Welcome to Durango

The town’s historic central precinct is home to boutiques, bars, restaurants and theater halls. Foodies will revel in the innovative organic and locavore fare that is making it one of the best places to eat in the state.

But there’s also interesting galleries and live music that, combined with a relaxed and congenial local populace, make it a great place to visit. Durango is also an ideal base for exploring the enigmatic ruins at Mesa Verde National Park, 35 miles to the west.

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$148.73 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Mesa Verde Discovery Tour

Mesa Verde Discovery Tours are led by knowledgeable and qualified guides so that you can experience the full tour! With their guidance you will learn about the history, culture, and architecture of the sites and dwellings you will visit. Tour vehicles are air conditioned and comfortable. Save car entrance fees and gas, while you sit back, relax and take in all the historic sights and intriguing information! You will meet at the main office in the early morning. Then you will sit back and relax on the scenic 30-minute drive to Mesa Verde National Park. Your first stop is the visitor center, inside the park, for a great orientation. Next, discover Cliff Palace, believed to hold special significance to the Ancestral Puebloans. Enjoy a delicious boxed lunch catered by a favorite bakery. Then explore Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park. Return to the main office in the early evening.

$65.27 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Family Rafting in Durango

Everyone meets at the main office checks in, signs release forms and get dressed for the river. Next is a shuttle to the river for your safety orientation and rafting instructions. Then it's time to hit the river. You will tackle the “Train Bridge Rapid,” “Baby Smelter” and the exciting Class III “Smelter Rapid." Then it's time to refuel with a river side snack of fresh fruit and granola bars. After you rest you're back on the river to tackle “Santa Rita,” “Sawmill” and “Pinball” (depending on flows). The trip ends with a shuttle back to the main office. You will arrive back to the office approximately 4 hours after your departure time.

$49 Water Sports

Durango 2-Hour Rafting Trip

Departing from downtown Durango at 724 Main Ave, your guides will take you north of town and begin your journey down the lower Animas river. Experienced guides will teach you all about this incredible area, while expertly leading you through sections of river with rapids ranging from class II-III+. With a minimum age of 4 years old, this really is a great trip for the whole family! With two boat options to choose from, your guides will make sure you have the best adventure possible. After the trip is finished, you will be returned to your original departure point in downtown Durango, with the opportunity to purchase photos from your day.

$85 Outdoor Activities

Kennebec Pass 4x4 Tour

Your trip will depart in open-air 4x4 vehicles from downtown Durango, and head west towards Mesa Verde. At the top of the hill, you'll turn off the highway and make your way into beautiful La Plata Canyon where you will pass old mining towns and get a taste of the past. You'll then continue on up through the canyon, taking in the beauty and seclusion of the rivers, streams and waterfalls along the way. See old mining equipment and abandoned structures, and go where you would never dare to take your rental car: to the top of Kennebec Pass, a beautiful scenic overlook at 12,000 feet and gateway to the Colorado Trail. You'll then make your way with your guide back down to Durango to arrive at the same location 4 hours after departure.

$97.37 Outdoor Activities

La Plata Canyon Jeep Tours from Durango

Explore the spectacular La Plata Canyon and its beautiful U-formation created by glaciers on a Colorado jeep tour. Several small waterfalls and cascading rivers follow the rugged Jeep trails in the springtime along with lots of wildlife. On your guided jeep tour, you will see numerous wildflowers, high-alpine meadows and avalanche gullies. Following the La Plata River to La Plata City, an old mining town established in 1875, you’ll discover the remnants of old mining claims. Then, you’ll continue to the peak of Kennebec Pass at 12,000 feet above sea level (also above tree-line). Majestic mountain vistas can be seen all the way to Cortez and Telluride from the top of the pass. High mountain peaks, spruce-fir forests, river valleys, and high alpine-meadows can be observed from a bird’s eye view. The trip returns on the same route so that guests will be sure not to have missed anything.

$324.95 Water Sports

The Upper Animas Silverton Section Full-Day Rafting Trip

On the evening prior you will check into the main office at 5:15pm to get fitted for your thermal wet-suit gear and go on the orientation raft trip where you will take your practice swim in a Class II+ to III+ rapid.On the day of the trip, you will meet at the main office early in the morning. You will then take a shuttle to Silverton, Colorado via the Million Dollar Skyway. Here you will suit up for your river trip. Thermal wet-suits and booties are required all season and are included in the price. You are now ready to hit the river. Begin through “Animas Gorge” – continuous Class III rapids. Scout and run your first Class V of the day, “Ten Mile” rapid. Take a break for a delicious deli-style, riverside lunch. Return to the river for more continuous Class III rapids after lunch. Scout “No Name” rapid and brazen it, if you dare. Adventure more continuous Class III rapids. Arrive at Needleton Camp, take out & de-rig boats for the Durango & Silverton Train. You will board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train and unwind as you take in the sights of the Rockwood Gorge. Arrive at the Rockwood Station, and catch the shuttle back to Durango. Return the main office in the early evening.