Outdoor Recreation

On board to have fun
Sep06

On board to have fun

    Artist Tim Kapustka, left, and Chase and Jen LaCroix, of Durango Outdoor Exchange, model some of their paddleboards from the locally based Colorado Paddle Co. The three are partnering on the business, with the LaCroixes selling the boards at their store and Kapustka doing the design work./ Photo by Jennaye Derge   I don’t know when I first heard “Durango” used as an adjective, but the first time I used it as such...

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Fun at Lake Nighthorse Go Fish Durango
Aug21

Fun at Lake Nighthorse Go Fish Durango

  While you’re in Durango “Let’s Go Fish” 970-759-8059 NOW OPEN! LAKE NIGHTHORSE FISHING CHARTERS   A Trip to Remember Coming to Durango Colorado “Let’s Go Fish” Booking with us ensures that you have a fantastic fishing adventure. Our experienced captain has over 20 years of fishing guide experience. Everything is up to date and double-checked to provide you with a safe and rewarding experience that the entire family...

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Wildflower season offers scenic hikes
Aug07

Wildflower season offers scenic hikes

By Jim Mimiaga Journal staff writer Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 6:07 Updated Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 7:14 Wildflower season is in full bloom along the Horse Creek trail. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal) Wildflower season is in full bloom along the Horse Creek trail. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal) Wildflowers are blooming in the San Juan Mountains are are thriving from all the rain. Here are three trails to view them. Horse Creek Trail: This trailhead is on...

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Durango Rafting & Adventures
Jul28

Durango Rafting & Adventures

  Mountain Waters Rafting: Durango’s Rafting & Adventure Center We believe that white water rafting is the funnest thing you can do while visiting the Durango, Colorado area. The joy of floating down a stretch of family friendly river or being challenged by Class 4 & 5 whitewater has created an insatiable passion in us that we want to share with you. Visitors to Durango come to tour Mesa Verde National Park or ride the...

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SUMMER BREW
Jul09

SUMMER BREW

SUMMER BREW SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021 EVENT DESCRIPTION Come join us for a fun day sampling great summer beers! This is Purgatory Resort’s summer beer festival, featuring all your favorite cold, refreshing, summertime beers! Bring your friends and a blanket or a lawn chair, and enjoy a great summer day on the mountain sipping away the afternoon! Tickets: This event will sell out! Just 300 tickets available. $25 in advance. Admission...

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The Toughest 100 mile race in the U.S. – The Hardrock 100
Jul09

The Toughest 100 mile race in the U.S. – The Hardrock 100

The Hardrock 100 is back! After cancellations in 2019 due snow and avalanche risk and in 2020 due to Covid, this legendary mountain ultra is ready to test any athlete who dares toe the start line.     For those that don’t know of the race: The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is an ultramarathon of 100.5 miles in length, plus 33,050 feet of climb and 33,050 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 66,100...

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JULY 4TH IN DURANGO
Jul02

JULY 4TH IN DURANGO

  JULY 4TH IN DURANGO SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021 EVENT DESCRIPTION There are many events taking place around the city of Durango this 4th of July. There will be plenty of entertainment and fun for the whole family to enjoy. See below for details about specific events. Events In Buckley Park Independence Day Party presented by Builiding Homes for Heroes & Building Homes for Heroes: 12 – 4:30 pm (featuring BBQ, beer, kids...

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ANIMAS CITY NIGHT BAZAAR
Jun30

ANIMAS CITY NIGHT BAZAAR

ANIMAS CITY NIGHT BAZAAR JUNE 30 – OCTOBER 30 EVENT DESCRIPTION The great Animas City passeggiata returns! We’ll see you back on the streets each last Wednesday of the month from 5-8 pm June till October! Check out our mobile-enabled map for a next-level experience of our twist on this Italian tradition that is the perfect solution to physically distanced fun. 2021 Themes: June 30 “Homegrown Hootenanny” (sponsored by The...

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When to See the ‘Strawberry Moon,’ the Last Supermoon of 2021
Jun24

When to See the ‘Strawberry Moon,’ the Last Supermoon of 2021

The last supermoon of 2021—the Strawberry Moon—is poised to light up skies later this week.   Photo: Kresimir Rajakovic (Shutterstock) If you’re an avid stargazer, June alone has been a crowded month in an otherwise busy year of celestial events. A solar eclipse, a planetary conjunction, and an asteroid careening within a reasonably close distance of the planet have added a nice bit of cosmic intrigue as the days get warmer and...

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RIDE THE ROCKIES NOW THROUGH JUNE 18
Jun13

RIDE THE ROCKIES NOW THROUGH JUNE 18

EVENT DESCRIPTION Ride The Rockies in an event of The Denver Post Community Foundation. The Denver Post Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community by raising and distributing funds to metro-area and Colorado nonprofit agencies serving the areas of arts, youth, education and human services. Ride The Rockies route changes every year, but always includes a...

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Bar D Ranch and Chuckwagon
Jun13

Bar D Ranch and Chuckwagon

Cowboy Music and Comedy Stage Show with songs of the Old West, comedy and lively instrumentals to please the whole family. The Show ticket includes a chuckwagon supper and an evening’s entertainment. The Chuckwagon Fare is sliced roast beef or chicken breast simmered in our famous barbecue sauce, a combo that includes both beef and chicken, or an optional flame grilled ribeye steak all served with a Potato, Oven Baked Beans,...

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Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering – Outdoor Concert and Barn Dance with the Tim Sullivan Band
Jun13

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering – Outdoor Concert and Barn Dance with the Tim Sullivan Band

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering – Outdoor Concert and Barn Dance with the Tim Sullivan Band Sunday June 13  at 5:00pm Prices: $20.00 – $20.00 Share This: River Bend Ranch 27846 Hwy. 550 Durango, CO 81301 Map & Directions Phone: 970-769-3126 Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.durangocowboygathering.org The 7th Annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Outdoor Concert and Barn Dance featuring the Tim...

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Animas River Days June 3rd to June 6th, ​2021
Jun05

Animas River Days June 3rd to June 6th, ​2021

Animas River Days includes these sporting events: river surfing, stand-up paddling, freestyle kayaking, boatercross, raft and kayak slalom, an inflatable rodeo and the local’s favorite costumed river parade. The Animas River is the heart and soul of our community! That’s we have dedicated this year’s event to bringing our community back together.  We are buying items from local businesses for our silent auction and...

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Introducing Piinu Nuuchi community skatepark!
Jun05

Introducing Piinu Nuuchi community skatepark!

Southern Ute tribal member, Cyrus Naranjo was among the first to get some action on the recently unveiled Piinu Nucchi skate park located within SunUte Park in Ignacio, Colo. Fences came down in April, and since that time the park has been open to the public.   When the SunUte Skatepark opened to the community in April of 2021, the park did not have an official name. The naming of the park was left to the Sunshine Cloud Smith...

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San Juan String Band to play at campgrounds
Jun05

San Juan String Band to play at campgrounds

  The San Juan String band will perform free concerts at the Junction Creek Campground June 10 and at the House Creek Campground June 12. Shows start at 7 p.m. The group is made up of San Juan National Forest personnel who have combined their passion for the environment with their love of music. Members include hydrologist Joni Vanderbilt (mandolin/vocals), forest volunteer Carol Calkin (fiddle/vocals), forester Laurie Swisher...

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LA PLATA COUNTY FAIR IS BACK
Jun05

LA PLATA COUNTY FAIR IS BACK

For 71 years, generations of families, friends and neighbors have come together to showcase their animals, garden products and other creations, and compete with others for ribbons and awards. It is a time for family groups and friends to enjoy the great talent, great music, good eats and exciting entertainment the Fair offers each year. The La Plata County Fair has always been a showcase of our Country’s best, from scrumptious...

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Colorado woman killed in rare black bear attack, authorities say
May09

Colorado woman killed in rare black bear attack, authorities say

A 39-year-old Colorado woman died in an apparent black bear attack, just the fourth fatal mauling in the state since records began in 1960, authorities said on Saturday. The woman’s boyfriend found her body on Friday night near the town of Durango, about 350 miles south-west of Denver, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said. The man told police he arrived home around 8.30pm and found the couple’s two dogs outside and his girlfriend missing....

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Lake Nighthorse opens on Friday, April 2 for non-motorized recreation
Mar30

Lake Nighthorse opens on Friday, April 2 for non-motorized recreation

Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area will open for the 2021 season on Friday, April 2. The lake will be open for non-motorized recreation 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 2 through May 9. Daily operations will begin May 14, and motorized recreation begins May 15. Find the full schedule, including wakeless & quiet hours, below. New amenities to the swim beach include an inflatable play structure (May through...

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WHAT’S NEW IN DURANGO FOR 2021
Mar30

WHAT’S NEW IN DURANGO FOR 2021

What’s new in Durango, Colorado: hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, new things to do in Durango and what’s coming in 2021! Blues, Mtn & Soul Blues Mtn & Soul is a brand new art studio & shop on Main Avenue. Graphic illustration artist Brian Banash has filled the building with wall-sized recreations of his work. He plans to operate his own art business, Banash Illustrations, out of downtown Durango. His pieces...

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Area Hot Springs
Jan18

Area Hot Springs

Area Hot Springs As we look forward to more snowfall in the near future we also look for some alternative activities and are still enjoyable throughout the winter. We are lucky to live in a stunning area of the country with access to majestic mountains, gorgeous rivers and relaxing hot springs. Join us for a journey through 4 different hot springs all located within hours of Durango. First and foremost the Durango Hot Springs are...

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