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What to Do (Besides Soaring) When You’re in Durango – Part 2


Colorado offers a unique beauty to its visitors, and sunny days are perfect for exploring its wonders. Here’s a few ideas for ways to spend time outdoors, either for some alone time or to catch up with family and friends!

Alpine Slide at Purgatory Resort

A thrilling experience for both kids and adults, the Alpine Slide offers excitement, speed, and scenic views. The 0.5-mile slide can also be enjoyed at slower paces if that’s more your style! In addition to the Alpine Slide, Purgatory offers Day Tickets, which include activities such as a ropes course and a bungee trampoline, all of which are perfect for getting some exercise and having fun. Guests are also able to take a ride on the chair lifts to gain some elevation for breathtaking views.  Hiking and mountain biking are both popular activities at the top.



Lake Nighthorse

a small boat in a body of waterIf you’re looking for a charming picnic spot and a day of endless fun, Lake Nighthorse is a perfect option. Sitting on more than 1500 acres, the blue waters of Lake Nighthorse offer a myriad of activities for the whole family. Fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and biking are all opportunities for how to enjoy your time in Durango.

Mesa Verde

a stone building that has a sign on a rock


Just a short drive from Durango, Mesa Verde National Park tells the story of the Pueblo people and their cultural heritage. Mesa Verde houses historic cliff dwellings and scenic hiking spots for visitors to explore. It also offers dining options ranging from quick snacks to dinner. Mesa Verde is perfect for a day trip if you’re looking for rich history and plenty of fun activities.  Tickets for guided tours can be purchased at the park building prior to entry into the park.  Tip: arrive early to choose your tours as they can sell out.  Morning times are most popular to beat the heat.


Ice Lake Basin

a close up of a mountainThe trek to the Ice Lakes is one for more experienced hikers, but the view makes it worth it. The trail takes hikers up nearly 3000 feet in just short of 4 miles. Round trip, the Ice Lake hike is 7.5 miles. The Lower Ice Lake can be seen from the base of the ridgeline. The Upper Ice Lake is further up the trail, where you can see the peaks of the San Juan Mountains. You can also take a break and do some fishing on this hike!  The hike to Ice Lakes begins from the South Mineral Campground in the San Juan National Forest near Silverton, Colorado.


The Animas River Trail

a large pool of waterThe Animas Riverwalk is a paved trail that runs along the Animas River through Durango. It is perfect for walking, biking, running, or any other activities you might plan! If you’re looking for a low-key way to get outside and experience the natural beauty of the Animas, the River Trail is the place for you.