Durango Spring Planning Guide

Wave Goodbye To Winter With These Spring Events & Experiences

Durango’s spring season typically consists of snowstorms followed by sunny days where the temperatures get up into the high 50s and 60s. Since the spring weather in Durango is pretty mild you can enjoy riding the slush at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort one day and spend the next mountain biking, hiking or shopping around downtown. You might want to take a ride on The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The train resumes a daily train ride schedule in the spring featuring their Cascade Canyon Train along with many fun additional springtime specialty train rides. Make plans for your next vacation with this Durango spring planning guide.

Why Visit Durango In Spring?

While you may not be quite sure what to expect, spring is a great time to visit Durango. Visitors truly get the best of both summer and spring for just a short time. The overlap in seasons allows for hiking one day and skiing the next. There are also a wide variety of events and activities unique to the season that you don't want to miss. Durango is a great spot for a long trip, or just a quick spring break vacation.


Durango Spring Experiences


Last Minute Ski Trips

Spring in Durango may not always feel like spring. With snow sometimes falling straight through May, spring is a unique season to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including the end of ski season. Visitors can enjoy Purgatory or other ski areas near Durango straight into the spring months. Check with the website of each location to determine if they will still be open for your trip.

Explore In A Jeep Rental

Enjoy a beautiful spring day and cruise around Southwest Colorado in a Jeep or RZR Rental. As the weather warms up and the snow begins to melt, you'll be able to spot beautiful views of the San Juan Mountains. Plus, with these types of rentals you can see the sights you want, when you want. Rentals can last anywhere from 2 hours to multiple days, making it easy to do your trip your way.

Spring Hikes In Durango

The Durango area boasts literally thousands of miles of incredible hiking trails. A highlight of spring hikes in Durango is that you can still see remnants of winter as you trek, making for stunning, snowcapped mountain views with warmer temperatures. Both new seasoned hikers will find things to do and trails to suit their hiking desires in Durango.

Guided Mesa Verde Tours

Beginning in April, Durango Rivertrippers offers a variety of guided Mesa Verde Tours. These tours are a great opportunity to learn about the history of Mesa Verde National Park and spot some of the most incredible sights in Southwest Colorado. These tours are perfect for a spring trip, when the weather is warming up but not too hot.


Durango Spring Events


Shamrock Express

March 17, 2020

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on board the Durango Train's special Shamrock Express Train. Enjoy Irish Beer and drink specials as you ride the rails to Cascade Canyon. Your ride will be filled with Celtic music by the Kitchen Jam Band as they move from car to car. This fun themed train ride is a great adventure to kick off spring.

Women Outside Adventure Forum

March 24-26, 2020

The Woman Outside Adventure Forum is brought to Durango by Backcountry Experiences. 2020 will be the fifth year of this excellent event. The forum is an event meant to inspire women (and men!) to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Each year there is a great lineup of female outdoor adventurers with specialties in running, climbing, skiing, writing and more. Come out and listen to their experiences and be inspired to get outside.

Spring Historic Narration Coach

April 8- May 1, 2020

The Spring Historic Narration Coach is a great way to learn about the history of the railroad while enjoying beautiful views of the San Juan Mountains. This train departs Durango at 9:45 AM and returns at 2:45 PM, with a 45 minute layover in Cascade Canyon before it turns around. As you ride, enjoy stories from narrators who will tell you their tales in the first-person, dressed in period clothing to take on the personas of the people they portray.

Hops & Hops

April 11, 2020

Celebrate Easter on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with the Hops & Hops train excursion. Board the train in Durango and head to Cascade Canyon. While on board, children will receive an Easter basket and crafts to do. When you arrive, enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

April 17-19, 2020

A clear sign of spring in Southwest Colorado is the arrival of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring with live bluegrass bands, food and entertainment in venues all over town. Free concerts and impromptu jam sessions on sidewalks and in hallways are just a couple of the highlights of this event. There is even an Old Time Barn Dance and several kids programs to get everyone in the family involved.

Durango Wine Experience

April 30- May 2, 2020

The Durango Wine Experience is an annual event you don't want to miss every spring. Enjoy three days of educational seminars, wine tastings and dinners. One of the most popular events during the weekend is the Walk-About Durango, a multi location tasting event that takes place downtown. The experience wraps up with a Grand Tasting featuring top chefs and the finest wineries, distributors, breweries and distilleries from around the world.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

May 22-24, 2020

Race the train from Durango to Silverton or just come out and watch as others take the challenge. The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is a popular event for bikers in Durango. It's a test of man vs machine as bicyclists race the train all the way from Durango to Silverton. This event got it's start as a contest between two brothers and now it is one of the biggest events in the biking world.

While Durango's spring season is a blend of two seasons, it is a great time to visit to experience a little bit of everything. With exciting events, varying outdoor adventures and plenty of holidays to visit, it's a great time to come and see the city. Take advantage of this Durango spring planning guide when you are booking your next vacation.