One of the Best Small Towns in America
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Active & Adventurous Lifestyle
Durango is a mecca for outdoor recreation. From mountain biking, hiking, and skiing to whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fly fishing, Durango’s location in the foothills of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and its sunny weather make it an ideal place to play outside.
1500-acre Lake Nighthorse, 10 minutes south of Twin Buttes, opened for recreation in April 2018. Read more about it here.
Durango features a 7-mile paved trail through town along the Animas River, in addition to many hiking and mountain biking trails in town and beyond. You can hike all the way to Denver on the Colorado Trail, a 500-mile mountain route between Durango and Denver. There’s a “back shortcut” to the trail from Twin Buttes that’s pleasant for hikers and bikers.
During the summer, residents of Durango thoroughly enjoy the Animas River as it runs right through town. The upper reaches are quiet. Along its middle section of mild whitewater, people come down to the shore to wade, play, or just hang out. Inner tubing, kayaking, and rafting are popular. Below town, a man-made whitewater park offers big waves and holes for the more adventurous.
In the San Juan or La Plata mountains, you can drive a rented jeep or dirt bike on the many old mining roads that climb up high ridgelines and over spectacular mountain passes. In the winter, alpine or cross-country ski at Purgatory Ski Area, snowmobile, or backcountry ski. At the end of the day, soak in Trimble Hot Springs on your way back to downtown Durango.
To learn more about the many activities in and around Durango, including the Durango & Silverton Train and Mesa Verde National Park, visit Durango.Org