Colorado is well-known for its snowy, cold winters. On the flip side, Durango weather can also be hot and sunny during the summer. Don't worry- there are plenty of ways to beat the heat and cool off.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
If you're hoping to cool off while continuing to adventure and see Southwest Colorado, stand up paddle boarding should be your go-to activity. It's a full-body workout requiring balance and focus, but if you're in the mood for a swim it's no big deal to fall off. Some of the best spots for paddle boarding are at Lake Nighthorse and Vallecito Lake.
Thrill seekers will enjoy a trip to Durango's ABCs. ABC stands for Adrenaline, Baker's Bridge and Cascade, three cliff jumps near Durango. These jumps are very dangerous and not for the inexperienced. If you choose to cliff jump, know the risks and do your research ahead of time so you are prepared to jump safely. When done properly and in the right conditions, the ABC challenge can be a great experience.
Adrenaline, Baker's Bridge and Cascade are just three of many waterfalls you can find near Durango. If you're looking for more, search around and ask locals when you arrive. Many waterfalls are unnamed and harder to find if you don't know where to look.
Hotels With Pools
Booking a hotel with a pool is a great way to guarantee that you'll always be able to cool off. Hotels with outdoor pools are perfect for the warm summer months if you want to stay outside longer. Even during the winter months, hotels with indoor pools offer hours of endless fun.
Grab An Ice Cold Beer
A foolproof way to cool off from the hot Durango weather is to step inside of one of Durango's micro-breweries for a drink. With a wide variety of beer offerings available, from lagers to ales to seasonal specialties, you're sure to find something to enjoy. Not sure what to order? Ask questions at each location- they love to share information about their brews and the process of making each beer!
Note: Some breweries and bars remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Enjoy The Animas
The Animas River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in Colorado. It is a great location for a wide variety of activities, including kayaking, rafting, and even just dipping your toes in the water. It's also a great fishing spot, so cast a line and wait for a bite. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Animas River, making it one of the best ways to cool off in Durango.
On your next trip to Durango during the summer months be sure to take advantage of these great ways to cool off. Book your stay today!