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Durango Activities

Durango Colorado ActivitiesDurango is located in the far Southwest corner of Colorado.  This remote area is renowned for its old western beauty and history. The area is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and breathtaking scenery. Needless to say there is a lot to do.

Durango's locals love to spend their time outdoors, so you'll find no shortage of activities that take you back to nature.  
Want to see local rivers?  Consider a whitewater rafting trip or a fly fishing lesson.  Want to wander through stunning forests?  Consider horseback riding.  Want to see the best scenery around?  Drive one of the many scenic byways or hike one of the nearby peaks.  

A great way to see the area is via train; the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers a journey back in time on a steam powered locomotive. Completed in 1881, the railway was originally constructed to haul silver and gold ore, throughout Colorado. However, it soon became popular with passenger trains as well for the amazing views. If you're seeking even more history, consider signing up for a mine tour, as well.

Another must-see attraction is a visit to Mesa Verde National Park, one of the most well-preserved archeological sites in the United States. Mesa Verde is known for their amazing cliff dwellings where humans lived over 700 years ago. Talk about a trip back in history! The park is located just 35 miles from downtown Durango.

In addition to Mesa Verde, the area is home to a plethora of historical attractions like the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center and Crow Canyon Archaeological Cente,giving the area an appropriate nickname as the “archeological center of America.”

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