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What to do?

This will be our 3rd visit to Durango and am looking for something different to do. We (husband and 3 girls (15, 13, 10)) are staying at DMR for a week in July. We have done rafting, jeep tour in Ouray, train ride, Telluride, Mesa Verde and Million Dollar Highway in the past. Would like to do Soaring Zipline but way too expensive for our budget! We want to go tubing down the river in Pagosa Springs, but do they tube in Durango on the Las Animas river? Also, are there any small hikes to beautiful waterfalls in the area? We have seen Treasure Falls, and both waterfalls in Ouray, are there any in the Durango area? Thanks for any responses/ideas, I have been planning my vacations through tripadvisor for years and couldn't live without it!!!!

Edited: 29 April 2012, 22:14
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1. Re: What to do?

Durango is in a wonderful area blessed with so many trails. I would suggest contacting the San Juan Forest Service office in Durango and see if they can give you some help as to waterfalls.

USDA Forest Service

San Juan National Forest

15 Burnett Court

Durango, CO 81301


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2. Re: What to do?

Yes, there's tubing on the Animas as well as in Pagosa Springs.

There are a couple of other options for ziplines in Durango, but how about trying slacklining?


Have you looked at the summer activities at Durango Mountain Resort? They have a zipline there....not quite as cool as a canopy zipline course through the trees, but still fun and more affordable.



Have you been out to Vallecito Reservoir?

How about poking around Ironton ghost town (just off highway 550 near Red Mountain Pass)? Or Animas Forks ghost town?

Have you been on a horseback ride? They aren't exactly cheap, but so much fun! Rapp Corral has a ride to a "water cave" that I would love to do. (Another thing on my wish lish of things to do with grandkids)


There's an indoor climbing gym, Rock Lounge, that you might check out.

There are several organic farms in the area, some of which offer tours, such as: http://jamesranch.net/tours/ The visitor center could probably put you in touch with other options.

Have you been to the new Southern Ute Cultural Center?

durango.org/info/activities/southern_ute_cul… http://www.succm.org/

Or to Cortez to see the dancers or the play Black Shawl at the Cortez Cultural Center? cortezculturalcenter.org/activities/native-a…

Head down to Aztec to see the Aztec Ruins National Monument. The reconstructed Great Kiva there is amazing.



Hope this gives you some ideas! Have a great trip.

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3. Re: What to do?

Vallecito Lake has fishing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding etc. http://www.vallecitolakechamber.com/index.asp

La Plata Canyon west of Durango has old mining towns and waterfalls. Maybe a jeep tour there. mild2wildrafting.com/site/jeep-trail-tours/d…

I too would recommend Aztec Ruins Nat Mon as well as the nearby Salmon Ruins.

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4. Re: What to do?

Try the Durango Melodrama: http://durangomelodrama.com/


Bar D Chuckwagon Supper and Show: http://www.bardchuckwagon.com/

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5. Re: What to do?

Durango has a "Music in the Mountains" festival throughout July. I received a brochure a few days ago but tossed it since I won't be there this year. It features different kinds of music so if your family is interested, you can probably find a link by googling the festival or through the tourist bureau (which is where I learned of it). Two years ago I got same-day tickets to a wonderful concert (I didn't reserve in advance because I was unsure of when we'd arrive in town).

Edited: 30 April 2012, 17:00
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6. Re: What to do?

Thanks for all the ideas! We will definitely be checking some of them out!

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