Fall colors are peaking in Colorado, so it’s perfect timing to hop aboard the Durango Fall Photo Train. Besides seeing some of the best fall colors in Colorado, the annual Durango train ride also includes an opportunity for passengers to get off the train and snap shots of the historic locomotive and passenger cars as they chug past. (Don’t worry; they don’t leave anyone behind.) Durango’s Fall Photo Train takes off Sept. 27… Read More

The autumnal equinox is still two weeks away — on September 23 — but fall has most definitely kicked off in Colorado. Aspens around the state are already starting to paint them thar hills gold, and those in  Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are no exception. Experts agree that if the cool, sunny conditions continue, Colorado fall colors will be show-stoppers this year. Aspens between 9,000 and 11,000 feet elevation are the first to start changing… Read More

Nothing says “fall” more than the apple harvest. Well, maybe fall colors say “fall” more than apples. OK, fine. Pumpkins, too. But apples still totally scream “autumn,” and you can enjoy a heap of both this Sunday during the 2013 Apple Days Festival in Durango. The annual apple festival, which is organized by Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in Buckley Park in… Read More

All aboard and giddyup for the 2013 Cowboy Poet Train on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad! The Cowboy Poet Train departs from Durango on Friday, Oct. 4, and heads to Cascade Canyon. During the ride, entertainers with the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering will perform music, recite poetry and tell a few tall tales of the Old West, all while steaming past peaking autumn colors. The train will stop in Cascade… Read More

Don’t you love that the Forest Service has a fall foliage tracker for the San Juan National Forest? We sure do. Fall color-watching in Southwest Colorado is currently better in the region’s high country as the aspens, willows and low scrub oak at higher elevations start to don their autumn wardrobe. About 15 percent of trees have started to change in Molas Pass, and 25 percent of aspens have turned their signature… Read More

There are so many gorgeous hikes along countless trails in the San Juan National Forest — and, frankly, we’re too lazy to try to list them all here. Maybe one day. Ahem. But, seriously, guys, the San Juan Mountains Association offers an easy way to try out some hikes in the company of a group and with the help of a guide. Although the summer season is wrapping up, there are still… Read More

If you’re a photographer, a train aficionado, a lover of fall colors or any combination of the three, don’t miss the unique opportunity to ride the Durango & Silverton train, enjoy the fall foliage and deboard midway through the ride for fantastic photo ops.  The Durango & Silverton railroad’s 24th annual Fall Photo Experience is coming up Sept. 28 and 29. Whether professional or hobbyist, photographers will be able to ride the train into… Read More