Thats right, five feet of beautiful fresh powder has found it’s way onto Durango’s favorite ski resort, Purgatory Mountain. As we are approaching the end of this holiday season it’s easy to think, “What’s next?” Winter has only begun and all the major holidays have nearly gone, days are shorter and temperatures colder. Beat those holiday blues on the mountain. Purgatory Resort received 61 inches of powder in the last week. 100%… Read More

Oak smoked bison. Navajo tea braised pork belly. Southern Ute raised buffalo stew and fry bread. Um, can you say, “Drooooool?” Probably not because, well, you’re drooling so much. It’s time to celebrate the third annual Taste of Native Cuisine and Culture Expo at the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio, Colorado, a quick, 30-minute drive southeast of Durango. The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16,… Read More

Durango’s recent — and early — snowstorm is a great reminder that ski season is just around the corner. Durango Mountain Resort, formerly known as Purgatory, will open for the season Nov. 29. Season passes are available now, at a cheaper rate than in-season prices. Benefits of season passes include no blackout dates and free skiing at partner resorts: Loveland Ski Area, Taos Ski Valley, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Brian Head Resort, Monarch Mountain, and… 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

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

Love is in the air. Elk love, that is. With roughly 265,000 elk in the state, Colorado is an elk mecca, and fall is their mating season. September and October mark the fall rut — “rut” meaning the bulls put on Barry White, light some candles and start wooing the ladies. Although much of the state’s elk population is in Rocky Mountain National Park north of Interstate 70, the San Juan National… Read More

What better way to get over your Labor Day/Four Corners Motorcycle Rally/San Juan Brewfest hangover(s) than by hitting up the Durango Coffee Fest this Saturday? Get your caffeine fix during the ninth annual coffee festival that kicks off bright and early (of course), 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Eighth Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Sample a variety of coffee beans, teas, drinks, food and other goodies from vendors that include… Read More

Dang. There’s gonna be a whole lot of imbibing going on this weekend in Durango. Not only is the Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine & Art Festival happening in Cortez this weekend, Saturday is the 15th annual San Juan Brewfest at Buckley Park in downtown Durango, Colorado. The festival features — ready for this? — more than 40 breweries, including Colorado favorites such as Left Hand Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and Oskar… Read More

We know it seems early to start talking about fall — it’s not even Labor Day yet, people! — but fall colors in the West are kind of like a fireworks display: Boom, everything is yellow and red and orange (but mostly yellow — thanks, aspens!) then it’s gone in a flash — especially if any of Colorado’s notoriously quick-to-change weather blows in and blows all the leaves off the trees. Because… Read More

Well, it’s that time of year. Summer is almost over, and the kiddos are getting ready to go back to school. But you could — and should, in our humble opinion — squeeze in one last late-summer-vacation hurrah before school starts. Mesa Verde National Park is the perfect place for a quick getaway for all you Coloradans, Arizonans, New Mexicans, Utahans (er, Utahns?) — heck, anyone who is looking for an easy road… Read More