SOURCE: Durango Tourism Office

Durango Tourism Office

March 24, 2015 09:00 ET

Springtime in the Rockies

15 Ways to Play in Durango, Colorado

DURANGO, CO--(Marketwired - Mar 24, 2015) - Located in the southwestern corner of Colorado, Durango's springtime comes earlier than most of the mountain towns of Colorado. The spring brings budding trees, blooming flowers, warm temperatures, fewer tourists and plenty of things to do. Here are 15 ideas for a getaway in Durango, Colorado:

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1. Ride the Train. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has daily trips to Cascade Canyon until May 2 when regular service to Silverton begins. Try a themed excursion: The Peanuts™ The Easter Beagle Express or The Blues Train.

2. Go for a Hike. From a stroll to a hike, more than 300 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown. 

3. Take a Drive. The San Juan Skyway, a Scenic and Historic Byway, loops from Durango to Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park and back to Durango. 

4. Liquid Entrepreneurs. Durango is home to six award-winning craft breweries: Animas Brewing Company, Ska, Carver Brewing Company, Brew Pub and Kitchen, Durango Brewing Company and SteamWorks.

5. Wine-ing Welcomed. The 9th Annual Durango Wine Experience is April 23-25. SW Colorado is a regional wine country destination: Fox Fire Farms, Sutcliffe Vineyards, Guy Drew and Four Leaves Winery.

6. New "Spirits" of the West. Durango's first grain-to-glass distillery since Prohibition, Durango Craft Spirits Distillery. Honey House Distillery incorporates Rocky Mountain honey in their premium bourbon whiskey. 

7. Two-wheeled Fun. Mountain or road, cycle-centric Durango is a two-wheeled playground. Memorial Day is the 44th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

8. Celebrate the Animas River. Celebrate the picturesque river that runs through town at the 33rd annual Animas River Days, May 28-31. 

9. Drop a Line. Spring fishing in Durango kicks off with the Duranglers Fly-Fishing Festival April 3-4. The Gold Medal Waters of the Animas River are a haven for the caddis hatch.

10. Giddy-up! Explore the real west on horseback. True West Magazine named Rapp Corral "Top Trail Ride" so saddle up for the ultimate western adventure -- the Train and Trail ride with San Juan Sky Outfitters. 

11. Whitewater Adventures. Rafting season begins mid-April with the highest and swiftest whitewater occurring May through June. 

12. Spring Meltdown. April 17-19, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown rocks in downtown Durango. 

13. Shop 'til you Drop. More than 500 stores in Durango area for boutique to unique shopping

14. Eat Local. The unique and independently owned establishments embrace our local farms and heritage, fused with contemporary culinary trends and techniques. 

15. History is our Backyard. Mesa Verde National Park, newly designated Chimney Rock National Monument, Four Corners National Monument, Southern Ute Cultural Center and Hovenweep National Monument are all easily accessible from Durango.

About the Durango Area Tourism Office
The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not for profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County's multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. 1-800-525-8855www.durango.org 

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