Plan your Durango, Colorado vacation with this suggested outdoor enthusiast itinerary. Durango is widely known as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and has become a hub for outdoor adventurers who choose Durango for everything from rock climbing, biking and fishing to hunting, hiking and skiing. Below is a small sample itinerary of the many outdoor activities Durango has to offer.
Start your day out at Nature’s Oasis. Their breakfast burrito, muffins and coffee is the perfect way to start your day and is sure to fill you up for a day of hiking and fishing. After your breakfast, order some sandwiches from their deli and pick up snacks for your hike so you can have your lunch in the mountains.
Book a Durango adventure package and take advantage of package pricing. Whitewater rafting the Animas is a great way to kick off the weekend. Start your day on the Animas River with a guided rafting trip. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery and cool off with a swim in the river, then head into the La Plata Mountains for a guided 4×4 jeep tour up Kennebunc Pass for the most spectacular views of the canyon and mountains.
Go Rock Climbing
Ready for the best crag in Durango? Both Durango and the surrounding areas have many opportunities for rock climbing. No matter if you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced climber, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Southwest Colorado region.
The Colorado Trail
Hike a portion of the Colorado Trail. Colorado Trail and Junction Creek offers an excellent chance to explore part of the 469-mile Colorado Trail. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the woods and search for signs of wildlife along this spruce-covered trail. The trail follows Junction Creek and ascends to Gudy’s rest lookout point, a perfect place to enjoy lunch and take in the amazing views.
Use caution on the Colorado Trail as this is a multi-use trail for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. To get to the trailhead: Head North on Hwy 550 in Durango, take a left hand turn at 25th street. Follow the signage for the Colorado Trail.
Durango offers diverse fishing waters from lakes and reservoirs to creeks and rivers. If you want to stay close in town, look no further the Animas River. The Animas River is one of the last free flowing river in Colorado and this treasure runs through downtown Durango before merging with the San Juan in New Mexico.
The Animas is known for its Gold Medal status by the high numbers of quality trout. Public access within the city is plentiful with almost 7 miles of river access. If you are looking for fishing supplies, river information or a fishing guide, visit Duranglers on Main Avenue.
Kayaking down the Animas can give you an adrenaline rush like you’ve never experienced before. A spirited stretch of water essential to the Four Corners region, the Animas was originally named “El Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatório” or “The River of Lost Souls in Purgatory”. The upper Animas is the most intense, but if you’re looking for something a little more laid back, try the lower Animas.
Soar Through The Skies
Think of ziplining as new way to experience nature. From above it’s easy to appreciate Durango’s pristine mountains, alpine meadows and beautiful rivers. Never been ziplining? Don’t worry, your expert guides will teach you everything you need to know about zipline safety, and you can start with a simple course if you’d like. If you’re interested in something a little more adventurous, Soaring Tree Top Adventures is the largest, longest zip line tour in the world.