Spirit of the Southwest: Durango, Silverton & Pagosa Springs
In southwest Colorado, everything seems a little heightened: higher mountains, bluer skies and so many activities you’ll have a hard time choosing. Spending just a few days here will give you a taste of the glories of true Southwest living.
Volunteer or donate to the San Juan Mountains Association.
Climb aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a scenic ride through remote wilderness to Silverton for lunch.
The Pine River alternates between meadows and canyon, frequently flowing peacefully on the flat valley floor. The boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness is 2.7 miles up the trail, the fishing is fantastic, and the turnoff to Emerald Lake is at mile 6.3 (Trail #528). The trail continues to ascend, sometimes gradually and sometimes moderately.
On your way to Pagosa Springs from Durango, stop at Chimney Rock National Monument to explore the Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site.
Tubing on the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa has become a “don’t miss” late summer activity.