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Things to Do in Durango, CO

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Durango, CO is a hub for amusement and adventure. It hosts some of the most fun events in the area, including Snowdown, Animas River Days, Fiesta Days, and Burger and a Band. Even when there isn’t a special event in town, Durango still boasts plenty to do for visitors and locals. With national parks, river access, and outback trails, you’ll never want for entertainment. The best adventures in Durango are elemental: Water, Earth, Air. Here are our recommendations on ways to experience these in the Durango, Colorado area.

Make a splash! Hit the water.

group of rafters going down a rapidThe Animas River runs right through Durango and includes the class III whitewater park, making it the perfect spot for both first-timers and experienced paddlers alike. Ride the waves with us on one of our many rafting trips. These exhilarating trips are fun for groups and make great family memories. If you’re looking for more of a personal challenge, consider taking our guided kayak tour down the river. If calmer waters are more to your liking, try out our Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals and classes on one of our area lakes.

Explore the history of the area.

Durango offers easy access to national parks and historical sites. Take our guided tour of Mesa Verde and experience one of the best archaeological sites in the United States. With some 600 cliff dwellings and over 5,000 archaeological sites over an immense 80-mile area, Mesa Verde offers a unique look into the lives of the Ancient Pueblo people who lived in the area from 600 A.D. to the 1300s.

Next, experience the history of the Old West by booking passage to the old mining town of Silverton on the Durango train. History buffs and nature enthusiasts will have an unforgettable adventure aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a rare 3-foot narrow gauge heritage railroad which has run continuously since 1881. As an authorized train ticket reseller, we are here to help you make the most of your trip. Take a round trip or ride only one way – we provide shuttle rides to and from Silverton so you can customize your trip. Hop aboard one of the historic train cars, steep yourself in the lore of the Old West, and enjoy the spectacular scenery during the journey.

Tackle the terrain.

The area around Durango makes for excellent hiking and outback adventure. We traverse the best Jeep trails around Durango and put the hard-to-reach areas within your reach. Take our 4×4 tour and explore the beauty of the La Plata Mountains and Canyon. Waterfalls, breathtaking views, and the ghost town of La Plata City are part of the trip. We offer both daytime and twilight 4×4 tours.

If you’re eager to explore by yourself, consider renting one of our RZR side-by-side ATVs or Jeeps. These vehicles help you get off the beaten track, plus you can plan your own adventure at your own pace. Our fleet of vehicles is well-maintained for reliability that you can trust. Though you may be planning your own trip, you’re never truly alone. As part of our service to you, we will help you plan your route and ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to have a fun and safe outing.

Soar through the air.

Get your feet off the ground with one of our zip line packages. Soar over the San Juan Mountains on 27 different zip lines that range from 56 to 1,400 feet in length. Fun for all ages and part of the perfect family adventure when combined with one of our rafting trips.

Like the expanse of sky over our majestic San Juan Mountains, the adventures in Durango are limitless. We are eager to show you all that Durango has to offer. Book a tour or adventure with Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours and discover beautiful Durango – and learn why we are considered one of the best adventure outfits here.

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Join us on a raft trip down the San Miguel River in Telluride, CO. In the spring and early summer this snowmelt-fed river plunges from the high peaks of the San Juan Mountains. NOTE: This river flows typically during the end of May and stops at the end of June. The dates we have loaded are the dates we are running this river. If you are looking for rafting in July and August check out our Durango River Rafting page.