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

Three bands for five bucks — and the money goes to a good cause? Sign us up! You still have a week to get your $5 advance tickets for Durango Nature Studies’ fifth annual Bluegrass Festival, 5 p.m. to 8:30 pm., Thursday, Aug. 8, at Rotary Park. Tickets are available at Band Wagon Music or Maria’s Bookshop, or you can buy them at the “door” (ahem, park) for $7 on the day… Read More

Hey, look at that. It’s Aug. 1. And you know what that means… No? You don’t? That means a whole lot of deals this month to ride the Durango and Silverton train. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering a heap of discounts through August when you book the railroad’s bus/train combo trip. Riders can save 10 percent if they ride the bus to Silverton and take the train —… Read More

If you’re looking to get down and dirty, you still have time to register for one of three Durango Muck & Mire on the Mountain events Saturday, Aug. 10, at Durango Mountain Resort. Early registration for the 5k, 10k or “Mini Muck & Mire Mile” fun course (for the kiddos) ends Aug. 2, so act soon if you’re looking to roll around in some mud in a socially sanctioned way. You can… Read More

It’s time to get your Fiesta on! The 78th annual Durango Fiesta Days kicks off Saturday, July 20, and runs through Sunday, July 28. The weeklong festival celebrates Durango, Colorado’s Spanish heritage and Old West history with a series of rodeo events, barrel races, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfast, downtown parade, street dance, petting zoo and cowboy church. All Fiesta Days events will be at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in… Read More

The Animas River is one of Colorado’s major rafting rivers and accounts for about 9 percent of Colorado’s commercial rafting market, according to some report somewhere. But you don’t care about reports. You care about getting on the Animas River. Good call. The Animas River offers some amazing white water rafting for people of all ages and abilities, and because Durango was built on the river’s banks, the city is the best… Read More

When you think of Durango, Colorado, you probably think of hiking, biking, rafting and all sorts of fun — and gritty — outdoor recreation. Well, get ready to gussy up because, for the past 27 years, Durango has been home to Music in the Mountains, a classical music festival that features world-class orchestra performances and chamber concerts. (Actually, “casual wear” is entirely appropriate for these concerts, but still: You might want to take… Read More

One of the best things about Durango, Colorado, is all the free stuff to do. During your vacation here (and you’ll be staying with us at the Durango Quality Inn, naturally), you can entertain yourself and spend minimal money doing it. Every Thursday evening, enjoy free, live music at Buckley Park in historic downtown Durango during the Concert Hall at the Park series. Buckley Park is between 12th and 13th streets off Main Avenue, about… Read More

Oh, Fourth of July. So much barbecue. So much beer. So many brats (the wurst kind, not the badly behaved-child variety). After you wrap up your patriotic partying in Durango, Colorado, you might want to clean out the ol’ system with some fruits and veggies, so swing by the Durango Farmers Market to pick up some fresh, local and organic produce. The Durango Farmers Market is every Saturday in the parking lot on the… Read More

It’s been pretty frickin’ hot the past few days, and when summer heats up like this, it’s time to cool off with a float down the Animas River. The river runs the length of Durango, Colorado; heck, Durango’s main drag — Main Avenue — basically follows the river’s banks. The Animas River couldn’t be any easier to access for a tubing trip, especially if you stay at the Durango Quality Inn. Our… Read More