6. Arts & Culture. A hidden jewel in the arts world, Durango is home to over a dozen art galleries that carry treasures from contemporary, western and southwestern art represented with sculptures, jewelry, pottery, baskets, photography and furnishings. The classical summer music festival, Music in the Mountains, runs July 7 - 28. Enjoy outdoor public art, Tour of Carvings at Vallecito Lake, the Melodrama at the Henry Strater Theatre and live theatre at the Durango Arts Center, outdoor concerts, and a wide array of live music including the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
7. Outdoor Sportsman. Southwestern Colorado is a sportsman's playground with hunting, guided hunting outfitters, pack trips, horseback riding, fly-fishing on the Gold Medal Waters of the Animas River and on Vallecito Lake, 4x4 trails and jeep tours. Include a visit to the Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.
8. Leisure and Affordable Luxury. Choose from over 80 restaurants for fine and casual dining, three historic hotels, and 5 craft breweries for award-winning craft brews. Soak at Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs, relax at a spa, stroll historic downtown for boutique shopping, picnic by the river, play a round of golf on courses with breathtaking views... rejuvenate your soul.
9. Touring and Diverse Ecosystems. Southwestern Colorado is collection of diverse ecosystems and climates. On a motorcycle or by car, the scenic San Juan Skyway winds through mountain, alpine and high desert regions on a 233-mile scenic byway. For recreation on a pristine high mountain lake visit Vallecito Lake. Durango offers cool nights and over 300 days of sunshine per year.
10. Agritourism. An unforgettable rural experience in a breathtaking location; where vacation and agriculture meet. With the increased awareness of sustainability and health, agritourism is a growing travel trend. The new El Moro Spirits & Tavern celebrates history and agriculture with farm-to-table dining in a renovated saloon. Where does your food come from? Visit James Ranch farm tours, Linda's Local Café, Honeyville, farm-to-table dinners, Farmer's Markets, five craft breweries and much more!
11. Special Events. Celebrate at our (almost) weekly summer festivals, parades and celebrations including: Coffee Fest, San Juan Brew Fest, Iron Horse Chef at the Durango Farmer's Market, Animas River Days, Music in the Mountains, Fiesta Days, La Plata County Fair, Four Corners Bikers Rally, Salute to America, True West Railfest, Apple Days...
12. Education, Meetings, Sports. From educational trips, group meetings, business retreats to family reunions and sporting team events, Durango provides a venue that creates a memorable and unique event. Bring your children for a soccer summer camp, art lessons, organize a dude ranch retreat, or take your business meeting on the river. Think outside.
Over a dozen ideas to inspire your summer vacation. Packages, lodging and information for planning your trip available at: www.durango.org. Like us at "visitdurango" on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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-GO DURANGO, www.durango.org
Durango Area Tourism Office
Phone: (970) 749-0991
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