Plan for your upcoming visit this fall with our fall planning guide. September, October and November are is the optimum months to book a vacation package to Durango, Colorado. Travel+Leisure Magazine includes Durango, Colorado in their article about driving along the Continental Divide. Sherman's Travel named Durango number 4 on their list of Top Ten Easy Fall Weekend Getaways, naming Durango an "easy-going Colorado mountain town" that "proposes the perfect autumnal escape," while also pointing out the San Juan Skyway and the beautiful bright golden aspens, as well as the pueblo cliff dwellings of the Mesa Verde National Park.
See The Autumn Aspens
Ride The Durango TrainIn 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.
Pumpkin Patch ExpressRide the train to a pumpkin patch, where you will find fun and activities for the whole family. Meet and have photos taken with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities include live musical entertainment, games, trick-or-treating, bouncy houses, and a hay bale maze that will lead you to the pumpkin patch where kids pick the perfect pumpkin to take home.
Pumpkin Patch Express
Autumn Arts FestivalIn 2017 Durango's Autumn Arts Festival hosted 6,000 visitors celebrating the creativity & craftsmanship of southwestern Colorado's artistic community. This year's festival is happening September 15-16. The event hosted by the Durango Arts Center showcases media like ceremaics, jewelry, painting, glass, sculpture, photography, and more.
Visit The Farmer's MarketThe Durango Farmer's Market is a great way to see some of the best Durango has to offer with fresh produce, delicious meals, local musicians, and a family friendly atmosphere. This year you can find it every Saturday morning in the TBK Bank Parking Lot (259 W 9th St.) through October 27. And be sure to catch the special Thanksgiving Farmer's Market on November 17 at La Plata County Fairgrounds.
Fall Hiking In DurangoThe 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. Experience the thrill, and the relief, of emerging from your hike into pristine alpine meadows. Plan an escape that taps into your love for the outdoors.
Halloween In DurangoCarve yourself a jackolantern and prepare to eat too much candy: Halloween is just around the corner. Durango has some classic spooky events that aren't unfamiliar to locals this time of year, including the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Strater and the Full Moon Ghost Crawl at the railroad museum. But there's also some new additions this year, like the Durango Arts Center's Festival de los Muertos just after Halloween.
Oktoberfest At PurgatoryThe event of the season for brew lovers, Oktoberfest Durango is the premier beer festival in southwest Colorado. Boasting Durango as "the land of exceptional craft beer", the festival celebrates the creativity and deliciousness of the local brewery culture. The festivities will be accompanied by some live entertainment, food, and games for all ages.
Cowboy Poetry GatheringFor 30 years Durango has been the meeting point for poets and musicians from all over the country at the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Centered at the historic Strater Theater, the gathering is a collection of performances ranging from folk songs to spoken word poetry reminiscent of the days when cowboys would gather around a campfire and tell tall tales. Find the schedule of events here.
Zipline Through Fall ColorsZiplining is the best autumn vacation activity to get your heart pumping. Zipping through the air is such special way to appreciate Durango’s pristine mountains, alpine meadows and beautiful rivers. Consider ziplining as new way to experience fall leaf colors. Zip through a canopy of sparkling golden aspen leaves, and experience the San Juan Mountains as most people have never seen them before.
Fall FoliageFall foliage in and around Durango is truly breathtaking! Historically, leaves start to change in mid-September and peak before October ends. High-altitude places see color changes first, and we’re starting to see colors peak in the high hills above Silverton and Lake City! The aspens are boasting their beautiful golden yellow glow, and grasess and low scrub oaks are losing their summer green.
More Things To Do During FallThere are plenty of fun fall activities to enjoy in Durango. Enjoy the crisp outdoors by the Animas River, hiking through the gold aspens of the San Juans or just stroll through the shops of historic downtown. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, check out a zipline adventure, a jeep or ATV tour or maybe even a rock climbing adventure.