The Animas Museum is a small, local history museum owned and operated by the La Plata County Historical Society, a Colorado non-profit corporation. The Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history, culture and heritage of the San Juan Basin, with a focus on La Plata County. Located in the historic Animas City School, the Museum offers a wide variety of exhibits and educational programs to people of all ages; a research library and photo archive; a gift shop; award-winning gardens; and a restored pioneer log cabin. The Museum operates year-round and has something for the entire family. The Museum is a community driven and oriented organization.

Animas Museum

3065 West 2nd Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone (970) 259-2402

Their mission is to enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. There is a gym, game area, computer room and multi-use room for art classes and homework.

Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County

2750 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 375-0010

Chapman Hill is a small, in-town ski and skate facility. During the winter, a refrigerated rink provides excellent ice-skating. During the summer, the rink is used for rollerblading. Skating lessons and leagues are offered year-round. There are several youth and adult hockey leagues that have ever-increasing numbers. The ski hill has two towropes used primarily for lessons. With the full-service concession area, we have the one-stop place for your needs. This gentle, groomed hill is easy to get to and has safety features for little ones. Ice-skating is a great family activity. There are lessons available and pick-up hockey games throughout the winter. 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 a downhill slope an ice-skating rink and a supervised warming house with hot drinks and snacks. Trained staff supervises both the lifts and ski hill. The typical season is from early January through March, depending on the weather. Lessons available. Offering excellent birthday packages.

Chapman Hill

500 Florida Road
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 375-7395

Colvig Silver Camps is a family-owned, coed, residential summer camp. Our philosophy is environmentally oriented and non-competitive, and our choice based format is designed to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, responsibility, and teamwork. We believe that the challenges of outdoor education, fun, and adventure provide some of the best opportunities to achieve this goal.

Colvig Silver Camps

9665 Florida Road
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 247-2564

It offers many opportunities for children to get involved with the arts and it is a great way to build fast lasting friendships. While the emphasis is on education, it is a fun-filled environment as well. Hip-hop classes, after school art programs encouraging children to express themselves through the arts via song, drama and other mediums.

Durango Arts Center

802 East 2nd Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 259-2606

All bicycles are welcome at the Durango BMX track for practice and learning to ride. The track is currently open at all times and everyone must help take care of it. Don’t be shy! BMX racers and fans are friendly people. Please ask any racer or parent if you have any questions or need help getting started. Everyone with a good attitude is welcome at Durango BMX.

Durango BMX Park

Behind Big 5 Sports off Hwy 550
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 749-7969

Durango Nature Studies has been bringing hands-on, outdoor, nature education to the Four Corners community since 1994. We teach students, adults, and families and provide:

  • School classroom programs and field trips
  • Naturalist-led hikes and snowshoe excursions
  • Outdoor workshops
  • Volunteer naturalist training
  • Wild Words events
  • Summer camps

Durango Nature Studies

1309 East 3rd Avenue, Suite 27
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 382-9244

Animas City Park - East 32nd Street and Bennett Street.
Buckley Park - Main Avenue between 12th & 13th Street
Fassbinder Park - 17th Street and West 2nd Avenue
Folsom Park - Folsom Place off of Florida Road
Fort Lewis Rec Complex - 1000 Rim Drive
Pioneer Park - 37th Street and Bennett Street.
Rotary Park - 15th Street and East 2nd Avenue
Santa Rita Park - 111 South Camino Del Rio
Schneider Park - 950 Roosa Avenue

Durango Parks

Durango, Colorado

The Durango Performing Arts Company is set at the base of the La Plata Mountains. DPAC offers aspiring young performers an opportunity for deep creative exploration, enrichment and fun! Our weeklong program is designed to help transform, develop and inspire students ages 12 to 18 in various areas of theater arts. The staff and faculty of professional performers and directors are committed to the innovation and advancement of the talent and unique qualities of each student. Together they share a reverence for craft and a passion for teaching, which are the powerful and motivating forces behind this program. We welcome both seasoned performers and first timers!

Durango Performing Arts Company

Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 799-4044

The Durango Public Library is located along the banks of the Animas River, and is adjacent to the tracks of the popular Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. A short walk from the Animas River Trail, the 42,800 square foot Durango Public Library offers over 108,000 items in print, downloadable, audio and video formats. The Children’s Department offers a variety of resources and information to meet the needs of young readers. Young readers will find a variety of book collections, magazines, audio books, puppets and computers with educational software. Story time and other events for kids occur weekly.

Durango Public Library

1900 East 3rd Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 375-3380

This 71,557 square foot facility that boasts a variety of services and amenities such as an aquatic center with a lap pool, leisure pool and hot tub; a fitness area with cardio equipment; an aerobics/dance room; gymnasium with basketball courts; indoor track; climbing wall; racquetball courts; cafe; daycare center and more.

Durango Recreation Center

2700 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 375-7300

Come visit the Full Blast Adventure Center, Durango's Premier ZIP LINE Canopy Tour and Commercial PAINTBALL Facility. Get ready for an adventure... You're gonna have a BLAST!

Full Blast Adventure Center

20673 West Highway 160
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 759-9880

Free of charge and always open - conditions permitting. The Recreation Area is also a sledder’s paradise. You’ll find a gentle slope for the youngsters and a tubing hill for the more adventurous. This is old-fashioned fun so be ready to hike up and bring your own sled. Rental ice skates are also available at the Visitor’s Center.

Kendall Mountain Recreation Area

1 Kendall Place
Silverton, Colorado 81433
Phone: (970) 387-0182

The Powerhouse Science Center is Southwest Colorado's hands-on, interactive science center for all ages. Open year-round, the science center is a dynamic new place for family adventure, school field trips, early childhood learning, special events, “hanging around by the river, messing around with amazing technology, and just plain geeking out.” An innovative, hands-on science center for all ages, Powerhouse Science Center is sparking curiosity, igniting imagination, and powering exploration.

Powerhouse Science Center

1333 Camino Del Rio
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 259-9234

The PACK is an exciting day camp based at Purgatory Resort. We offer a great lineup of activities including hiking, rock climbing, ropes course, disc golf, alpine slide, and more. We give kids time to be kids, be creative, explore and be social. One of the best things for you is that your child’s schedule can be flexible. You can register for camp for any amount of days, whatever fits your schedule.

Purgatory Adventure Camp for Kids (PACK)

#1 Skier Place
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 385-2149

Purgatory Resort is located in the rugged San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, and 25 miles north of historic downtown Durango. Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, Purgatory is a unique blend of steep tree skiing trails and wide-open cruisers with stunning views. Averaging 260 inches of snow annually, Purgatory is known for consistent, dry powder from frequent storms, followed by sunny, bluebird days, which creates perfect conditions for pure alpine nirvana. Purgatory features 1,525 acres of skiable terrain, 94 trails, 11 lifts, five terrain parks and a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. Renowned as a family-friendly resort and named “Best Ski Value” by TripAdvisor, there are many ways to enjoy the incredible winter wonderland at Purgatory. Purgatory offers winter and summer activities including hiking, biking, the Alpine Slide, a zip line, ropes course, skiing, tubing, climbing wall, treasure panning, a bungee trampoline and an airbag jump. Surrounded in a beautiful mountain area with many restaurants and places to stay. Endless opportunities for family fun!

Purgatory Resort

#1 Skier Place
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 247-9000

Newly remodeled Skate Park in town that offers terrain that will please all types of skaters. Whether you are a flip-trick-ledge type or an old school gnar-dog, the park has what you are looking for. Deep pool, resurfaced clover bowl, ledges, rails, hips and step-ups that will challenge all skaters and abilities.

Schneider Skate Park

950 Roosa Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301

The Colorado Clay Studio is Durango's locally owned paint-your-own pottery studio. From birthday parties to ladies night, classes and workshops The Clay Room is THE place to be. Stop by, say hi, see what we're all about!.

Colorado Clay Studio

2053 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 426-9685

The Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa family are excited about the future of Durango Hot Springs and aim to provide unparalleled amenities and services through the extensive renovation of the historic Trimble Hot Springs. The final design of the new Durango Hot Springs achieves the sustainable goals for the use of the hot mineral waters on the DHS campus. The input received from members, visitors, and locals have influenced some of the most important features of the redesign. The mineral pool renovation consists of the installation of 27 mineral pools at varying temperatures. Three mineral pools are adjacent to the swimming pool and are open to families. 19 mineral pools are for adult users, including six individual/couple soaking tubs. The new 25-meter, salt-water lap pool will be able to be shared by all with set times for swimming, exercise, and training. The swimming pool is designed with a gradual slope to a 4.5’ depth with a total volume of 83,000 gallons and connected to one of three family-friendly mineral pools. The redesign creates spaces for privacy while also being able to host families or small events. The pools open to families are thoughtfully placed on the campus, giving the best experience for all guests.

Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa

6475 County Road 203
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 247-0111