Local Attractions

The Durango area is steeped in rich history, endless outdoor recreational opportunities and just about everything else you might want to do! Explore the area and find fun and new adventures at every turn. 

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Take a ride back in time on the D&SNGRR, an historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive. Trains depart from the Depot on Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Explore the incredible San Juan National Forest as the train winds through narrow passages and along the pristine Animas River. Be sure to check out the museum dedicated to the area’s railroad history at the Durango depot or in Silverton – free admission to the museums. www.DurangoTrain.com 970.247.2733

Mesa Verde National Park

Experience one of the wonders of the world! Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site, Mesa Verde celebrated its 100th year as a National Park in 2006. Mesa Verde is home to ancient cliff dwellings inhabited by Ancestral Puebloan Indians between 600 and 1300 A.D. Explore this incredible world treasure, including well-preserved archaeological sites, cliff dwellings, interpretive loops, and scenic pullouts with amazing views. Open daily. Call for the latest information on tickets and schedules. www.nps.gov/meve 970.529.4465

Chimney Rock National Monument

Recently designated as one of the newest National Monuments, Chimney Rock preserves and honors a place rich in scenic beauty, history and Native American culture. Home to Ancestral Pueblo people, Chimney Rock was built a thousand years ago with more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor. Visitors can view many of the structures that remain today and were designed to align perfectly with lunar events, such as solstices and equinoxes. The site is located off US 160 between Durango and Pagosa Springs. 970.883.5359

Other Unique Archeological Sites

The Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway takes you along the arid terrain to preserved sites showing glimpses of the past with ancient cliff dwellings, rock art and Anasazi remains. Visit the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park Visitor Center and Museum 970.565.3751 x 330, Anasazi Heritage Center at the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument 970.882.5600 and the Hovenweep National Monument. Another unique site includes Crow Canyon Archeological Center just outside Cortez 970.565.8975.

Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours

Discover the magic of river rafting and guided jeep tours with Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours in Southwest Colorado. They offer 77 trip options for ages 4 to 84. Options include whitewater rafting adventures on rafts or inflatable kayaks, beginner stand-up paddle boarding instruction, jeep trail tours and packages with a one-way ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train. Experience why Mild to Wild has earned the most referrals and repeat customers! Space is limited so reserve your seats today. www.Mild2WildRafting.com 970.247.4789

Bar D Chuckwagon

Looking for good, old western family fun? The Bar D Chuckwagon Stage Show and Barbeque Supper offers delicious home-style barbecue cooking, complete with old-fashioned spice cake. After dinner, the famous Bar D Wranglers will amuse the entire family with their old west music, cowboy poetry and comedy stage show suitable for all ages under the Southwestern Colorado stars. Check out the old west buildings and pick up unique gifts in the distinctive old west gift and artisan shops, including handmade leather goods, hats, cowboy souvenirs, western art and more. Ticket booth and shops open at 5:30pm and supper is served at 7:30pm. Reservations are required. Visit www.bardchuckwagon.com or call 970.247.5753.

Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs

Just a short drive south on US 550 from Durango Mountain Resort are mineral-rich therapeutic hot springs pools for relaxation and rejuvenation. Trimble provides the perfect casual setting for a nice soak in naturally heated pools while you’re surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Experienced therapists offer more than twenty types of massages and spa/body treatments. Hot Springs hours are 10am-9pm daily and the Spa is open 9am-7pm daily. www.TrimbleHotSprings.com 970.247.0212

Durango Discovery Museum

Located in an historic coal-fired, steam-generated electric power plant that provided AC power for Durango street lights before electricity was available in the big cities of the East, the Durango Discovery Museum features hands-on, interactive, fun science activities and technology exhibits for children of all ages. Visitors to the museum can look back at history while exploring present technology. The family-friendly museum is dynamic and offers a variety of demonstrations and exciting exhibits. www.DurangoDiscovery.org 970.259.9234

Million Dollar Highway

While the source of its name is disputed, no one can dispute the majesty of the views along this scenic stretch of Hwy. 550 between the old mining towns of Silverton and Ouray. This breathtaking journey takes you over Red Mountain Pass, winding along scenic mountain cliffs more than 11,000 feet in elevation and past several beautiful waterfalls. This stretch of highway has been rated as one of the top 10 scenic drives in the U.S.

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