Durango’s Open Spaces


As a relatively small mountain town, Durango doesn’t skimp on parks, playgrounds, and open spaces! Either to play frisbee, set the kids loose on a playground, or just relax in a park, here are some great choices to visit!

Buckley Park is located in the heart of downtown right on Main Avenue in between 12th and 13th Street. A large flat area and a hill make it a great spot to set up a picnic or go sledding in the winter. Because of its great location and size, there are many events throughout the year held here like Concerts @ The ParkMovies in the ParkSan Juan Brewfest, and other events.

Rotary Park is a smaller park with a gazebo right on the Animas River. This is also a popular event venue and at an intersection of the Animas River Trail. A lovely grass hill is perfect for concert watching and Animas Brewing Company is just steps away.

Fassbinder Park, commonly known as Triangle Park, and Claire Viles Park are just across the highway from each other. Both have mature trees for shade or to set up a slack line and grass to run around in. Fassbinder has a modern playground for added fun!

Memorial Park runs along the Animas River and E 3rd Avenue starting at 32nd Street and goes south to 29th Street and meets 29th Street Park. There is a paved walkway that combines with the Animas River Trail, lovely green grass, a river put in, and a swing set. This is a easy spot to enjoy a picnic or take a stroll.

Folsom Park is tucked away off of Florida Road near Chapman Hill with a playground, baseball field, and picnic areas. This is a great intown location near many neighborhoods to enjoy some time outside.

Santa Rita Park is just south of downtown also bordering the Animas River. There is a large playground, field, new sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, river put in/take out, and public restrooms. This also includes the infamous Santa Rita Waterpark featuring the Smelter Rapids that are used in competitions, with the most popular being Animas River Days.

There are many other open spaces, green fields, playgrounds, hiking/biking trails, and others attached to local schools, minutes away from downtown and within neighborhoods for added convenience. Don’t miss out on enjoying some fresh mountain air! Please reach out to us with any questions you have about Durango’s outdoor areas.

Post courtesy of The Durango Team

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