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Spring Activities in Durango, CO

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A trip to fun and scenic Durango, Colorado is always a welcome escape for travelers but it’s hard to deny that this destination is extra appealing in the spring. As mountain flowers come into bloom and the weather begins to warm up, the opportunities for adventures of all kinds to be added to an itinerary only expand. When you’re looking for options to boost your entertainment the next time you’re here, these spring activities in Durango, CO will do the trick.  Read on for the best Durango Spring time activities.

Spring Activities in Durango, CO

Durango is beautiful year-round, but in the springtime, you get mild temperatures and the best of both summer and winter activities. The overlap of seasonal conditions is ideal for adventurers who are excited to spend time skiing one day and hiking the mountain trails the next! Springtime conditions in Durango are typically a mix of snow and sunshine with temperatures lingering around the 50s and 60s in the daytime hours. There are also a variety of seasonal events to add to your to-do list when you want to elevate the fun further. 

Enjoy Time Spring Skiing

If you find yourself in Durango in early spring when the chances for snowfall are still relatively high, spending as much time as possible on the slopes will surely be a highlight of your stay. Here, you can enjoy time exploring the trails and runs at Purgatory Resort which is ideal for skiers of all skill levels and provides convenient rentals when you don’t want to have to hassle with packing your own gear. Even if you choose to simply ride the lifts and hang out in the lodges, a spring ski trip to Durango is sure to please. 

Explore Downtown Durango

Spring is an excellent time of year to make the most of exploring the many restaurants and shops that dot downtown Durango. Once you’ve had your fill of retail therapy, you’ll find this area is packed with eateries showcasing everything from traditional Southwest fare to Asian fusion and more.  

Rent a Jeep and Discover the San Juan Mountains

As mountain trails begin to thaw out, spring is a wonderful moment to rent a Jeep and explore Southwest Colorado’s backcountry. Beautiful views and newly blooming wildflowers are waiting to be enjoyed and make for an ideal backdrop for stops along the way if you happen to be a nature photographer. Wildlife are beginning to wake up this time of year too so if you head out into the mountains via Jeep, be sure to pack your binoculars for the experience. 

Add a Guided Mesa Verde Tour to Your List

Travelers who head to Durango at the beginning of April will be right on time for the seasonal opening of guided Mesa Verde tours through Durango Rivertrippers. Partnering up with the pros for a guided excursion is a great way to learn more about Durango’s rich history as you explore Mesa Verde National Park. You’ll see sights on these tours that you might otherwise overlook and will learn more about the architecture here that makes this national park so unforgettable. With mild temperatures on your side, spending time out and about exploring for longer is an inviting prospect.  

Hike Your Way to Spring Fun in Durango

As long as you dress in layers, you can always enjoy an amazing hike or two during your Durango getaway in the springtime. Across Durango, hikers can enjoy access to thousands of miles of trails that span in-town routes and mid-country destinations to high-country trails fit for the most experienced hikers of the bunch. If you have a few hours of hiking time to spare, consider setting your sights on the trail leading to the summit of Hogsback Mountain. Sitting just outside of downtown Durango, this trail is integrated into the Overend Mountain Park trail system. You’ll want to be prepared for the steep vertical gains but once you reach the top, stunning views are yours to savor. If you’re more of a cascade chaser, start things off on the Falls Creek Loop which is an ideal route for all skill levels. In total, the trail is just 4.1 miles and when you reach the falls, you can stay and admire the view for a while or make time for a fresh-air picnic. 

Annual Events to Add to the Itinerary

Spring marks the arrival of some highly anticipated annual festivals and events in Durango that are worth adding to your list as well. The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic comes to town Mary 24 through May 26 in 2024 while the Durango Wine Experience will be showcased from April 26 to April 27. If you’re here between April 19 and April 21, you can enjoy the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown alongside family and friends.  

Book Your Stay Today

Take time to unwind your way in Durango this spring and let the team at Durango Colorado Vacations handle your accommodations. Reach out today to learn more and to book our Durango vacation home rentals. 

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