Durango is an outdoor activity paradise – Hiking, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting, off-roading, year-round fishing, kayaking, rafting and golfing – to name just a few.
In the winter, Durango has easy access to five major ski areas, including Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, located just 25 minutes north of downtown.
Current Resort Stats
- Elevations: Top: 10,822′ Base: 8,793′ Vertical Drop: 2,029′
- Ski Runs: 85; Beginner: 23% Intermediate: 51% Expert: 26%
- Skiable Acres: 1,200
- Lifts: Total: 11; Types: 1 Express 6-Pack; 1 Express Quad, 4 Triples, 3 Doubles, and 3 surface lifts
- Lift Capacity: 15,050 people/hour
- Average Snowfall: 260″
- Hours of Operation: 9-4 pm daily
- Typical Season Dates: Late-November – Early April
- Snowmaking Acres: 250
Durango – Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
In continuous operation for over 123 years, the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers passengers an opportunity to relive the glory days of the railroad. Ride behind vintage steam locomotives on a spectacular journey between these two historic Colorado mountain communities. During the summer months, daily service between Durango and Silverton is available; while in the winter months, daily round-trips run from Durango to Cascade Canyon.
Phone: (877) 872-4607
Mesa Verde National Park
Celebrating its centennial in 2006, Mesa Verde National Park offers visitors a glimpse at more than 700 years of history of the Ancestral Pueblo people that lived in the Four Corners area from approximately 600 through 1300 A.D. Today, remnants of their elaborate cliff dwellings in the canyon walls of this magnificent area can be explored alone or on a tour with a Park Ranger. To fully enjoy Mesa Verde National Park, plan to spend a day or two exploring the fascinating archeological sites as well as the beautiful landscape. The entrance to the park is 35 miles west of Durango on US Highway 160.
Phone: (970) 529-4465
Red Cliff House Studio & Art Gallery
Connie L. Morse and Dave Sime, travel world widefor inspiration. These experiences result in the diverse subject matter reflected in their paintings. Those who are interested in fine art may wish to visit the Gallery and Studio to see works in progress.
Phone: (877) 972-5433
Durango Dog Ranch
Feel the energy of canine collaboration! Listen to thesilence of the frozen forest! Learn the magic behind mushing! Join us for a dog-powered exploration of the snowy peaks of Southwest Colorado.
Phone: (970) 259-0694
Event Center, Weddings, Retreats
Ridgewood Event Center
Ridge Wood Event Center the Ranch can accommodate up to 150 participants for events from May until October. From October to May the Ranch hosts smaller events, such as small weddings, corporate retreats, reunions, and workshops.
Phone: (970) 385-4537
Durango Soaring Club, Inc.
Sailplanes are towed aloft by a power plane to an altitude of 9,000 to 9,500 feet and then released. As you soar like an eagle back to the glider port, you will be able to see the beautiful San Juan Mountains, around 100 miles of scenery in any direction, plus the Animas River winding through the valley.
Phone: (970) 247-9037
With four sets of tees situated on this feisty 7,000 yard layout, the design of the course captivates all levels of play. The rare blend of the river, undulating terrain, and splendid vistas make Dalton Ranch a grand course to play.
Phone: (970) 247-8774
Horseback Riding & Tours
Our guests can ride terrain suited to their abilities and interests through a labyrinth of trails within the San Juan National Forest! Tours are varied in length and suited to delight anyone’s sense of adventure.
Phone: (970) 247-8454
One Hundred Gold Mine Tour
The underground world of the hard rock miner is rarely seen by “outsiders”. Now you, too, can go “on shift” and see the earth from the inside out. A one-hour, guided tour takes you 1/3 mile into Galena Mountain where you follow the vein and learn how mining was done.
Phone: (800) 872-3009
Trimble Hot Springs
Hot Springs including Olympic swimming pool, 3 natural therapy pools, spacious surrounding grounds, the new Marilyn’s Well party & meeting room, our spa facilities, bathhouse, and musical stage. Come join us for a relaxing swim, soak, and massage.
Phone: (970) 247-0111
On your Colorado fishing vacation at a Durango bed and breakfast, you can experience fly fishing in a creek, stream, lake, or reservoir. Just a short drive from Durango, you can fish for r ainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout in area rivers such as the San Juan River and the Animas River.
With twenty-one years of service, our two locations have provided our clients and customers some of the most diverse fisheries, experienced guides, and knowledgeable staff in the country! We will teach fly fishing skills to beginners of all ages and provide fine points and useful tips to the expert angler. Duranglers is surrounded by great water. We have high mountain creeks, bubbling streams, lakes, reservoirs, and great rivers like the San Juan River and the Animas River . They all hold a good number of beautiful fish. Visit our Durango store for the finest in fly fishing guides, flies, and supplies.
Phone: (800) 347-4346
Jeep and Hummer Tours
For your convenience, we have listed some Jeep tours in Colorado. Schedule a guided tour or venture out on your own when you stay at a Durango bed and breakfast for your vacation getaway. 4-Wheeling Colorado’s Backcountry Style. Enjoy the beautiful Colorado scenery on your own private tour. Visit Mesa Verde, a ghost town, and see incredible wildflowers galore. See sites not available to the average tourist! Dare to Explore!
Mild to Wild Jeep
Travel back in time and over two miles above sea level as you explore historic ghost towns and majestic mountain peaks! After departing from Durango, you will travel 50 miles on the Million Dollar Highway (an American scenic byway) to the old mining boom town of Silverton, Colorado!
Phone: (800) 567-6745
Outlaw Jeep Tours
Noted as Colorado’s best-kept secret, the spectacular scenery of Colorado’s western slope is the key to the state’s colorful past and present. Our panoramic tours and professional guides provide the historical information to forgotten ghost towns, rich gold and silver mines, and ancient Indian dwellings.
Phone: (877) 259-1800
Outlaw Hummer Tours
If ghost towns and forgotten gold mines and three of the highest passes over the Continental Divide with outrageously beautiful views intrigue you, we’re your connection. Sit down, hang on, and welcome to the mountains because this adventure is ready to ignite. Spectacular will be the only word you’ll remember. At 13,000 ft., the views don’t get any better!
Phone: (877) 259-1800
For your snowmobiling vacation in Colorado, choose from the following tours when you stay at a Durango B&B for your lodging accommodations. These tours offer unforgettable snowmobiling adventures, complete with breathtaking mountain views.
Experience Colorado’s winter wonderland, where the air is so thin you can see your breath; and the country is so beautiful, it will remain forever a memory. Outlaw tours provides two of the best locations for your enjoyment, located on Cascade Creek and the world-class resort at Tamarron, where the views will astound you.
Phone: (877) 259-1800
Come ride where the locals ride! Located high on Molas Pass, 16 miles north of Durango Mountain Resort ski area. We have miles and miles of groomed trails and powder fields. Views of mountain ranges in all directions.
Phone: (970) 247-3706
White Water Rafting in Durango Colorado
Enjoy a Colorado white water rafting trip on the Animas River when you stay at a Durango bed and breakfast. Choose a trip the meets your interests and whitewater rafting experience.
Whether it is the soothing sound of a babbling brook or the heart-pounding roar of a frothy river, there’s something about rivers that draws people to get their hands on whatever vessel they can to run them. From the days of hand-carved wooden canoes to today’s commercial float trips, we’ve always found a way to get down the river, and more people every year are giving it a try.
Outlaw Whitewater Rafting
In the entire world, there is nothing more exhilarating than a whitewater adventure in the Rocky Mountain West. The thrill of spring runoff or the slower pace of a late summer float will spark the interest of every adventurer.
Phone: (877) 259-1800
Mild to Wild Whitewater Rafting
We offer the biggest selection of white water rafting adventures and whitewater river trips in Southwest Colorado and Arizona. Mild to Wild River rafting trips range from leisurely — for memorable family vacation float trips — to heart pounding whitewater wilderness adventures for the extreme sport enthusiast.
Phone: (800) 567-6745