Tibetan sand mandala

This is not Durango craft breweries. This is not tubing the Animas River. This is not the Durango train. Those are amazing things to do in Durango, but they’re things you can do all the time — or, at least, regularly.

But this? This you can’t do every day. Or even every month or every year. That’s because the Tibetan Monks of the Gaden Shatse Norling Monastery in India don’t come to Durango every day. The monks will be visiting Durango this month and will participate in a series of events July 11-15. Events include Dharma talks and interfaith discussions, creating a sand mandala and ritual chanting.

Tuesday, July 11

11 a.m – Noon, Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Ave., Durango: Welcome the monks during the opening ceremony at Sorrel Sky Gallery where the monks will construct an intricate sand mandala over the next five days. Visitors are welcome to watch them work as they spend 75-125 hours creating the mandala dedicated to the Buddha of Wisdom — a 75- to 125-hour process. The event is free, but any donations are tax-deductible and will go to the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation

7-8:30 p.m., Himalayan Kitchen Restaurant, 992 Main Ave., Durango: Visiting Tibetan monks will engage in a traditional Tibetan-style debate. Liberation, in the highest sense, is attained through the fusion of the intellect and intuition. The path to freedom requires wisdom, which can only be achieved through the deep questioning of one’s beliefs by both oneself and others. The monks will also lead participants in a meditation focusing on Peace and Compassion.

Wednesday, July 12

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sorrel Sky Gallery: Watch the monks as they work on their intricate sand mandala.

6-7:30 p.m., Durango Dharma Center, 1800 E. Third Ave., Durango: Join to listen as the monks discuss The Six Perfections: Ethics, Patience, Effort (Joyful Perseverance), Concentration, Wisdom,  and Generosity. The event is free, and everyone is welcome, but a suggested donation of $10-$15 will benefit the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation. Visitors can also buy sacred objects that will be available for purchase.

Thursday, July 13

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sorrel Sky Gallery: Watch the monks as they work on their intricate sand mandala.

6:30-7:30 p.m., YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Road, Building C #201, Durango: Join the visiting Tibetan Monks who perform ritual chanting at YogaDurango Studio.

Friday, July 14

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sorrel Sky Gallery: Watch the monks as they work on their intricate sand mandala.

7-8:30 p.m., Himalayan Kitchen Restaurant: Listen as the monks discuss Climate Change and the Six Delusions. The suggested donation is $10-$15, but no one will be turned away. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, July 15

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sorrel Sky Gallery: Watch the monks as they work on their intricate sand mandala.

4 p.m., Sorrel Sky Gallery: After spending dozens of hours working on their sand mandala dedicated to the Buddha of Wisdom, join the Tibetan Monks in a closing ceremony. The ceremony will start at Sorrel Sky Gallery, from which the monks will carry their mandala to the Animas River. There, the sands of the mandala will be swept away in the river’s current to symbolize the impermanence of life. Guests who watch the ceremony will receive blessings and a little bit of the sand to keep as a souvenir.

7-9 p.m., St. Marks Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave., Durango: Join the monks Saturday night for the final event of their visit to Durango. The monks along with religious leaders from the Durango community will participate in an Interfaith Discussion on World Peace and Unity of Religions.

The monks depend on donations and charitable giving to continue their teachings. All events are free and open to the public, but tax-deductible donations will go to help preserve Tibetan culture and provide educational supplies, teachers, buildings, maintenance and outreach at Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery in the Tibetan Refugee Settlement at Mundgod, India.

July 4 in Durango!

July 4 Durango fireworks

It’s tough to choose our favorite holiday. Christmas is great, but it doesn’t involve costumes like on Halloween or going out like on New Year’s Eve or fireworks like on the Fourth of July. In fact, now that we think of it, July 4 in Durango involves all of those things and more: costumes, concerts, fireworks, parades and a big, ol’ party.

Here’s your guide to having the best July 4 in Durango:

Breakfast and Fun Run

Breakfast and a run? Don’t worry; there’s plenty of time to let those pancakes settle before you set out on the 5k Fun Run/Walk. The all-American gourmet breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the all-ages fun run starts at 9 a.m., both at Rotary Park.

July 4 River Parade

Cool off on the Animas River during Mild to Wild Rafting’s 4th of July River Parade! This annual tradition is a parade of rafts filled with crazy-costumed rafters that flows through  downtown Durango. The best part is there are five times to either participate or watch from the riverbanks: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There’s even a prize for best costume, so be sure to wear your most patriotic attire !

Family Fun Picnic

Next up on the itinerary of FUN? The Family Fun Picnic! Activities kick off at noon at Buckley Park. There, you can listen to readings from our nation’s founding documents, enjoy live music, get your fill of killer food and drinks (all proceeds benefit Build Homes for Heroes). There will also be two free concerts at Rotary Park: The Southwest Civic Winds Jazz Band will play at 3 p.m. followed by a performance by the Southwest Civic Winds Concert Band at 4 p.m.

Stars and Stripes Parade

For July 4 in Durango, there’s one event that’s second only to the actual fireworks display to mark the occasion: the annual Stars and Stripes Parade along Main Avenue. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at College Drive and will end at 12th Street.

Street Dance

Immediately after the parade, head over to Main Avenue and 11th for the annual Durango Street Dance. Get you groove on or scoot your boot or whatever kind of dancing (within reason) you want to do during the street dance, which ends just after 9 p.m. Then it’s time for…


Yup! It’s not the Fourth of July in Durango (or anywhere) without fireworks. The show starts at about 9:15 p.m., and you’ll find great views on any downtown cross street facing west.

IndependenTS Week

Not that you’re lacking for things to do in Durango for July 4, but there’s another type of celebration going on this week: a celebration of our independent businesses. Durango has an amazing community of locally owned businesses that make and sell it all: Breweries tapping their craft beer, artists selling paintings, sculptures and jewelry, chocolatiers selling artisanal chocolates, local wineries pouring their special blends — we could go on and on.

Durango Independents Week will run July 1-7 to celebrate Durango’s spirit of entrepreneurship and community. Local First, a nonprofit that serves local, independent businesses in La Plata County, is the organization behind the local Independents Week as part of the larger, nationwide movement to “recognize the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination.”

So how to you participate? Pick up a La Plata Passport at the July 1 Durango Farmer’s Market, located in the parking lot of the First National Bank of Durango, or during the July 4 Street Parade, sign the Declaration of Independents, and look for the red, white and blue sidewalk decals of participating local, independent businesses.  For every $5 you spend, you get a stamp, and if you get five stamps, you’ll be entered to win a $200 cash prize! (Passports must be submitted by July 7 for the prize.)

The week of July 4 is the perfect time to visit Durango. Clearly, we have a lot of fun stuff happening, plus all the usual great summer activities: tubing on the Animas, mountain biking, hiking, you name it. If you’re looking at Durango hotels for your trip, stay with us at the Durango Quality Inn! We’re consistently rated one of the best hotels in Durango, so book your room at the Quality Inn Durango today!

Durango Pride 2017

The month of June is super important for many reasons: It’s the first full month of summer vacation. It’s also the month of the summer solstice. And, of course, it’s Pride Month!

June was chosen as Pride Month to memorialize the Stonewall rebellion, which is widely viewed as the start of the LGBT liberation movement in the U.S. Cities around the nation and across the globe celebrate with pride parades and events, and Durango is no exception.

Every year, the organizers of the Durango Pride Festival, which was established in 2000, ask locals to come out and show their love and support for the LGBTQ+ community. The festival is a chance to celebrate everyone’s differences — and recognize their similarities — and “to learn that all members of the community will grow and prosper with acceptance and inclusion,” according to Four Corners Alliance for Diversity. Everyone is welcome at Durango Pride events! Although some evening events are for the grownups, the parade and events at the park are all family-friendly.

Durango Pride events take place June 21-25, 2017, but the biggest are the Pride Parade and Pride Festival on Saturday, June 24. The Pride Procession will line up at 11:30 a.m. at Grassburger, 726 1/2 Main Ave., to make its way up Main Avenue. Following the procession, get on over to Pride in the Park Family Festival at Buckley Park on Main Avenue between 12th and 13th streets for a day of food, fun and music.

Don’t miss the other amazing Pride Durango 2017 events, including a drag show with a RuPaul Drag Race Queen and a Black Light Glow Dance with Imaginario Circus!

While you’re in Durango for Pride events, come on down and stay with us at the Durango Quality Inn! We’re located on Main Avenue just a little over a mile north of downtown and a short, easy jaunt to all the nearby Pride events in Durango. Book your room today


Durango is pretty well-known for its cycling; cyclists from all over the world make their way to and through Durango as they pedal Colorado’s infamous roads and scenic trails. I mean, heck, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic has been held in Durango for 46 years!

This year, Ride the Rockies will stop in Durango June 12-13, adding to Durango’s cache as a cycling haven. Every June, 2,000 cyclists set out on a six- or seven-day ride across the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Although the route changes every year to show off the state’s myriad mountain communities and Colorado’s spectacular scenery, the Ride the Rockies route always climbs a few challenging mountain passes with daily treks averaging 70 miles.

This year — the event’s 32nd anniversary — Ride the Rockies added the town of Ridgway, bringing the tour’s total number of towns in that time to 49, including Aspen, Copper Mountain, Estes Park, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Vail and Winter Park.

The popular ride receives about 2,300 applications every year, and selects 2,000 through a lottery registration. In addition to the 2,000 cyclists, the event includes another 500 volunteers, support staff, family and friends. Last year, cyclists from 49 states and nine countries rode in the tour, and the oldest cyclist was 82 and the youngest was only nine years old!

All proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit Colorado nonprofits through The Denver Post Community Foundation.

If you’ll be in town to catch the action, you’ll feel right at home at the Durango Quality Inn during your stint in Durango. The Quality Inn Durango is on Main Avenue just a couple of minutes north of downtown Durango. Book your room now before we’re all booked up!



Photo: AnimasRiverDays.com

It’s hard to believe, but this marks the 32nd year of Animas River Days, so basically it’s old enough to have kids and a 401k! No, seriously, Durango’s famous river festival and whitewater celebration at Santa Rita Park all started in 1985 when Nancy Wiley, a local river buff, put on Durango’s first whitewater rodeo.

Today, the three-day festival draws paddlers — as individuals and in teams — from around the world, and it has only gotten better since the addition of Durango’s Whitewater Park on the Animas River in 2012. The park has 12 rapid features, including Smelter Rapid, Corner Pocket and Ponderosa, and the rapids rate between Class III and Class IV depending on the river flow. This year, crowds can “ooh” and “aah” as teams from Red Bull,  Badfish, Liquid Logic, Jackson Kayak, Pyranha, SOL and Hala compete at the Pro Level and as many  local paddlers also show off their skills!

This past fall, a new entrance to the whitewater park opened above Smelter Rapid as a result of a city project, which added several fun drops on the right, middle and left lines, although organizers are advising to avoid the left line. The new entrance will make the Boatercross and Slalom races extremely exciting as they have to read and adjust to the rapids depending on the water flow!

Here are some highlights of Durango Animas River Days, June 1-3, 2017:

Thursday, June 1

The on-the-water fun doesn’t start until Saturday, but things get cooking Thursday, June 1, at the Animas City Theatre with films covering a wide variety of topics that will appeal to boaters and non-paddlers alike. Doors open at 6 p.m., so don’t be late!

Friday, June 2

Prelims will be 3-6 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Whitewater Park at Santa Rita Park. Registration opens to paddlers for all events at this time, too, although paddlers can register for each event until 30 minutes before.

Saturday, June 3

Today’s the big day on big water! While paddlers are making their way down the rapids, it’s a party on the shores where audiences can enjoy food all day. Don’t miss standup paddleboarders race the clock while they negotiate buoys and rapids to the finish line during the Downriver Sprint Challenge. And a surf competition in Colorado? Yep. Judges will score surfers on style and flow in a fast-paced river surfing competition. For the Smelter Smackdown Paddle Raft Race, teams of six paddlers will begin with a running mass start from the Ninth Street put-in, through the whitewater park and finish at Santa Rita Park.

The day wraps up with a River Parade and Parade Viewing Party at 6 p.m. at Santa Rita Park. A DJ will be spinning a riverside set, and the Ska Beer Garden and Toast Mobile Lounge will still be open! Here’s a full schedule of events:

Food Served Almost All Day

8:30-10:30 Kayak and Canoe Slalom
Sponsored by: Durango Whitewater

10:45 Start: Downriver Challenge Sprint
Sponsored by: Badfish

11:00 Start: Smelter Smackdown Raft Race
Sponsored by: Animas Amazons

11:00-12:15 Boater Cross
Sponsored by: 4Corner’s Riversports

11:30 AWARDS All Slalom Events

12:00 Ska Beer Garden and Toast Mobile Lounge Open

​12:30 AWARDS Smackdown, Boater Cross and Downriver Challenge Sprint

12:45-2:00 Open Class Surf Competition: SUP/Surf
​(Prelims Fri Night) Sponsored by: Badfish

2:15 AWARDS Open Class Surf Competitions

2:00-2:45 Junior Freestyle Kayak
Sponsored by: 4Corner’s Riversports2:45-3:45 Open Class Freestyle Kayak Finals (Prelims Fri Night)
Sponsored by: 4Corner’s Riversports3:45 AWARDS Junior and Open Class Freestyle Kayak

3:00-4:45 Pro Surf Competition: SUP/Surf Finals 
Sponsored by: Badfish

4:45-6:15 Pro Freestyle Kayak Finals (Prelims Friday Night)
Sponsored by: The Greenery

6:00 River Parade Viewing Party @ Santa Rita Park 
Posh Josh throwing down a river-side DJ set
Ska Beer Garden and Toast Mobile Lounge Open

6:30-7:00 NEW EVENT! Retro Rodeo
Sponsored by: 4Corner’s Riversports

8:00 AWARDS Retro Rodeo, Pro Surf Competition and Pro Freestyle

​10:00 Late Night Dance Party @ El Rancho
Live music by Hello Dollface

While you’re in Durango for the 2017 Animas River Days, stay with us at the Durango Quality Inn! You can walk or ride your bike from our hotel or take the city trolley to Santa Rita Park to catch all the excitement. Book your room at the Quality Inn Durango now!

Purgatory Resort ropes course

Ah, Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the summer season: the season of family vacations, road trips and couples’ getaways. In Durango, Memorial Day weekend is hoppin’ with happenings, including trips on the Durango train, whitewater rafting,  bicycle races and festivals and the start of summer fun on the ski slopes.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

You don’t have to be an avid cyclist to enjoy the Durango Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, which takes over the mountain town every Memorial Day weekend. Now in its 43rd year, about 3,500 people attend the three-day event. The weekend events kick off Friday, May 26, and feature beer gardens, food vendors, a bike festival and live music and there’s even a Durango Cyclery Cruiser Crit — a cruiser parade with cyclists wearing crazy costumes — at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Ninth and Main in downtown Durango. Riders must wear a helmet and should definitely wear a crazy costume during the parade.

Serious cyclists have plenty of options to choose from, including the signature ride started in 1972 when a group of 36 riders decided to celebrate the train’s first spring run by racing it to Silverton. Today, the 47-mile, Durango-to-Silverton road race kicks off the weekend, which includes several other races.

Raft & Rail

Trains, planes, automobiles — and rafts. Or, in this case, all you need are the raft, the automobile and the train to make a memorable day in Durango. The DurangoMountain Waters Rafting_rapids & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers its Raft & Rail packages from May 13 through Aug. 18, 2017. Guests start the day with Mountain Waters Rafting on a wet-and-wild whitewater rafting trip on the Lower Animas River. After retuning to Mountain Waters’ headquarters, guests hop aboard a shuttle for a scenic ride on the San Juan Skyway to the town of Silverton. Once in Silverton, explore the downtown and grab lunch before hopping on the afternoon return train to Durango.

Purgatory Resort

It’s official: Saturday, May 27, is the official start of summer operations at Purgatory Resort. Hit up the mountain for its first weekend of summer fun over the Memorial Day holiday. Purgatory will host the finish line of the Iron Horse’s Quarter Horse bike race, and festivities include live music in the plaza. During the summer, Purgatory’s slopes and ski lifts welcome mountain bikes, summer tubing, an alpine slide, sightseers and zip liners, just to name a few. Check out the full list of summer activities at Purgatory!


Mother’s Day celebrations have become pretty cliché: Take mom out to a Mother’s Day brunch, buy her flowers and maybe some jewelry and call it a day. Tsk, tsk. Moms want to have fun, too. Actually, moms need to have fun, and waiting in a crowded restaurant for a rushed brunch doesn’t always deliver. Don’t get us wrong: Mimosas and breakfast foods eaten at lunchtime are awesome, but sometimes moms want something a little more inventive. Here are a few ideas for the best things to do in Durango for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Train

Let Mom sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery this Mother’s Day during the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s Mother’s Day Train. The special Durango train will leave at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, May 14, and chug through the Animas River Valley and the Animas Canyon to Silverton, where passengers — mums and non-mums alike — can enjoy the Victorian-era mining town for a couple hours before heading back to Durango. But, during the trip, all mothers will receive the following:

  • A wine tasting between Rockwood and Silverton sponsored by Four Leaves Winery
  • A fresh flower.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate
  • And all passengers will enjoy live musical performances to and from Silverton by Caprice Fox and Tim Sullivan.

Call 1-888-872-4607 to book your seat on the special Mother’s Day Durango Train!

Hot Springs

Trust us: Mom could use a long soak in a hot spring. Just a quick 10-minute drive north of the Quality Inn Durango on Main Avenue, aka U.S. Highway 550, visitors will find Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs. Guests can soak in therapy pools filled with mineral-rich waters that range from 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit: The Community Pool is kept at 104 degrees and the Half-Moon Pool can reach up to 110 degrees. Guest can swim laps in the 250,000-gallon Olympic Pool that’s filled with municipal water and heated to about 82 degrees using hot springs water. Visitors can also relax in the sauna or get a massage, wrap, facial or scrub at the spa.

Spa Day

If Mom is more of a manicure girl, consider saving your clams on that brunch and instead treat her to a spa day. Woodhouse Day Spa sits on the banks of the Animas River in downtown Durango and offers more than 70 different spa treatments, from manicures to massages, wraps to waxes. Pure Skin Organic Day Spa is a certified Dr. Hauschka Treatment Center in downtown Durango that’s owned and operated by a mother-daughter team — how fitting for Mother’s Day. Spa Evo offers a range of services, from hot-stone and exotic oil massages to body polishes and aromatherapy wraps. We feel relaxed just talking about these places.

Sweet Treats

Few gifts are as surefire as chocolate. Not only does Animas Chocolate Co. make and sell its own handmade confections that use the highest-quality chocolate, they also sell locally made gifts and foods. Bonus: Animas Chocolate Co. is only one block south of the Quality Inn Durango! You can also check out Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory,  which was founded and still maintains its headquarter in downtown Durango although it now has stores around the world. Or, just down the block, Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory is packed with a dizzying array of colorful candy and also offers homemade chocolate and fudge.

Weekend Away

One of the best things you could ever do to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day? Let her get away! Treat Mom to a weekend away in our mountain resort town and let us treat her like, well, like someone who doesn’t have kids for a night or two. The Durango Quality Inn is one of the top-rated Durango hotels. Book your room now for a Mother’s Day weekend getaway at the Quality Inn Durango!





Sure, the snow starts to melt, the ski lifts stop running, and the tulips begin to bloom, but there is no surer sign that winter is over than the annual start of service to Silverton on the Durango train! Celebrate the clearing of the snow with the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad at the 2017 Narrow Gauge Days!

Narrow Gauge Days will be Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at the Durango train depot in downtown Durango. The celebration marks yet another year of continuous service from Durango to Silverton since 1882. Pretty impressive, eh?

The Durango train will kick off the start of summer service to Silverton with its annual party to mark the occasion: a free picnic and community celebration. Volunteers will be manning the grill and serving up hot dogs, chips and soda from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durango train depot. Entertainment includes live music from the Bar D Wranglers and keep an eye out for Snoopy!

Visitors will also have a chance to get on some of the Durango train’s historic passenger cars without actually buying a ticket; tours will be available of a few premium class cars and other railroad equipment throughout the day! Guests can also learn more about history of the Durango train by exploring exhibits at the D&SNG Railroad Museum, where kids (and grownup kids) will enjoy the model train.

Another bonus? Arrive early to snag a free tree seedling provided by owner and CEO Al Harper, who buys seedlings every year for guests to plant at home!

For those who want to ride the first train to Silverton of the 2017 summer season, get your ticket by calling 1-877-872-4607! The train will depart the depot at 8:45 a.m. and the ride to Silverton will include narrators dressed in period costume strolling through the cars, talking about the history of the train and the area.

To celebrate the start of service in Silverton, visitors can enjoy a free continental breakfast at the Silverton depot at 10th and Cement streets. As the train chugs into the station, Silverton welcomes passengers with festivities and townspeople dressed in Victorian-era clothing.

In Colorado, there’s only one thing as sure as the spring snowmelt: the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Sure, spring and the resulting runoff has been happening for a little bit longer, but the Meltdown is now in its 23rd year — not as impressive as annual seasonal changes over hundreds of millennia, but still.

The bluegrass festival runs April 21, 22 and 23 and includes three days packed with performances by a stellar lineup of bands and musicians. Concerts will take place at five venues: the Henry Strater Theatre, Durango Arts CenterPowerhouse Science Center, Wild Horse Saloon as well as the Balcony Backstage, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s Band Showcase venue for free shows Saturday afternoon and for the Old-Time Barn Dance on Saturday night.

The 2017 Bluegrass Meltdown lineup features more than two dozen bands, including Town Mountain, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, the Kathy Kallick Band, Freight Hoppers and more. Town Mountain is a five-piece from Asheville, North Carolina, that’s known for their “hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge.” The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the West Coast with members hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and even one from Anchorage, Alaska. David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition is a quintet with more than 180 years of experience performing in the Bluegrass genre.

Most of the 25-band lineup, though, are homegrown Colorado ensembles. Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a Colorado-based five-piece with a distinctive sound that showcases an eclectic range of influences. Savage Hearts are a Front Range band that delivers bluegrass-meets-honky-tonk sounds, and Ragged Union has been a fixture on the Colorado bluegrass scene since forming in winter 2014. Other bands are staples of the Southwestern Colorado and Four Corners region, including Quicksand Soup from Moab, Utah, Last Nickel from Dolores, Colorado, and several of Durango’s own bluegrass bands, such as Lawn Chair Kings, Blue Moon Ramblers, The Clods, Bluegrouse and more.

Although the Meltdown is jam-packed with jams, visitors shouldn’t miss these  during the festival:


5-7 p.m. — Free Concert: The opening for the Meltdown is a free, two-hour concert at Powerhouse Science Center along the Animas River . Don’t miss kicking off the weekend with performances from the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble and Last Nickel.


Noon-6 p.m. — Band Showcase: Every year, bands that aren’t seeking the spotlight of the “main stage” can still take the stage during the Band Showcase at the Balcony Backstage venue at College Avenue and Main Avenue. Don’t miss one group that has more than 10 fiddlers and a bluegrass group comprised of middle school. The concert is always free and always entertains!

1-6 p.m. — Super Jam: The Super Jam is sort of the opposite of the Band Showcase. During the Super Jam, professional bluegrass musicians from local, regional and national groups come together to jam and come up with spontaneous music on the spot and on stage at the Henry Strater Theatre. As with any jam session, what happens is impromptu magic!

7:30-10 p.m. — Old-Time Barn Dance: The Old-Time Barn Dance has turned into the don’t-miss event for the Meltdown. This year, the Freight Hoppers and Six Dollar String Band will host the boot-stomping barn-burner at the Balcony Backstage venue upstairs and inside at the corner of College Avenue and Main Avenue. Get your dancing shoes on and get on the dance floor!

8-10 p.m. — Late Night Show: The Meltdown’s marquee event is the Late Night Show on Saturday night, this year featuring the The Danny Barnes Trio comprised of Danny Barnes, Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh. The concert will be at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.


10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Gospel Set: Get your version of church or a spiritual top-off during the Meltdown’s Gospel Set on Sunday morning, also at the Durango Arts Center. David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, Quicksand Soup and Chokecherry Jam will host the morning congregation during the Gospel Set.

While you’re in town to catch all the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown fun, stay with us at the Quality Inn Durango! We’re consistently rated on of the best hotels in Durango and are located right on Main Avenue, a quick trip to all the Meltdown venues. Book your room today!



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.