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Durango Summer Planning Guide

Activities and Summer Things To Do In Durango (May, June, July + August)

The snow has melted, temperatures are rising and it's time to start planning your summer vacation to Durango. Summer in Durango is the perfect season to enjoy outdoor activities, exciting events and a wide variety of other things to do. Take advantage of the sun and warm weather to see a new side of Durango this year.

Raft the Animas

As early as May, visitors can partake in rafting with several local outfitters. Rafting is a great way to get an adrenaline rush while staying cool in the summer heat. You can even pair your rafting adventure with a train ride, guided 4x4 Tour or zip line excursion. Rafting packages help to create the ultimate day exploring Durango.

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Summer Train

The Durango Train has many fun events and experiences throughout the summer months. Whether you take a classic ride to Silverton with the Skyway Tour or an exciting and unique motor car ride experience you are bound to have a great time. The Train also hosts a variety of fun summer events, including Narrow Gauge Day and the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic if you are looking for something different.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Beat the heat and get out on one of the many lakes near Durango with stand up paddle boarding. You'll get some exercise, test your balance and paddle your way along some of the most scenic areas in the region. Popular spots to paddle board in Durango include the Animas River, Lake Nighthorseand Vallecito Lake.

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Durango Farmers Market

Durango Farmers Market is on a regular schedule during the summer, taking place every Saturday morning. Visitors can get fresh local produce once a week, enjoy live music and performances and enjoy the beautiful, warm weather. Historic Downtown Durango is full of history and culture and you’re sure to have a great time exploring downtown on your next summer trip to Durango.

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True West Rodeo

On Wednesdays during summer in Durango, the True West Rodeo takes over the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Come out to watch a variety of events including bull riding, saddle broncs, ranch broncs, bareback, novice bull riding, breakaway, barrel racing and team racing. The kids can even get involved in the fun. Participants under age 7 can sign up for Mutton Busting and those 13 and under can try their hands at Steer Riding.

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Rochester Hotel Summer Concert Series

Every year the Rochester Hotel hosts its Secret Garden Concert series to raise money for nonprofit organizations in the Durango area. The series typically kicks off in late June. Musical performances by a variety of artists and groups will fill the area, and a bar and food vendors will be present at each event.

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4th of July

Celebrate America's birthday with the best activities and events in the region. The 4th of July in Durango hosts a variety of family-friendly festivities including a river parade, musical performances in Buckley Park, an American Gourmet Breakfast at Rotary Park, a parade and more. There is plenty to do and with warm summer weather, you are guaranteed a memorable 4th.

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Music in the Mountains

Every July, Music in the Mountains brings a celebration of classical music to Southwest Colorado. At different venues across the region, visitors can witness world-class musical performances and experience other exciting events in between. Some annual favorites include chocolate indulgence, a pairing of chocolate desserts, cocktails, beer and wine prior to an evening of music and a Dinner & Family Concert perfect for all ages.

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San Juan Brewfest

The San Juan Brewfest is the largest beer tasting festival in the region. Each August, it brings over 41 breweries with over 100 beers to Buckley Park. Paired with live musical entertainment, VIP experiences and food on-site, it is one of the best events of the summer for visitors to partake in. Tickets typically sell out, so you'll want to plan ahead and grab yours well in advance.

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Fiesta Days

In addition to the True West Rodeo, another rodeo experience comes to Durango in July. Durango Fiesta days is a summer party that has been a part of Durango for decades. This community gathering brings together the diverse cultures of the area to look to the past and enjoy Durango’s heritage. Events include team roping, open barrel racing, cowboy church and more.

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Summer in Durango is a great time to experience some of the areas best outdoor activities, events and festivals. Plan in some of these top Durango activities on your next trip.

The Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden Concert Series

Supporting Non-Profit Organizations Around The Community

Live music, food vendors and drinks, all while surrounded by the divine scenery of Rochester's Secret Garden. Every year the Rochester Hotel hosts its Secret Garden Concert series to raise money for nonprofit organizations in the Durango area. This year's series at The Rochester Hotel kicks off June 26.

Summer Concert Series

The concert series benefits the nonprofit community and promotes Durango’s talented music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and musical talent every Wednesday night. There will be a bar and food vendors at each event. We encourage you to attend as many concerts as you can since all proceeds are split between participating nonprofits at the end of the summer. Come out & support your community organizations in Durango!

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The Secret Garden at The Rochester Hotel

Tucked away behind The Rochester, the Secret Garden typically offers a quiet space in the middle of Durango to relax and refresh. On occasion, the Secret Garden is the site for exciting events and concerts like the Summer Concert Series. It is a picturesque, back-yard style venue perfect for gathering small crowds. Guests are surrounded by beautiful historic bricking, green trees and bright colored flowers while they listen to local musicians and support a good cause.

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About The Rochester

Luxurious accommodations in the spirit of the Old West, all conveniently located in downtown Durango. Built in 1892, the historic Rochester Hotel is situated on a beautifully landscaped site featuring a flower-filled courtyard, perfect for enjoying a summer evening with live music. Guests enjoy free onsite parking, a full gourmet breakfast, afternoon cookies, and complimentary cruiser bicycles. Book your stay today!

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2019 Summer Concert Series Schedule

The Rochester Hotel's Secret Garden is the ideal scene to relax if you are a local or just visiting. Maybe even make it into a trip or a long weekend vacation and get a suite at The Rochester Hotel while enjoying the concerts! Stay tuned for any updates on the concert series this summer on the Rochester Hotel website, or keep track of their events on Facebook. Check out the lineup for this year's Community Concert Series below.

Durango Train: Summer

Events & Train Rides Happening From May Through August

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A Welcomed Change of Pace: Summer in Durango

The annual beach trip is getting old and the family camping tent has seen its day. Why not plan a vacation out of the ordinary: A Summer Trip to Durango. Here are four ideas of things to do in Durango that will spice up the same old vacation.

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Mountain Bike the Colorado Trail

Durango in Southwest Colorado has one of the best mountain bike trail systems in the world! On Rim Tours’ Durango Intermediate Singletrack Tour, you will camp in the Rockies and ride a different mountain bike trail every day. Trails include Hermosa Creek Trail and parts of the Colorado Trail. Each evening we come back to a comfortable base camp located at Junction Creek. The most experienced guides in the business will cook backcountry gourmet meals, tune your bike, and tell stories around the campfire.

Tour an Active Gold Mine

Step back in time with The Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour. This one-hour guided mine tour takes you 1/3 mile into the heart of 13,000 foot Galena Mountain where you can follow the vein and experience real mining in action! Go underground and experience the secret world of the gold miner! You can even pan for real silver, copper, and even gold – and keep what you find! No reservations are needed.

Mesa Verde Guided Tour

Visiting Mesa Verde National Park is a must when planning a vacation to Durango but deciding where to go in the park can be overwhelming to plan. Save time, gas and entrance fees but booking a guided tour with Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours and let the experts give you the insiders guide to the park in an air conditioned vehicle. Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours will pick you up at your hotel in Durango and take care of the whole day. Lunch included!

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Get Out on the Water

Operated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Durango Fish Hatchery is a museum inside and outside houses huge tanks of fish being raised for stocking the region’s rivers and streams. Bring quarters to feed the fish and watch the feeding frenzy! Examples of local wildlife, knowledgeable staff, videos. Want to get out on the river with a professional? Head over to Duranglers for all your fishing gear. You can even hire a local fly fishing guide to take you to the best spots on the river.

Durango Spring & Summer Planning Guide

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