Durango, Colorado is a beautiful and charming mountain town. It is as idyllic as any place can be. No matter the season, there is something for everyone and plenty to fill your days and nights. Our family got to visit during the fall season. After the long hot Arizona summer my heart yearned for fall and so we went on a quest to find it. Durango did not disappoint! It provide a dazzling array of autumn colors and a chill in the morning air that turned our cheeks red and breath foggy and white. Our family of six had such a great time we are already planning our return. Here are some of our favorite places and things to do:
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Silverton train ride was definitely the highlight of our trip. The steam-powered locomotive travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old West used over a hundred years ago. The route winds in and out of canyons and past open wilderness and has been described as one of the most beautiful railroad rides in America! If you take the train all the way to Silverton it can take several hours there and back (about four hours each way) so we felt our kids would get antsy and not appreciate that long of a trip. We still though were able to enjoy and experience but with a much closer destination, which leads me to my next suggestion
The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
This was a fun filled event for the kids while still being enjoyable for parents. We loved seeing the live reindeer with large antlers not a little Bambi looking one. They of course had the pumpkin patch which the kids got to pick and keep, a corn maze, candy factory, wagon rides, photos with Snoopy and Charlie Brown, bounce house but I think our kids r favorite was the candy corn pool. They could not stop laughing as they swam in it. They had great food and treats for the adults as well as beer and wine tasting. Overall it was a fun experience and we did not have to worry about parking or driving back into town, instead we just relaxed and enjoyed the awesome views along the river from the train.
We stayed in an Airbnb that was close the Animas River. Our goal was to ride bikes down the long paths that extend along the river but sadly all the bikeshops were out of bikes at the time. Remember we need six different bikes of varying sizes, so it made things a little more complicated for us. Since we were not able to to that, instead we took long leisurely walks along the river. It was a very scenic and peaceful experience.
Historic Downtown is a great way to spend your days and night. As you walk up and down the quaint downtown you’ll find a wide variety of shops that will appeal to everyone, including clothing boutiques, vintage resale clothing, outdoor gear, furniture and decor, photography, crafts, jewelry, unusual CO souvenirs. The train station is also right on Main Street along with several museums. There are so many sights and eats in the quaint little town; places with daytime patios to enjoy the outdoor weather, and romantically lit night patio’s. Our family really enjoyed walking around downtown seeing and trying new things.
Michele’s Corner Crepe truck was a must do on our trip. We had read many reviews and knew we had to try it. They have plenty of both sweet and savory options. We were there bright and early our last morning and enjoyed the delicious crepes. It definitely lived up to its reputation.
Last but not least is the Purgatory Resort, honestly it is not exactly in Durango but it’s a relatively short drive up the highway. This event was on my husbands to do list. I was worried it may not be as kid friendly but honestly they had lots to keep the kids busy. It is a family friendly event with live entertainment from local musicians as well as delicious food, games and of course lots of beer.
Bottom line is Durango was a beautiful place to visit. Every season would be amazing in it’s own right. You could swim or river raft down the river in Summer or ski in the Winter. We also went on many local hikes. I know there is also nearby lakes we did not get to visit but are planning on next time. One thing to keep in mind is that the town does close down early for the most part but this gave us the opportunity to play games and watch movies back at our home landing place at night. If or when you choose to visit please just remember to go in peace and show respect and appreciation for the natural habitat and history of the area.