Fall in the San Juan Mountains is an enchanting experience- there is so much to do when the leaves start to change. Take advantage of this uniquely spellbinding period of the year by ticking off the best fall activities from your in Durango Bucket List before the season is over. Also, plan to attend the many great events taking place around town in the coming months.
See The Fall Colors
The fall colors in Durango are an incredible sight. Hike in the mountains, zipline above the treetops or take a jeep out exploring. Whatever way you choose, make sure you get out to see the stunning display of red, orange and yellow foliage at this time of year.
Sip Local Brews At Oktoberfest
Get ready to have some fun at Durango's Oktoberfest. This premier beer festival brings the creativity and tastiness of the town's local brews to Purgatory Resort, where you can sip on craft beers while listening to live music. This year's performances include Devin Scott, State 28 and The Alpiners.
Catch A San Juan Trout
Fishing practically has a year-round season in Colorado. In the fall, the usual crowds thin, but the fish sure do not! Brown trout spawn at this time of year along with all the wildlife that thrives upon their eggs. Selecting fly lures is also made simpler thanks to the thinner variety of stream insects at this time of year.
Embrace The Cowboy Lifestyle
Every October, cowboy poets from across the USA gather in Durango for the annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Visitors have the chance to hear poems, songs from cowboy poets, and attend various events throughout the city. Visitor favorites include the Motorless Cowboy Parade and the Cowboy Poet Train
Ride The San Juan Skyway
Along with the Durango Rail, the San Juan Skyway is the perfect way to experience Durango’s scenic mountain ranges. This winding 236 mile highway is perched high atop the San Juans for stunning valley views below, especially during fall foliage season in Durango.
One word of warning: the road can be narrow and hugs close to cliff sides, often without guard rails, so make sure you are comfortable driving in these conditions before you brave the Skyway.
Grab Some Crag
With 595 routes and counting, Durango has enough to keep climbers busy all season. Fall times also mean you stay cool even as your muscles get hot, preventing those embarrassing bail moments when sweat peels you off the rock.
Most of the rock in Durango is geared towards sport climbing or trad, but there are also a handful of boulders at Turtle Lake and Sailing Hawks. You can rent equipment and get guide advice from friendly local spots like the Rock Lounge.
In addition to these activities, there are also plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, including hiking trails, horseback riding and camping out in the San Juan National Forest. Let your imagination be your guide as you get the most out of these fall activities in Durango. When you need a break, stop by one of the great local restaurants for a bite to eat and a warm drink. Book a cabin for your trip as soon as you can, because fall means places fill up fast!