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Summer’s not over yet so don’t let that hold you back from experiencing the best that Durango has to offer in August! We locals know that the summer just gets better once August rolls around… don’t believe us? We’ve listed our favorite reasons why late summer in Durango is one of the best times to come visit!

  • Tubing the Animas River – If you haven’t been tubing down a river yet, have you ever really experienced the true Durango? Life changes once you’re down on the water and the river is perfect for tubing when the water gets low. Hot, lazy summer days turn a little bit more adventurous when you get to float down the Animas River in an inflatable tube. You can make your float as long as you want by choosing to put in at the 32nd Street drop off and ride down almost to Smelter Rapid at Santa Rita Park – or you can hop off and end your trip earlier at 9th Street bridge. Make sure you bring tons of water and sunscreen, as most tubers tend to sit back and let the water take them on a several-hour float fest through town. If you have any doubts about tubing down the river, stick around for Tube to Work Day on August 25th when enterprising locals hop on their tubes! Check out some great companies for all-things river here, here, here, and here!
  • Horseback Tours – Horseback riding in the mountains in August is simply out-of-this-world and are the perfect family outing. Experience what it’s like for cowboys in Southwestern Colorado and get your seat in a saddle. With four fantastic horseback riding companies to choose from, we’re sure you’ll have the time of your life: Buck’s Livery, Over the Hill, Rapp Corral, and Rustler’s Roost.
  • Zip-lining – Take an adventure to the next level with zip-lining. If you’ve never done it, this is a must! Soaring high above treetops in the San Juan mountains will take your breath away. Read more about Mashi’s first-hand experience here!
  • High-country hikes – In August, especially after Monsoon season, the hikes in the high country are spectacular. Wildflowers and wild raspberries surround hikers from all sides. Some of our favorite high-country hikes this time of year? Ice Lakes, Highland Mary Lake, and Indian Trail Ridge. You can find out more about local hikes at the Public Lands Office or by calling one of our local travel consultants!

    Wildflowers in bloom on the hike up to Engineer Mountain in Durango, Colorado

  • Lake time! – Being on the lakes that surround Durango is something not to be missed, for sure. Fishing is fun year-round here but, for some reason, fishing in August is magical. It’s not too hot and not too cold. In the high country lakes, you can feel a subtle shift of the wind and know that autumn isn’t too far off. Let experienced fly-fishing guides take you on a trip of a lifetime and experience first-hand technical streams or relaxing lakes. Check out Duranglers for guided fly-fishing adventures and Peaks & Tides for boating adventures and sailing.
  • Golfing – Have you ever wanted to golf while looking at fourteeners? Well, in Durango, you can! At Hillcrest Golf Course and Dalton Ranch Golf Club, you’re given the view of a lifetime. Hillcrest overlooks the town of Durango and the amazing peaks of the La Plata mountains stare down at you while you swing. Dalton Ranch Golf Club not only boasts a quiet, private course, but you’re right in the heart of the Animas Valley surrounded by red cliffs and mountains the entire time.
  • Train rides – Not only is the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad a great thing to do almost year-round, but The Blues Train is happening mid-August from the 18-19th. If you love live blues and you love trains this is a match made in heaven. UPDATE: Sadly, this train is already sold out but that shouldn’t stop you from riding it! Did you know that the train runs well into the fall season so you can see the beautiful changing colors of the Aspen trees? This is the perfect time to catch a ride on the forever amazing steam-powered DSNGRR.
Durango Silverton Railroad Train

Riding the train in Durango in August.

  • Events – There are MANY local events to take advantage of in Durango during August but we’ll only name a few of our favorites!
    • At the Henry Strater Theatre, “The West” is presented in story and song through September 30th, find out more about it here.
    • If you’re in love with micro brewed beer or, really, beer of any kind, come check out the San Juan Brewfest happening towards the end of August. Experience just another thing that makes Durango unique: Beer!
    • The La Plata County Fair is like the old West come alive, again! Come see all the farm animals from around the area and experience why Durango is so unique!
  • Jeep ToursMild to Wild has a fantastic Wildflower Jeep Tour at the beginning of August so you can see the wonderful wildflowers and experience the back country four-wheeling roads with ease. If you’re really into getting a kick out of your time in Durango, Outlaw Tours, Colorado Outback Adventures, and  Durango Adventure Rentals will get you all set up with UTV, ATV, and “slingshot” rentals. A great way to see the other side of the mountains!
  • Durango Farmer’s Market – Yes, we said it. The Durango Farmer’s Market. One of the main reasons why we love living in Durango is the local food. And the best part is that you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get great quality farm-to-table food. The Farmer’s Market happens every Saturday morning from 8-12 in the First National Bank parking lot and is FULL of vendors of all kinds. Get your morning pastries from Bread or Serious Delights, and peruse all of the wonderful stalls from farmers in the area. Fresh cheese from James Ranch, delicious-smelling soaps, and beautiful pottery – this is a great place to get one-of-a-kind souvenirs to remind you of this special place we call home.