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Summer in Durango

Summer in Durango
5 days

Summer in Durango is about more than just the activities. It’s about special moments shared with special people, wild adventures under the southwestern sun and making more time for unforgettable memories.

Sustainability Activity

Help Maintain Trails:

Trails 2000 helps build and maintain trails while educating trail users. Volunteer your time or donate to help Durango's trail networks continue to delight people for years to come.

Day 1
Activity

Durango Dog Ranch

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We offer a summery take on dogsledding with scooters and overland tours from June-October. Once the snow falls, we offer two hour and half day sled dog adventures in the San Juan Mountains.... Read More

Lunch

Kennebec Cafe

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The Kennebec offers an atmosphere of casual elegance in warm, comfortable surroundings. We serve Mediterranean inspired cuisine, focusing on local and seasonal ingredients. We also have an... Read More

Activity

Dalton Ranch Golf Club

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4-star rating —Golf Digest. Number 8 Best Colorado Course to Play —Golfweek.

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Dinner

Harvest Grill & Greens at James Ranch

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Our delicious meats, cheeses and vegetables are produced on the James Ranch using organic, sustainable, grass-based practices and have been for over 50 years. We strive to use organic... Read More

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James Ranch

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James Ranch is ten miles north of Durango, Colorado in the beautiful Animas River Valley. Here, you will find 400 acres of high altitude, irrigated pastures, crystal clear flowing water, 100%... Read More

Insider's Tip

Kick Up Your Heels at James Ranch: Evenings are relaxed at the ranch, where you can grab picnic table or sit on a blanket under the setting sun while listening to live music.
Lodging

Hampton Inn - Durango

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Named one of the coolest small towns in America, Durango sits in sunny, Southwestern Colorado. A gateway for all your itineraries.  Enjoy Mesa Verde National Park, Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

The Yellow Carrot

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Join us in our new location and let us serve you with love through our amazing food and service. Stop in and enjoy fun and exciting flavor combinations that will have you coming back for more! Read More
Activity

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

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Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Wind through... Read More

Insider's Tip

Ride the Cascade Canyon Express:

See soaring geological features and fantastic scenery on this short excursion in an open-air gondola

Lunch

The Palace Restaurant

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Vintage American eatery for traditional fare with Gold Rush-inspired decor & a Western-style tavern. Read More
Activity

Find the Best Souvenirs

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From fashionable dresses to mountain-inspired decor to ski gear and toys, Durango is full of shops with the best souvenirs for you.
Dinner

Bird's

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A special neighborhood gathering place serving deliciously Durango rotisserie chicken. Read More
Activity

Attend Music in the Mountains

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Attend one of the classical concerts held each July at Music in the Mountains.

Insider's Tip

Head to Vallecito: Hop on CO-240 for 30 minutes to Vallecito for the night.
Lodging

Pine River Lodge

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Pine River Lodge offers 31 Cabins nestled under huge Pines overlooking Vallecito Lake. Each cabin has a Full Kitchen, Separate Bedrooms ( King, Queen, or Double bed), 1 to 2 1/2  Baths, A/C,... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Vallecito Lake Country Market

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Home to La Comida Ranchera Mexican Food Restaurant & Vallecito Liquors. We have Groceries, Gas, Propane, Ice Cream, Beverages, Espresso, Fudge, & More. Read More
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Vallecito Marina

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Vallecito Lake is the premier recreational lake in the Four Corners. Offering fishing boat, pontoon boat, kayak, SUP, and canoe rentals along with slips, buoy service, fuel, and store, Vallecito... Read More
Lunch

Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Bar

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Lakeside steakhouse featuring a wide variety menu. Family friendly atmosphere centered around mountain man era theme. Read More
Activity

Duranglers Flies & Supplies

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Duranglers Flies and Supplies is the premier fly shop and fly fishing guide service in the Four Corners region.  Located in Durango Colorado, we guide on the San Juan River Tailwater,  Animas,... Read More

Insider's Tip

San Juan Angler:

The San Juan Angler also offers a local guide service for fly-fishing.

Dinner

Mahogany Grille

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Enjoy handcrafted cuisine while stepping back in time in the ambiance of the Victorian Old West as we serve you an array of eclectic culinary specialties. Handcut Steaks, seafood, and vegetarian... Read More

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Sample Local Beer, Wine and Spirits

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Taste test title-holding craft beverages around Durango.
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Adventure Inn Durango

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Trip Advisor ranked #2 for guest satisfaction. Our clean, newly renovated 25 room motel features flat screen TV's, exceptional in room WI-FI, mini fridge & microwave. Our friendly staff is happy... Read More

Day 4
Breakfast

Bread

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Fresh homemade breads, pastries, cookies and deli sandwiches served daily in this popular bakery - a gathering spot for breakfast and lunch. From whole wheat to rye, and from ginger snaps to scones... Read More
Activity

Raft the Animas River

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Durango's rafting companies are just waiting to take you on the adventure of a lifetime.
Lunch

RGP's Flame Grilled Wraps

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Serving wraps grilled to order on our fresh, homemade dough. Read More
Activity

Alpine Heli Tours

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Private helicopter tours departing from Animas Airpark in Durango, Colorado. Our non-stop tours give an incredible view of the city of Durango, lower and upper Animas River, and into the San Juan... Read More
Dinner

11th Street Station

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Seven small, but robust food truck options encircle the original service station now turned Ernie’s Bar, which pours craft brews, libations, coffee and more. From tacos to pizza, sushi to... Read More
Activity

Tracks Across Borders Scenic & Historic Byway

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Colorado's newest scenic byway, offers access to dramatic mountain scenery and layers of history, from the storied pasts of our earliest American Indian inhabitants to the golden age of railroad... Read More

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General Palmer Hotel

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The General Palmer Hotel is a prestigious, Victorian-style hotel. The Historic General Palmer Hotel will pamper you with, luxury, service, and first-class amenities. Helping you to "Create... Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

Oscar's Cafe

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Oscar's Cafe - A 50's style diner serving award winning breakfast and lunch. We are a family operated cafe for the last years. Voted a local's favorite! Read More
Activity

Go on a Historic Walking Tour

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The Main Avenue of Durango is lined with historic buildings just waiting to tell you their story.
Lunch

Down The Rabbit Hole

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Down The Rabbit Hole serves up soups, salads, burgers, steaks, beautiful appetizers and desserts, and more. Our full bar will quench your thirst, too! We are located in historic downtown Durango,... Read More
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Take a Photography Workshop

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Durango's scenery is exquisite, so learn how to take the perfect photo of it at a workshop hosted by Over the Hill Outfitters.
Dinner

Red Snapper

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The Red Snapper has been voted #1 in Durango for over 23 with more than just the best seafood in town. Come experience award winning service and food in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Read More
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Camp at Molas Lake

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Lay your head to rest under a blanket of stars at this Silverton campground.