A Welcomed Change of Pace: Summer in Durango

The annual beach trip is getting old and the family camping tent has seen its day. Why not plan a vacation out of the ordinary: A Summer Trip to Durango. Here are four ideas of things to do in Durango that will spice up the same old vacation.


1. Mountain Bike and Camp on The Lower Parts of the Colorado Trail

Durango in Southwest Colorado has one of the best mountain bike trail systems in the world! On Rim Tours’ Durango Intermediate Singletrack Tour, you will camp in the Rockies and ride a different mountain bike trail every day. Trails include Hermosa Creek Trail and parts of the Colorado Trail. Each evening we come back to a comfortable base camp located at Junction Creek. The most experienced guides in the business will cook backcountry gourmet meals, tune your bike, and tell stories around the campfire. Bring your own bike and camping gear, or rent your gear from Rim Tours. Everything else is included.

2. Tour an Active Gold Mine

Step back in time with The Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour. This one-hour guided mine tour takes you 1/3 mile into the heart of 13,000 foot Galena Mountain where you can follow the vein and experience real mining in action! Go underground and experience the secret world of the gold miner! You can even pan for real silver, copper, and even gold – and keep what you find! No reservations are needed.

3. Mesa Verde Guided Tour

Visiting Mesa Verde National Park is a must when planning a vacation to Durango but deciding where to go in the park can be overwhelming to plan. Save time, gas and entrance fees but booking a guided tour with Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours and let the experts give you the insiders guide to the park in an air conditioned vehicle. Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours will pick you up at your hotel in Durango and take care of the whole day. Lunch included!

4. Get Out on the Water!

Operated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Durango Fish Hatchery is a museum inside and outside houses huge tanks of fish being raised for stocking the region’s rivers and streams. Bring quarters to feed the fish and watch the feeding frenzy! Examples of local wildlife, knowledgeable staff, videos. Want to get out on the river with a professional? Head over to Duranglers for all your fishing gear. You can even hire a local fly fishing guide to take you to the best spots on the river.