From skiing and boarding to fine dining and shopping, Durango, Colorado is a unique destination where you can customize your day depending on your mood. Take in the scenery from your Durango accommodation. Plan a day of adrenaline-pumping ziplining and rafting or a ride on the Durango train. This scenic community provides a good balance of indoor and outdoor activities for you and everyone in your group, not to mention that it’s also the top destination for train enthusiasts. Adventure awaits you in Durango!
Durango Mountain Resort
Skiers and boarders often enjoy Durango Mountain Resort snow conditions all the way through mid April. This family vacation area offers snowy weather on top of the mountain and flowery springtime splendor at the base. Fall is also the perfect season to explore downtown's shopping boutiques, cozy restaurants and historic hotels.
The iconic Durango weather and magnificent alpine terrain will have you coming back for more!
Durango Annual Events
Durango's Annual Turkey Trot Race
: Work up a sweat before you indulge by participating in the 5-mile course or the 1-mile fun run.
Both Durango's annual Turkey Trot races start on the campus of Fort Lewis College. The 5-mile course covers paved roads and offers great views of Downtown Durango, the Animas Valley, and the La Plata Mountains.
You'll really earn your turkey dinner on a steep incline, and enjoy smooth coasting for the rest of the run. There's also a kids' fun-run course that includes a quick loop around the west side of FLC's campus.
Durango Fiesta Days
: Durango Fiesta Days is the oldest celebrated event in Durango. Since 1935, this depression-era festival aims at boosting the morale of the community. Locals hold pageants and elect royalty American queen and princesses. Watch out for real authentic cowboy-style chuck wagons, barrel racing, team roping, and bronco riding. Smell the smoky goodness. And don't forget you "must-save-room-for-pie" because pies will be flowing in the streets!
Durango Farmer's Market
: The Farmer's Market is the place to be in Durango from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. each Saturday, running spring through fall. Visitors can purchase healthy organic produce grown locally
. Vendors also sell a delectable assortment of natural wellness products from herbs, candles, pottery, soap, wheatgrass juice, wool, honey, farmstead cheese, fresh baked goods, smoothies, crafts, and much more!
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown
: The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown occurs in April and features three unique, intimate main stages, a super jam, barn dance (Durango style), Saturday night Celtdown (for all you closet Celtoids!)
, and music flowing from bars, restaurants, coffee houses, and downtown streets and sidewalks–all within walking distance.
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
: The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic started as a contest between two brothers, Tom and Jim Mayer. Jim, Tom's older brother, was a train engineer on the iron horse. Everyday when the train which Jim was conducting passed their home, Tom would jump on his 10 speed bike and pedal 50 miles over the two mountain passes in an effort to beat this brother. As the train pulled into the Silverton station one day in 1971, Jim's young brother was waiting his arrival – sweating and smiling. The following year, Tom and friend, Ed Zink along with 36 cyclists joined the contest which today is called the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.
Music in the Mountains
: Music in the Mountains is Durango's premier three-week classic music festival featuring orchestra, chamber and conservatory performances of classical and world music
. It is one of the longest running classical music festivals in the southwest where a host of concerts and events are slated in venues set in southwest Colorado during the month of July.
: The Durango Railfest is an annual event that celebrates all that goes by rail. Rare and unique railroad equipment and cars are the stars at the Durango Railfest
. The Denver and Rio Grande's Galloping Goose
is one rail star not to be missed. An 1875 wood fired locomotive is another example of the equipment that appears at the Railfest. This locomotive makes special excursions on the D&SNGR. This an event for all to enjoy, especially railfans!
Durango Cowboy Gathering
: Visitors to Durango, Colorado take on the adventurous spirit of the wild west in this vibrant cowboy-themed autumn event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from all throughout the country perform classic and contemporary poems and songs
that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches.
: The annual "HoliDazzle" begins the day after Thanksgiving– the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. Gift certificates are given away as part of the comprehensive promotional program. To help sustain Durango's Historic Downtown, HoliDazzle helps promote nearly 40 events or activities taking place in and around Downtown Durango. Merchants put the "dazzle" in Holidazzle with the Window Decorating competition. Early word is that Santa Claus will also bring his guitar and make a visit to Historic Downtown Durango!
: Snowdown is Durango's annual Winter Celebration
. A costume party, follies, parade and annually changing theme make this event one of a kind. Theme for year 2015 is "Steampunk Snowdown"! The official website for this event is www.Snowdown.org.