Four-seasons Durango is waiting to give you a wonderful experience full of fun and memories to keep you coming back year after year no matter when you need a refreshing respite. Fresh mountain air, a winter sports enthusiast’s paradise, and amazing adventures to be had year-round are waiting to make your next getaway the best it can be. There are plenty of things to do and see that will keep everyone happy and busy throughout your stay and Durango tours that immerse you in everything.
There are several companies in the Durango area that offer whitewater rafting tours. Set out on a paddle adventure along the Animas River. You’ll negotiate Class I, II, and III rapids along the way for a fun and moderately difficult excursion that will have your adrenaline pumping. Be prepared to get wet, bring valuables in a dry bag, and plenty of sunscreen. Most companies require children to be at least 4 years old and 30 pounds to ride in the boat. Most trips are two or more hours long, and most boats seat six to eight people.
See the mountains and breathtaking scenery of Durango and the surrounding area from a bird’s perspective, with some added thrills. Durango Adventures and Zipline Tours offers a 12-zipline course through the San Juan Mountains near Durango. Navigate the course from treetop to treetop and choose how to finish the tour – capture your own photos from the Full Blast Adventure Center rooftop patio, or strap in for an adrenaline-pumping 40-foot free-fall from the center’s giant tower! Children must be at least 5 years old. All participants should have a moderate physical fitness level and weigh less than 230 pounds for safety reasons.
Gather your group and saddle up with San Juan Sky Outfitters. The six-hour horseback tour takes riders along the Cascade Creek Trail to the stunning waterfalls at the end of the trail. The horses are trained for the mountainous terrain, so you’ll be in for a smooth and relaxing ride. Pack your camera, sun protection, and other personal items. Lunch and a rain jacket for time near the falls are included in the tour fee.
Mesa Verde National Park Tour
Take a full-day guided tour of Mesa Verde National Park. There are several tour companies that take you through the desert environment of the park is home to 5,000 archaeological sites! Explore the UNESCO-listed archaeological preserve and national park with stops at sights like Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, Cliff Palace, Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, Balcony House, and others. Make sure to pack your sun protection and camera! Trips are nine hours in length and include transportation to Mesa Verde National Park, water, snacks, lunch, and admission fees at all locations on the tour.
La Plata Mountains Off-Road Durango Tours
Go where hiking, biking, and your rental vehicle can’t take you. Enjoy a guided 4×4 private tour for you and your group. The open-air vehicle takes you through La Plata Canyon for 14 miles while giving you access to breathtaking views from Kennebec Pass and other vistas at more than 12,000 feet in elevation. Your guide is a wealth of information about the canyon’s mining history, geology, flora, fauna, the native Ute people, and more about the San Juan Mountains as you make your way through the San Juan National Forest and along the Colorado Trail. Half-day excursions have morning and afternoon departure times.
Make fishing a part of your tour of Durango. There are several companies that offer guided fishing experiences in the San Juan River. Anglers of all ages and ability levels are welcome. Fishing poles and tackle are included in the trip, and wading gear and other rentals are available. Full-day excursions include lunch and may include multiple locations. You will need to obtain the proper fishing license before the trip.
Plan Your Durango Getaway
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 Vacation Durango. After you’ve enjoyed a day of sights and experiences, you can prepare a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a private bedroom or on a comfortable couch and watch a movie or TV show or play a game together. Relax and unwind in outdoor spaces like expansive decks, patios, and balconies. For a cozy stay, choose a one-bedroom unit for you and your sweetheart or small family, or plan a family or group reunion and book a sprawling six-bedroom unit! Upgrade to a premium unit for luxury perks and features like a private hot tub, sport court, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs and much more!
Contact us today to book your Durango tours-filled getaway!
Alpenglow at Purgatory is a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Durango vacation home with room for up to eight guests. From the moment you step in, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into your home away from home while being close to all the Durango area fun and attractions you came to experience.
Restful Relaxation in Durango
Guest looking for a fun and exciting yet relaxing stay in Durango will find all they desire in Alpenglow at Purgatory. Beautiful and stylish furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in the living areas as well as bedrooms. Alpenglow at Purgatory is just moments away from everything you want to see and do. Enjoy exciting activities, bars, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy during your stay.
Pull up to Alpenglow at Purgatory and feel the relaxation and serenity of the mountain environment. Take a breath of fresh mountain air with your morning coffee or watch the sunset over the mountains on the balcony on the front of the Durango vacation home. A provided grill and outdoor furniture also make this balcony great for a summer cookout. At the rear of the home is beautiful mountain scenery, including a natural waterfall only steps from the home. The master bedroom on the second floor has its own balcony, and the bedrooms on the third floor have shared access to a third-floor balcony for sitting and soaking up the sun.
A staircase leads up to the front door, where you’ll step into mountain calm. The living area boasts plenty of comfortable furnishings to sink into after a long day on the slopes or out on the town for other activities. Curl up on the couch and warm up by the fire or watch a movie or TV show on the wall-hung flat screen TV over the fireplace. Floor to ceiling windows, including two sliding glass doors leading to the front balcony, let in plenty of natural light. The chefs in the group will appreciate stainless steel appliances, plenty of cupboard storage space, and a fully equipped kitchen for making delicious home-cooked meals. A large kitchen island holds a sink, plenty of prep area, and a raised bar with seating for four. Enjoy the meal at the large wood dining table spotlighted by a contemporary chandelier and seats six. For a different vibe, take some time on the third-floor loft. Sit in the comfortable furnishings and something on the wall-mounted flat screen TV or play some games together.
When the day is done or you need a quick nap before another adventure, retreat to a private bedroom. The master bedroom is on the opposite side of the second floor from the living area and features a king bed. A small sitting area is a great place to read and relax or watch your favorite TV show on the flat screen TV. For cold winter evenings, the gas log fireplace will add extra warmth and light, but when the weather’s nice you’ll want to step outside and enjoy the patio. Getting ready in the morning is a breeze in the decadent master bathroom. You’ll enjoy getting ready in the beautiful frameless shower stall, or relaxing tired muscles in the separate soaking tub. A double-sink vanity means each person has their own space to get ready, and the separate toilet room means the other facilities are available at the same time. Both guest bedrooms feature queen beds and en suite bathrooms with tub/shower combo and single-sink vanities. These bedrooms also share access to the balcony from their own sliding glass door entrance. There’s a space for everyone when the sleeper sofa in the loft area of the third floor is converted to a full-size bed!
As the early summer months roll in, travelers from near and far begin pondering the exciting adventures that await. When you’re an adventurer that has a heart for the great outdoors and can’t wait to dive into nature and fun at every turn, there’s no better place to find yourself this year than Durango, Colorado. When it’s time to put the finishing touches on your early summer itinerary, the following options should definitely top your list of must-do Durango Summer activities!
Try Ziplining with Durango Adventures
Sometimes, all it takes is a new perspective to elevate your Southwestern Colorado experience to a new level of fun. Your early summer adventure to Durango is a great chance to give world-class ziplining a try! Durango Adventures is your ultimate getaway partner when you’re excited to indulge in some adrenaline-pumping fun. This one-stop-shop for adventure is located just a mile from downtown and offers guests a chance to experience not one, but 12 fast ziplines strung between timber towers. From any one of these lines, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the San Juan Mountains. Follow up the scenic fun with a trip up the official on-site adventure tower which promises to be a thrilling highlight of your visit.
Enjoy Horseback Riding
The San Juan Mountains are a must-see from that sky-high advantage point with Durango Adventures, but there’s something breathtaking about getting into the mountains via horseback. You don’t have to be an expert equestrian to enjoy this excursion during your early summer getaway to Durango. In fact, Durango is home to a number of dude ranches where guests can give horseback riding a try for the first time or make the most of more experienced trail rides if it’s an activity you’ve long been drawn to. Taking to the trails alongside a knowledgeable guide is not only a great way to see the early summer landscape up close, but it fits in well with Durango’s old west vibe. Access your inner cowboy or cowgirl and get ready for the fun when you book a horseback riding adventure during your stay.
Make the Most of Rock Climbing Adventures
The dynamic terrain that makes up Durango, Colorado is known and loved by those in the climbing community for its challenges that prove to be irresistible. If you’re up for some rock climbing fun, early summer is just the right time to indulge your sense of adventure thanks to milder temperatures that allow for longer excursions. Both X Rock and East Animas Crag are popular climbing stops for those who are more experienced in the sport and up for something new and exciting. If you’re rather new to climbing and could use some guidance along the way, consider partnering up with Turtle Lake Bouldering which provides access to a climbing gym as well as guided climbs for more intermediate athletes.
Cast a Line and Go Fishing
The lush terrain and rushing waterways that constitute Durango’s landscape have long been known amongst anglers as a must-visit destination when it comes to fantastic fishing. Trout fishing in particular is a favorite pastime in this area that’s earned a reputation for Gold Medal waters. The Animas River is a particularly appealing destination, especially for fly fishing. When you’re looking to turn a day of fishing into an entire vacation of casting lines, consider stops at the Vallecito Reservoir, Electra Lake, and Lake Nighthorse too! Before you head out, make sure to swing by The San Juan Angler at 600 Main Street to grab any last minutes supplies you may have left behind when packing. The team at Rio Epic is waiting for your reservation if you’re more the type of angler that could use some insight and guidance along the way. Enjoy a half-day or full-day experience with these guides depending on your skill level and scheduling preferences.
Experience the Best of White Water Rafting
Getting out on the water is a must when you visit Durango during the early summer months. When you’re looking to enjoy the best of white water rafting adventures, the team at Rivertrippers and Adventure Tours has the options you’ve been looking for. Class I, II, and III rapids are waiting for you when you book a trip alongside your guide and enjoy time on the water in a raft or inflatable kayak. Whether you book a few hours on the water or make it a half-day excursion, you’re sure to make memories that last a lifetime.
Book Your Durango Adventure Today
Deciding to make your way to Durango is a great choice. Knowing you’re booked into top-of-the-line rental accommodations only elevates the experience from start to finish! Reach out to Durango Colorado Vacations today to learn more about our many property options in the area and to begin planning your one-of-a-kind trip! We can’t wait to see you in beautiful Colorado soon.
The beautiful four-seasons environment of Colorado makes it the perfect destination no matter what time of year you need to get away. The decision to head to Colorado may be easy, but you’ll need to plan where to go, the fun you’ll have with family and friends, and where to stay. Durango, Colorado is a unique gem that will leave you with unforgettable memories. When you search for the perfect place to stay, you’ll want something that exudes the fun, excitement, and relaxation you look forward to during your stay.
Cabin Fever is a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom Colorado home rental with room for up to eight 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 Durango to come to experience.
• Lake View
• Master Bedroom (King) + full bath w/standalone tub
• Unique Double-A frame design
• Outdoor living
• Close to historic Silverton, CO
Guest looking to relax in style and luxury during a trip to Durango will find everything they need in Cabin Fever. Stylish furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in bedrooms and living spaces. Surrounding by natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, Cabin Fever is just a few steps away from the lake. Enjoy exciting activities, nearby bars, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy during your stay.
The beautiful double-A frame Colorado home rental is situated perfectly among mature trees. Its dark brown color is contrasted with pops of bold red trim. Enjoy the crisp Colorado air and views of the lake from outdoor living spaces. A spacious deck in a color that blends with the rest of the home boasts outdoor furnishing including Adirondack chairs in red accompany a large grill and a charming bench. Another set of metal outdoor furnishing is available to accommodate the whole group for outdoor activity.
Open French doors onto a small entry space with a tiled floor that handles snow and ice without needing a floor mat. A closet and set of wall hooks as well as a coat tree can handle all of your outdoor gear after a day of fun. Move past the entryway into the living space and be greeted by the open kitchen. The entryway tile continues in the kitchen that is outfitted like a chef’s dream with all stainless steel appliances and all the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve a fabulous home-cooked meal. A wood-paneled island offers plenty of prep space along with a raised bar with stool seating for four helpers. A skylight-style window sheds natural light into the room and the exposed beam work on the ceiling is painted white. Enjoy the meal in the dining space featuring a large wood table spotlighted by an antler chandelier. The table seats eight comfortably.
When the meal is done or you just want to relax and keep warm, get comfortable in the living area. A large wood-burning stone fireplace is the focal point for comfortable couches and chairs in neutral colors and mountain patterns. You can also watch your favorite movie or show on the wall-mounted flat-screen TV in the corner. A colorful area rug spotlights dark hardwood floors. Floor to ceiling glass offers a spectacular view, including a glass sliding door that opens out onto the deck. The A-frame structure of the home is showcased. The walls and beams painted white contrast against the natural wood color of the ceiling and door.
When the day is done or you need a recharging nap between activities, choose one of the private bedrooms. The first floor boasts a king bed with a natural wood color frame that matches the dressers and nightstands, the ceiling, and three walls. A white wall with feature painting matches the white beams. The other bedroom on the first level offers a full-size bed with the same natural wood tone you find in the other bedroom. A white feature wall boasts a winter scene painting and matches the tone of the overhead beams. The two bedrooms on the floor share the downstairs bathroom with the guest bedroom on the second floor. Natural wood surrounds you on the ceiling and the remaining walls.
Head upstairs where you’ll find a loft area where you’ll find comfortable seating, a flat-screen TV, and a rolling wood coffee table set up with a chessboard. A barn door hides an alcove with a chest of drawers and a nature-themed lamp. The second floor hosts the master bedroom. Walk into the luxury of a king bed. All the walls are painted white, and the A-frame beams are painted in a contrasting beige for a bit of color without distracting from the relaxing feel of the room. A sliding door provides access to a balcony. Step into the master bathroom full of luxury. A large frameless shower boasts a rain head as well as a handheld sprayer. A luxurious vanity has plenty of storage for your toiletries and double sinks. A separate bathtub is showcased by a unique feature wall and chandelier and is perfect for relaxing tired muscles. There’s a perfect place for everyone to relax and unwind.
Contact Us to Book a Colorado Home Rental
No matter how long you plan to stay in Durango, Cabin Fever promises to give you all the rest, relaxation, and fun you’re looking for. Contact us today to book a memorable stay that will have you coming back for years to come!
Easter is a meaningful holiday for families across the world, but in 2021, it’s hard not to feel it’s an even more important time for family and friends to enjoy. With 2020 firmly behind us, it’s refreshing to think that this year, there’s more opportunity to spend holiday time together, rather than apart.
It’s not surprising that many people are tired of time cooped up at home and are looking forward to time away from the confines they know so well this Easter holiday season. Easter is a celebration of hope and for many, that feeling can be conjured up alongside the excitement of packing a suitcase and heading somewhere new alongside those you love.
In 2021, consider taking your Easter plans somewhere equally scenic and inviting by setting your travel sights on Durango, Colorado. Between the captivating scenery, sensational options for fun, and mountain fresh air, you might find yourself lingering longer than you ever imagined. When your plans for the Easter holiday in Durango are best enjoyed, the following are just a few of many options for maximizing the meaningful and well-deserved fun!
Make the Most of Hiking Adventures
Rising temperatures in Durango around the Easter holiday mean that those with a passion for putting on their hiking boots and hitting the trails will be endlessly inspired by the possibilities. Durango is blessed with a maze of hiking trails to discover but this time of year, the Castle Rock via Elbert Creek trail is particularly inviting. You’ll still want to layer as temperatures tend to fluctuate with elevation, but overall, it’s a trail that promises to be welcoming at every turn. Running through the San Juan National Forest, this trail is 5.3 miles total and if you’re an experienced hiker hitting the route, you’ll want to set aside about 3 hours to complete the entire path. Dogs and horses alike are welcome on this out and back trail which is most popular to traverse between March and October and enjoys elevation gains of 1,666 feet.
Try Horseback Riding
Durango, Colorado is a breathtaking destination known for offering up visitors some sensational and truly unforgettable views. While taking it all in on foot is one thing, there’s something special about enjoying the scenery from a vantage point on horseback. That’s where booking time with Over the Hill Outfitters is sure to please. This local ranch and riding company provides guests with options to book private and group trail rides that accommodate experience levels of all types. As you follow your guide through the San Juan National Forest, you’ll enjoy seeing new buds on the trees and plants that indicate summer is just around the corner.
Visit Hillcrest Golf Club
If your idea of the ideal Easter trip away involves plenty of time on the greens, booking a round or two at Hillcrest Golf Club is bound to be a highlight of your holiday. This welcoming and pristine public golf club features fantastic scenery, opportunities to book lessons, and even an indoor golf simulator to get your practice in before you put your skills to the test. This 18-hold course is wonderfully situated on top of a scenic mesa providing unsurpassed views of Durango below.
Book a Property That Showcases the Best of Your Easter Holiday in Durango
When you’re planning an Easter enjoyed away from home in scenic Durango, having the accommodations in place to elevate the experience from start to finish is key to fun! At Durango Colorado Vacations, we’ve long been in the business of helping guests create customized stays in the area no matter what time of year they arrive.
Those who book with us this Easter will enjoy spacious, bright, and welcoming accommodations that are ideal for solo travelers, couples, and large groups of family and friends alike. Make the most of your Easter getaway by booking a property that includes access to a full kitchen when you can’t imagine this trip without your traditional Easter dinner included! Traveling chefs will enjoy access to spacious countertops, modern appliances, and cookware that make it simple to please everyone’s palate during a stay.
Booking a Durango Easter rental that includes access to Wi-Fi is another way to enjoy your getaway further. This allows guests to stream their favorite Easter holiday movies, share photos with loved ones back home or keep up with Easter services online.
Many of our properties also highlight amazing views that can be enjoyed from private patios, balconies, or decks. Wake up each day of your Easter stay with a vista waiting to greet you that’s truly one of a kind.
Enjoy the Durango Journey
No matter when you arrive in Durango, the team at Durango Colorado Vacation is here to help take care of the rental details so you can focus on the fun. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning your next amazing adventure!
Vacation is always a great time to unwind, relax and let troubles fall to the wayside in the name of fun. That said, there’s something particularly special about time away with family. Whether you’re a traveling crew that bonds over adventure or can’t wait to settle in and just enjoy the view and good company, Durango is a destination that’s worth a visit. When you’re looking for family-friendly accommodations to match your plans, the team at Durango Colorado Vacations has exactly what you’re searching for.
Floorplans that Fit Your Family Needs
There’s nothing as exciting as a family getaway, but when it comes to comfort that caters to everyone’s needs, having a rental that’s as spacious as it is eye-catching is key to success. At Durango Colorado Vacations, we make sure the families that book with us always have access to property options that feature the finest of open concept designs. This makes it just as easy to enjoy time together in social spaces as it is to escape to the privacy of bedrooms and lounge areas when you’re craving tranquility far from the crowd.
Fireplaces That Bring You Together
Booking a stay near the mountains is sure to come with plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the outdoor adventure. When the day comes to a close, having a rental that includes access to a cozy fireplace can make all the difference. The families that book a stay with us often find their home away from home comes equipped with fireplaces that bring everyone together in the name of comfortable and warm moments. Whether you’re sipping hot cocoa or just rehashing the details of the day, it’s a simple feature that can work wonders in the way of creating bonding time.
Culinary Adventures Are Yours for the Enjoying
It’s true that Durango is a destination brimming over with savory stops that are worth enjoying, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your family is hoping to dine out each and every day of your stay. In fact, many families headed this way that are looking to stick to a budget will find the inclusion of a full kitchen in many of our rentals in Durango to be a lifesaver! It’s also just a wonderful alternative when a home-cooked meal would hit the spot. Take time to serve up the meal your family loves best while enjoying access to modern appliances, plenty of counter space, and frequently, cabinets that are already stocked up with the cookware and utensils you’ll need. Our full kitchens are refreshingly convenient and always give guests reasons to settle around the dining room table and enjoy a great meal surrounded by even better company.
Technology That Caters to Fun
Durango invites families to get out and discover and explore a landscape that’s filled with potential for fun. Our family-friendly rentals are designed to be just as inviting when there’s downtime to be enjoyed. While many families head this way to escape the hustle of daily life and really focus on time together, we know that doesn’t always mean complete disconnect is the goal. To that end, we make sure families have access to Wi-Fi or high-speed internet during a stay. This gives everyone the option to do their own thing when there’s free time including sending vacation photos to friends, checking in on social media, or keeping up with the news. Of course, if a family movie night is what brings you together, this is an option too! Many of our rentals are outfitted with large flat-screen television that makes for a perfect place to enjoy streaming the film or shows that everyone in your traveling crew loves.
There’s no reason your family getaway can’t include a touch or more of luxury. Many of our rentals in Durango include access to private hot tubs, lake, and mountain views, as well as ski-in, ski-out options when your trip revolves around time on the slopes. Those families that can’t imagine a getaway without the company of a canine companion will love that our rentals also include pet-friendly amenities so there’s no reason for anyone in your group to miss out on the fun!
Proximity to the Fun
When families come our way, it’s often to make the most of adventure and our rentals cater to the opportunities. We make sure families that book with us are kept close to the places they can’t wait to explore! Whether your itinerary includes a railroad tour or zipline adventure, a visit to Mesa Verde National Park, or the Durango Art Center, we’ve got you covered.
Contact Us Today
There’s no reason to wait when you’re ready to enjoy the best of a family getaway to Durango. When you want to be sure to have accommodations to match the fun, reach out to Durango Colorado Vacations and let our professional team take care of the details. We can’t wait to see you soon! Contact us today.
If you’re a food lover, no great vacation is complete without a memorable meal (or meals!). Check out our foodie-approved recommendations for restaurants in Durango perfect for every meal of the day.
Breakfast On the Go: Doughworks or Durango Bagel
You can tell that we’re true, die-hard food fans when we can’t even decide on the singular best grab-and-go breakfast spot. Breakfast burrito fans, Doughworks is for you. They also have a heavenly spread of homemade donuts that should not be resisted! If you’re headed out for an action-packed day, swing by for one of their mouth-watering breakfast burritos and homemade salsa. Our fave is the egg and green chili—a southwestern staple. For those seeking a delicious breakfast sandwich or a simply perfect bagel, you can’t miss Durango Bagel. You can actually see this little shop crank out homemade bagels in the back right from the cash register. And you better believe they taste every bit as good as they look.
Brunch: El Moro Spirits and Tavern
As one local put it—brunch at El Moro is the best thing you’ll ever eat. Hard to argue with that! Located in the center of downtown Durango, this is a can’t-miss brunch spot and we recommend making a reservation ahead of time if you can. The menu is sure to please everyone in your party, offering house-made sausage, six different takes on eggs benedict and some heartier options. My mouth is watering just writing this!
Lunch 1: Nini’s Taqueria
So maybe you’ve had Tex Mex before, and maybe you think you’ve tried all the great taco places you’ll ever need to. But we’re here to tell you that if you haven’t tried Nini’s yet, you need to add it to your to do list. This brightly colored and cozy little restaurant is located right on Main Avenue, making it the perfect place to end or begin a shopping trip or to people watch while you dig in. Everything here is good, but our go-to items are anything with shredded chicken (tackle the giant order of nachos if you bring a group!) and the Mexican chocolate chip cookies. Prepare to lick your plate clean—it’s that good.
Lunch 2: Serious Texas BBQ
Yup—we picked two lunch places too! Make sure to save room in your schedule and your belly for some seriously good barbeque at Serious Texas BBQ. This is a local favorite and you’ll find this funky, fast-casual barbeque joint’s two locations on the North and South ends of town. If you’ve had a busy morning and you’re ready for a hearty lunch, chow down on the famous Texas Taco: a generous helping of tender pulled pork, covered in cheesy potatoes, jalapenos and onions, all somehow packed into a warm tortilla. Don’t forget to drench it Serious’ one-of-a-kind barbeque sauce and treat yourself to their fresh-brewed sweet tea. We have to warn you, no matter what you end up enjoying here, odds are that you’ll fall head-over-heels for this BBQ sauce. The good news is, they do sell it by the bottle and they’ll even ship it to you!
Dinner: The Ore House
Treat yourself to unbelievably delicious steak at the Ore House. This restaurant is may not look like a lot on the outside, but don’t let that fool you. Inside you’ll find a cozy, classic steakhouse with low lighting, exposed wooden beams and leather-bound menus. This is the spot in Durango for steak lovers and surf and turf seekers. Pick your favorite cut, your steak’s preparation and temperature and dive into some tasty apps while the magic happens. You won’t be disappointed.
Looking for something a little lighter? Check out our feature on sushi-hot spot East by Southwest.
Drinks: The Diamond Belle Saloon
Inside Durango’s most famous hotel, the Strater, you’ll find the incredible Diamond Belle Saloon. Being here is truly like taking a step back in time. The staff dresses in old West-style clothing, ragtime piano music is often played live and the architecture itself is a treat. Enjoy happy hour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. or sing by for a late night drink.
More Drinks: Check out our ode to Durango’s premiere speakeasy the Bookcase and Barber in an earlier blog post.
Bet you didn’t know that Durango has its very own dog sledding company! Durango Dog Ranch offers kennel tours and takes groups on hour-long and half-day expeditions on authentic dog sleds all season long. Dress in your warm winter layers and get ready to enjoy the mountain views and smell of fresh pines. Mush!
- Durango’s Historic Theatre
Located in the famous Strater Hotel, the Henry Strater Theatre first opened its doors in 1962 as the Diamond Circle Theatre. The theatre was home to the Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville for years, and now “the Hank,” as it’s known to many locals, hosts community events and concerts. Catch a show or just stop by to take in the beauty and history of this little-known theatre.
- Sushi at East by Southwest
I know, eating sushi in a landlocked state at 6,512 feet in elevation sounds funny. But, if you can forget all that for one moment and trust us, we can practically guarantee that the sushi lovers in your group will love East by Southwest. This chic, modern restaurant is well-known by the locals and shouldn’t be missed by tourists! It has a large menu offering Asian delicacies from sashimi and nigiri to teriyaki and yakitori. Don’t miss the unforgettable Hand Grenade—one delicious bite packed with shrimp, a scallop, sweet soy sauce and the perfect amount of spice that’ll make you want to order another round.
- Take a Walk Back in Time
Horsefly History Tours offers unique walking tours where both locals and tourists learn about Durango’s rough and tumble history. Company owner and guide Laine Johnson is a Colorado native who’s passionate about wildlife and the Rocky Mountains. If you like great storytelling and seeing an antique or an old building makes your mind race about its history, these tours are for you.
Pack a leash and collapsible water bowl, because we’re about to convince you to bring your pet on your next Durango vacation!
Most people think that bringing the family dog on vacation isn’t an option, but our pet-friendly rentals are the perfect solution. Plus, Durango is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S.! Check out these three reasons to bring your four-legged friend along next time you come to town.
- If you’ve heard anything about Durango before, you probably know that it’s an unmatched destination for outdoor activities. Don’t miss Durango’s awesome hiking trails and our extra-large dog park—perfect for getting some off-leash exercise with your doggo!
- We have all the dog amenities. Whether you’re visiting in winter or summer, there’s plenty to enjoy with your dog in tow. This winter, try sledding, visiting dog-friendly breweries (Ska Brewing and Durango Brewing Company), and searching for the perfect fire-side novel at Maria’s Bookshop. (Yes, your dog is welcome there, too!) In the summer, we highly recommend bringing your dog downtown. So many of our local shops and restaurants are pet-friendly and have great patio seating and even live music! If your dog is a fan of the water, take them with you to the Animas River and check out Durango’s unique dog wash to make clean up easy!
- You never have to sacrifice luxurious accommodations because you’re bringing your pet! We have 16 pet-friendly rental homes that range from cozy cottages to family-size retreats. See them all here. Whether you want to be close to town or up in the mountains, we have the perfect property for you and your pup.
Maybe you came to Durango with the whole family and you need a night off, or maybe it’s just you and your significant other all vacation long! Either way, check out our ideas for date nights you won’t soon forget with these Durango activities.
P.S. All of these spots are also girls’ night and boys’ night-approved!
Few things in life compare to soaking in warm, mineral-rich pools between snow-covered peaks under the stars. It may sound like we’re retelling a story from a great romantic novel, but Trimble Hot Springs here in Durango offers just that. The springs are open until 8:45 p.m. daily (except for Wednesdays!) and there are a variety of spa treatments available to take your relaxation to the next level. So, whether you decide to come here after a great evening on the town or the slopes, or simply spend your night here winding down, we can’t recommend it enough.
If you and your sweetheart are on the hunt for a romantic evening out, look no further than Eolus on Main Avenue. As one of Durango’s most upscale dining experiences, Eolus offers rooftop dining and craft cocktails that are sure to make your night. Don’t be scared off by the word “upscale,” though! While the food is an exquisite contemporary take on American cuisine, the atmosphere is rustic and homey. The perfect combination of great flavors and ambiance make Eolus a great date night spot. And please, for us, save room for the Hot Doughnuts (beignets) for dessert!
The Bookcase and Barber is the perfect way to end your evening out or a one-stop-shop for an unforgettable cocktail. This tiny, intimate speakeasy is an absolute must-see. Yes, we said speakeasy! Inspired by 1920s America when prohibition was alive and well, this hidden gem offers artfully crafted cocktails behind closed doors. In fact, you need a password to get in! (Don’t worry, you can find it on their Facebook page). Since this place is popular, we suggest making a reservation ahead of time if you can, although, you won’t always need one. Choose from a book full of handmade concoctions and watch as the bartenders get to work crushing the ice and muddling herbs by hand.
Hungry for more?
If you’re a foodie, stay tuned for our upcoming blog post on more of Durango’s best destinations for food and drink.
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