Durango is a mecca for outdoor activities
If you are an outdoor enthusiast Durango is the place for you. There are seemingly limitless hiking and mountain biking trails, mountain jeep trails, rivers and lakes for fishing and water activities. The Animas River runs right through town and offers fishing, river rafting, tubing(in lower waters) and whitewater kayaking. The number of lakes and streams to fish are too numerous to list.
The beautiful Animas River Trail runs alongside the Animas River for approximately 8 miles is is a great place for a casual bike ride, walking and jogging. It extends from the south end of Durango at River Road, all the way to the north end of town at 32nd Street. Along the trail you are likely to see deer, ducks, geese, eagles and many variety’s of birds.
Purgatory Resort provides an outstanding experience for skiers and snowboarders in the winter and they offer a wide activities in the summer, some of which include the alpine slide, mountain bike rentals, ziplines, trampolines, and rock wall climbing. During the summer months you can throw your mountain bike on the chairlift for an exciting downhill ride back down or just enjoy the scenery with a chairlift ride up and back down.
Mesa Verde National Park is located approximately 1 hour west of Durango as is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States. Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train is a coal fired, steam powered engine that draws visitors from all over the world. The railroad from Durango to Silverton was built in order to transport people and supplies to and from Silverton in the booming mining days. It is now a very popular attraction that is on any train enthusiasts “must do” list.