Are you planning on visiting Durango during the holidays? This is a magical time for a Durango trip, as the mountains will be dusted with snow and the town will be twinkling with Christmas lights. You can cozy up in your Durango vacation rental with a hot chocolate, take in some of the holiday events and entertainment or go exploring in the wild outdoors.
In order to make your holiday trip to Durango as enjoyable as possible, here are some helpful travel tips.
1. Bring Lots of Layers
Visiting Durango, Colorado in the winter means that you’ll experience a wide range of weather conditions, sometimes all in one day. It is best to take multiple layers so that you can adjust to the temperature as it fluctuates. Also, bring a warm scarf and gloves to keep your face and hands warm and cozy.
2. Wear Warm Boots
One of the most important things you will pack for a visit to Durango during the holidays is a good pair of boots. They should be waterproof to protect your feet from the ice and snow and lined with insulation to keep you warm.
3. Take a Sleigh Ride
One of the most magical ways to immerse yourself in the snowy wonderland of Durango is to take a sleigh ride. You can cozy up under the warm blankets while you marvel at the frosted trees all around you and listen to the crunching of the horses’ hooves through the crisp snow drifts.
4. Rent Snow Shoes
Going on a snow-shoeing adventure is a great way to explore the wilderness around Durango. The snowshoes will allow you to go a little bit further off the beaten path and explore the quiet, snow-covered wilderness.
5. Check the Holiday Event Calendar
Durango has a great line-up of exciting Durango events all throughout the holiday season, from concerts to visits with Santa to food festivals and much more. Check with the front desk of your hotel or look online at our events calendar to find out what is happening during your visit.
6. Don’t Forget the Main Attractions
Any time you visit somewhere during the holidays, it’s easy to just do the holiday-themed activities and forget about the attractions that are popular with visitors all year round. Make sure that you look at all the things to do in Durango to find the ones that interest you. For the history buffs, check out the Animas Museum, or just get a bite to eat at one of these fabulous Durango restaurants.
7. Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Many people think that they don’t have to worry about sunscreen during the winter months, but in Colorado the sun is very strong due to the high altitude and the thin mountain air. Also, the sun will reflect off the snow, increasing the amount of UV rays that hit your skin. Make sure that you wear sunscreen on all exposed skin when you are spending extended amounts of time outside. It is also a good idea to bring your sunglasses so that you can shield your eyes from the sun’s rays, and wear a hat to protect your scalp!