Durango Fall Planning Guide

Plan Your Trip To Durango For The Beautiful Autumn Season

Plan for your upcoming visit this Fall with our planning guide - only on Durango.com! Fall is the optimum time 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.

things to do for fall in durango

There 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. After golden aspens transition into snowy evergreens. Durango makes the spectacular transformation to winter. Visitors enjoy Durango as a Christmas town and as a mid-winter party town.

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.

Durango Train
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Relax and watch the mountain peaks and river-cut canyons pass alongside the train. Pumpkin Patch Express - Ride 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.

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Durango Fishing

The Durango area has some of the best quality fishing in the USA. From the San Juan mountain high country to the semi-arid San Juan river tailwater, world class fly fishing for trophy size trout awaits the angler year-round.

Durango Fishing
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From the wild and free-flowing Animas river which can be fished in the middle of town to remote high country lakes in the middle of the largest wilderness area in Colorado, the Weminuche Wilderness, to the world famous tailwaters of the San Juan River below Navajo Dam, the Durango area has it all.

Durango Hiking

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. Experience the thrill, and the relief, of emerging from your hike into pristine alpine meadows.

Durango Hikes

Plan an escape that taps into your love for the outdoors. Both new and seasoned hikers will find something to suit their hiking desires in Durango.

Durango Biking

Whether you are a professional downhill racer or a roadie, Durango, Colorado is your home to world-class biking. From the world's best single track mountain biking and road biking to downhill riding, and fat tire fun, Durango, Colorado has over 2,000 miles of trails and hundreds of miles of road for your riding pleasure. Durango hosts the annual road bike race entitled Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

Durango Bikes
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Durango Camping

From outdoor sport enthusiasts to concert goers to RV-ers, Durango suits your camping style. Camping in Durango, Colorado is very popular whether you camp in the nearby San Juan National Forest or in one of the many campgrounds and RV parks the area has to offer. Durango, Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast's dream! With over 300 days of clear blue sky, Durango offers vacationers unlimited adventure. Forgo the traditional vacation spots and trendy theme parks.

Durango Camping
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Durango Rock Climbing

Durango bouldering, rappelling, top-rope, or free ascent abounds. There are plenty of rock faces for all your climbing needs in the Rocky Mountains of Durango. The West offers unique geological formations found nowhere else in the world. Many popular areas for rock climbing are near Durango, making it the ideal place to stay for your rock climbing adventures.

Durango Rock Climbing
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Durango Ziplining

Ziplining 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.

Durango Zipline

Zip through a canopy of sparkling golden aspen leaves, and experience the San Juan Mountains as most people have never seen them before. You will find Durango adventure and tour providers to be highly trained, personable and dedicated to showing visitors this new safe, eco-friendly outdoor trend.