Who doesn't love a good photo op? Durango is truly a picture perfect city year-round. With the nearby San Juan Mountains easily accessible in addition to the Animas River, and many lakes, ski resorts, hiking trails and more, there's no shortage of fun photos to capture. Check out our list of the 7 most instagrammable places in Durango to find the perfect photo spot for your next trip.
Summer and spring trips to Durango offer unique opportunities for different outdoor sports. Paddle boarding on Lake Nighthorse is a picture-perfect activity in Durango you won't want to miss. Bring a friend and take photos of one another attempting cool poses (some people even attempt paddle Board yoga) or wait for the sunset and capture some cool shots as the sun lights up the water in vibrant orange hues.
Animas River Trail
The Animas River Trail is a paved path that stretches around 10 miles along the Animas River. As you walk this path, you'll be treated to gorgous views of the nearby San Juan Mountains surrounded by beautiful trees and the flowing water. The trail also gives access to several parks and other trails around town, making it the perfect jumping off point for photography adventures.
The Strater Hotel
The Strater Hotel will catch your eye from the moment you arrive in Durango. It's iconic red and white bricked exterior makes it an incredible and very instagrammable sight in town. After you're done snapping shots of the exterior, head inside and explore Durango's living history museum. There's even more to photograph inside, including the authentic Diamond Belle Saloon complete with swinging shutter doors, a wood bar and ragtime music.
The SkySteps are a newer addition to Durango and have only been around for a few years. They link the town to the Fort Lewis College campus, with 500 steps and a 250 foot elevation gain. The steps are a gorgeous spot to photograph as they climb the side of the city. When you get to the top, you are greeted with a beautiful view of downtown Durango that you will want to grab a photo of for your Instagram account.
Mesa Verde is just a short drive from Durango and it is home to cliff dwellings created by the ancestral Puebloans over 700 years ago. The cliff dwellings are an iconic site in the area and were created from sandstone, wooden beams and mortar. Take photos from a distance, or get up close by taking a tour to see what you can find at this instagrammable destination.
The Durango Train offers a variety of unique excursions through southwest Colorado to both Silverton and Cascade Canyon. Depending on the season, you can get gorgeous shots of the train with fall colors in the background or with white, sparkling snow coating it during the winter. There are even perfect photo opportunities on rides in the spring and summer months, where vibrant green leaves and the flowing water of the Animas River whiz by while you ride the rails.
Vallecito Lake is just a short drive from Downtown Durango. It offers a wide variety of outdoor activities to visitors, including camping, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting and more. It is secluded and located right in the middle of the San Juan National Park. The serene, beautiful lake is known as one of Colorado's most beautiful bodies of water. It's a great place to explore if you are looking to take nature shots for your Instagram account.