West of 105 Magazine - - Destinations -

Af­ter all that wan­der­ing around down­town in­dulging in all man­ner of gas­tro­nomic and cul­tural de­lights, you may feel like it is time to en­joy the rest of Du­rango which means hik­ing, bik­ing, SUP-board­ing, and alpine coast­ing.

There are lit­er­ally hun­dreds of miles of hik­ing and moun­tain bik­ing trails that are a short drive from down­town, and au­tumn is the best time to get out thanks to cooler weather and the chang­ing fo­liage. Ov­erend Moun­tain Park is just one mile from down­town. With 300 acres that will ap­peal to moun­tain bik­ers, hik­ers and trail run­ners, it is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and great for get­ting your heart rate up. Try Hogs­back Ridge, it's a lo­cal clas­sic.

All of Du­rango's trails are built and main­tained by lo­cal non­profit group, Trails 2000, which hosts an in­ter­ac­tive trail map, trail de­scrip­tions and trail con­di­tion re­ports at

Dur­ing the warmer months Pur­ga­tory Ski Re­sort trans­forms into an ad­ven­ture play­ground with all kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing an alpine slide, a bungee tram­po­line, the Pur­ga­tory Bike Park, scenic chair lifts, SUP board­ing and kayak­ing on Twi­light Lake, and Pur­ga­tory's lat­est ad­di­tion, the In­ferno Moun­tain Coaster, an al­most one-mile long roller coaster with nine switch­backs, a 360 de­gree loop, 300 feet of ver­ti­cal drop and reach­ing speeds up to 25 mph.

For those who want to get out and re­ally earn that beer or cock­tail, there are lots of moun­tain bike trails of vary­ing lengths and lev­els of dif­fi­culty nearby. The Squawker Trail is an easy-mod­er­ate trail that is just un­der three miles long. With a mod­est 151 foot as­cent and ac­ces­si­ble from down­town, this is nice gen­tle ride. For some­thing a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing, the An­i­mas Moun­tain Trail is just un­der six miles (three miles up and three miles down) and is con­sid­ered to be mod­er­ate-dif­fi­cult with an as­cent of just un­der 1,500 feet. This also starts and ends right in town. For other trails visit the ex­cel­lent mtbpro­

Back in town, those look­ing for a more se­date Du­rango ex­pe­ri­ence might want to browse or even pe­ruse the bou­tiques and art gal­leries that are dot­ted around town. For lo­cal arts and crafts there over a dozen art gal­leries, mu­se­ums and cul­tural at­trac­tions. Swing by the Du­rango Arts Cen­ter, or the Pow­er­house Science Cen­ter if you have kids in tow.

Du­rango is a Coloradoan gem hid­den in plain sight. Many peo­ple know it yet have never been, but it is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from the whole of western Colorado and Du­rango-La Plata County Air­port has mul­ti­ple daily flights to Den­ver as well as daily flights to Phoenix and Dal­las.


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