When you need a break that includes plenty of snow, fun, and especially time on the slopes, the beauty of a four-seasons destination is just what you need. If you’re looking to add fresh mountain air, breathtaking views, and top-notch skiing, you’ll want to set your sights on Colorado. Once you’ve settled on Colorado, turn your attention to Durango and our comprehensive Durango Ski Guide. You’ll find some of the best skiing Colorado has to offer for a ski vacation to remember.
Some of the best resort skiing and snowboarding in Durango. Multiple lifts, slopes, and trails combine for a Durango ski or snowboard experience to remember. One lift accesses the backside trails for a different experience with a smaller crowd. There are groomed and ungroomed runs for every age and skill level. Enjoy conveniences like a restaurant, as well as child care for children who aren’t quite ready to hit the slopes. Outfit yourself with everything you’ll need from safety gear to skis with their rental service before hitting the slopes. Private and group lessons are available for a fee.
The mountain has some of the best skiing in the area. The area is for advanced and expert riders only. There is a centrally located chairlift, but the mountain itself features no groomed trails or clearcut runs so you can map your own way down. There’s no wrong way to experience Silverton. Guided trips are available all season long, with unguided trips available on certain dates in March and April. For those who want to pack in more thrills, opt for a heli-drop, where you’ll drop from a helicopter onto the powder for a ski adventure like no other – book a single drop or a six-run drop.
Hesperus Ski Area
The ski area is just minutes from downtown Durango and features 26 trails on 60 skiable acres! A double chair lift takes skiers and riders up to the 8,888-foot summit and the over 700 vertical feet of skiing or snowboarding. Experience night skiing and riding, or even try some snow tubing. The area offers SkiBikes, but guests must have retention devices for the lift. They offer rentals as well as lessons.
The in-town ice rink and ski area has 500 vertical feet of terrain that’s maintained with snowmaking and expert grooming for those looking for a fun and easy ski and snowboard experience. Use one of the area’s two tow ropes, ride the ‘bumps course,’ or take some lessons with expert instructors. Snow tubing is also available weather permitting. Trade your skis or snowboard for ice skates and spend some time time on the rink during a public skate session.
The San Juan and La Plata Mountain Ranges offer excellent backcountry skiing and snowboarding options. The La Plata range reaches a height of 13,232 feet making it the fourth-highest range in the country. The San Juan range has peaks rising over 14,000 feet. Hard-packed ice and snow at higher elevations will call for mountaineering gear to reach the summit of some of the highest mountains, and you’ll want to plan a full day just for the hike to the top.
Vallecito Nordic Center features a groomed trail system for non-motorized outdoor activities near Old Timer’s Campground. There are several groomed trails, and a ski shop offering rentals and sales of ski equipment. Durango Nordic Center, at the base of Engineer Mountain and the Twilight Peaks offers skating, classic skiing, snowshoeing, fat-tire biking, and Nordic experiences.
There are several places in and around Durango that offer gear rentals. Reserve safety equipment as well as skis, snowboards, and apparel to stay safe and comfortable on the slopes. Many resorts and ski areas offer rentals for guests.
Durango Ski Guide to Lessons
Resorts like Purgatory, as well as smaller ski areas like Hesperus and Chapman Hill offer lessons for all ages and skill levels. Private or group lessons are offered throughout the day or by appointment. Gear rental is often included in the cost of the lesson, and some even include lift tickets. Before booking, confirm what costs are included and whether or not they are valid for an entire day or only the duration of the lesson.
Ski Vacation to Durango
To create a stay as unique as you and your loved ones, make sure the first thing on your planning to-do list is to book a vacation rental home with VacationDurango.com. After you’ve enjoyed a day skiing the slopes and cross-country routes, prepare a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a private bedroom or on a comfortable couch and watch a favorite movie or TV show or play a game together in an open living space. Relax and unwind in outdoor spaces like decks, patios, or balconies, while you watch the kids play in the snow. For a cozy stay, choose a one-bedroom unit for you and your sweetheart or small family, or plan a family or group ski getaway or reunion and book a sprawling six-bedroom unit. Upgrade to a premium unit for perks and features like a private hot tub, sport court, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more.
Contact us today to book your fun-filled ski getaway in Durango!
Tamarron Trails is a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,000-square-foot condo with room for up to eight guests. The home in the prestigious High Point area is a complete remodel, including the combination of three units. From the moment you walk in you’ll feel as if you’ve come home, while also being close to all the shops, restaurants, attractions, and more you’ve come to Durango to experience.
- Fully Remodeled
- Master Bedroom (King) + Full Bath + Sitting Area
- Fireplace in Living Area
- Outdoor Living
- Beautiful Furnishings and Finishes
- Community Pool & Spa
- Close to Purgatory Resort
Guests looking to relax in style and luxury during a respite to Durango will find everything they need in Tamarron Trails. Stylish furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in bedrooms as well as living spaces. Surrounded by natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, Tamarron Trails is just moments from everywhere you want to be. Enjoy exciting activities, nearby bars, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy throughout your stay.
Arrive surrounded by fresh mountain air and beautiful landscape. There is a deck perfect for taking in the breathtaking scenery and enjoying a mountain getaway. Once you’ve made yourself at home inside, step through a sliding glass door out onto the deck that looks out at the mountains and resort golf course. There is outdoor seating and a BBQ grill for you to enjoy outdoor meals and time with loved ones.
Step into the home and into mountain luxury. The expansive living space features wood floors and comfortable, sink-in-to-me furnishings that allow you to relax and enjoy. Read a book, take a nap, or curl up in front of the stone fireplace after a day on the slopes. Turn your gaze upward to the wood plank ceiling with thick beams. Gather around the flat screen TV and entertainment system to enjoy a movie or TV show together. When hunger strikes, turn to the cozy, fully equipped kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and wood cabinets have everything you’ll need to prepare and serve a home-cooked meal. There is plenty of prep space, including a peninsula that features a raised bar with seating for three. Enjoy a quick snack or help the chef with dinner plans. Enjoy the meal together at the rectangular rustic wood dining table that seats everyone.
After an exciting day in Durango, rest up for the next in a private bedroom. The master suite features a king bed on plush carpet. Look out the windows for a beautiful view. There is a large closet for everything you brought with you, as well as the things you’ll take home. Above is the wood plank ceiling found in the living space. Curl up in the bed and drift off to sleep or take a seat in the comfortable chair and read a book or enjoy another relaxing activity. For your convenience, a full-size stacked washer and dryer are located in the master suite. Enjoy your morning and evening routines in the master bath. There is a tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity with expansive counter to make getting ready quick and easy. There is an open loft area furnished with a queen bed and queen size sleeper sofa, perfect for a family that wants to stay together. There is a bathroom with shower stall and single-sink vanity nearby. The other bedroom area features a queen size bed and its own en suite bathroom with tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity. The area can be closed and locked for extra privacy. Everyone will find their own place to enjoy a Durango vacation however they like!
No matter how long you plan to stay in Durango, Tamarron Trails promises to give you all the rest and relaxation, as well as fun and excitement you’re looking for. Contact us today to book your memorable stay that will have you coming back for years to come!
When you need a break this Thanksgiving, the beauty of a four-seasons destination may be just what you need. If you’re looking to add fresh mountain air, amazing adventures, and plenty of Thanksgiving fun and activity to the mix, you’ll want to set your sights on Colorado. Colorado has plenty to enjoy, including Durango, a unique location packed with charm and Thanksgiving flair, all to be enjoyed from the comfort of your vacation rental. There are plenty of things to do and see that will keep everyone happy and busy throughout your stay this Thanksgiving in Durango.
There are several restaurants in the area that will be offering up a Thanksgiving in Durango feast. You’ll want to check to make sure when and how service will be conducted. Some restaurants even offer catering and take out so you can prepare the feast at home and avoid the crowds.
Gather your group and saddle up with San Juan Sky Outfitters this Thanksgiving in Durango. They’ll guide you on a six-hour horseback tour that takes you along the Cascade Creek Trail to the stunning waterfalls found at the end of the trail. Don’t worry about a bumpy ride, the horses are trained for the mountainous terrain, so you’ll be in for a smooth and relaxing ride with your loved ones. Pack your camera, sun protection, and other personal must-haves and saddle up. Lunch and a rain jacket for time near the falls are included in the tour fee.
Polar Express Train
The railroad has been in operation for over a century and offers the most unique view of the beautiful San Juan Mountains and Animas River. During the holiday season, the train becomes the Polar Express and a highlight of the holiday season. This year’s events begin with a musical pre-show 15 minutes before boarding the passenger cars pulled by coal-fired engines that date back to 1923-25. After boarding, the 35-minute ride to the “North Pole” – the railyard and museum – is full of fun. Meet characters from the Polar Express movie, two of Santa’s live reindeer, and many hard-working elves. Visit Santa’s workshop and take a picture with your own device with Santa himself. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the end of your adventure, along with Santa’s “first gift of the season.”
Many locales host a Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” race the morning of Thanksgiving. Work up an appetite by participating in Durango’s annual Turkey Trot. The race starts the Fort Lewis College clock tower. The race is presented by Animas Surgical Hospital and benefits several local charities. The five-mile race starts near the campus student union and proceeds around campus and ends at the clock tower. A one-mile course suitable for the kids and less-experienced runners follows a loop around campus. Check in starts at 8:45 a.m. at the student union. The five-mile race is from 10-11 a.m. and the one-mile run is from 11-11:15 a.m. Advanced registration required.
Thanksgiving Farmers Market
If you’re planning to put on a traditional Thanksgiving meal at your vacation home, you’ll want plenty of fresh veggies and Thanksgiving meal trimmings to make the day and the meal perfect. Stop by the Durango farmer’s market to pick up just what you’ll need, from locally grown veggies to meats, cheeses, and more. The Thanksgiving market is November 20th and starts at 9 a.m.
Hiking and Biking
Surrounded by crisp mountain air and breathtaking views is the perfect way to spend any fall day in Colorado. Get out and get some exercise by the big meal to work up an appetite. You can choose to have your own two feet carry you along the trails that wind through Durango and the surrounding area or rent a mountain bike and set out on two wheels. There are several trails in the area that cater to every skill level so families with young children can enjoy the outdoors as well as groups of seasoned hikers and bikers looking for a challenge.
Destination: Durango Thanksgiving
To create a stay as unique as you and your loved ones, make sure the first thing on your planning to-do list for your Thanksgiving adventure is to book a vacation rental home with VacationDurango.com. Enjoy a day of Colorful Colorado’s fun and activities. Prepare a home-cooked meal or the Thanksgiving feast in fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a private bedroom or on a comfortable couch and watch a favorite holiday movie or show or play a game together in an open living space. Relax and unwind in outdoor spaces like expansive decks, patios, balconies, and other outdoor spaces surrounded by crisp mountain air. For a cozy stay, choose a one-bedroom unit, or plan a family or group Thanksgiving reunion and book a sprawling six-bedroom unit to fit everyone!
Upgrade to a premium unit for perks and features like a private hot tub, sport court, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more to make your Thanksgiving truly unique!
Contact us today to book your fun-filled Thanksgiving getaway in Durango!
Modern Mountain Escape is a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2,500-square-foot home rental in Durango with room for up to 12 guests. From the moment you walk in you’ll feel as if you’ve come home, while also being close to all the shops, restaurants, attractions, and more you’ve come to Durango to experience.
• Two Living Room Spaces
• Master Bedroom (King) + full bath w/standalone tub
• Gas Fireplace in Living Area
• Outdoor Living
• Private Hot Tub
• Beautiful Furnishings and Finishes
• Close to Purgatory Resort
Guests looking to relax in style and luxury during a trip to Durango will find everything they need in Modern Mountain Escape. Stylish furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in bedrooms as well as living spaces. Surrounded by natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, Modern Mountain Escape is just a few steps away from Purgatory Resort. Enjoy exciting activities, nearby bars, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy during your stay.
Arrive at the home and feel mountain relaxation wash over you. The neutral tones of the siding and trim of this home rental in Durango blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. A walkway leads you to the glass-panel front door and is lined with mature vegetation. After you’ve made yourself comfortable inside the home, take some time to enjoy the outdoor living spaces. An expansive deck is accessed through glass-panel sliding doors from the first floor living room. It features an outdoor living set, four-person hot tub, and large stainless steel BBQ grill perfect for grilling up your favorites. There is a balcony off the back of the home’s second level.
Step inside to comfort and style. The front door opens into a small foyer where you can store your outdoor gear for easy access before you hit the slopes. Take a few more steps and you’re in the large open living space. Wood floors run throughout the home for a cohesive style that ties each room to the next. Relax by the fire while you watch a movie or TV show on the wall-mounted flat screen TV, or just lounge in the comfortable furnishings and read a book. When your stomach starts to rumble, step into the open kitchen. Dark wood cabinets are contrasted with light-colored counters. There is plenty of prep space for making delicious home-cooked meals, including an island that hosts the sink and four chef’s helpers. Stainless steel appliances present a clean look and give you everything you’ll need for a hot meal. Enjoy the meal together in the dining area that seats six or spread out to the outdoor deck.
After an exciting day on the slopes or exploring Durango, head to a private bedroom for a good night’s sleep. The master bedroom is the only room on the upper living level. It features a king bedroom set, a bench, and a wall-mounted flat screen TV. Step out onto the balcony for some fresh mountain air to start or end your day! A large walk-in closet offers plenty of space for your things and souvenirs you pick up along the way. Enjoy your morning and evening routines in the master bath, which features double-sink vanity, large frameless glass walk-in shower, and standalone soaking tub. The laundry room and a half bath are also located on this level. The rest of the bedrooms, along with a second bathroom, are on the lower living level. The first guest room features a queen bed with black metal frame. A window allows natural light into the room and a closet gives you all the space you need to store your things. The second bedroom features two twin beds, a window for natural light, and a large closet. The third guest room is perfect for the kids of the group, featuring two sets of twin bunk beds. Kids will enjoy the games in the room as well as the sliding door that makes the space their own. There is a couch and wall-mounted Smart TV in the living space on this level. The bathroom is conveniently located so occupants of all bedrooms can access it easily. There truly is space for everyone!
No matter how long you plan to stay in Durango, Modern Mountain Escape promises to give you all the rest and relaxation, as well as fun and excitement you’re looking for. Contact us today to book your memorable stay that will have you coming back for years to come!
When you need a break this fall, the beauty of a four-seasons destination is just what you need. If you’re looking to add fresh mountain air, amazing adventures, and as well as some Halloween fun and fright, you’ll want to set your sights on Colorado. Once you’ve settled on Colorado, you’ll want to set your sights on Durango and our beautiful vacation rentals in the area. There are plenty of things to do and see – with and without Halloween in Durango themes – that will keep everyone happy and busy throughout your stay.
Children’s Halloween in Durango
When you make plans for your Halloween-time getaway to Durango, make sure kids and kids at heart stop by. Get the kids – and yourself – in costume and head to the streets of downtown Durango. This year’s Children’s Halloween Event takes place on the spooky day of October 31 and is a fun and safe option for families with children under ten-years-old to trick-or-treat. Make your way down the streets of downtown to nearly 100 participating merchants handing out sweets and treats to miniature ghosts, goblins, witches, and spooks. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hauntings & History Ghost Tour
Join the staff of Horsefly History Tours for a spooky tour of “underground” Durango. Listen to ghost stories from several of the buildings and businesses along Main Avenue as you explore – and maybe run into the spirits yourself. Highlights include a saloon block where the ghost of a murdered sheriff lingers, a young girl still wanders the building where her throat was slashed, and an old hotel where a little boy still plays and runs as he eternally waits for his mother. The event is a 90-minute tour that starts at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Depot at 479 Main Avenue. The guide is fully vaccinated and will not be wearing a mask. Patrons are asked to wear a mask. Each group is limited to 15 people, as the tight sidewalks of historic downtown Durango are narrow.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Ghost Crawl
The railroad has been in operation for over a century and offers the most unique view of the beautiful San Juan Mountains and Animas River. “Narrow Gauge” refers to the track itself, as it measures a narrower gauge of three feet rather than the 4’ 8.5” of a traditional track. Ride in a passenger car pulled by a coal-fired engine dating back to 1923-25. This Halloween in Durango, you can join our resident and paranormal Jeff Ellingson. He takes guests through the museum, roundhouse, warehouse, and the boxcars as he narrates the history of each locale, as well as where spirits have been reported to appear. The “Ghost Crawl” takes place this year on October 20 due to the full moon, and October 31. Tour times are 8:30-9:30 p.m. each evening and the cost is $20/person. The tour is most appropriate for those over 18, but younger spook enthusiasts are welcome with an adult. Limited space is available, so you’ll need to make reservations.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
If you enjoyed the Ghost Crawl, or want an experience during daytime hours, board the train for a ride. The railroad has been in operation for over a century and offers a unique view of the San Juan Mountains and Animas River. You’ll ride in passenger cars pulled by a coal-fired engine dating back to 1923-25. The track’s “narrow gauge” designation refers to the narrower three-foot track sections, allowing for tighter turns and less space than traditional 4’ 8.5” track used. Rides take approximately eight hours. Make sure to bring your camera!
Gather your group and saddle up with San Juan Sky Outfitters for the ride of a lifetime. They’ll guide you on a six-hour horseback tour that takes you along the Cascade Creek Trail to the stunning waterfalls at the end of the trail. You’ll see plenty of fall colors and spend some time in the crisp, fall mountain air. Don’t worry about safety or comfort along the trail, the horses are trained for the mountainous terrain, so you’ll be in for a smooth and relaxing ride with your friends or family. Pack your camera, sun protection, and other personal must-haves and saddle up for some fall fun. Lunch and a rain jacket for time near the picturesque falls in the area are included in the tour fee.
Destination: Durango Halloween Festivities
To create a Halloween-time stay as unique as you and your loved ones, make sure the first thing on your planning to-do list is to book a vacation rental home with VacationDurango.com. After you’ve enjoyed a day of Colorful Colorado fall or Halloween sights and experiences, prepare a home-cooked meal in fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a private bedroom or on a comfortable couch and watch a spooky movie or TV show or play a game together in an open living space. Relax and unwind in outdoor spaces full of fall colors like exansive decks, patios, balconies, and other outdoor spaces. For a cozy stay, choose a one-bedroom unit for you and your sweetheart or small family, or plan a spooktacular family group reunion and book a sprawling six-bedroom unit to fit everyone!
Upgrade to a premium unit for a special Halloween stay, including private hot tub, sport court, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more!
Contact us today to book your fun-filled Halloween getaway in Durango!
The home at Camp Middle Bear is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom Colorado vacation home with room for up to eight guests. From the moment you step in you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into your home away from home while being close to all the Durango area fun and attractions you came to experience.
• Newly Remodeled
• Master Bedroom (King) + Full Bath
• Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
• Private Hot Tub
• Close to Ski Slopes
Restful Relaxation in Durango
Guests looking for a fun and exciting yet relaxing stay in Durango will find all they desire and more in the Camp Middle Bear Colorado vacation home. Beautiful, comfortable, and stylish furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in the living areas as well as bedrooms. Camp Middle Bear is just moments away from everything you want to see and do in Durango and the surrounding area. Enjoy exciting activities, bars, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy throughout your stay.
Pull up to Camp Middle Bear and feel the relaxation and serenity of the mountain environment. Surround yourself with tall pines and the red mountains of Durango. The two-story home’s exterior is clad with natural colors that blend into the surroundings. After a day of wandering the area or enjoying yourself on the slopes, take a dip in the private above-ground hot tub. Spend time on the natural stone patio area featuring a fire bowl with Adirondack chairs surrounding. In another area of the stone patio is a meal outdoor dining set with seating for four where you can enjoy a lunch or dinner cooked up on the provided BBQ grill. Take a breath of mountain air and enjoy morning coffee or an evening drink on the expansive front deck. There is plenty of space for everyone to find a relaxing outdoor spot to call their own.
Step inside and soak in mountain relaxation. The living area exudes mountain calm and invites you to settle in and enjoy. The wood beam and plank feature on the ceiling brings the outdoors in and makes the room feel larger. Wood floors play host to a comfortable couch in green and unique and comfy chairs surround a natural wood coffee table. Large windows, including one with a seat for reading or relaxing let plenty of natural light into the room. Another living space features a wood-burning stove with tile behind and tile floor. Wood furniture completes the rustic feel of the area and offers extra heat to the room on a cold winter day. Follow the tile floor into the kitchen and dining area, where the wood feature ceiling continues. A banquette style seating area offers plenty of seating for all of the occupants to enjoy a meal together surrounded by natural light for large windows. A nearby sliding glass door allows access to the outdoor living areas. The chefs of the group will love the fully equipped kitchen.
Everything you need to make a delicious home-cooked meal can be found in natural wood upper cabinets and dark blue painted lower cabinets for a unique look. Soapstone counter tops play host to appliances, kitchen tools, and an electric cook top and stainless steel appliances. There is a raised bar top with seating for two chef assistants. Pack light and enjoy the convenience of in-unit laundry just off of the kitchen. Lounge in the loft area on the couch and watch a movie or TV show on the flat screen TV with natural light streaming in from windows and skylights.
When it’s time for a good night’s sleep or refreshing nap before another exciting activity, head to a private bedroom. The first-floor master features wood flooring. The comfortable king bed is a unique modern style and illuminated by natural light coming in through the windows behind. A dresser and closet offer plenty of space for all of your things, and a comfortable chair is perfect for reading or relaxing. The beautiful ceiling light is attached to a ceiling painted a forest green to bring the outside in. The attached bath features a tub/shower combo with frameless glass surround and a single-sink vanity. The other two bedrooms are upstairs. One features a queen bed on carpeted floors. The wood panel feature ceiling can be found in this room, and matching wood trim surrounds the windows of the room. A feature wall is painted the same forest green found on the ceiling of the master bedroom. The last bedroom features a carpeted floor, wood panel feature ceiling, and twin-over-twin bunk beds. A window provides natural light and mountain air to the cozy space, and a sea green feature wall offers the feel of even more space. The shared bathroom features a large walk-in frameless glass shower and dark wood double-sink vanity. If you’re visiting friends or family in the Durango area and they want to spend the night, there’s a cabinet-bed in loft area – the cabinet which hosts the flat screen TV converts into a queen size fold out bed. No one will have a problem carving out their own space in Camp Middle Bear!
No matter when or how long you plan to stay and play in Durango, Camp Middle Bear will give you all the fun, rest, relaxation, and exciting activities you’re looking forward to enjoying. Contact us today to book a fun and memorable stay that will have you coming back year after year!
The vacation home Lake Purgatory Family Lodge is a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home with room for up to 12 guests. From the moment you step in you’ll feel as if you’ve found your home away from home while being close to all the Durango area fun and attractions you came to experience. Make sure to include your furry friend in your plans, as this Durango rental home is pet-friendly.
- 3 Acre Property
- Bordered by National Forest
- Radiant heated floors
- Private Hot Tub
- Master Bedroom (King) + ¾ Bath + Sitting Area
- Beautiful furnishings and finishes
Restful Relaxation in Our Durango Rental Home
Guests looking for a fun and exciting yet relaxing stay in Durango will find all they desire in Lake Purgatory Family Lodge. Beautiful and stylish mountain furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in the living areas as well as bedrooms. Lake Purgatory Family Lodge is just moments away from everything you want to see and do on your Durango escape. Enjoy exciting activities, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy during your stay.
Drive up to Lake Purgatory Lodge and into mountain relaxation. This gorgeous Durango rental home is tucked away on 1.3 acres of land and bordered on two sides by national forest land for ultimate privacy. The wood siding and peaked rooflines give the feel of a ski lodge, and the colors of the home blend seamlessly into the natural environment surrounding it. House your rental vehicle away from the elements in the three-car garage. Once you’ve stored your things inside, take a walk around to the side of the home, where you’ll find a generous outdoor living space. The deck features seating for the whole group around beautiful and comfortable outdoor furnishings, where you can enjoy the outdoors or a group meal. There is a grill available for a backyard feast, and a private hot tub for relaxing tense muscles after a day of fun.
Step into mountain luxury. The door to our vacation home opens on an expansive and open floor plan. The living, dining, and kitchen flow into one another and are spotlighted by plenty of natural light streaming in through walls of windows. Relax in the living area on comfortable couches and chairs and admire the mountain view while you sit by a roaring fire in the stone fireplace. Turn your gaze toward the ceiling to see the wood-panel feature on the ceiling, then turn your attention to the flat-screen TV for your favorite show. When hunger strikes, prepare a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Stainless steel appliances, including a wall oven, as well as plenty of counter space is available for the home chef. Make sure to use the prep sink and extra counter space of the massive island so you have some help preparing the meal. Mountain-themed bar stools mean your helpers won’t have to stand, or someone can grab a quick snack without having to set the table. Enjoy the meal in the dining area, which features seating for six, or take the meal outside to one of the outdoor dining sets. For your convenience, there is a half bathroom just off the kitchen, and the laundry is just inside the home from the garage. The laundry features storage, counter space, and sink to rinse delicates. Upstairs is a second living area complete with love seats, a couch, and a large flat-screen TV.
When the day is done or you just need to recharge with a nap, head to a private bedroom. The first guest room is on the first floor and features a twin bed with a night table and lamp, as well as shelving above. The room has a full en suite bath with tub/shower combo, double-sink vanity, and separate toilet room. Head to the second floor and the rest of the bedrooms. Step into the master suite and step into relaxation. Soft carpet plays host to a king bed, tall dresser with flat-screen TV atop, desk, and comfortable chair. Enjoy the view out the windows surrounding the room. Take advantage of the Wi-Fi and desk and check in with work or friends and family that couldn’t make the trip. Enjoy your morning and evening routines in the master bath. Soak away stress in the large tub and respect each other’s privacy with the separate toilet room. There’s a single-sink vanity to finish your routine. The second guest room features a queen bed with a matching night table. The third guest room is perfect for kids. There is a twin-over-full bunk, plus a twin bed with a twin trundle beneath. The two guest rooms share a hall bathroom featuring a tub/shower combo, double-sink vanity, and separate toilet room. There’s a place for everyone!
No matter when or how long you plan to stay in Durango, the Lake Purgatory Family Lodge home will give you all the fun, rest, relaxation, and access to exciting activities you’re looking for. Contact us today to book a memorable stay that will have you coming back year after year!
The vacation home at Paradise on Coon Creek is a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Durango vacation rental with room for up to ten guests. From the moment you step in you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into your home away from home, surrounded by the green and fresh mountain air of Durango while being close to all the area fun and attractions you came to experience.
Restful Relaxation in Durango
Guest looking for a fun and exciting yet relaxing Durango vacation rental in Durango will find all they desire and more at Paradise on Coon Creek. Beautiful and stylish furnishings and finishes with rustic touches can be found at every turn, in the living areas as well as bedrooms. Paradise on Coon Creek is just moments away from everything you want to see and do in the Durango area. Enjoy exciting activities, bars, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy or relaxed during your stay.
Enjoy expansive outdoor spaces at Paradise on Coon Creek. Enjoy the views surrounding your wooded paradise surrounded by mature foliage and landscape. The five-acre property is home to plenty of green space, a private pond, and your very own section of Coon Creek to enjoy. Cast a line in the creek from one of the Adirondack-style chairs and see what’s biting or find your spot on the front deck or partial wraparound deck and watch a sunset or just the fresh mountain air with your morning coffee. Go for a hike and explore the rest of the property away from the home.
Enter the home from the expansive front porch. You’ll be greeted by a sprawling open living space that includes a kitchen, den area, and dining room. Off of the open area is a second living space and formal dining room. A combination half bath/laundry room is just off of the garage entrance, and a second-half bath is next to the staircase that rises from the middle of the open living area. Relax and unwind in the living area. A large leather couch and comfortable rocking chairs surround a large wood coffee table and face an entertainment center with a large flat-screen TV and other electronic equipment to watch your favorite TV show or movie together. For the cold Colorado days or after a round on the slopes, warm up by the gas fireplace with a rock facade. Move into the adjoining formal dining area and enjoy a home-cooked meal at the wood dining table that seats six, or the dining area off the kitchen, which also seats six.
If you’re looking for some indoor relaxation without the activity of the entertainment center, retreat to the formal living room, which features a large comfortable couch and two wing-back chairs surrounding a massive wood coffee table on an area rug. Enjoy a drink from the nearby bar as you relax. The chef of the group will love cooking in the fully equipped kitchen featuring mostly stainless steel appliances with double wall ovens and a separate electric cooktop. A large set of windows looks out over the yard for a view of the landscape while you clean up. White cabinets and drawers hold everything you’ll need for the perfect home-cooked meal.
Climb the stairs to the four bedrooms where you can enjoy a nap between activities or a rejuvenating night’s sleep after a long day of fun. The master bedroom features plenty of space, a wood-frame king bed with matching night tables and dresser, large walk-in closet. Pamper yourself with a relaxing bath in the free-standing tub or shower yourself in luxury in the separate shower stuff with multiple shower heads, an in-wall cubby for your personal toiletries, and a shampoo/conditioner/body wash dispenser right in the shower. Enjoy views of the surrounding landscape from the bedroom as well as the master bath. The second bedroom houses an iron frame bed queen size bed and en suite ¾ bath. The other two bedrooms include queen size beds and share a full bath with tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity. There truly is room for everyone to relax and unwind on a Durango respite.
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No matter when or how long you plan to stay and play in Durango, Paradise on Coon Creek will give you all the fun, rest, relaxation, and exciting activities you’re looking forward to enjoying. Contact us today to book a fun and memorable stay that will have you coming back year after year!
The Ultimate Durango, CO Visitors Guide for Fall and Summer
There are absolutely moments in life when nothing sounds better than packing a suitcase, leaving worries behind, and hitting the open road or skies in pursuit of endlessly appealing destinations. For many travelers, finding a place that pairs scenic beauty with plenty of options for fun is a key to an amazing and potentially unforgettable stay!
If you’re fortunate enough to have time this summer or fall to travel and are looking for a place to land that’s inspiring, welcoming, and undoubtedly beautiful—a trip to Durango, Colorado is bound to please. No matter what your reasons for traveling may be or who you find yourself arriving in the city alongside, Durango is a delightful all-seasons destination that just happens to be a particularly vibrant and fun place to be in both the summer and fall seasons. Let our Durango, CO visitors guide ensure your vacation is nothing short of spectacular.
For those with a heart for history, the railroad past that dominates the Durango landscape promises to provide countless moments of inspiration and learning along the way. For those that can’t wait to get up close to ancient structures and abodes, this is a place that offers up a unique chance to encounter the architectural remnants that First Nation tribes left behind. From mining roots to mesmerizing mountains that call to outdoor adventurers, Durango brings the small-town charm and pairs it with endless possibilities too. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple on a romantic adventure or you’re here with family and friends at your side, there are a few stops and activities that you simply won’t want to miss along the way. To that end, feel free to add the following to the very top of your itinerary to make it an exceptional Durango experience!
Things to Do While You’re Here: History Comes to Life in the Modern Durango
In Durango, part of the thrill of a trip this way in the summer or fall revolves around the fact that nearly everywhere you look, history and modernity find a way to work hand-in-hand. This charming destination has its roots as a mining town dating back to the 1880s when the Denver & Rio Grande Railway paved a path to prosperity and brought along with it a wild west culture that has long since captivated locals and visitors alike. While some pieces of the past are evident in the form of architecture and downtown style, other details may get lost along the way if you don’t take the time to ask the experts. According to our Durango, CO visitors guide, booking a Horsefly History Tour while you’re in town is such a great idea!
These small-group walking tours through historic downtown Durango are designed to introduce visitors to the lesser-known details of the city’s past which sometimes present themselves in the form of stories revealing mayhem, mining scandals, and even murder! As you stroll along Main Street alongside your knowledgeable and engaging guide, you’ll earn those tasty tidbits of information that will keep you wanting more related to the town’s past. You may even get the chance to venture underground to tunnels that were responsible for helping miners access their work each and every day right beneath the feet of passerby’s. Horsefly History Tours are capped at 10 people max, making it a convenient and even intimate experience for guests with plenty of time and space for questions along the way.
Participants are invited to book their place on a 90-minute walking tour of downtown or go for something a bit more intense and try the 90-minute nighttime ghost tour (particularly appealing in the fall). This tour begins in one of Durango’s most haunted destinations and guides guests through places where paranormal activity is said to thrive!
For all of the talk about the intrigue of train town living as you tour Durango, there’s nothing quite like experiencing the ride for yourself. Visitors in the summer and fall shouldn’t miss out on a chance to hop aboard a train that still resembles the experience one might have had if they had visited in the 1800s. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad which was once exclusively dedicated to hauling freight has been maintained in the modern age as a passenger service and offers up the option to book a ticket that takes you through a spectacularly scenic route in historic style. Tour tickets can be booked in tandem with additional excursion options like ATV adventures, white water rafting, zip-lining, horseback riding, and more if you’re looking to turn a single tour into a day filled with fun activities!
Once you’ve had a chance to take in the terrain in authentic and historic Durango style, make your way to the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum when you have a moment – one of Durango’s many musuems. There’s no entrance fee to enjoy this educational experience which is wonderful for visitors of all ages interested in learning even more about the railroad’s influence on their vacation destination of choice. The museum sprawls across 12,000 square feet and is comprised of various exhibits and displays that showcase historical information and railroad artifacts alike. There are even a variety of engines and interactive train models for little ones to get their hands on!
If history is a primary focus of your summer or fall journey to Durango, you certainly won’t want to miss the time spent at Mesa Verde National Park. While these designated historic lands are protected and toured today, once upon a time, they were the dwelling places of the First Nation Ancestral Pueblo people. Cliffside cave dwellings can be viewed from a distance at this National Park with options to take a closer look available with the purchase of ranger-led tours. Either way, it’s an incredible moment to get close to a place and people’s history that’s seemingly frozen in time.
Get Into the Great Outdoors of Durango
Durango is a summer and fall destination saturated in history that’s sure to be enjoyed, but the great part about a trip this way is the versatility when it comes to options for enjoyment. That said, visitors won’t want to forget to set time aside to enjoy the beauty of nature here too! A good place to start on our Durango, CO visitors guide is the Animas River Trail which is bound to be a vibrant route in the summer and fall. At just over 9 miles long, this convenient and paved pathway follows the iconic Animas River right through town and at certain points, aligns with the Durango and Narrow Gauge Railroad corridor as well. Stretching from Animas City Park to River Road, the Animas River Tail makes its way across not only five bridges worth checking out, but through several city parks if you’re interested in making scenic and fun stops along the way!
As you walk along the trail, it’s common to spot kayaks, canoes, and inner tubers making their way on the water at your side. While spotting them is fun, it can also be inspiring when you’re putting together a must-do list for further outdoor activity in the area as well! There are plenty of river access points along this trail that can be used for further adventure if some time on the water has you intrigued. Of course, for those who prefer to just take the scenery in, a stop at the scenic overlook at River Park promises to please.
If you’re a traveler to Durango in the summer or fall with a heart for casting a line and seeing what bites, you’ll be delighted to know that this area is particularly popular with anglers and in particular, fly fishing finds its stride in waters that flow through this region. Trout can easily be caught in the middle of the Animas River for those who prefer to stick closer to town. If you’re up for venturing a little further out to make the most of nature’s bounty, take time to head towards the Weminuche Wilderness Area and try your luck at the tailwaters of the San Juan River right below the Navajo Dam.
For those interested in learning more about the fish population in this area, a stop at the Durango State Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum is a must! Dating back to 1893, this fish hatchery and museum plays a vital role in raising four types of trout species including rainbow, brown, Snake River cutthroat, and Colorado River cutthroat. The hatchery also raises Kokanee salmon. Visitors to the hatchery are invited to stroll the grounds, feed the trout, and view the ponds as well.
Shop Historic Downtown Durango
When you’ve had your fill of outdoor adventure and you could stand to spend some time indulging in retail therapy, historic downtown Durango really is a one-stop resource for just about everything you could be looking for. This area is packed with vintage stores, art galleries, souvenir shops, and clothing boutiques that make it simple to find exactly what you had in mind. There are several book stores and jewelry stores in this area as well as a collection of pottery and wood-carving specialty shops that are great for finding one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take back home and remember your adventure in Durango by.
Places to Eat in Durango, CO
Every amazing summer or fall trip deserves to include a few savory stops along the way. Fortunately, when you set your travel sights on Durango, Colorado, there is no shortage of eateries to choose from that promise to be a treat for the palate. Among them is definitely Ken and Sue’s. Located at 636 Main Avenue, Ken and Sue’s has long been a well-loved favorite bistro in the area where visitors are invited to take a seat indoors where a dark-wood aesthetic adds a cozy touch to the dining experience. Guests can just as easily choose to sit on the spacious outdoor patio and pair their savory plate with a vibrant downtown vibe. Either way, service is known to be wonderfully friendly at Ken and Sue’s and the menu is made to match. This stop serves up Asian-inspired fare, seafood, and steak alongside a wide variety of decadent dessert options that guarantee everyone dining here will end their experience on a super sweet note!
When you’re more in the mood for a quick and delicious bite in less of a sit-down atmosphere, swinging by Michel’s Corner Crepes is always a good idea in Durango. Situated at 598 Main Avenue, this charming crepe stand offers up a variety of sweet and savory crepe options that can be paired with a selection of beer and wine upon request. Once you’ve ordered, take a seat at the outdoor dining area, and enjoy a crepe in French style right in the heart of Durango!
Durango, CO visitors guide: Where to Stay
While a trip to Durango is sure to inspire thoughts of adventure and exploration, knowing you have accommodations booked in the area that keep you close to the fun and pair the adventure with style, luxury, and convenience can make the experience that much more fulfilling! When it’s time to transition travel plans into a reality, partnering up with the property professionals at Durango Colorado Vacations is a great way to find yourself in a home away from home that speaks to customized preferences at every turn.
The team at Durango Colorado Vacation offers guests access to a portfolio of rental property options that span varying styles, designs, and aesthetics made to meet traveler needs and exceed expectations at every turn. While features like tasteful furnishings, open concept floor plans, and bright and airy spaces come standard, guests can pick and choose elevated and customized extras that take personal preference into account in a welcoming way!
From mountain resort properties that provide access to scenic mountain trails to rentals that feature fantastic hot tubs, and pet-friendly amenities, no request is too big or too small for this vacation rental company to handle.
Whether it’s a mountain view rental that would make the difference or a lake view rental that would elevate your stay, Durango Colorado Vacation’s portfolio of options includes the chic cabins, cozy abodes, and luxurious residences that guests crave when they’re head to Durango and far from home. For more about our Durango, CO visitors guide and to book a stay, contact us today!
Getting out of town and enjoying an exciting and scenic vacation in 2021 has never sounded better than after a year of staying home and staying in throughout 2020. With the 4th of July just around the corner, picking an exciting and scenic destination in which to celebrate is key to an amazing holiday! When you have your travel sights set on Durango, Colorado, there’s much waiting for you in the way of Independence Day fun. The following are just a few of the activities and events you won’t want to leave off of your holiday itinerary when you’ve packed your suitcase and you’re ready to hit the road or skies in pursuit of an amazing time in Durango!
Independence Day Fireworks in Durango
If you’re the type of Independence Day traveler that just can’t imagine a 4th of July getaway without fireworks included, your trip for Durango 4th of July 2021 will enjoy the return of the annual fireworks display! After a 2020 hiatus, 2021 promises to be a welcome 4th of July in Durango with fireworks being set off from Greenmount Cemetery beginning when the sun goes down at approximately 9:15 pm. It is important to note that drought conditions could affect the fireworks schedule so be sure to check in on the city event calendar regularly leading up to the 4th to make sure everything is moving forward safely and according to plan. Hopefully, this will be the return of a family-friendly Durango 4th of July event that’s made to remember!
Durango 4th of July 2021 Breakfast at Rotary Park
When you’re looking to kick your Durango 4th of July 2021 festivities on a savory note, be sure to schedule a time to swing by Rotary Park and make the most of time enjoying the American Gourmet Breakfast that’s scheduled to be hosted between 7:30 am and 11:30 am this year. This mouthwatering event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Durango and tickets begin at $5 for children, $10 for adults, while children 4 and under eat breakfast for free! Once you have your tickets in hand, the only thing you’ll want to be sure to bring with you is a healthy appetite. This breakfast features everything from pancakes and eggs to fresh coffee, orange juice, and beyond. Do keep your eye on the Rotary Park event calendar if you’re planning to attend breakfast as plans are currently in the works for adding even more Independence Day events in this area which in the past have included a lineup of family-friendly activities and attractions.
Downtown Excitement and Dancing
While the annual 4th of July parade has been canceled in Durango for 2021, those with a passion for hitting the dance floor will want to head downtown on Independence Day between 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm to take part in the fun family-friendly street dance. This exciting and inviting event gives participants a chance to get their groove on in Transit Center while simultaneously enjoying access to the beer garden and live entertainment. No matter how long you dance, this is a downtown event you won’t want to miss out on.
Buckley Park Fun
When you’re on the hunt for 4th of July activities that everyone in the family can enjoy, the Buckley Park-based festivities are sure to please. Head this way on the 4th and you’ll find plenty of live entertainment, BBQ fare, kid’s activities, and a beer garden too. Independence Day events at Buckley Park are sponsored by the organization Building Homes for Heroes and will run from noon to 4:30 pm.
4th of July River Parade
Mild to Wild Rafting is proud to host a 4th of July River Parade in Durango this year for those looking forward to time on the water dressed up in their best Independence Day attire! This fun and competitive event has five distinct launch times and there are always prizes for the best dressed in the raft. The watery parade route runs through Durango following the lower Animas River. Seats are limited so you’ll want to be sure to book your spot in advance but not to worry, all kids get a fun souvenir to commemorate their float when it comes to an end!
Book Your Trip to Durango Today
There’s nothing more exciting than a trip to Durango. While this is certainly a year-round destination, when your travel plans bring you this way over the 4th of July, the team at Durango Colorado Vacations is ready and waiting to help you get settled in just the right rental. Let us take care of all the details of your Colorado home away from home so when you arrive, all that’s left to do is focus on the Independence Day fun. Reach out today to learn more about our many area properties and how we can help you start planning your one-of-a-kind trip.