Outdoor Recreation

Iron Horse – 2019
May21

Iron Horse – 2019

Memorial Day weekend is upon us! It’s the unofficial kickoff to Durango’s summer season, and also the weekend locals welcome the 47th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. It’s a weekend filled with tradition, challenges, and lots of events for all ages.

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Putting Safety First in River Rafting
May17

Putting Safety First in River Rafting

We talk to a local rafting company about its safety training to prepare for this summer’s rafting season. Most important message: wear your personal flotation device!!!

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Work Begins on North ART Extension
May17

Work Begins on North ART Extension

The long-awaited north extension of the Animas River Trail from Animas City Park to the Oxbow Preserve is expected to cost more than $6 million. Find out when it’s expected to be finished.

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Durango area GOLF COURSES tee up for the summer
May10

Durango area GOLF COURSES tee up for the summer

Rocky Mountain golfing in the high country around Durango, Colorado: Hillcrest Golf Club(public course) – right in Durango adjacent to Fort Lewis College campus – open for 2019 season  http://www.golfhillcrest.com/ Dalton Ranch Golf Club(semi-private open to public) – open for 2019 season  https://www.daltonranch.com/golfclub Glacier Club’s Valley Course(members only) opens May 10th (weather...

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Mountain Archery Festival – Memorial Weekend
Apr19

Mountain Archery Festival – Memorial Weekend

Join us on Memorial Day weekend for the inaugural Mountain Archery Festival at Purgatory Resort! Date: May 24, 2019 to May 26, 2019 Where: Purgatory Resort We have been wanting to bring an archery festival to Durango for a long time and it is finally happening. Details & Registration! The festival will include various courses and competition formats over three days, including: Pope & Young course Train To Hunt course Kirsch...

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Winter Snows Expected to Fill Area Reservoirs
Apr11

Winter Snows Expected to Fill Area Reservoirs

With snow/water content in the mountains measuring at 150 to 200 percent of median this spring, area water managers say spring run-off is expected to fill all area reservoirs, and the drought is over.

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Lake Nighthorse – READY for Summer
Apr11

Lake Nighthorse – READY for Summer

Lake Nighthorse, only 3.5 miles from downtown Durango, was stocked with 150,000 fingerling Kokanee Salmon last week. It is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the month of April. Beginning May 1st, the lake will be open 7 days a week. Lake Nighthorse is a fee area. Season and 5-punch passes are now available for purchase at the Durango Community Recreation Center, located at 2700 Main Avenue. Season, 5-punch and day use...

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Mama Z’s Essential Oil Bug Repellent
Apr08

Mama Z’s Essential Oil Bug Repellent

Since we have had a wetter winter and may have good rains this spring, mosquitoes could be a problem… Below is a natural solution to keep mosquitoes away! There are many oils that work, and even ready-made blends you can purchase, but we’ve found this DIY blend works well, and mixed with skin-friendly jojoba oil it not only smells good, it’ll leave your skin feeling great too! If you’re worried about toxins and chemicals found...

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Ospreys return to Lake Capote
Apr08

Ospreys return to Lake Capote

“Suuwhsiagyetu (Strong Wings, male) and Suupu’ighyetu (Powerful Eyes, female) are back! The Southern Ute Wildlife Division is pleased to announce the return of a pair of ospreys to our nest at Lake Capote. The birds have been busy rebuilding the nest, and we had the first egg laid on Monday April 8th. Check out lakecapote.com/osprey-cam/to follow this year’s breeding cycle and compare it with observations from the last two...

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Aspire’s Annual Walk for Moms
Apr05

Aspire’s Annual Walk for Moms

Post courtesy of Pagosa Springs Realty Blog.  Read more here or search Pagosa real estate.

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Duranglers Fly Fishing Festival This Weekend
Apr05

Duranglers Fly Fishing Festival This Weekend

Friday and Saturday of this weekend is the Duranglers’ Fly Fishing Festival, and it’s full of several fun events. Friday evening will feature comedian Hank Patterson, which should be a both fun and funny evening. This will be at the Henry Strater Theatre, and tickets are $8. Starting Saturday at 8 a.m., there’s a full day of activities. There will be a fly-tying demo, reps from Hatch Reels, Simms, and Fishpond. At noon, head over to...

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Natural Insect Repellent – Essential Oils or Tinctures
Apr04

Natural Insect Repellent – Essential Oils or Tinctures

Catnip tincture.  On the repellency scale DEET is +10 (and toxic), catnip is +49-50 on a scale of 100 according to Iowa State U research.  Actually the scale goes from minus 100 (attractant) to positive 100 (repellant).  You can spray on the tincture made out of 190 proof ethanol from flowering tops of the fresh plant.  It evaporates quickly though so reapply hourly if done this way.   I have catnip growing here (it’s easy to grow)...

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Ski-Easter @ Purgatory
Mar29

Ski-Easter @ Purgatory

Date: April 13, 2019 Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm Location: Purgatory Resort Kick off your Easter Week with some fun on the mountain!  Ski-Easter is Purgatory Resort’s own special way of celebrating Easter. Little Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt — Tubing Hill – 10:30am This year’s Easter Egg Hunt for the little kids is on the tubing hill!  The hunt starts at 10:30am.  We will have eggs all over the hill, and plenty of candy to fill your Easter...

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Explore Utah’s Canyons
Mar29

Explore Utah’s Canyons

If you’re tired of the snow and ready for some outdoor activities, it’s the time of the year many from Durango adventure in the canyons of Utah. From Moab to Blanding, Bluff to Monument Valley, there’s much within a few hours’ drive from Durango to explore. This is the time of the year with beautiful days, perfect temperatures and oftentimes water flowing in the canyons. One of the unique and fun places to explore is Grand Gulch. It’s...

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Pond Skimming
Mar22

Pond Skimming

Date: April 7, 2019 Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm Location: The Ski Beach – Purgatory Resort Get your skis shined up, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit, and show us your moves as you skim across the pond.  Is the water cold?  Nah. Sign-ups: Space is limited.  The first 75 people to sign up are in. Sign up at the Boardroom (formerly known as the Burton store) in the plaza on the day of the event starting at 10am. $5 entry fee. Must be at...

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Forest Service Access Road to Village at Wolf Creek
Mar15

Forest Service Access Road to Village at Wolf Creek

The U.S. Forest Service has approved an road easement to the Village at Wolf Creek based on an EIS that was set aside by a district court two years ago.

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Female osprey has returned to the nest – Lake Capote
Mar13

Female osprey has returned to the nest – Lake Capote

Female osprey has returned to the nest, 3/11/2019. Lake Capote is still mostly frozen and she has a lot of nest building to do. The male will arrive next. The Lake Capote osprey nest For the past eleven years, a pair of ospreys has made its seasonal home at the Southern Ute Tribe’s Lake Capote, and given visitors spectacular displays of nesting, fishing, and fledgling young. Beginning in 2017, viewers should get a much more close-up...

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McDonald’s Cardboard Derby @ Purgatory
Mar08

McDonald’s Cardboard Derby @ Purgatory

The McDonald’s Cardboard Derby at Purgatory Resort is a classic winter competition you won’t want to miss! Build your derby racer out of cardboard and duct tape only, and pilot it down the slopes during one of the most fun days on the mountain! Watch as teams compete in vessels made entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Or, sign up yourself and participate in the fun. All it takes is some creativity, engineering skills, and...

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How many town’s Parks & Recreation have their own ski resort?
Mar08

How many town’s Parks & Recreation have their own ski resort?

Our little mountain town is so lucky to have a ski area right in the heart of our community. CHAPMAN HILL SKI AREA IN DURANGO TO EXTEND SEASON   Due to the amazing support from the community and great snow conditions, Chapman Hill plans to extend the ski season through March 24 with amended times and prices. With the plentiful natural snow and the thick layer of man-made snow, Chapman Hill Ski Area will be able to extend the ski...

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Spring Driving Safety Tips in Durango
Mar05

Spring Driving Safety Tips in Durango

Spring Driving Safety Tips in Durango Spring in southwestern Colorado brings warmer temperatures, but also more precipitation and water as snow melts. Although winter is best known for its treacherous driving conditions with snow, ice, and slush on the road, maneuvering your car in spring can equally become demanding. There are many possible road challenges and conditions such as unexpected weather changes and increased traffic that...

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