But don’t pack away the cooler and the sunscreen just yet. There are a few more weekends of summer fun to squeeze in before fall shows up. Here are a few things to do in Durango before summer calls it quits.
Every Saturday through Sept. 27, you can pick up fresh produce, sample local goods and soak up the last of summer’s sun at the Durango Farmers Market. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Sept. 27, then from 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 4-25. The market, in the First National Bank parking lot on East Eighth Street, features vendors selling locally grown fruits, veggies and meats, artisanal cheeses, fresh-cut flowers, fire-roasted chiles and handmade crafts, such as candles, pottery, jewelry and more.
These summer-night soirees end in September, and there are only a few more Friday nights to head out to Ignacio, Colorado, to enjoy food, wine and live music at Fox Fire Farms, an 1,100-acre organic farm and the only winery in La Plata County. Every Friday night from 6-9 p.m., the farm offers live music, wine tastings (and full-on wine glasses) and a menu that features a cheese board, an array of cured meats and a bruschetta sampler.
There are only a few weekends left that it will be warm enough to tube through town on the Animas River. The river is super easy to access for a quick float, especially if you stay with us at the Durango Quality Inn. Because we’re on Main Avenue, we’re just a block west of the river, and we provide our hotel guests with tubes. Or you can take your tube to the Durango Recreation Center, just a block from our hotel; the rec center will inflate your tube for free and has a river put-in. Tubers can float down the river about 20 city blocks, get out at the Ninth Street take-out at Schneider Park, then hop on the city’s free trolley to catch a ride back to the Quality Inn or rec center.