Opening day at Purgatory Resort and other Durango ski resorts, including Hesperus and Wolf Creek, is just around the corner!

Summer vacation is in full swing, and there’s an awe-inspiring gem tucked into the corner of our own state: Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde is the perfect destination to be the centerpiece for your vacation, whether it’s a quick road trip, a weekend getaway or a full-blown, weeklong southwest Colorado shindig of summery goodness. Durango is the largest city near Mesa Verde and sits 35 miles east of the park entrance. In addition to the Mesa Verde Visitor… Read More

There’s a lot to love about Durango. Mountains. Nature. Beer. But the Animas River may just be the city’s biggest attraction. (Or the Durango train. We haven’t done an official study, so we can’t say for sure.) We’ve talked about tubing the Animas River and rafting the Animas River and kayaking the Animas River, but we haven’t yet discussed fishing on the Animas River. Because the Animas River and Durango’s Main Avenue… Read More

The votes are in, and readers of USA Today and 10Best have landed Durango, Colorado, in the Top 10 for the Best U.S. Cycling Town! Just to be clear, that’s Top 10 out of the entire NATION, which is pretty much the best ever. Oh, and did we mention that Durango is No. 8 out of 10, meaning we beat out Bend, Oregon, and Sacramento, California? Not that we’re rubbing it in — just… Read More

Yeehaw, giddyup and, uh, other cowboy-related terms of excitement! It’s time for the American Youth Bull Riding Finals at Sky Ute Fairgrounds in Ignacio, Colorado. Youth bull riders from around the nation will gather Nov. 21-24 in Southwest Colorado for the rodeo, which will include six standard performances as well as three Go-Rounds and a Top Ten Short Go-Round. Events include wooly riding (sheep riding!), calf riding, steer riding, pee wee bull riding, junior… Read More

Say “Colorado” and “skiing” in the same sentence, and many people think of the ski resorts lining Interstate 70: Vail. Aspen. Keystone. Beaver Creek. Blah, blah, blah. (Not that we’re bitter). But Durango is just minutes from two ski areas in Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. In addition to Durango Mountain Resort (formerly known as “Purgatory”), which is about 30 minutes north of Durango, Hesperus Ski Area is just 11 miles west of Durango… Read More

Sure, picking out costumes and trick-or-treating are huge parts of Halloween fun, but nothing beats the spooky glow of a front porch filled with jack-o’-lanterns. Grabbing a pumpkin in front of the grocery store or from of one of those parking-lot pumpkin patches will do in a pinch, but there’s nothing quite like going to an actual pumpkin patch to roam the rows in search of your perfect jack-o’-lantern match — and… 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

Cyclists have a long-running love affair with Durango — heck, with all of Southwest Colorado — and the Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour is the perfect time to wallow in that love. (And we do mean love. Have you read about how the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic got its start? ) Registration is still open for the Sept. 28 Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour, which is hosted by Fort Lewis College. Riders have… Read More