2017 Easter in Durango

More so than the first official day of spring, Easter often feels like the actual start of spring in Durango! Of course, that depends on when Easter falls every year, and it always depends on Colorado weather, which you can always depend on being undependable. Whether you go on an Easter egg hunt in the snow or enjoy a mimosa in the sunshine, Easter in Durango means spring is here — and summer is coming!

Durango Easter Egg Hunt

Every year, the city of Durango puts on the Durango Easter Egg Scramble! The Easter Bunny will be hopping around to kick off the scramble, which starts at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, April 15 at Santa Rita Park on the banks of the Animas River south of downtown Durango.
Kids will be split into age groups ranging from toddlers up to 8-year-olds so everyone gets a fair shake at collecting some goody-filled eggs. Egg hunters should bring their own baskets to carry their haul, but no pets, please! The event is sponsored by the Durango Parks and Recreation Department, Four Corner Broadcasting, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Peanuts™ The Easter Beagle Express

If you don’t want to hit up the Easter Egg Scramble, you can hop (get it? “hop?”) on the Peanuts Easter Beagle Express train with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Durango train will depart at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15, and return at 3 p.m.

During the ride, little passengers will enjoy crafts, music, games and prizes, and a musician will visit the train’s three Easter-themed passenger cars, performing family-friendly music and reading “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” story to kids. The train will chug along to Cascade Canyon wye, where everyone can get off the train to take photos with the Easter Peanuts characters. Passengers can also visit the concession car for snacks, and all passengers will receive a special refillable mug.

When the train arrives back at the depot in downtown Durango, stick around for an Easter egg hunt at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum! Before and after the train ride, passengers can also watch a bit of the “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” movie that will be playing in the gift shop.

Easter Dinner at Durango Restaurants

Easter brunch is right up there with Christmas dinner and Fourth of July barbecues when it comes to meal traditions. But if you don’t feel like roasting a rack of lamb and burning the dinner rolls, several restaurants offer Easter brunch every year, including the Mahogany Grille at the Strater Hotel and the Edgewater Grille at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

If you’ll be visiting family from out of town or if you just plan to visit Durango for Easter weekend, stay with us at the Quality Inn Durango! Book your room now and bring your Easter baskets along to enjoy the holiday weekend in Durango.

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