Spend Fall with the Locals in Durango

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If watching snow and leaves fall together upon the San Juan Mountains sounds like magic to you, it’s time to head off the beaten path with Colorado locals.

Sustainability Activity
Mountain Studies Institute

Volunteer with Mountain Studies Institute, a local nonprofit working to empower communities, managers and scientists to innovate solutions through mountain research, education and practice.

Insider's Tip
Know When to Go

November is one of the best months to experience the real Durango. For visitors, it’s a chance to unplug, share in the company of locals and enjoy a quiet retreat to the mountains, sans crowds.

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Taking a break on top of Telegraph Trail Photo
Activity
Durango Mountain Bike Tours

Durango Mountain Bike Tours specializes in guided mtb tours on the 100-plus miles of singletrack in and around Durango. We operate March through…

Lunch
Rice Monkeys
At Rice Monkeys we have a fresh approach to Asian cuisine by providing healthy, creative and delicious Asian food in a fast, friendly environment.
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Experience Durango’s Art & Culture Scene

Your next stop should be downtown to stroll Durango’s 10 must-visit art galleries. Without the summer crowds or winter cold, fall offers the best time to explore Durango’s art and culture scene at your own pace. Talk with the incredible photographers and artists behind the masterpieces, or join them directly on the trail by booking a photography workshop or tour with Scenic Aperture in town.

Activity
Roll ebike

Roll is a solar powered electric bike rental company. We deliver door-to-door within 10 miles of Durango, Colorado. We deliver (for free) to your…

Lodging
O-Bar-O Cabins

The Very Best Cabins In Durango, Colorado

"Far from rustic, O-Bar-O provides the "Ritz Carlton" of cabins to their guests."

Winter,…

Insider's Tip
Hibernation Vacation

O-Bar-O Cabins offers a variety of packages, including a "Hibernation Vacation" that includes mug cookies, massages for you and your partner and a stoked, cozy fire.

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Breakfast
Jean Pierre Bakery, Cafe & Wine Bar
Quaint, long-running locale for traditional French breads, pastries & meals amid antique decor.
Activity
Animas Chocolate Company

Award-winning Animas Chocolate & Coffee Company handcrafts a variety of chocolate confections in Durango, Colorado. Bring the kids for a taste of…

Lunch
11th Street Station
Seven small, but robust food truck options encircle the original service station now turned Ernie’s Bar, which pours craft brews, libations, coffee…
Activity
Ghost Walk Durango

Take a walk through 140 years of haunted history in the heart of the Rocky Mountains on this guided walking tour through the historic district of…

Dinner
Steamworks Brewing Co.

Steamworks Brewing Co. offers much more than just award-winning craft beer. Our "gastropub" fare includes regional meats and sustainable seafood…

Activity
Animas Brewing Company

Animas Brewing Company offers a variety of flavorful craft beer and compliments it with a spin on comfort food. All in a relaxed family friendly…

Lodging
Historic Strater Hotel

THE OFFICE SPIRITORIUM, with its lavish and comfortable décor, can't really be called a bar, saloon, tavern, or lounge but a delightful office…

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Breakfast
Durango Bagel
Breakfast and Lunch Sandwiches Bagels right next to where main meets the train.
Activity
Durango Train Museum

Throw in some antique trucks, tractors, a covered wagon, an American Indian motorcycle, full-size steam locomotives, vintage coaches and an extensive model-train layout and you'll begin to see how much we have going on in the ever-changing exhibits at the Durango D&SNG Museum.

Lunch
Michel's Corner Crepes
Whether you're headed to the slopes, the trails or just running around town, stop by to grab some light and unique fare to go, make quickly and fresh…
Activity
Hike for Views of Durango

Choose from one of the five best hikes in Durango for stunning views of the diverse landscapes.

Dinner
Fired Up Pizzeria

Fired Up Pizzeria is dedicated to the ingredients, quality and traditional methods of producing authentic Neapolitan pizza. Our pizzas are created…

Activity
Animas City Theatre

See what's playing at the Animas City Theatre! From concerts and movies to performing arts, the playbook is full year-round.

Lodging
Rochester Hotel

The Rochester Hotel provides unique historic accommodations in the heart of downtown Durango, walking distance to shops, restaurants, activities…