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.
Breakfast at Nature's Oasis
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 rafting 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 4x4 jeep tour up Kennebunc Pass for the most spectacular views of the canyon and mountains.
Stay At A Dude Ranch
Dude ranches are an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Durango. They offer the best of both worlds, with excellent lodging and amenities plus outdoor activities and adventures you can't find anywhere else. Dude ranches offer something for every age group and interest, including fishing, archery, riflery, horseback riding and more. Plus, you'll enjoy exceptional meals and snacks during your stay.
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. Your expert guides will teach you everything you need to know about zip line safety, and you can start with a simple course if you're a beginner.
Explore The San Juans
The San Juan Forest National Forest is comprised of three wilderness areas: Weminuche Wilderness, South San Juan Wilderness, and Lizard Head Wilderness. The forest was created by Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. The 3,000 square miles of park now benefit visitors and locals alike with opportunities to encounter nature and enjoy recreation. There's plenty to do in the park, including camping, hiking, driving the San Juan Skyway, fishing and more.
Wilderness Access Train
Many people don't realize that the Durango Train offers a unique opportunity for visitors to get out into nature easily. Hop on board the Wilderness Acess Train from May to October and the train will drop you off at either Elk Park or Needleton. These two access points are the main access points for the area. Explore the wilderness, camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors. When you're ready to go back, flag down the train as it approaches the flag stops along the line.