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Recreation

Adaptive Sports Association
125 E. 32nd
Durango, Colorado 81301
info@asadurango.com
Phone: (970)-259-0374
phone: (970)-385-2163
The Adaptive Sports Association helps to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment, ASA helps students to give disability a possibility.
Colorado Trails Ranch
12161 County Road 240
Durango, Colorado 81301
info@coloradotrails.com
Phone: 970-247-5055
At Colorado Trails Ranch, we make everything easy for you... easy to try new activities and make new friends, to relax, to eat delicious food, and to feel comfortable, cared for, and a part of our family. Horseback riding... fly fishing... Western dancing... at our guest ranch, there's fun for families, couples, and singles. We're a first-class dude ranch in the mountains outside of Durango, Colorado... and we're waiting to give you the vacation of a lifetime!
CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Andrews Lake (Difficult)
Silverton, Colorado
Almost endless options, this area is a gem. There are no groomed trails but year and year users create a network of trails to follow. Located just before Molas Pass on Hwy 550, look for a small parking lot on the east side of the highway.
CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Chicken Creek Cross Country Ski Area (Easy)
Mancos, Colorado
Quiet, uncrowded, friendly and community run, it is a volunteer-maintained and donation-funded Nordic area within the San Juan National Forest just minutes from Mancos. Enjoy over 25 kilometers of machine groomed classic and skate trails ranging from beginning to intermediate level. Directions: Travel north from Mancos on Hwy 184, turn east on CR 40 and watch for the sign about 3 miles ahead. There is no charge, but your donation ensures it's success. Enjoy fantastic cross-country skiing!
CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Echo Basin (Difficult)
Mancos, Colorado
30+ miles (sometimes 12 miles are groomed). Directions: From Mancos, go 2.5 miles east on Hwy 160 and turn north on CR 44. Go 3 miles to the Forest Service gate. Plowed parking lot. Access maintained by Four Corners Trail Club. Groomed by the San Juan Sledders Club.
CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Haviland Lake (Easy)
Durango, Colorado
3 to 5 miles of ungroomed trails and roads. Directions: From Durango, go 17 miles north on Hwy 550. Turn right at Haviland Lake to plowed parking area. Commercial sleigh rides operate in this area - careful. Toilets at Haviland campground. Don't drive past the gate.
CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Plumtaw Trail (Intermediate)
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
21 miles of groomed trails. Directions: From Hwy 160 in Pagosa, turn east on Lewis St., then immediately north on 5th St., which becomes Fourmile Rd (CR 400). Go 6.5 miles north to the end of a plowed road. Roadside parking only. Leave room for others to turn around. Do not block the gate or driveway to private property. Groomed by Wolf Creek Trail Blazers Club.
CROSS COUNTY SKI
The Nordic Center
Durango Mountain Resort
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-385-2114
The Nordic Center has 16 kilometers of groomed trails for both classic and skating ski techniques. This scenic area offers terrain for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. Trail fee is $12 (65 and over and 12 and under is $5) and season passes are available. Rentals for classic and skating skiing are available for adults and children. Lessons, both group and private, are offered daily and there is a "combo" package for $45 which covers lesson, equipment rental and trail fee.
D bar G Outfitters
1940 CR 500
Bayfield, Colorado 81122
DbarG@frontier.net
Phone: 970-385-6888
D bar G Outfitters is located in the beautiful Colorado wilderness near Durango, CO. We have several hunts available to meet your preferences and budget. We also provide excellent summer pack trips and fishing vacations.
Durango Dog Ranch
Dog Sled Tours
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-259-0694
Ask about Dinner by Dogsled featuring the Kennebec Cafe. Tours by reservation only. Feel the energy of canine collaboration! Listen to the silence of the frozen forest! Learn the magic behind the mushing!
Durango Mountain Resort
Summer Activities
#1 Skier Place
Durango, Colorado 81301
info@durangomountain.com
Phone: 970-247-9000
Let us help you explore the outdoors with mountain bike rentals, scenic chairlift rides and guided hikes all based out of Purgatory Village. You'll also find restaurants, the Mountain Market with everything from cameras to crackers, and some of the most amazing views in America. Mountain bike uplift, alpine slide, scenic chairlift rides, climbing wall, bungy trampoline, hiking trails, miniature golf.
Durango Soaring Club
27290 US Highway 550 North
Durango, Colorado 81301
info@soardurango.com
Phone: 970-247-9037
Durango Soaring Club has been treating passengers to the thrill of silent flight since 1976. Sailplanes are towed aloft to a pre-selected altitude and then released. As you soar like an eagle back to the gliderport, you will be able to see the beautiful San Juan Mountains, plus the Animas River winding through the valley and (on a clear day) 100 miles of scenery in any direction.
FISHING
Animas River
Durango, Colorado
Flows from Silverton through Durango and into New Mexico. The best fishing is generally south of Durango. Specific areas limited to catch and release, and flies and lures only, please watch for signs.
FISHING
Cascade Creek
Durango, Colorado 81301
Take Hwy 550 north about 27 miles just past Cascade Village at the base of Coal Bank Pass. The creek flows into the Animas River north of Haviland Lake.
FISHING
Dolores River
Dolores, Colorado
Take Hwy 160 west to Mancos, about 27 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 184 and drive 18 miles until you reach Dolores. The Dolores River flows from McPhee Reservoir. It begins about 50 miles north on Hwy 145 at the base of Lizard Head Pass.
FISHING
Dutch Creek
Durango, Colorado
Take Hwy 550 north to Hermosa, turn left at the sign for the Lower Hermosa Creek Road, following it to the end, about 4 miles. The creek runs near this trail.
FISHING
Haviland Lake
Durango, Colorado
Stocked with trout and easily accessible by people of all ages. Directions: Take Hwy 550 north about 17 miles, between Rockwood and Durango Mountain Resort. Turn right at the Rapp Guide service stable.
FISHING
Hermosa Creek
Durango, Colorado
Take Hwy 550 north to Hermosa, about 11 miles. Turn let onto Lower Hermosa Road and travel about 4 miles. The creek flows along the same path as Hermosa Creek Trail and joins the Animas River just south of Hermosa.
FISHING
Junction Creek
Durango, Colorado
Travel north on Main Avenue to 25th Street. Turn left and follow the road, which will become Junction Creek Road, to the large parking area. Junction Creek flows along the Colorado Trail.
FISHING
Lemon Reservoir
Durango, Colorado
The lake contains brown and rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Directions: Take Florida Road east and look for the signs.
FISHING
Lightner Creek
Durango, Colorado
Take Hwy 160 west of Durango, turn right at Lightner Creek Road. Lightner Creek flows along the road for several miles.
FISHING
Lime Creek
Durango, Colorado
Take Hwy 550 north about 27 miles just past Cascade Village. Turn right onto Lime Creek Road. Travel a few miles until you begin to see the creek. The upper entrance to the creek may be found by traveling further north on Hwy 550, ascending Coal Bank Pass. The entrance for the north end of Lime Creek Road will be on the right.
FISHING
Los Pinos River
Vallecito, Colorado
Take CR 240 to Vallecito Reservoir. The river flows into Vallecito northeast of the lake. The best fishing is just above and just below the reservoir.
FISHING
Mineral Creek
Silverton, Colorado
Travel on Hwy 550 north to Silverton, about 50 miles, and begin ascending Red Mountain Pass. Mineral Creek runs parallel to the road for several miles.
FISHING
San Juan River
Colorado
Trophy catch rainbow and brown trout on the San Juan. There is a 2 fish limit. Check local information sources for complete details.
FISHING
Vallecito Creek
Vallecito, Colorado
Drive to Vallecito Lake and take the hike up to the creek flowing into Vallecito to the northeast.
FISHING
Vallecito Reservoir
Lake Vallecito, Colorado
Primary fish are pike, kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass and trout. Directions: Take CR 240, east of Durango, to Vallecito Road, which leads to the dam, about 23 miles total.
HIKE
Animas City Mountain
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 6700 - 8100 feet; more difficult, heavy use, 5.5 mile loop, spring thru autumn.
HIKE
Calico
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 8100 - 12000 feet; more difficult, light use, 19 miles one way, summer and autumn.
HIKE
Can Do
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 7300 - 6900 feet; barrier-free, moderate use, 1 mile one way, spring thru autumn.
HIKE
Dry Fork
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 7400 - 8600 feet; more difficult, heavy use, 9 mile loop, spring thru autumn.
HIKE
Eileen
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 7720 - 8860 feet; more difficult, moderate use, 2 miles one way, summer and autumn.
HIKE
Hermosa
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 8000 - 9000 feet; more difficult, heavy use, 21 miles one way, summer and autumn.
HIKE
Lost Lake
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 8820 - 8860 feet; easy, moderate use, 1/2 mile one way, summer and autumn.
HIKE
Lower Colorado
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 6960 - 11600 feet; most difficult, heavy use, 21 miles one way, summer and autumn.
HIKE
Potato Lake
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 10300 - 10900 feet; easy, moderate use, 1 mile one way, spring thru autumn.
HIKE
Priest Gulch
Durango, Colorado
Elevation 8100 - 11500 feet; more difficult, light use, 7.5 miles one way, summer and autumn.
MOUNTAIN BIKING
Animas City Mountain
Durango, Colorado
A fun, challenging trail on the north end of town. This one is technical and steep and will test your physical limits. Be courteous to other trail users, as it is a very popular trail for runners, hikers and dog walkers.
MOUNTAIN BIKING
Dry Fork Trail
Durango, Colorado
A great trail system that is accessible from Lightner Creek, just west of town. It is rideable for late spring into the fall and can be ridden as a loop or connected to the Colorado Trail, dropping into Junction Creek. Be aware of other cyclists, hikers and equestrians - there are many blind corners and tall vegetation.
MOUNTAIN BIKING
Hermosa Creek
Durango, Colorado
A wonderful 20+ mile ride from Purgatory to Hermosa. this is a popular ride in the mid-summer months with narrow and technical sections. there is a fair amount of climbing and several river crossings. Bring plenty of food and water and be prepared for inhospitable weather.
MOUNTAIN BIKING
Horse Gulch
Durango, Colorado
This is probably the most accessible and used trail system around town - and after riding the area you will see why. The trails stay dry for much of the year and there are many options. It is well-marked, and can be accessed from any different spots.
RIVER
4 Corners River Sports
360 S. CAMINO DEL RIO
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970.259.3893
Family kayak instruction. Complete outfitter store and mail order sales. The paddling experts for over 21 years.
RIVER
Durango Rivertrippers
720 Main Ave
Durango, Colorado 81301
rivtrips@frontier.net
Phone: 1-800-292-2885
Durango Rivertrippers founded in 1985 is the first river outfitter in Durango to be licensed by the State of Colorado. We offer the safest and finest whitewater rafting available in the Southwest Colorado. Whether you are looking for a two hour trip, half day trip with lunch or a one to six day wilderness expedition we offer the trip you have always dreamed of......
RIVER
Mild to Wild River Rafting & Jeep Tours
50 Animas View Dr.
Durango, Colorado 81301
info@mild2wildrafting.com
Phone: 970-247-4789
Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours, Inc. offers the biggest selection of whitewater rafting and jeep trail tour trips in Southwest Colorado, Eastern Utah and Central Arizona.
ROAD BIKING
Bakers Bridge Loop
Durango, Colorado
The most popular way to do this loop is to take Animas View Drive to CR 203. Once you reach the intersection before Trimble Hot Springs, take a right on CR 252, crossing Hwy 550. Keep going until you reach CR 250, shortly after crossing the Animas River. Take left and keep following the road until it reaches Bakers Bridge. After spending some time there, proceed west until reaching Hwy 550 again, then turn left, following the highway back into town.
ROAD BIKING
Wildcat Canyon
Durango, Colorado
Take Hwy 160 west until you see signs to CR 141, then turn left. Take the canyon road out as far as you wish. It eventually intersects with CR 140 where you can continue south to Farmington, or turn right to get to Hesperus and back to town. This ride offers a terrific view of the LaPlata Mountains. Be extremely cautious of automobiles because the roads have little to no shoulder.
Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures
P.O. Box 4095
Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81157
info@pagosaviews.com
Phone: (970) 731-8060
For once, a fantasy can become a reality! You have a unique opportunity to "break the earthly bonds of gravity," and if you've been dreaming about flying--try this! The adventure begins when we meet our guests shortly after sunrise when the mountain air is still calm and stable, the perfect conditions for ballooning! Ballooning is a "hands-on" participation sport, and we will enlist your energy in the set-up and inflation of the balloon which will hold up to six passengers and the pilot.
San Juan Outfitting
One Plumtaw Road
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
sjo@sanjuanoutfitting.com
Phone: 970-731-4868
San Juan Outfitting LLC has been packing folks into the Weminuche Wilderness for over 20 years. As local Southwest Colorado outfitters we specialize in quality fishing and hunting horse pack trips to small groups of individuals or families.
SKI - Chapman Hill
500 Florida Road
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-375-7300
Chapman Hill serves as Durango's in-town ski area and winter sports center. The hill provides terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers, with a vertical drop of 775 feet. The area offers skiers and snowboarders two rope tows, an ice skating rink, and a supervised warming house with hot drinks and snacks. Both the lifts and ski hill are supervised by trained staff. The typical season is from early January through March, depending on weather. Lessons available.
SKI
Durango Mountain Resort - Purgatory Ski
#1 Skier Place
Durango, Colorado 81301
info@durangomountain.com
Phone: 970-247-9000
There is so much more to Purgatory Mountain than just skiing and snowboarding. We offer numerous ways to get around the mountain and to enjoy the tremendous Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery we are known for while you're at it. Whether you're going up the mountain on snowshoes, down the mountain on a skibike, or around on Cross Country skis. Purgatory is also home to the largest snowcat operation in the lower 48 states, featuring 35,000 acres of backcountry skiing.
SKI
Kendall Mountain
Hwy 550
Silverton, Colorado
info@SkiKendall.com
Phone: (970) 387-5228
Ski, Snowboard, Sled, Snowshoe ... or just relax on the deck and in the warm viewing lodge!
SKI
Silverton Mountain
Hwy 110
Silverton, Colorado
Phone: (970)387-5706
Silverton Mountain is a unique mountain experience. There is one chairlift that takes you into a high alpine environment surrounded by amazing ski lines in every direction. The terrain is entirely for the advanced and expert skier and those who enjoy adventure. Silverton Mountain operates in a one of a kind fashion in that certain times of year it provides guided only skiing with small amounts of skiers on a daily basis (similar to a cat or heli operation), and other times of year it allows unguided skiing. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times.
SKI
Ski Hesperus
PO Box 167
Hesperus, Colorado 81326
Phone: (970) 259-3711
Ski Hesperus is Southwest Colorado's Local's Secret. It is a no frills "mom and pop" ski area located on US Highway 160, 11 miles west of Durango, Colorado. It is the perfect place for locals to get in shape and work out the kinks prior to those trips to the big mega-resort ski areas. Frankly, would you rather work out at the gym after work or get in 4+ hours of night skiing. There is something magical about skiing powder at night when it is snowing. Some of us even prefer to ski here. Even a couple days after the storm, there is often more challenging terrain and powder skiing right here at Hesperus than we ever get at those other areas all things considered. Ski Hesperus is also the perfect place to bring a bus loads of kids; they don't get lost, they have a lot of fun, and they get to do it all, skiing, snow boarding, tubing. With sufficient time to secure staff for your day, the Hesperus Ski Area can open the mountain on a weekday to accommodate your private group. Skiing with a group is fun, Skiing untracked new snow at your own private ski area for a day -- Priceless.
SKI
Telluride Ski Resort
Hwy 145
Telluride, Colorado
info@tellurideskiresort.com
Phone: 970.728.6900
The Telluride ski experience offers a genuine mountain experience for all levels of skiers thanks to a mix of quality terrain at all points on the mountain. From refined groomed runs to challenging moguls, there truly is something for everyone. Even beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts. Find out why Telluride has been called, "The most beautiful place you'll ever ski." Averaging more than 300 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine each year, odds are you'll find fantastic conditions on Telluride's 1700 skiable acres. And forget crowds: the trails are never packed, and there is rarely a lift line.
SKI
Wolf Creek Ski Area
PO Box 2800
Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147
wolfcreekski@wolfcreekski.com
Phone: 970-264-5639
You are in for a treat at one of Colorado's oldest and finest ski resorts. Our trademark is friendly employees and abundant, light powder snow. Wolf Creek is a high alpine ski resort, 10,300 feet at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit. The Wolf Creek Ski Area offers a wide variety of accommodations to meet any budget.
SNOWMOBILE
Boggy Draw (Easy)
Dolores, Colorado
30+ miles of trails. Directions: Turn west of Hwy 145 in Dolores on 11th St (CR 31). Climb hill and go 1.5 miles. Turn right on CR W, go 1 mile to parking area on left side of road. Parking lot is plowed. Watch for winter logging trucks on roads accessing the area. Snow conditions are variable because of the lower elevation.
SNOWMOBILE
Durango Snowmobiling
Durango, Colorado
Durango and the San Juan Mountains are a snowmobiler's paradise. Various companies lead snowmobile tours and also rent snowmobiles for you to venture out on your own. Our area is also famous for its avalanche activity, so make sure to be prepared. You can check out the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for the latest conditions. Please treat slower folks (on skis and snowshoes) with courtesy.
SNOWMOBILE
Fall Creek Trail (Intermediate)
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
6.5 miles (occasionally groomed). Directions: From Pagosa Springs, go 19.3 miles northeast on Hwy 160. The trail is on the south side of the highway between the top and bottom of the pass about a mile below the Wolf Creek Trail. Look for the sign to Fall Creek Road. Higher avalanche danger here. Groomed by Wolf Creek Blazers Club. Some commercial snowmobile operations.
SNOWMOBILE
Ice Pirates
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-247-3706
Snowmobile tour company.
SNOWMOBILE
Molas Pass (Difficult)
Silverton, Colorado
23 miles of groomed trails. Directions: From Durango, go north 40 miles on Hwy 550 to the top of Molas Pass. There is roadside parking at Andrews & Little Molas and plowed parking lots at Molas Pass and Molas Lake. Trails are groomed by the Silverton Snowmobile Club. Commercial snowmobile and snow cat operations are in the area. Restrooms at the parking areas.
SNOWMOBILE
Outlaw Snowmobiling at Cascade Village & Tamarron Resort
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-259-1800
Snowmobile tour company.
SNOWMOBILE
Snowmobile Adventures
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-385-2141
Snowmobile tour company.
SNOWMOBILE
The San Juan Sledders Snowmobile Club of Durango
Durango, Colorado
The Club maintains all the five trails near Durango Mountain Resort including Purgatory Ski Area Trailhead, Missionary Ridge Trailhead, Lemon Dam Trailhead, Vallecito Reservoir Trailhead, and Beaver Creek Meadows. The trails offer groomed trail riding, as well as meadow and mountain play areas.
SNOWSHOE
Andrews Lake (Difficult)
Silverton, Colorado
With almost endless options, this area is a real gem. There are no groomed trails, but year after year users create a network of trails to follow. Located just before Molas Pass on Hwy 550.
SNOWSHOE
Beaver Meadows
Bayfield, Colorado
25+ miles of groomed trails. Directions: From Bayfield, go 7 miles east on Hwy 160. Turn north on FS road #135, go 2 miles. Roadside parking. There are two access points from Hwy 160. Groomed by the San Juan Sledders Club.
SNOWSHOE
House Creek (Easy)
Dolores, Colorado
5+ miles. Directions: Turn west of Hwy 145 in Dolores on 11th St (CR 31). Climb hill and go 7 miles (CR 31 becomes FS #526). Look for signs to House Creek campground & FS #528. There is roadside parking, but plowing can be sporadic. Snow conditions are variable because of the lower elevation. Follow directional signs.
SNOWSHOE
Wolf Creek Pass (Difficult)
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Hundreds of acres of ungroomed backcountry terrain. Directions: From Pagosa Springs, go 23 miles northeast of Hwy 160 to the top of the pass. There is a plowed parking lot. Please comply with signs for voluntary use areas. Higher avalanche danger. Snowmobiles are prohibited in the adjacent Weminche Wilderness.
Soaring Tree Top Adventures
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: 970-769-2357
Soaring® Tree Top Adventures, a canopy tour zip line attraction in the Durango Colorado Mountains is the first of its kind and scale in the United States. The all-day zipline course allows guests ages 5-90 to traverse cables that make them feel like they are gliding through the air like birds from tree to tree, on a network of stainless steel platforms high in the Ponderosa canopy.
Southwest Adventures
1205 Camino del Rio
Durango, Colorado 81301
info@swaguides.com
Phone: (970) 259-0370
Southwest Adventure Guides LLC (formerly Southwest Adventures) has been conducting domestic and international trips and courses since 1989. We are not a travel agent. We guide our own trips with our own staff and support networks. Our courses and trips run throughout the year. In the spring and summer months we conduct rock climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking trips and courses in Southwest Colorado and Southeast Utah, as well as high altitude mountaineering expeditions and courses in Peru, Bolivia, and Alaska.