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Spirit of the Southwest: Durango, Silverton & Pagosa Springs

Spirit of the Southwest: Durango, Silverton & Pagosa Springs
5 days
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.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Volunteer or donate to the San Juan Mountains Association.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
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

Take the Train to Silverton: Climb aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a scenic ride through remote wilderness to Silverton for lunch.
Lunch

Handlebars Food & Saloon

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Savor the flavor of our Wild West atmosphere wile enjoying some of the best grub around. Read More
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Mayflower Gold Mill

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Witness first hand how the miners were able to extract gold, silver and base metals from the hard rock ores in this complete mill which processed gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper.

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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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Diamond Belle Saloon

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If you're standing in the Diamond Belle Saloon, located in Durango, Colorado, you just may have stepped back in time. Revered as one of the most famous original ragtime piano bars in the Wild... Read More

Lodging

Historic Strater Hotel

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Built in 1887, the historic Strater Hotel is a Historic Hotel of America member and more than 125 years old. The Strater is a prestigious landmark in downtown Durango, Colorado and has a very... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Jean Pierre Bakery, Cafe & Wine Bar

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Quaint, long-running locale for traditional French breads, pastries & meals amid antique decor. 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

Lunch

Pura Vida Cafe

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Like being on a tropical beach vacation with a great lake view at 8,000 feet in the mountains. Award Winning Patio at Lake Vallecito! Enjoy the scenic drive and step into a relaxed, waterfront... Read More

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Mild To Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours

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Explore Colorado's old mines, history and ghost town remblants on a guided Colorado Jeep tour.  As you travel back in time and up in elevation, you will be treated to magestic peaks, cascading... Read More

Dinner

Zia Taqueria (South)

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We believe in simple, tasteful, authentic food with an atmosphere and price that feels good, warms the soul, and reminds you that some of the better things in life are quite simple.  Eat well. ... Read More

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Durango Craft Spirits, LLC

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Durango Craft Spirits offers tours and a look into creating spirits from regional grains. Our Soiled Doves Vodka is made from ground white non-gmo corn from the Ute Mountain Utes in Towoac and the... Read More
Lodging

Leland House & Rochester Hotel

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The Leland House and Rochester Hotel provide unique historic accommodations in the heart of downtown Durango, walking distance to shops, restaurants, activities and the Durango-Silverton... Read More

Day 3
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
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Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours

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With an untarnished safety record and our 33 years in Durango, Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours offers the safest, finest whitewater rafting and adventures in town. Whether you want to walk... Read More
Lunch

Carver Brewing Company

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Since 1986, Carvers has offered Durango the very best in food and beer. Read More
Activity

Hike Pine River Trail in Vallecito Lake

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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.
Dinner

Ore House Restaurant

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Tradition, history, rustic elegance.

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Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs

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Durango, Colorado's only lodging, hot springs, and day spa resort seven miles north of town. A popular local family hangout and a summer stopover for tourists. We like to call it the "Getaway... Read More

Lodging

Leland House & Rochester Hotel

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The Leland House and Rochester Hotel provide unique historic accommodations in the heart of downtown Durango, walking distance to shops, restaurants, activities and the Durango-Silverton... Read More

Day 4
Breakfast

Durango Diner

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The Durango Diner-located on historic Main Street in Durango, Colorado, The Durango Diner has endured as one of the town's few landmark eateries, Read More

Insider's Tip

Head to Pagosa Springs: On your way to Pagosa Springs from Durango, stop at Chimney Rock National Monument to explore the Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site.
Activity

Chimney Rock National Monument

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This undiscovered gem is an intimate, off-the-beaten-path archaeological site located at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains  in Southwestern Colorado. You'll walk in the footsteps of... Read More

Lunch

Kip's Grill & Cantina

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Kip's Grill started operating out of a caboose on the side of the Highway in Del Norte, Colorado in 1996. The goal was to create seriously fresh, handmade tacos with amazing flavors and provide our... Read More
Activity

Tube the San Juan River with Pagosa Outside

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Tubing on the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa has become a “don’t miss” late summer activity.
Dinner

Borde Rio Riverside Restaurant & Tavern

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Dine and drink on the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs. Read More
Lodging

The Springs Resort & Spa

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The Springs Resort & Spa is located on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. Offering 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral pools and a mineral water lap pool fed by the... Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

The Rose

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The Rose diner in downtown Pagosa Springs has been a local landmark for three decades. Read More
Activity

Let It Fly

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LET IT FLY is a full service fly shop located in downtown Pagosa Springs Colorado. We are privately owned and operated, and we pride ourselves in customer service to the extreme.  At LET IT FLY,... Read More

Lunch

Farrago Market Cafe

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Farrago's Market Cafe is a tasty, but health minded casual dining spot in Pagosa Springs Colorado. Delight in homemade foods from Panini's to salads to pizza! Read More
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Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventure

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Imagine a magic carpet ride! We may fly inches over the area lakes for a breathtaking "splash-n-dash," a little higher for some souvenir pine cones from the tops of trees or up to 3,000 feet for... Read More

Dinner

Alley House Grille

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Alley House Grille is the premier dining destination in Pagosa Springs offering an elegant but casual atmosphere featuring Global/Colorado style fusion cuisine. Read More
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Riff Raff Brewing Company

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Founded in 2013, Riff Raff Brewing Company opens in downtown Pagosa Springs, Colorado, in May 2013. The brewery is Pagosa Springs' first downtown brewery and features artisan ales handcrafted in... Read More

Lodging

The Springs Resort & Spa

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The Springs Resort & Spa is located on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. Offering 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral pools and a mineral water lap pool fed by the... Read More