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 Trails2000.org.
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 mtbproject.com.
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.