Leaving the hustle of life behind and focusing on the fun for a while is always an easy thing to do when you set your travel sights on scenic and exciting Durango, Colorado. This inviting and endlessly appealing vacation destination is one that has something for travelers to enjoy year-round and when you’re headed this way over Labor Day, there’s no exception to the rule! Whether you’re excited to be spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors or can’t wait to delve into history at its very best, this is a destination where you can embrace the best of it all. The following are just a few of the many options for boosting your Durango Labor Day itinerary this year when you make your way in this direction alongside family and friends.
Take a River Rafting Excursion in Good Company
Labor Day in Durango is a great time to plan a river rafting experience alongside friends and family. If you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping things to do in Durango, CO on the water, the experts from Colorado Outback Adventures have been providing exciting experiences in the area for over 20 years. Your 2.5-hour rafting journey will take you down the Animas River with a bus pickup to the drop-off point included off of 1212 State Highway 3. You’ll meet up with your guide who will get you in all of the safety gear required to make it a fun and successful day on the water. Reservations are required for these outings, but the planning is well worth the effort when you get to participate in such a memorable and exciting experience!
Check Out the Durango Labor Day Weekend Bike and Car Parade
Between the end of August and Labor Day, Durango locals and visitors alike can often enjoy the annual weekend bike and car parade. This event is hosted downtown and is part of a greater lineup of weekend festivities with proceeds benefiting Building Homes for Heroes. Throughout the weekend, you can fill your to-do list with street parties, stops at beer gardens, live musical performances, and a bike and car parade that’s truly one-of-a-kind. It’s a fun for all experience for a good cause that you won’t want to miss when you’re in town this time of year.
Take a Ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
If it’s an epic adventure and amazing views you’re looking for over Labor Day, booking a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a must. This route stretches more than 45 miles between Durango and Silverton and departs from the train depot in town dating back to 1882. This is the perfect addition to an itinerary for families or history buffs alike. You’ll pass by stunning mountainsides as you traverse the Animas Canyon and San Juan Mountains alike during your trip. The route typically takes 3.5 hours to explore in total and is a thrilling way to experience a steam-powered locomotive while soaking up incredible sights too.
Explore Mesa Verde National Park
When you can’t wait to get out and explore some of the most iconic sights around Durango, be sure to add a stop at Mesa Verde National Park to your Labor Day to-do list. A mere 56 miles from the center of Durango, this National Park is packed with stunning cliff dwellings dating back hundreds of years to ancient civilizations. Guests are invited to take a guided tour of the site or view it independently in tandem with taking time to explore the many area trails.
Hike the Colorado Trail
Trek your way to fun over Labor Day in Durango when you make time to hike the Colorado Trail. In total, this route is over 500 miles long, so you’ll just be exploring a portion of it, but it’s worth your while. The trail enjoys points that tower 13,000 feet above sea level in some places and inevitably come with spectacular views too. Feel free to bike or walk this route which also includes options to tour on horseback. You’ll pass through beautiful wilderness preservers, rivers, and national forests along the way making it a memorable hike no matter how long you walk.
Book Your Durango Labor Day Getaway Today
Your trip to Durango is bound to be exciting and at Durango Colorado Vacations, we know that having incredible accommodations in place that top off your stay in style can make it even better. Our team is happy to help handle the details so that our guests can focus on the fun that’s ahead. Reach out today to learn more about our many Labor Day rental options as well as our property selections that are appealing year-round. We’ll make sure you’re settled into a home-away-from-home this holiday that infuses style, luxury, and comfort into every aspect of your adventure. For a relaxing stay, take a look at our Durango rentals with jacuzzis. We can’t wait to see you in Durango soon!