Visiting Durango

Summer Family Activity Guide

Activities for the whole family!

Durango is a great place for families and offers many fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. There is no shortage of things to do. There are many free activities that families can enjoy like the train Museum, fish hatchery, Animas River trail and more.

Recreation Activities

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Animas River Trail - Enjoy a stroll down our 8-mile river trail or visit one of our many local parks including Fassbinder Park at Main Ave. and 17th Street, Santa Rita Park, and the park at the Durango Recreation Center to name a few. Pick up a map from a Downtown Ambassador or at the Durango Welcome Center.

Durango Recreation Center - located in the North Main District at 2700 Main Avenue. The 71,557 sq. ft. facility is filled with fun activities for the whole family. The facility has an expansive aquatics area with a 160 ft. water slide and play structures. The kids will enjoy scrambling over the rock wall or playing games on the full-size basketball court. Call 970-375-7300 for more information.

Chapman Hill - 500 Florida Road. Open for roller skating starting June 3! Get your groove on Friday and Saturday evenings. We turn the lights down low and laydown dance tracks from the 70's to current day pop. All ages are welcome. Friday & Saturday Night Disco Skate night 6 -9pm  Cost is $10 with or without skate rental, Children under 3 are free.

Drop-in Roller Hockey - Tuesday Evenings 6-7:30pm - June 7 through August 30. All abilities welcome. Protective gear is required.

Go for a Hike - Durango is filled with many hiking trails that the whole family can enjoy. Many are located right in town and offer a nice getaway to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Durango. See our hiking guide here or visit the Durango Welcome Center for a full map and information on some local trails. 

Bike Rentals - We have several local bike shops that offer rentals for the day. Pedal the Peaks 598 Main Avenue, Second Ave Sports at 640 E. 2nd Avenue, Ski Barn 3533 Main Avenue.

Lake Nighthorse - Season opens on April 1, 2022 for weekend operation (Friday-Sunday) Daily Operations begin May 13. The new Wibit Aqua Park at the swim beach Opens June 1. Day pass vehicle entrance $10, Walk/bike $4. There are season passes and 5 punch passes available online. Paddle board rentals are available on site.

Schneider Park Skate Park - Located at 950 Roosa Ave. Compact skate park for both beginner & advanced skaters or bikers, featuring rails, ramps & stairs. Free!

Durango BMX Track - 360 S. Camino Del Rio. Located on the south end of Durango, The track is free to use when races or clinics are not occurring. The track may be closed prior to races or when the track is wet.

 

 

 

Museums & Educational Activities

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Powerhouse Science Center - 1333 Camino Del Rio. The Powerhouse Science Center is educational and playful place for children of all ages with hands-on learning and interactive exhibits. Hours of Operation: Tuesday- Sunday 9 -4pm, Closed on Monday. Visit their website or call (970) 259-9234.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Railroad Museum - 479 Main Avenue. Take a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This is an unforgettable experience to ride a coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train. It's an amazing experience that your family will continue to talk about years to come. Book your trip at durangotrain.com. Explore the Durango Silverton Railroad Museum. Admission is free! The museum has an interactive train model, authentic train cars for kids to explore, plus many interesting historical railroad artifacts. Open 7 days a week. Also ask about the new D&SNG Railroad Yard Tours. 1-hour tour of in-depth history & Tour.

The Durango Public Library - 1900 E. 3rd Street. Open Monday - Thursday 9:30-6pm, Friday - Saturday 9:30am-5pm. The Library has an expansive section for children with seating areas, computers, puppet play area and more. During the summer months they have a full calendar of activities for children. ;Call for additional information (970) 375-3380.

Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum - 151 E. 16th Street is open 7 days a week from 8am-4:30pm. The facility produces more than 1.3 million fish per year, and visitors can feed the fish via coin-operated dispensers. Inside, the museum features an intimate display covering the area's wildlife. Allow 30 minutes. Bring some quarters so you can feed the fish! (970) 375-6766

Mesa Verde National Park - Families will enjoy a trip to Mesa Verde to learn the history and sites of Ancestral Pueblo people who mad Mesa Verde their home for over 700 years. Ask how your child can become a Junior Ranger and participate in activities while visiting the park. Entrance fee: $30 (private Vehicle) Park entrance is 56 miles from Durango. Call (970) 529-4465 for more information. Tour tickets can be purchased only onrecreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.

 

 

 

Adventure Activities

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Rafting on the Animas River - Enjoy some adventures down the Animas River with one of our local guide companies. River Rafting, and tubing is a great way to cool down in the summer months. Check out these guide companies for reservations or for equipment rental. Mountain Waters Rafting 303 W. College Drive (by Albertsons), Durango Rivertrippers and Adventure Tours, 724 Main Avenue, Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours 50 Animas View Drive.

Jeep tours - Explore the San Juan Mountains on a jeep tour or create your own trip with a rental. Visit these companies for more information. Mountain Waters Rafting - 303 W. College Drive (800) 585-8243; Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours - 50 Animas View Drive (970) 247-4789; Durango Rivertrippers and Adventure Tours 724 Main Avenue (970) 259-0289; Colorado Outback Adventures 970-903-1923.

Purgatory Resort - For a full day of fun check out Purgatory Resort for summer activities. They offer seven different activities including the exciting inferno Mountain Coaster, Alpine slide, and Bike Park. Additional activities include the scenic chairlift ride, treasure panning, paddle boards & boats, Kids off-road track and more. Opening on June 18. All tickets need to be purchased online.

 

 

 

Hands-On Activities

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Create some art at Get Fused - 640 Main Avenue suite 201. (upstairs) Create some art at Get Fused Glass Studio. This is a great activity for the whole family. They will teach you how to create your own beautiful glass piece or gifts. No experience necessary. Get Fused is open 11-5 Monday - Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm. Appointments are necessary due to limited seating available. Call for availability (970) 259-2229.

Pan for treasures and gems at Durango Treasures - 900 Main Avenue. Stop by Durango Treasures and check out their mining cave where you can pan for gems, fossils and other treasures. Call(970) 403-5562 for availability.

Visit The Hive - 1150 Main Avenue. The Hive offers a variety of program offerings for children and teens. Programs include music workshops, Akido, strength and conditioning classes, day camps, Hip Hop workshop and skate boarding lessons. There is an indoor skate park open 7 days a week. Check their website for full details.

 

 

 

Events

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Free Movies in the Park! - Join us this summer for family friendly free movies in the park and watch movies under the stars!  Each movie night features a unique pre-show and food vendor options. Attendees can arrive around 7:00pm. Prior to the movie, there will be food vendors, local youth talent, exhibitions, and hands-on activities. At approximately 8:30pm the t-shirt canon is in action along with other prize giveaways. The movie will start 15 minutes after sunset. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for the event. Don't forget to grab dinner at one of are many wonderful restaurants prior to the movie in Downtown Durango or the North Main District! Movies will take place on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month June, July and August. Click here for the movie schedule.

Concerts in the Park - Concert Hall @ The Park in Downtown Durango's Buckley Park on Thursdays at 5:30pm beginning June 16 through July 28. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are encouraged with Fired Up Pizzeria offering a selection of food and beverages throughout the evening. For further information, visit www.durangoconcerts.com.

 

 

 

Shopping & Dining

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Shop in Downtown Durango - Durango offers many unique shops and some fun shopping options for kids! Check out Twilight Toys, Rio Grande Trading Company, Maria's BookshopBeads and Beyond, Durango Treasures and Fuzziwigs Candy Factory. These are just a few of the stores to choose from. See a full list here

Family Friendly Restaurants - Durango offers many family friendly restaurants. A few of our favorites include: Carver Brewing Co, Grassburger, Steamworks Brewing Co, Fired up Pizza, Olde Tymer's Cafe, 11th Street Station, Nini's Taqueria, Serious Texas BBQ, Zia Taqueria and Homeslice Pizza. This is just a few of the many restaurants to choose from. See our full Family Friendly Restaurant Guide for more great information.

Sweet Treats - Don't forget to grab some sweet treats at some of some of these amazing locations! Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Magpie's Newsstand & Cafe, Cream Bean Berry, Animas Chocolate Company, Fuzziwigs Candy Factory, Cold Stone Creamery, and Baskin Robbins.