Durango Spring & Summer Planning Guide

Durango, Colorado, the top mountain vacation destination

>>Ski and Snow Report - Spring Powder for Durango

Durango’s spring season typically consists of snowstorms followed by sunny days where the temperatures get up into the high 50s and 60s. Since the spring weather in Durango is pretty mild you can enjoy riding the slush at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort one day and spend the next mountain biking, hiking or shopping around downtown. You might want to take a ride on The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The train resumes a daily train ride schedule in the spring featuring their Winter Cascade Canyon Train along with many fun additional springtime specialty train rides. Spring in Durango is also filled with lots of fun springtime events and fun things to do.  The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a popular Durango spring event held in April that’s dedicated to bluegrass music. There is always bluegrass music playing all over Durango, on stages, in barns, in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and breweries! Springtime in Durango is a dream, but summer is when the town really comes alive! The beauitful sunny days are just asking for people to raft the Animas, zipline through the trees or spend your days relaxing outdoors near Vallecito Lake...a favorite spot for horseback riding.   You don't want to miss out on summertime in Durango, Colorado!

 

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DuranglersSince 1983 Duranglers has been the region's source for custom guided fly fishing trips, equipment, flies and information. Our fly shop is located in beautiful Durango Colorado within easy access of some of the best and most diverse fishing in the nation. Located at 923 Main Avenue, Durango, CO in beautiful downtown within easy access of some of the best and most diverse fishing in the nation, including nearby Vallecito Lake.

Durango's local breweries make up the best of the best in the way of microbrews. In recent years, Durango has also become very well known for another of its man-made wonders...our incredible craft beer industry!

Durango Dude & Guest RanchesDurango Guest and Dude Ranches are a great option for summer lodging.  You can experience the authentic southwest with the luxury of horseback riding, fishing, hiking and ziplining right outside your back door.

We also suggest taking an outdoor adventure [ Outlaw Tours >>] through the San Juan Mountains. Just spend some unscripted time in nature, and breathe in the crisp mountain air.

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Ruins and Rails Vacation PackageTake a beautiful journey on the famous Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge - winding through the majestic San Juan mountains much as they were seen over 100 years ago! Stay two nights in Old West Durango and one night in Cortez. Come and experience the two most sought-after attractions in Southwest Colorado with a round trip train ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and a half-day or full-day tour at Mesa Verde National Park, one of only 20 World Heritage sites in the U.S. Package includes 2 nights in Durango, Colorado, round trip tickets on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a guided tour at Mesa Verde National Park and 1 night in Cortez, Colorado.

Beer Lovers Weekend ItineraryIf you're looking for fun things to do in Durango, then sampling beer will be one of the first things on your list. If you enjoy high quality microbrewed beer paired with delicious food, then this is the perfect weekend itinerary for you! Use this suggested itinerary to craft the perfect weekend! Experience the amazing breweries the city has to offer. Durango is home to 4 craft beer micro-breweries that have become very popular in recent years. Sample them all!

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Outdoor Enthusiast Weekend ItineraryDurango, Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast's dream! With over 300 days of clear blue sky, Durango offers vacationers unlimited adventure; fly fish the Animas River, ride thru the Rockies or hike the Colorado Trail thru the San Juan National Forest. What are you waiting for! Hikers, river runners, ice climbers and hunters come here from all over the world. Durango is the place for those who love the thrill of adventure and adrenaline while traveling to exotic places.

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Durango is a special destination for enjoying scenic beauty. There are so many things to do in Durango, Colorado. In addition to golfing, you may find yourself gliding through the trees on a zipline or simply taking a relaxing drive out to Vallecito Lake.

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March 14 - 16 | Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz FestivalKeep the ragtime playing in the Old West. World-renowned performers will be Swingin' It Up at the historic Strater Hotel for three entertaining days filled with live music, silent film comedies, dance lessons, after hours parties, and more!

March 15 | Munchkin Kidz Mart – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at LaPlata County Fairgrounds. Sell your stuff and find what you need for your child at the fairgrounds. (970) 749-5582 or info@munchkinkidzmart.com

March 15 | Steampunk Stomp – 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Carver Brewing Company Stage. Prepare to enjoy a fun evening of steampunk fashion combined with stomp dancing to benefit the Durango Discovery Museum.

March 15 | Alpenglow Snowshoe Tourat Durango Mountain Resort. Take the last chairlift up the mountain and enjoy a guided snowshoe tour of the backcountry. Guides point out wildlife and their tracks, geology, flora and fauna. Snowshoe down to the on-mountain facility, the Powderhouse Restaurant, where you’ll enjoy champagne and chocolates. Guides then take you snowshoeing down the slopes that are now closed to skiers and you’ll watch the beautiful sunset and the awe-inspiring Alpenglow on the Needles Mountain Range - a truly unique & romantic experience. Call (970) 385-2147 for reservations. $60 per person and includes snowshoes, uplift, guides & after party.

March 16 | "Journey Stories" Farewell Reception1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Animas Museum. This is your last chance to see "Journey Stories," a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution before it heads to its next destination.

March 17 | St. Patrick's Day Train9:30 am at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Join us in celebrating St. Patrick's Day on a 52-mile round trip to beautiful Cascade Canyon. A special drink menu will feature traditional Irish beer and liquor and mixed drinks! A gourmet corned beef sandwich box lunch is available to pre-purchase with your train ticket. Premium-class passengers will also enjoy live Celtic music from Durango's own "Kitchen Jam"

March 19 | Soup for the Soul – 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm nourishment for body and soul. Area restaurants offer soup, appetizers, dessert and beer or wine. Proceeds to benefit Hospice of Mercy. At La Plata County Fairgrounds. Tickets at Mercy Health Foundation.

March 20 | Cody ChestnuTT – 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm modern soul music at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

March 22 | After Hours Snowshoe Tourat Durango Mountain Resort. Enjoy the scenery as you take the last chairlift up the mountain. Guides will then take you snowshoeing back down to the base area after the slopes are closed to skiers and riders. Enjoy the serenity of the slopes as the sun sets behind the mountains. Don’t forget your camera! Tours are 3:30-5:00 pm. Call for reservations. (970) 385-2147 $30, includes snowshoes, chairlift & guide.

March 27 | Los Lobos, Disconnected – A traditional acoustic Mexican group at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

March 29 | Beach Party at PurgThough Durango Mountain Resort is extending their ski season into April, this celebration is the last big party of the season. Listen to lots of good music and partake of the restaurants & bars on the mountain.

March 29 | Harley Davidson Parts Expo – 10:00 am to 03:00 pm at La Plata County Fairgrounds. Contact Todd Lohse for more information:(970) 259-0778.

April 2 | Masters of Tradition - Irish Music at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

April 3 | Kathleen Madigan - comedy performance entitled "Gone Madigan" 7:30 pm at Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College

April 4 | Avenue Q - A coming-of-age parable with the use of puppets alongside human actors at the theatre at Fort Lewis College. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

April 5 | Fort Lewis College Athletics Cycling: Road Race - For more info contact Dave Hagen hagen_d@fortlewis.edu

April 5 | Four Corners Backcountry Tack Sale - For more information, contact Don Kelly (970) 769-6342.

April 11 - 13 | Durango Bluegrass Meltdown - Hear great bluegrass bands like Blue Highway, Town Mountain, The Earl Brothers, and Dave Richey & the Ruined Nation Boys as they play in unique Durango venues. Regional and local bands also take the stage at the Henry Strater Theater, the Durango Arts Center, and the Wild Horse Saloon. For more information, call (970) 335-9771 or e-mail info@durangomeltdown.com.

April 12 | Around the World Children's Fair - Enjoy children's cultural activities and performances at LaPlata County Fairgrounds. Call (970) 385-4354 for more information.

April 16 | California Guitar Trio - Stunning virtuosity and a sly sense of humor at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

April 17 | The Strater Hotel Open House - Enjoy a guided tour, historical photographs, culinary tastings with a finale event in the Hank theatre: The Annual Victorian Fashion Show. 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

April 19 | Peanuts™ The Easter Beagle Express9:30 am at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Passengers purchasing tickets to ride Peanuts™ The Easter Beagle Express will enjoy crafts, storytelling, musical entertainment, refreshments and other Easter-themed activities and meet Snoopy, The Easter Beagle! During your train ride, you can enjoy live interactive music, craft projects, reading of the Charles Schultz book IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN.

April 19 - 20 | Four Corners Green Living Expo - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday at LaPlata County Fairgrounds.

April 24 - 26 | The Durango Wine Experience - Three days of educational seminars, wine dinners and unique tastings. Hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits and craft beers.

April 26 - 27 | 20th Annual Durango Home & Ranch Show - The 2014 Durango Home & Ranch Show will be held Saturday, April 26th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, April 27th 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, Colorado.

April 27 | Durango Children's Chorale Concert: Circles - 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Dr. in Durango, CO. Tickets $10/$5. Come experience the sweet sounds of the Durango Children's Choir as they present a concert celebrating circles through song and dance. The children will delight the audience with traditional rounds, festive folk songs and dances, and beautiful texts that will touch any listener.Purchase your tickets online or by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

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May 1 | Strater Culinary Safari – This event features the foods of Mexico. You're invited to be a part of the adventure as Chef Safari hosts Culinary Safari with a unique dining experience from a different region in the world or culinary style. Professional guest chefs will periodically be a part of the journey, as well as local talented cooks. Contact Emily Spencer at espencer@strater.com or (970) 375-7124.

May 1 | Youngblood Brass Band - 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm at Animas City Theatre.

May 2 - 3 | Narrow Gauge Days - Join in the fun and festivities as Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad celebrates 131 years of service to Silverton, Colorado!

May 2 | Serenity - 7:00 pm at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango, CO. Tickets $15/$5. This beautiful concert will celebrate the lovely ambience and setting of St. Columba Catholic Church. The Durango Choral Society and the Durango Women's Choir will perform choral settings that will inspire, move, and excite our listeners. The major work on the program will be Franz Schubert's magnificent Mass in G with string quartet and organ. One performance only! Get your tickets early! Purchase your tickets online, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

May 2 | Ethel - "Grace" At the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

May 3 | Comedy Nights at the Henry Strater Theatre - Enjoy comedians Spencer James and Mike Jones at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. Call (970) 375-7160 for tickets and information.

May 5 | Cinco de Mayo - Live entertainment, food, vendors and fun for the whole family on the plaza at Gazpacho's in downtown Durango at 5:00 pm

May 16 - June 28 | TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition - Located at Durango Arts Center, this is a showcase featuring the very best artists working in the medium of jewelry design to educate the public about their craft. Master workshops, tours and lectures scheduled.

May 17 | Double Box of the Piedra - 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates. Double your fun by combining the 2 boxes (Upper and Lower) of the Piedra River into one great day of fun! The intermediate, technical rapids of the Upper section paired with the direct drops and heart pumping rush of the Lower Box create a true whitewater adventure! Experience this rare jewel of a protected river way as the whitewater intensifies from Class II rapids to big, Class IV excitement. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789. Available only on May 17, 24, and 31st.

May 17 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic - The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

May 17 | Durango Choral Society Cabaret - 5:30 pm at Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango, Colorado. The Durango Choral Society continues our romp through the season with great music and elegant cuisine, and the company of your friends and neighbors! Our talented singers will perform favorites ranging from Broadway to Opera while you enjoy a lovely hors d'oeuvres buffet and drinks from the cash bar. The Cabaret is our major fund raiser for the year, so come out and support your talented friends, neighbors, and family members as we strive to continue our tradition of musical excellence throughout the year. Purchase your tickets online, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door. Advance purchase recommended; tickets may not be available at the door!

May 23 | Golf with Grace - Join the 4th annual Golf with Grace tournament to support Grace Preparatory Academy in Durango at The Glacier Club. Tee off is at 10:00 am. Cost= $150 per golfer ($600 for a team). Registration is online at http://golfwithgrace.com/

May 23 | Community Heritage Awards - 5:30 pm at Animas Museum. Bar D Chuckwagon. An annual celebration of our region's heritage hosted by the La Plata County Historical Society.

May 24 | Double Box of the Piedra - 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates. Double your fun by combining the 2 boxes (Upper and Lower) of the Piedra River into one great day of fun! The intermediate, technical rapids of the Upper section paired with the direct drops and heart pumping rush of the Lower Box create a true whitewater adventure! Experience this rare jewel of a protected river way as the whitewater intensifies from Class II rapids to big, Class IV excitement. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789. Available only on May 17, 24, and 31st.

May 24 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts - Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

May 25 | The Ultra Upper Animas - 6:15 am - 6:00 pm. Want all of the Class IV and V rapids that the Upper Animas River has to offer? Are you fit…as in, “Is there also a triathlon in town that I can participate in right now??” fit? Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 25 and June 7. In order to participate, you must be very fit and pass an on-river orientation the night before your trip. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

May 24 - 26 | Iron Horse Bicycle Classic - It’s almost that time: Registration for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic officially opens on December 3, 2013. Though the event won’t take place until Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26, 2014), early registration is essential. Last year the IHBC sold out in a matter of days, some race categories within 13 hours.

May 30 - 31 | Durango Blues Train - May 30 & 31 and August 22 & 23, 2014. An exciting 3.5 hour moving musical experience providing two consecutive evenings of live blues. NEW FOR 2014 - each night will feature a different group of musicians. You will travel on the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-fired, steam-powered train through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The event features six live blues performances (2 bands and 4 solo/duo artists) in six rail cars with a festive musical environment that promises an amazing experience. Each artist performs in their own vintage coach, while passengers are to free to dance their way from coach to coach and delight in a variety of musical performances.

May 31 | Double Box of the Piedra - 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates. Double your fun by combining the 2 boxes (Upper and Lower) of the Piedra River into one great day of fun! The intermediate, technical rapids of the Upper section paired with the direct drops and heart pumping rush of the Lower Box create a true whitewater adventure! Experience this rare jewel of a protected river way as the whitewater intensifies from Class II rapids to big, Class IV excitement. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789. Available only on May 17, 24, and 31st.

May 24 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts - Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 1 - 28 | TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition - Located at Durango Arts Center, this is a showcase featuring the very best artists working in the medium of jewelry design to educate the public about their craft. Master workshops, tours and lectures scheduled.

June 6 | Outdoor Movie Night - 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm enjoy a free screening of the movie entitled "Monsters University" at Three Springs Plaza.

June 6 - 7 | Adopt-a-Thon - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm on both days at the La Plata County Humane Society. Reduced adoption fees, concession stand, BBQ, storewide sale at the Thrift Store and much more!

June 7 | Steamworks Animas Valley Half Marathon - 8:00 am start is at Baker's Bridge and finish at the Durango Sports Club. E-mail steamworks.half@gmain.com for more information.

June 7 | The Ultra Upper Animas - 6:15 am - 6:00 pm. Want all of the Class IV and V rapids that the Upper Animas River has to offer? Are you fit…as in, “Is there also a triathlon in town that I can participate in right now??” fit? Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 25 and June 7. In order to participate, you must be very fit and pass an on-river orientation the night before your trip. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 7 | San Juan Shrine Circus -2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at LaPlata County Fairgrounds

June 7 | The Rockwood Cemetery - A special talk by Ruth Lambert at the Animas Museum.

June 7 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic - The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

June 7 | Men Who Grill - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Main Ave at 12th St. in downtown Durango. Amateur grilling teams create their best grilled delights for you to sample. Enjoy food, music, and fun for the whole family.

June 7 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts - Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 7 - 8 | Animas River Days - dedicated to celebrating the Animas River's role in the Durango community by providing a venue for public gathering with whitewater competitions as well as education of the community regarding waterway resources and conservation.

June 7 - 8 | Dinosaur Train™- Based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ is back for a third year at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The 2 1/2 hour adventure begins at the historic Durango depot where an authentic steam locomotive will pulls your train to the Nature Trackers Adventure Area. Enjoy music and stories along the way + receive the Nature Trackers Club Guidebook filled with fun and educational activities!

June 13 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts - Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 14 | Motor Expo - Enjoy vintage cars + more along Main Ave. between 8th and 12th Streets in downtown Durango.

June 14 | Four Corners Civil War Ball - 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at LaPlata County Fairgrounds. Participants are required to attend ball in 1860s regalia.

June 14 - 15 | Dinosaur Train™- Based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train™ is back for a third year at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The 2 1/2 hour adventure begins at the historic Durango depot where an authentic steam locomotive will pulls your train to the Nature Trackers Adventure Area. Enjoy music and stories along the way + receive the Nature Trackers Club Guidebook filled with fun and educational activities!

June 21 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts - Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 22 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic - The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

June 28 | Mac and Cheese Festival - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Santa Rita Park in Durango, Colorado. This is a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network. Your ticket allows you access to 20+ tastings of Mac and Cheese, 20+ 1 oz tastings of wine, beer and spirits, gourmet cheese, olive oil, gelato sampling, parking, all stage entertainment, glass/ lanyard/ plate to keep. Tickets =$45. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.

July 11 - 13 | Gem and Mineral Show - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at La Plata County Fairgrounds. Vendor booths, silent auction, raffle, mineral displays, and activities for children.

July 12 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic - The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

July 12 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts - Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

July 13 - August 2 | Music in the Mountains - world-renowned musicians enchant audiences in spectacular venues throughout southwestern Colorado.

July 24 - 27 | Durango Fiesta Days - Durango comes together to celebrate Spanish and Native American history and ranching heritage with rodeos, a downtown parade, barrel races, chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfast, and much more. All events are held at the Durango Fairgrounds (except for the BarBQ/Pie Auction/Street Dance).

July 27 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic - The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

August 6 - 10 | LaPlata County Fair - La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. in Durango, CO. Open Class Fair Entry Forms will be available on July 1, 2014 for the following: Beef, Bucket Calf, Swine, Sheep, Goat, Poultry, and Rabbit. Do you want to be a Vendor at the La Plata County Fair? Contracts will be available in March 2014 for the following: Concession Booth Contract or Non-Food Contract. The full fair schedule will be available in June 2014. Call (970) 382-6465 for details and information.

August 10 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic - The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

August 14 - 17 | Railfest - The annual Durango Railfest event showcases western-style cowboy events such as the World Fast Draw Association shoot-out and competition, Native American Dancers and Heritage Train with the Southern Ute Tribe from Ignacio in addition to special events and train rides throughout the weekend. All events pay tribute to Durango’s railroading legacy.

August 22 - 23 | Durango Blues Train - May 30 & 31 and August 22 & 23, 2014. An exciting 3.5 hour moving musical experience providing two consecutive evenings of live blues. NEW FOR 2014 - each night will feature a different group of musicians. You will travel on the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-fired, steam-powered train through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The event features six live blues performances (2 bands and 4 solo/duo artists) in six rail cars with a festive musical environment that promises an amazing experience. Each artist performs in their own vintage coach, while passengers are to free to dance their way from coach to coach and delight in a variety of musical performances.

August 23 | San Juan Brewfest - Held in downtown Durango on Main Ave. between 12th and 13th Streets. Sponsored by Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, this event benefits United Way of Southwest Colorado.

August 28 - September 1 | Four Corners Motorcycle Rally™ - Ignacio Bike Week™ and the Four Corners Biker Rally have joined together to bring you a bigger and better rally, the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally™. The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally happens all over the Four Corners throughout Labor Day weekend. The Million Dollar Highway through Durango is voted one of the top four motorcycle rides in the country. Durango Harley-Davidson features the Harley demo fleet. There will also be a beer tent with live music and food during the daytime from Friday–Sunday. Motorcycle enthusiasts participate in events which take place throughout the region: Sky Ute Casino, Durango, Cortez, Silverton, Ignacio and all points in between.

 
Durango, Colorado Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures in Durango

When the temperatures rise and snow starts melting in the mountains, that’s when we know summer is right around the corner in Durango.  The Animas River starts filling up and the rafting companies start preparing for a great season on the river!  Summertime in Durango is mostly spent outdoors.  The beautiful weather filled with sunny days is perfect for every outdoor activity imaginable.  Rafting, ziplining, horseback riding and biking are some of the most popular Durango outdoor activities in the summer.  Of course the D&SNGRR is a huge tourist attraction and is always busy in the summer, so be sure to plan accordingly if you want to take a ride on the train. 

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  Durango Train

Durango Train

In operation for over a century, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of the most unique ways to take in the spectacular views offered by the San Juan Mountains and the Animas River. Choose between an open-air gondola and a covered cabin, or for adults, there are Parlor Cars which come equipped with a full bar. Relax and watch the mountain peaks and river-cut canyons pass alongside the train.

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  Durango Horseback Riding

Durango Horseback Riding

Durango offers plenty of horseback riding options from one hour rides to entire day trips. You will find a number of great places that offer guided horseback rides for beginning riders, children and experienced riders. You will also find horse rentals in Durango that will rent only to the experienced riders where you will choose from variety of trail rides to take the horse for the day on an unguided tour. Durango area Dude and Guest Ranches feature many horseback riding options.

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  Durango, Colorado Farmers Market

Durango Farmers Market

Also, the Durango Farmers Market is on a regular schedule where you can get fresh local produce once a week. Historic Downtown Durango is full of history and culture and you’re sure to have a great time exploring downtown on your next summer trip to Durango.

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  Hiking in Durango

Hiking in Durango

The Durango area boasts literally thousands of miles of incredible hiking trails. Choose from trails that promise an enjoyable afternoon stroll, or for the more ambitious, seek out a trail that clambers across the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Both new seasoned hikers will find things to do and trails to suit their hiking desires in Durango.

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  Bicycle Classic

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

A very popular Durango event is the Durango Iron Horse Bicycle Classic where you bike the 50 miles over the two mountain passes from Durango to Silverton.  The race has been a Durango tradition since 1971 and has a really cool story about how the two brothers Tom and Jim Mayer started the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. 
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  Durango  Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing in Durango

The clear, cold waters of Durango promise challenging angling for vigorous trout. For the casual fisherman, the waters of the Animas flowing through downtown Durango promise fishing. Serious fishing expeditions can take anglers deep into the mountains in search of the cool headwaters where trout thrive. Or, take advantage of the alpine lakes of the Durango area.

Learn more about fly fishing in Durango, Colorado.

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Get Happy Aboard the Durango Blues Train - in May and in August 2014.

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Spring Powder for Durango - It is April 2, and you're not too late to capture the springtime snow and enjoy great skiing and riding!

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4 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy in Durango this Spring and Summer - Our little Colorado city is the perfect place to get active outside!

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It's Not Too Late to THINK SNOW - Expect snowfall, and extended ski season, and a Beach Party!

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Welcome Spring! - Start planning your spring getaway with Durango.com!

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2014 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Coming Soon - The toe-tapping fun of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is right around the corner.

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3 Tips for Your Durango Rafting Adventure - Rafting season is just around the corner on the Animas River!

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March Whitewater Rafting Giveaway by Mild to Wild - Enter for a chance to experience a half day of Lower Animas River Rafting.

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Durango Named 2014 Top Ten True Western Town - True West Railfest August 14 - 17, 2014 - unique railroad equipment and cars.

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Unique 2014 Vacation Idea: Colorado Trails Guest Ranch - Consider a dude ranch vacation in Durango.

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Celebrate Summer's Last Hurrah in Durango - Labor Day Weekend is just days away.

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - September 7, 2013 between 8th Street and Main Avenue., in Downtown Durango.

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Whole Expo - Durango, Colorado is widely regarded as a holistic destination.

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Celebrate Durango Heritage with the Animas Museum - The Museum inhabits a 1904 School House.

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Tutu to Brew Shows Off Durango Style – There’s one thing you can’t deny about Durango: This city has it’s own style.

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Mesa Verde Country® Food Wine and Art Festival – Cortez...a fantastic 45-mile day trip from centrally-located Durango, Colorado.

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Durango Railfest Coming Soon - 2013 True West Railfest pulls in to Durango in just a few short weeks.

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Ready for a Magic Adventure? - Enjoy a river trip + America’s Teen Magic Championship winner Eli!

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The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally™ - A great way to experience Durango on Labor Day Weekend.

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First Thursday Art Walk - a unique way to experience Durango arts and culture.

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Durango Beer Pairing: What to Eat When You Drink - Many folks even plan their Durango vacations around sipping the sudsy stuff.

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Hear Music in the Mountains - Orchestral, chamber and conservatory performances against the beautiful backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.

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Cast Off With Duranglers - Upcoming clinics take place on July 13, July 28 and August 10.

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Beautiful Mountain Wedding Destination - Durango, Colorado is a favorite of brides and grooms and their entourages.

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Don't Miss Dirty Deeds at the Depot – Enjoy this great show at the Henry Strater Theatre

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July 4 in Durango – See quick rundown of some things on tap for the holiday.

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Durango Fiesta Days the Last Week of July – A fantastic parade, a pie auction, a street dance, a rodeo, and royalty!

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Durango Breweries: Tasting TipsDurango is a beer town, and if you're a beer lover, you're definitely in for a treat.

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Ride the Rockies Cyclists Cruise Through Durango – Close to 2,500 riders are expected to pedal through Durango, Colorado.

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Does Dad Love Durango? – There’s no denying it...Dads love Durango.

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Animas River Days Rodeo and Parade Details – Find out how to join the Animas River Days Inflatable Rodeo and Animas River Days Parade.

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Plan Now for True West Railfest – True West Railfest is August 15 - 18.

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Animas River Days June 6 through 9 – The beautiful Animas River flows right through the city of Durango, Colorado.

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Riders Pedal to Pitch In – Many riders in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic are pitching in to pedal for charity.

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Southern Ute Bear Dance – Open your mind and envision a colorful and regal promenade with drumming and jingle dresses!

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Coming Soon: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – Breathtaking terrain and a little bit of brotherly competition.

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Make the Most of Your Mesa Verde Hike – Hit some trails around Mesa Verde

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Nature's Oasis Celebrates 20 Years – The community’s most distinguished market celebrates 20 years in business.

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Taste Nature's Bounty this Summer in Durango – Food and wine lovers will rejoice while on vacation in Durango.

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Sip the Southwest at Fox Fire Farms – Perched more than 5,500 feet above sea level and just 30 miles away from downtown Durango.

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The Allure of the Animas River and Vallecito Lake – Public access to the Animas River within the city of Durango is plentiful.

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Pack Like a Pro for Your Durango Vacation – Prepare for mountain adventures + five-star dining and big-city-style entertainment.

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Imagine Life as a Cowboy or Cowgirl – One of the top springtime activities in Durango is horseback riding.

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Tour Durango: Adrenaline Package – Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Durango for the adrenaline rush of this one-of-a-kind vacation.

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Ride the Rockies Rolls through Durango June 10th – Read about the official route of the cyclists, and make plans to stay in Durango!

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Spring and Summer Durango Vacations – Durango has so much to offer: Whitewater rafting, skiing, biking, horseback riding, fishing and more!

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Plan Now for Durango Heritage Celebration – The events are selling out quickly. Time to get on the ball!

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Love Durango? Like Romance? – Author Angela Jangula loves Durango, and she’s chosen our city as a backdrop for her book.

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Kyle Petty Ride Across America Visits Durango May 2 – a cross-country motorcycle trek to benefit Victory Junction.

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This Weekend in Durango – Take advantage of gentle spring weather by getting out and enjoying these Durango events.

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Spring Snow Report – Durango folks typically enjoy the slopes throughout March and into the first weeks of April.

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Durangoans Ski Through March - 2012 - 2013 has been an exceptional ski season.

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Durango Wine Experience - May 2 - 4, 2013. Seminars, wine dinners and tastings. Hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits and craft beers.

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Durango Bluegrass Meltdown - April 19 - 21, 2013 in historic downtown Durango, Colorado.

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Steampunk Stomp II Benefit - Saturday, March 16, 2013 6:00 pm to benefit the Durango Discovery Museum.

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Durango Snow Report - Snowflakes will fly on Durango ski slopes this coming Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday February 20 – 22, 2013.

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Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival - at the Strater Hotel in downtown Durango March 22 - 24, 2013.

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Book in December for Memorial Day Weekend - Everyone is making plans NOW for Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

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Find a New Top
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Durango celebrates fashion as art using white cotton tops as art canvas.

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Durango Oktoberfest
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Durango celebrates all things Bavarian on September 15 and 16.

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Ska Brewing 17th Birthday
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area breweries gather to celebrate the 17th Birthday of Ska Brewing.

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Whole Expo
- a great event for people interested in all things holistic and ecological.

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Fall Vacation Planning
- The aspens will begin their color change, and the temperatures will begin to cool.

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Southern Ute Pow Wow
- You had me at "jingle dress."
The Southern Ute Fair and Pow Wow is September 6 – 9, 2012.

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10-Minute Play Contest
- Take a bow, and enjoy your 10 minutes of fame!
August 23rd is the last day to audition.

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Ignacio Bike Week
- Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Ignacio Bike Week. It is also known as The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally!

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Downtown Street Closures
  - Please take note of a few street closures downtown.

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TRUE WEST Railfest Starts Today!
  - To learn more or check out the schedule of events, log on to Railfest 2012.

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Mesa Verde Winemakers Festival
  - Take a 45-mile jaunt over to Cortez, CO on August 24th for the Gourmet Winemakers' Dinner.

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San Juan Brewfest
  - Set aside a special day to sample some of the best beer in the world. San Juan Brewfest is on August 25, 2012.

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The Bicycle Men
  - The musical comedy playing in Durango August 15 – 19, the week leading up to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

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Feature Friday - Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville
  - A theatre production that is enjoyed by visitors and locals.

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Tutu to Brew
  - Join in this fun bicycle parade and beer festival at 5:30 pm on August 16, 2012. Don't forget your tutu!

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Vallecito Lake
 - A relaxing 20-mile drive out to Vallecito Lake might just become the highlight of your Durango experience.

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Asleep at the Wheel - Grammy-award-winning band revered for sustaining Texas-based Western Swing.

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Foraging and Dining in Durango - Durango foodies are currently staying abreast of the latest food trend entitled “foraging?”

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Feature Friday - The Strater Hotel - Right in the middle of historic Downtown Durango...No need to drive.

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Cortez Rendezvous - Marvel at the sight of hot air balloons ascending and floating over the beautiful southwestern scenery.

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Museums Kids Enjoy - Durango has museums that encourage young people (and the young at heart) to build, create, play, and explore.

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Iron Horse Chef Competition - Take a morning amble in downtown Durango, and discover the most entertaining booth at the Farmers Market.

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Bluegrass, BBQ, and Beer - Durango people sure know how to have fun but raise money for a great cause!

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Durango Fiesta Days - A legacy of rural ranching and celebrating, Durango Fiesta Days is the oldest celebrated event in Durango. Colorado.

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Duck & Run Race at Mild to Wild Rafting - Launch yourself into a ducky (inflatable kayak) at 29th Street Park

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Mesa Verde Fall Photography Workshop - come away with once-in-a-lifetime images of several of Mesa Verde's stunning cliff dwellings.

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Music in the Mountains
- Let your eardrums be tickled by the rich sounds of classical music.

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Pro Challenge Open House
- an opportunity for the public to have questions answered and to have some fun.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Citizen Event
- an opportunity for recreational and competitive cyclists to challenge themselves on the course.

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Fly Fishing is Up in Durango
- Water levels in our Colorado rivers are lower than usual, and people are catching plenty of great fish.

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Feature Friday - Featured Listing
- This Bobbie Carll listing is a one-of-a-kind solar retreat house featuring round living spaces!

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4th of July in Durango -  We always have such a great time with plenty of things to do for the whole family!

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Vote Durango for the Best River Town
-  Durango is one of ten finalists for Outside magazine’s “Best River Town in America”

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Best Tasting Room in Colorado -  Out of 11 Colorado tasting rooms, Durango's own Ska Brewing was noted for unique personality and style.

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It's Time to Raft the Animas - Our friends over at Mild to Wild shared this awesome video with us

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Canines for the Cure/Bark for Life Festival - The pups will have a blast and we're pretty certain you will too!

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Durango is one of the USA's Most Bicycle Friendly Communities - gold status in the rankings.

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Ghost Town Tours -  Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours offers two great Ghost Town Tours if you're looking for something unique.

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Durango Blues Train -  Beer, Blues, Dancing... all while traveling aboard the Durango Train. Book now for June 2, 2012!

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The Josh Abbott Band Concert at Echo Basin Ranch -  Echo Basin Ranch presents The Josh Abbott Band. get tickets now!

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2012 World Beer Cup Awards Gold to Durango Brewers - Durango breweries recognized for their exceptional beer.

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Durango Vacation Homes - Try experiencing Southwest Colorado by staying in a fabulous Durango, Colorado vacation home.

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Feature Friday - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - one of Durango's top attractions and host to Railfest!

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Vote Durango Beer City 2012 - Cast your vote for Durango as "Beer City USA 2012," hosted by Examiner.com.

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Feature Friday - The Rochester Hotel - Great place to enjoy wine with friends and outdoor music...truly a secret garden in downtown Durango.

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Summer Camps from Wilderness Trails Ranch - the ultimate week of adventure and well-earned recreation, this place is calling you!

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Durango Kentucky Derby - a fundraiser for the Durango Arts Center and will be held in the Rochester Hotel courtyard 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Durango Named One of the 20 Best Small Towns in America - Smithsonian.com says the quality they most wanted to see was culture.

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Feature Friday - Full Blast Adventures - Our zip line canopy tour is definetely our most popular adventure. We are about building memories.

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Historic Strater Hotel Turns 125 Years Old - Strater Hotel visitors enjoy a variety of events and special packages throughout 2012.

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Four Corners Bike Rally - motorcycle enthusiasts congregate every Labor Day weekend for 4 days of fun events, concerts and bike shows.


Vote Durango for Best of the Road! - Your vote could put Durango at the top in the Rand McNally Road Atlas as the "Best of the Road"


2012 USA Pro Cycling Official Route Announced - The race will start in Durango! The Durango to Telluride leg will be the opening day race!


Outdoor Enthusiasts Welcome - Plan your Durango, Colorado vacation with our suggested outdoor enthusiast itinerary


Tips for Vacationing at High Altitude - Get your body accustomed to the high altitude. Durango, Colorado is 6,512 feet above sea level.


Feature Friday - Duranglers - a  fly fishing guide service and shop located downtown that matches client interests with fishing experience.


St. Patrick's Day in Durango! - St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year, so we're planning on taking full advantage by celebrating right!


Snow Report - More Powder To Ya! - Looking for some awesome powder?  The snow finally showed up in Durango (a little late in the season.)


Ski Mag Names Durango a "Dream Town" - 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains + nearly year-round opportunities.


Summer Train & Lodging Package - your choice of lodging with round trip tickets on the historic train!


Durango's Christmas in July - The Animas Museum celebrates Christmas in July on Saturday, July 16th


Ignacio Bike Week! - more than 22,000 motorcycles riding in grandeur through spectacular scenery


Summer Adventures in Durango! - Let Outlaw Tours be your resource for summer fun!


Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Hosts Photographers Spectacular Excursion - La Veta Pass Route, August 22 - 23


Kelly Ripa in Durango - Check out the clip from "Live with Regis and Kelly."


Call to Artists! - garment design exhibition and auction fundraiser


4th of July in Durango - starting with breakfast at 7:30 am and ending the day with fireworks over downtown


New Direct Flight - from Dallas to Durango.


Facebook Photo Contest and Giveaway - presented by Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours


Durango Tour de Brews - safe transport to sample four local breweries in a cool bus named "The Dude."

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Durango Blues Train - 3 hours of live blues while traveling by train through San Juan National Forest.

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Civil War Event - Old Wounds & a New Community: Impacts of the Civil War on Southwest Colorado

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Taste of Durango - showcasing the fabulous fare of our fine restaurants and craft beer.


Durango Wine Experience - Three Days and hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits and craft beers.


Peanuts™ Easter Beagle Train - Read about this top Easter activity the whole family can enjoy.

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Purgatory Adds Another Weekend - lifts running starting Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10, 2011

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Beach Bash at Purg - the top destination for spring snow skiing and winter sports

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