All sorts of outdoor activities can be arranged in this hub for travel and soft adventure. Listen for the train drivers riding the steam whistles of the locomotives traveling the famous 1882 Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, issuing plumes of steam as they pull into the town’s historic railyards.
That post-bike beer is a Colorado tradition, so it’s little surprise that a town supporting such a lively microbrew community is also paradise to mountain bikers.
Durango is home to some of the world’s best cyclists, who regularly ride the hundreds of local trails ranging from steep singletrack to scenic road rides.
Start easy with the Old Railroad Grade Trail, a 12.2-mile loop that uses both US Hwy 160 and a dirt road following the old rail tracks. From Durango, take Hwy 160 west through the town of Hesperus. Turn right into the Cherry Creek Picnic Area, where the trail starts.
For something a bit more technical, try Dry Fork Loop, accessible from Lightner Creek just west of town. It has some great drops, blind corners and copious vegetation.
Sports shops on Main Ave rent mountain bikes.