Other Fun Activities
Mountain Bike Riding
Home to a number of Bike Races, including the Iron Horse Classic, Durango knows Mountain Biking. There are more than 2,000 miles of epic mountain bike trails in and around Durango, and they offer a challenge to all levels of riders.
Visitors can pick up additional information and get recommendations from a number of local bike shops on the best trails for the time of their visit and for their skill level. Offering fun for everyone from beginners to the most advanced riders, trails range from a paved river trail around town to steep climbs for mountain top views, and outside of the town offer opportunities for miles and miles of mountain trails.
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A popular spot among locals, Horse Gulch is located behind Fort Lewis College and offers loads of variety and hours of riding. These trails are great because they’re close enough to town that you can start straight from downtown. Another trail, about 10 miles outside of town is the Colorado trail. Beginning from the Junction Creek Trail Head, the trail offers about 4 miles of mellow, creek-side riding before a steep ride to Gudy’s point. From Gudy’s, riders can opt for a number of loops and trails. Be sure to pack a map!
For the more intense riders, the mountains outside of town offer steep and rocky trails to mountain peaks. Hermosa Creek Trail offers a more technical 20-mile ride between Purgatory and Hermosa Creek. Guided tours offer the opportunity to spend a couple nights in the mountains, cycling at high-elevation deep into the San Juans.
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Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort also offers some incredible trails. There are races throughout the summer, most of which take place here, and are a great way to get motivated and inspired to hop on a bike of your own!
The cowboys who once lived there, herding cattle and sheep deep into the mountains, mark Durango’s heritage. Though they are few now, the cowboy culture remains a significant piece of Durango’s charm. So, pack your boots and your chaps and join Durango natives for a ride into the mountains. If you don’t have any of your own, downtown Durango offers prime shopping for beautiful leather goods!
Whether you fancy taking a couple of days to ride deep into the mountains, or if a day or just a couple of hours suits you best, local companies offer a number of tour options. The horses are well maintained and well behaved. Guides are skilled at picking a horse that matches the skill level of the rider, and this holds true for the kiddos of the bunch, ensuring horseback riding is a fun activity for the whole family. Many of the local companies that offer horse tours are Durango natives, some going back 3-4 generations, and they know their stuff.
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Departing from alpine meadows and trekking deep into the mountains, these horse rides are a great way to get to places that aren’t accessible by car and that might take longer on foot. Plus, the horse carries all the gear—and that’s definitely a bonus. Rides in the spring offer views of gushing mountain streams and rivers, and freshly blooming aspens and wildflowers. The flowers maintain deep into summer, and then the leaves begin to change. A ride through the same forests in the fall looks completely different as the aspen glow yellow and oaks burn a deep red.
In the winter, in addition to trail rides, many companies offer sleigh rides that are truly magical. Hot cocoa, hay bales, carols and the moon on the snow –just doesn’t really get any better.
Durango has activities for every interest and every budget. Pick your activity and book online today: