Durango Fall Planning Guide

Activities And Fall Things To Do In Durango (September, October + November)

Plan for your upcoming visit this fall with our fall planning guide. 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.

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Ride The 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.

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.

Autumn Arts Festival

Durango's Autumn Arts Festival welcomes over 6,500 visitors celebrating the creativity & craftsmanship of southwestern Colorado's artistic community each year. This year's festival is happening September 21-22. The event hosted by the Durango Arts Center showcases media like ceremaics, jewelry, painting, glass, sculpture, photography, and more.

Visit The Farmer's Market

The 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 26. And be sure to catch the special Thanksgiving Farmer's Market on November 23 at La Plata County Fairgrounds.

Fall Hiking In Durango

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. Plan an escape that taps into your love for the outdoors.

Halloween In Durango

Carve 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 Durango Arts Center's Festival de los Muertos just after Halloween.

Cowboy Poetry Gathering

For 31 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 Colors

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. Zip through a canopy of sparkling golden aspen leaves, and experience the San Juan Mountains as most people have never seen them before.

Fall Foliage

Fall 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 Fall

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.