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Rex2 15 Reasons Why Durango is a Kid-Friendly Vacation Spot

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If you have ever planned a vacation with kids, you may have been so overwhelmed you opted to leave them behind. Or worse, you ended up cutting your trip short because the trip proved to be too difficult. Let me offer a little sage advice: book your lodging and transportation ahead of time! Spontaneity works when you’re a childless couple comfortable pulling a tent out because you couldn’t book a hotel. After you have kids, you’re going to want to be sure you secured lodging because you and your kids will be much happier with a bed, a shower, and,…
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Rex2 Traveling to Durango With Dogs? 5 Things You Should Know!

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I love my dog like a child”?  If you have ever caught yourself saying that, then Durango is for you!  Gone are the days that you must leave your dog behind because they are inconvenient to take along on vacation.  We don’t just have mountains and campgrounds that your fur baby can enjoy, but the city of Durango has many pet-specific amenities, too.  In addition to hundreds of hikes, we are brimming with countless pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, parks, activities, and services.  Don’t leave your pup behind on your next trip to Durango, Colorado! Where…
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Rex2 High-Country Adventures in a UTV

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Bruce Moss, owner of Gateway Reservations, and his friend and marketing mentor, Greg Phillips, took the day off on Friday, July 21 to spend the day in the San Juan Mountains celebrating Bruce’s birthday.  They normally hike, but today they decided to take in the high-country views from a UTV (utility task vehicle). Greg rented a 2-seater Polaris RZR® (you can also rent a 4-seater to share the ride with friends and family), a performance side-by-side UTV from Durango Adventure Rentals, located in Durango. He said the owner, Chuck, was super easy to work with and delivered the RZR® on…
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Rex2 10 Things to do in Durango in August

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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,…
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Rex2 Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers and Entertainment

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By Mashi Salomon, Local Travel Consultant If you are looking for a satisfying and delicious western BBQ dinner paired with pure Southwest Colorado cowboy entertainment, look no further. Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers is set in the beautiful Animas Valley in Durango, Colorado. You can take Hwy 550 N or take a small detour and drive north on County Road 250 where you will experience the valley’s red rock walls, green pastures, and mountain views. Parking is plentiful, and you will be greeted by delightful, western-theme costumed folks setting the mood for the night. The property takes on a feel of…
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Rex2 Colorado Ziplining with Soaring Tree Top Adventures

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By Mashi Salomon, Local Travel Consultant The day started off with the utmost excitement. Today would be the day that I would get to ride on the famous Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, as well as fly through the trees on the world’s longest and safest zipline course of its kind! I met Carrie, my co-worker, at Starbucks, and we both giggled with excitement at the thought of the impending day of adventure ahead of us. We crossed the street towards the train station, and immediately found Soaring Tree Top’s first-class train car that we would be riding. We…
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Rex2 Western Colorado Horseback Rides

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There's nothing quite as western as riding horseback through the Rocky Mountains. And with a slew of quality outfitters to choose from, it's quite easy to book the perfect ride.  We've selected a few of our favorites for you.  Speak with one of our local travel consultants about creating a western getaway that's perfect for you.  Call 800.828.4228       Over The Hill Outfitters Just 15 minutes east of Durango Over The Hill Outfitters offers 1- and 2-hour horseback rides on the 1000 acres of the Palmer Quarter Horse Ranch, located about 10 miles from downtown Durango.  There are…
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Rex2 Ditch the Device: 5 Ideas for Quality Durango Time with the Fam

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We all know it’s hard to put the phone (or tablet or laptop) away. But, Durango’s incredible scenery has a unique way of demanding your attention: anything on a screen is dull in comparison to the peaks and rivers, wildflowers and wildlife of Durango and the surrounding areas. So, put your gaming and social media on pause and opt instead for one of these grand, family-friendly adventures: 1. ATV Tour Explore the off-road high-country on an ATV tour. Tours depart daily during the summer months, from a variety of locations, including Durango, Silverton and Glenwood Springs. Both guided and unguided…
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Rex2 Early Whitewater Rafting on the Lower Animas River

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The whitewater rafting season is underway and the Lower Animas River is calling all challengers! Thanks to an extra snowy winter, the rapids are flowing high and fast. It should be a long, fun season. You can raft the Animas River commercially through September (depending on water levels). The Lower Animas River cuts through downtown Durango and the Class III Whitewater Park, located just south of town. It's a perfect river for first-timers and families, as well as seasoned paddlers.   David Moler, owner and raft guide at Durango Rivertrippers, shares his news about the local whitewater park: "You have…
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Rex2 Riding in Style: Aboard the Amtrak to Glenwood Springs

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Denver to Glenwood Springs on the Amtrak is one of our best-sellers, and it’s not exactly a mystery why. Though trains may no longer be the most common mode of travel, they lend a touch of history, heritage and nostalgia to any vacation. A not-insignificant bonus of train travel: not driving. Instead, settle in and enjoy the epic views in an eco-friendly, low-stress fashion. This year round adventure is a perfect escape from the hustle-and-bustle of the Mile High City. Glenwood Springs has long been catering to tourists looking to unwind. Book your Glenwood Springs Amtrak Package today! The California…
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Rex2 Ride ‘n Relax in Glenwood Springs

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Most people know Glenwood Springs for its natural hot springs, and for good reason, they're awesome. Though most usually picture the massive swimming pool at Glenwood Hot Springs. However, there's another lesser known resort that folks love, Iron Mountain. Tucked away alongside the Colorado River, Iron Mountain Hot Springs is sure to relax away your worries. It's Glenwood's newest hot springs resort, open daily year round. Iron Mountain Hot Springs Sixteen cozy mineral pools, ranging from 99 to 108°F are the highlight at Iron Mountain. There's also a family swimming pool, filled with 100,000 gallons of fresh water that's heated…
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Rex2 8 Great Southwest Colorado Excursions

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Escape to the rugged San Juan Mountains this summer for a one-of-a-kind adventure. Every traveler from young to old and relaxed to go-getter will find a unique activity that's perfect for them. The mountain towns of Pagosa Springs, Durango, Cortez, Telluride, Ouray and Silverton await the eager traveler. We selected eight of the region's most popular attractions below. 1. Animas River Rafting With both the Upper and Lower Animas to choose from, you'll find a whitewater float that's right for you. Classes range from one to five, with the Upper Animas River being solely for thrill-seekers and experienced rafters. The…
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Rex2 Delve into Twelve Unique Durango Train Rides

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One of Southwest Colorado's biggest attractions is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The coal-powered train takes you back in time, winding riverside through canyons in the rugged San Juan Mountains. In addition to their frequent trips to Cascade Canyon and Silverton, the railroad hosts special themed trips year round, celebrating everything from beer and wine, to blues and Santa Clause. Here are some of our favorite annual events on-board the train: 1. Easter Beagle Express The Peanuts™ Easter Beagle Express features three holiday decorated cars, along with crafts, games and prizes catered to the whole family. Other highlights…
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Rex2 9 Fine Spring Festivals in Southwest Colorado

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Spring means more than a change of seasons in Southwest Colorado. It brings about a slew of warm weather activities and unique mountain festivals. The 2017 season runs from Monday, March 20th through Monday, June 19th. Southwest Colorado is an extraordinary region defined by the San Juan Mountains, which expand through a stunning array of landscapes. From Pagosa Springs to Durango to Telluride, we list our favorite annual events below. 1. Durango Bluegrass Meltdown April 21-23 - Listen to bands from across the country at the 23rd annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Venues include the historic Henry Strater Theater, Durango Arts…
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Rex2 9 Winter Adventures in Glenwood Springs

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Most travelers overlook this Colorado gem during the winter months, in favor of larger ski resort towns, such as Vail or Breckenridge. However, Glenwood Springs is an ideal destination to escape the winter crowds, while still enjoying all the favorite seasonal pastimes. Glenwood's most popular attraction, its hot springs, are even cozier in the winter. Skiing in Sunlight is a local's favorite, and snowmobiling the backcountry powder is sure to please. 1. Ski the Western Slope 67 crowdless ski trails await at Sunlight Mountain. This family favorite features 700 skiable acres and 2,000 feet of vertical, with 75% of the…
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Rex2 5 Ways to Enjoy Sledding in Durango

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The snow is here, winter is in full swing, and sledding is just one of many family-friendly ways to enjoy the season. Whether it’s a mellow slide down an in-town hill before a family meal or cup of coffee, or a ride through snow-dusted pines in the mountains, Durango knows how to ride: 1. Sleigh Rides North of town you’ll find two stables offering winter sleigh rides. At Buck’s Livery, conveniently located across the highway from Purgatory Resort, Belgian and Percheron Draft horses will pull you and your loved ones on an 8-person sleigh for an unforgettable sunset tour. About…
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Rex2 The Snowdown Breakdown: The History and Highlights of Durango’s Most Outlandish Event    

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Durango’s mid-winter festival is anything but glib. In fact, it’s the opposite. One of the largest winter festivals in all of Colorado, this little town pulls out all the stops for the nearly 40-year-old event. And this year’s theme (listen up you Star Wars lovers), “Durangalactic Snowdown,” is sure to attract an especially passionate crowd. Originally founded in 1979 as a desperate attempt to bring something bright and festive to the short, dark days of winter, the festival has grown exponentially. And, while each year brings new events and some events die-off, the classics hold strong and creative new ones…
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Rex2 Winter Getaways & the Ease of the Amtrak

By | Adventure Packages, Amtrak Train, Family Packages, Gift of Travel, Glenwood Springs Packages, Hot Springs, Multi Destination Packages, Ski Packages, Train Packages, Unique Packages | No Comments
  When it comes to travel, winter presents unique planning challenges. How long is it going to take to get there? What are the roads like? And most importantly: how do we make the most of our winter getaway? Instead of navigating busy freeways, trying to find parking at popular ski resorts, and driving to and from where you ski and where you stay, imagine parking your car at the Union Station in Denver and leaving the stress of bad roads and bad traffic behind. Keeping it stress -free: Instead of dodging semi trucks or eyeing speeding cars, you peer…
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Rex2 Only in Silverton: Four Uniquely Mountain-town Events

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Silverton is a mountain town in the southwest corner of Colorado (current population: 700).   Settled in a caldera at 9,300 feet, the tiny mining town was originally home to Ute Indians who spent summers hunting the highlands. In 1873 the Brunot Agreement opened the San Juan Mountains to settlement and by 1960 the first white men, miners, flocked to Silverton in search of silver and gold. The early days were marked by a rough and tumble crowd in a dangerous profession. As their numbers grew, churches, hospitals, a library, town hall and miner’s union moved into town and the population…
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Rex2 The Gift of Travel

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“Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.” – John Steinbeck Gift giving is never easy; it can be time-consuming and often costly, and while it can be deeply rewarding, that golden goose of the perfect gift often remains elusive. Not this year. This year, we’ve got your golden goose: the gift of travel. A Gateway Gift of Travel Certificate is easily personalized and timeless. After your recipient returns home, memories and lessons learned during the dream vacation stay with them long after movement has ceased. Through Gateway’s Gift of Travel Certificates, you can gift…
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Rex2 Experience winter aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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While we’re still relishing the beautiful days of fall, crisp mornings and snow-brushed peaks tell us winter is definitely making its way to Colorado. We’re excited about all the usual winter suspects—skiing and sledding, sleigh rides and cozy evenings—and one of the things we’re most excited about is winter rides aboard the Durango & Silverton’s Cascade Canyon Winter Train. For a quiet, serene and breathtakingly beautiful winter way to experience the San Juan Mountains covered in snow, consider our Durango Winter Train and Lodging Package. The crowds have simmered down since summer, and the early 1920’s vintage locomotive cars offer…
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Rex2 Durango: the perfect year-round wedding (or reunion) destination

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While summer is generally celebrated as prime wedding, reunion and general vacation season, Durango offers up a litany of reasons for planning a gathering any time of year. And, whether it’s a wedding, reunion or some other reason to gather together, we’re happy to help guide guests to their favorite activities so you don’t have to. We can host a wedding (or event page) on our site so that guests can call us to book reservations and have their questions answered. In other words, we’ll help lighten your planning load. Here are some seasonal highlights to consider when planning your…
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Rex2 Our Unforgettable “Accounts Retrievable”

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Chloe has been a member of our family and our "Accounts Retrievable" at Gateway Reservations for over 13 years.  One week ago Thursday, she passed in her sleep and will be missed by many. She was the sweetest, most loyal companion to our family.  Our employees, visitors, and friends all loved her.  Chloe occasionally received emails from our customers asking about pet-friendly lodging and activity options in Durango and she always had great advice to offer. Dogs are an intricate part of Durango’s unique sense of community. Dogs are everywhere and as all of us dog lovers know, they are part…
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Rex2 Gateway Reservation’s 30th Anniversary

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Gateway Reservations is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year (wahoo!), so we thought we’d share a little about the dynamic duo behind the scenes. THE TEAM: When Bruce and Lori Moss moved to Durango more than 26 years ago, they were immediately taken with this small, Southwestern town and worked hard to plant seeds here. In 2000 they bought Gateway Reservations—a dream business in an industry and a town they loved—so they could continue to raise their two children in Durango. They couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. And, they were more than qualified: Bruce had an extensive background and degree…
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Rex2 This Ski Season, Stay Slope-Side

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  As ski season fast approaches, we have families calling to plan their winter vacation and we're reminded of the perks of booking ski-in, ski -out accommodations.     Three reasons we prefer to stay slope-side: The flexible schedule: Do you have an uncle who wants to be on the first chair and a cousin who can’t wake up before noon? No worries. Everyone can rendezvous when the time is right, but there’s no tension caused by schedule preferences when you can all hit the slopes at your own pace. And, some can ski out in the morning not return…
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Rex2 How to spend your Turkey-day Getaway

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  Bring your family to Durango for a Thanksgiving that will leave you profoundly grateful for the love of family, and for the beauty of the San Juan mountains, the ancient culture of Mesa Verde, and that nostalgic and welcoming allure of the Old West. Here’s a unique and memorable way to spend your Turkey-day Getaway: Arrive Wednesday: One of the many wonderful things about Durango is that you don’t have to break the bank to get here; Durango is an incredible “drive-in” destination. From these nearby hubs, we’re just a quick and lovely jaunt away: Phoenix                       8 hrs. Albuquerque              …
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Rex2 More Mesa Verde, Please

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  Fall always brings flora to mind: trees that glow yellow, red, and orange are a classic portrait of the season. But changing leaves aren’t the only thing that color this region with an impressive pallet: an abundance of historic and cultural sites color the region with fascinating peeks into the past. Perhaps the most famous of these cultural sites, one of our favorites, is Mesa Verde National Park. And, while the ancient ruins tucked into high-desert alcoves are stunning year-round, fall offers prime temperatures and added color. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be9gfM_ej8Y There are numerous ways to see the Park, and we can…
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Rex2 Gateway’s Guide to Downtown Durango

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In our tiny town, we’re fortunate to have a wealth and range of premier dining options and cultural treats.         Here’s our list of top drinks & eats from our “Taste Buds” in downtown Durango to whet your appetite: Brew Pub & Kitchen BREW was opened by long-time Durango locals, Erik & Lainie Maxson in March of 2013. Their mission: make amazing, hand-crafted beer and delicious food from scratch. Top dish The Brew Burger—1/2 lb local Sunnyside Farms beef patty, caramelized onions, Monterey jack cheese & caper aioli on a house-made bun Top drink Ursula, a honey…
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Rex2 Our Favorite Ways to Witness Fall

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Fall is beautiful in Durango: the river runs clear, the trees are on fire, the air is crisp and the days sunny and pleasant. With colors beginning to change and peak season just around the bend, we thought we’d share a couple of our favorite ways to get out there and soak up the sights.         OUR TOP FIVE: Hike There are innumerable trails in the Durango area for reveling in the incredible autumn colors. Late September, head to the high country where the aspens are combusting and the air is crisp. In town, the Animas River Trail…
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Rex2 The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train: fall and winter highlights

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Though summer is drawing to a close, themed rides on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are ramping up. In many ways, fall and winter are our favorite seasons for train rides, and here’s why: THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride has to be our number one reason, and we’ll tell you why in a minute, but first, hurry and book! We know it feels early, but this train sells out so fast.       So, here’s why we (and apparently many, many others) love THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride:  This isn't just a train for kids-it brings out the…
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Rex2 The “musts” for your vacation to Ouray, Colorado

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While there’s not a lot you can do wrong on a visit to Ouray, there are definitely some things you can do right. We’re here to make sure you know what they are.       1) Stay centrally The town is tiny, it’s true, but at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet, even a short walk can feel like more. So grant yourself the luxury of staying smack dab in the middle of shops, restaurants, cafés, galleries and hikes at the Ouray Chalet Inn. They do a lovely job of pairing family-owned hospitality with first-class accommodation. Oh, and enjoying…
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Rex2 Photo Essay: Recent Off-Road Excursion with Durango Adventure Tours

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  Bruce and I just did the UTV rental (a Polaris RZR®) through Durango Adventure Tours, and we’re pretty excited to tell you about it. We went up Kennebec Pass in the La Plata Mountains (just a short drive from downtown Durango) with our son Jeremy and his fiancée Katy (spoiler alert: we didn’t scare her off!).   And it was such a blast (although sometimes hair-raising)!               At one point, we went over the notch at the pass and both Kaitlyn and I were alternating between laughing and crying.          …
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Rex2 A Final Summer Fling (until next year, anyway)

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In just a few short weeks (give or take), kids return to school, teachers to their posts, and most of us to our hometowns. But, that still leaves time for one last summer getaway, and we’ve got some great ideas to fill in that last blank spot on the calendar. Give the kids something to talk about back at school and make memories that will keep everyone connected, even once you’re back in the normal routine.       Rock climbing is one of our new favorite family-friendly activities. Learn to trust one another and overcome obstacles together with help…
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Rex2 Blasting Back: Experience that “Old West” Charm in Durango

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Part of Durango’s allure is how closely connected the town remains to its Western roots. And, while there are bountiful ways to experience the “Old West” in Durango, a couple of our favorites include spending an evening at the Bar D Chuckwagon and watching the Durango Western Show at the historic Henry Strater Theatre. Here’s the break down on blasting back to Durango’s storied past: Bar D Chuckwagon This is the perfect way to fill an afternoon and evening during your Durango stay. The grounds are open all day and the shops open at 5:30pm. There are nature trails, parks,…
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Rex2 For the love of the train

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We love the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It’s not that we think this makes us unique, or even that we love it more than most, but we just couldn’t keep it in any longer. So, again, we love that train. We love it in more ways than we know what to do with, and we (all of us here at Gateway Reservations) have our unique reasons, but here’s an attempt to synthesize and share just some of the things we love most about the train (because a love this strong just shouldn’t be kept a secret): We love the…
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Rex2 Dog-Friendly Vacations to Durango

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It’s happened to many of us: you’re planning, plotting and dreaming the perfect vacation and then you remember, the DOG! What are you going to do with the dog? Fortunately, you won’t have to fret over Fido when it comes to your Durango vacation. From dog-friendly accommodations to countless outdoor activities, there’s no shortage of pup-friendly adventures to be had in this small mountain town. Here’s a sample dog-friendly Durango itinerary for your summer visit: Let us help you book accommodation at any one of Durango’s numerous dog-friendly hotels, with options for every budget and in multiple locations in and…
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Rex2 Rock Climbing for Dummies

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I have to admit I was initially very nervous about rock climbing in Durango.  I have always had a paralyzing fear of heights!  I am also a 47 year old mother of two and am admittedly out of shape!   But, I am also normally up for an adventure and like to keep up with things to do in Durango.  So, when San Juan Mountain Guides offered to take us climbing, I responded with a hesitant “sure!” We met our guide, Eric, in the morning just before 8am, at their meeting place at The Rock Lounge in town.  He was ready…
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Rex2 10 Tips for Making the Most of the Monsoons

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    In the mountains of the southwest, monsoons are afternoon rainstorms that roll in, offer a welcome drenching of a thirsty landscape and some awe-inspiring thunder, and then they depart. And, while these drenching rains keep the fires at bay and the river raging, they can put a damper on pre-planned activities, unless you’re strategic. So, here are 10 tips and tools for making sure the monsoons enhance (instead of inhibit) your vacation: Get out early for outdoor activities! Hiking, biking and horseback rides should be scheduled for the morning Hop aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.…
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Rex2 The View from Up Here: A Bird’s Eye Package  

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Hiking, biking, train rides, horse-back rides and raft trips all offer up-close and personal interactions with everything from wild flowers and mountain waters to historic saloons and ancient ruins. And while intimate encounters are what travel is often all about, we’d argue that the “up-close” is made more powerful with a little perspective, which is to say: we’re big fans of flight. Make zooming out for a birds-eye-view of the wonder you witnessed up close a part—or the purpose—of your travels to Durango. Consider any combination of the following for a rare and spectacular perspective on the mountains, rivers and…
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Rex2 Sailing in Southwest Colorado

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  Who doesn’t love spending time on the water?  Well, you must try sailing in Southwest Colorado at Colorado's Navajo State Park, which is a huge reservoir (about 15,000 surface acres of clean, fresh water) located about 40 scenic miles south of Durango.  The staff at Gateway Reservations had an amazing afternoon sailing on Lake Navajo and enjoying a sunset cruise, thanks to Scott and Katie, owners at Peaks and Tides.  We were able to sail the afternoon winds, learn the basics of sailing, relax, laugh, eat, drink, and take in the beautiful fresh air and views.  I truly don't…
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Rex2 “Glamping” in Canyonlands

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National Park Service's 100th Birthday is August 25, 2016! Durango, located in Southwest Colorado, has been my home for more than 26 years (if you don't count the two short years spent in Jackson Hole), and I'm still in love with this place.  To honor the National Park Service’s upcoming 100th birthday this summer, I wanted to write about our recent getaway weekend to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014.  This Park is an easy, scenic 3-hour drive from Durango.  Beautiful farmland and snow-capped mountain vistas dotted the landscape along the way. We joined…
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Rex2 10 Tips and Tricks for Skiing from a Colorado Native

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  1. Take a break between your first and second day of skiing. We often want to squeeze in as much time as possible, or get that great discount by buying a 3 or 4 day lift ticket; but your body will thank you if you leave a day to rest after your first or second day of skiing. Often, resorts will let you use a 3-day lift ticket spread out over 4 days as long as you use it for the first day that you reserved it for. You will be sore and tired after your first day, and…
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Rex2 Colorful Colorado Via 4 X 4 Tour

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Autumn is the ideal time of year to visit Southwest Colorado! The aspen leaves are turning, resulting in vibrant colors and breathtaking views in every direction. We had the opportunity to experience the views in a unique way with an exciting 4 X 4 tour! Our knowledgeable guides from Durango Rivertrippers and Adventure Tours drove us high into La Plata Canyon in an open-air vehicle that allowed for panoramic views and the crisp, fresh air. As we ascended, our guide gave a history of this area’s rich past, and even stopped along the way so we could get out of…
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Rex2 Spring Fever in Durango, Colorado

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Everyone has Spring Fever here in beautiful Durango!  But winter is not over just yet!  Durango Mountain Resort is open for skiing and boarding until April 5th, so book your Spring Break trip now!  With over 300 days of sunshine a year,  it's always a great time for winter mountain fun!  If you don't ski, try a snowmobile adventure or a magical sleigh ride; there's something for everyone, here in paradise! The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is busy with its Cascade Winter Train through May 1st.  Enjoy Breathtaking views through a winter wonderland, in enclosed and heated train…
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Rex2 My Bucket List – Colorado Zip Line – CHECK!

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Last weekend, my husband and I checked off another exciting adventure from our Summer Bucket List Ideas!  We took the Durango zip line adventure of a lifetime!  If you're looking for  exciting and fun things to do in Durango, CO, look no further than Soaring Treetop Adventures!  This will be one of those Colorado vacations that you'll remember for the rest of your life! First, we boarded our deluxe train car in the morning, enjoying the breathtaking views on our two-hour journey to Tall Timber.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by a group of very friendly folks who made us…
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Rex2 Summer Offers Something For Everyone In Durango!

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With the fantastic weather we've been experiencing lately, it's time to think about planning a great summer vacation with your family!  There are so many things to do in summer right here in Durango, so allow yourself time to fit it all in! Perhaps the most popular draw to our area in the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  The summer train to Silverton runs from May 3rd to October 25th--seats book quickly, so call and reserve yours day.  We can put together a package with discounts on lodging and train tickets!  There are also several options available, from taking…
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Rex2 The Best Spring Break Ever!

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Living here in Durango, we don't really need to go anywhere for Spring Break!  It's all right here in our own backyard.  I'm planning a week for my family that we'll never forget! First, I reserved a hotel for us right in downtown Durango, with an indoor pool for the kids and a hot tub for us parents!  Plus, we'll be within walking distance of all the great restaurants and nightlife in Durango. On the first day of our Spring Break adventure, we're going skiing at Durango Mountain Resort!  Conditions have been great this year, and the groomers are incredible! …
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Rex2 Epic Snow Conditions in Durango

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Today, as I gaze out the window of my office at the beautiful falling snow, I'm reminded that Durango Mountain Resort is boasting EPIC early season snow conditions this year!  This new storm will bring even more powder, and that means I'll surely be up at the mountain this weekend with my family! Everywhere I look, I see snow capped peaks and folks bundled up--everyone is in the holiday spirit, shopping, dining out and attending various holiday events!  We are so lucky to actually live in a place that people save up all year to visit. If your friends and…
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Rex2 Giving the Gift of Lasting Memories

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This year for Christmas, I've decided to give my family the gift of memories!  (After all, don't they have enough toys?)  So I've decided to plan a surprise, mini vacation, right here at home in Durango! I've planned a great little getaway,  in a nice hotel in downtown Durango, where the kids can enjoy the indoor pool, and we can soak our cares away in the hot tub!  I'm also going to treat them to a fancy dinner at one of the many fine restaurants on Main Avenue.  We might even catch a concert, or one of the many events…
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Rex2 Enjoy Durango During November!

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As ski season quickly approaches (Durango Mountain Resort opens November 29th!!!), I'm reminded of all the wonderful things to see and do in Durango in addition to skiing!  If you're planning your trip before ski season, there's lots to do in the area to keep you entertained in the month of November! Soak your cares away at Trimble Hot Springs, and treat yourself to a massage while you're there. Take the short 30 minute drive to Ignacio to visit Sky Ute Casino and try your hand at the slots! And be sure to visit the Southern Ute Cultural Center and…
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Rex2 Fall Colors and Winter Ski Trips

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Today we're enjoying our first snowfall of the season in downtown Durango, CO!  The flakes are huge!  But there's still time to enjoy the Fall colors before you begin planning your winter ski vacation.  The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train will run through October 26th, at which time it will close for 3 weeks to prepare for the opening of the Winter Cascade Canyon Train on November 27th.  The Fall colors are at their peak right now, so it's definitely not too late to ride the train to Silverton and soak up those breathtaking views.  Bring your camera!…
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Rex2 Fall Colors with Family and Friends

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This weekend, the fall colors will most likely be peaking in Silverton, CO.  I'm super excited to ride the train with my family to soak in nature's splendor!  Even after living here for over 12 years, I continue to be awestruck by the beauty in the Four Corners area.  Not only are the views breathtaking  in every direction, but the many activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts keep us active and excited about life! Last weekend, our good friends from back East came to visit!  Friday night was spent catching up at our favorite restaurant, El Moro, followed by window…
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Rex2 Skiing in September?

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Believe it or not, we were excited to see that the San Juan's are already seeing powder!  Last weekend, Silverton Mountain got 2 to 3 feet of snow which was enough to even carve some turns...  We are hopeful that this will be a sign of a great winter to come.  Check out the recent article in the Durango Herald about the fresh snow in Silverton. With an unbelievable amount of earth quenching rain over the last few weeks, all signs point to an amazing winter in the Southwest and that means amazing ski packages with great powder! As they…
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Rex2 Never Goodbye, Just So Long For Now

By | Adventure Packages, Adventures, Biking, durango, Durango Events, Durango Family Packages, Durango Packages, Durango Tours, Durango Zip Line, Events, Festivals, Hiking, Hot Springs, packages, Rafting, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Special Events, train, Train Rides, Uncategorized, Unique Packages, Vacation, Zipline | No Comments
It’s been a wild ride folks, but after 44 years living and working in Durango, and three and a half years working for Gateway Reservations, my family and I are off to explore other horizons.  As my soon-to-be former boss Bruce Moss says, “Living the Dream.” Tomorrow is my last day here at Gateway, and it is a bitter sweet moment for me. Not only will I miss the great people I work with, but all of the fantastic activities that I will not have at my door step.  The Durango & Silverton Railroad, riding through some of the most…
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Rex2 Hey Durango! The Fair Has Arrived!

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I love all the events at the fair, however I mostly love the food! Where else can you get away with eating curly fries smothered in cheese sauce and green chili with a side of half a turkey leg? Lets not forget all the animals! The beautiful, and can I say "well groomed" cows, the just washed look of the rabbits and roosters, the soft and fuzzy new born lambs. I am always in awe of the 4H exhibits; the prize winning vegetables, and the arts & crafts.  These kids are amazing to say the least. The fair starts TODAY,…
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Rex2 Jeep Tours in the San Juans

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Looking for another great way to cool off and enjoy the beautiful mountains in the Durango area?  Last weekend we gave relatives from the desert of Phoenix a great adventure in the cool San Juan Mountains. We started in Durango and took the fabulous Million Dollar Highway north to Silverton, an interesting old mining town.  We then took part of the Alpine Loop that takes you over Engineer Mt Pass (at 12,700 feet you truly feel as though you are on top of the world!) and down into the tiny mountain town of Ouray.   Along with the incrediable views,  we enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers,…
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Rex2 Durango Named One of Top 5 Places Every American Should See

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Excited to see that yet again, Durango has received some fantastic recognition for being one of 5 places that every American should visit! The Today Show on NBC recently did a piece on their top 5 picks of beautiful places that every person should see and we couldn't agree more! Check out the story below and make sure to make Durango a stop on your next great adventure in America! Let us help you plan your vacation to Durango and find the perfect fit for your lodging and activities to match your budget and interests. Call us to plan your…
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Rex2 What a Cool Down This Was!

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Doesn't this look refreshing? There is nothing like ending a hot summer day with a exhilarating raft trip on our famous and beautiful Animas River.  My daughter and I hooked up with Durango Rivertrippers yesterday and had the best time ever.  Our guide was very professional, knowledgeable, and funny. The family we rode with were visiting from Oklahoma and had not been to the mountains before, let alone on a river rafting trip. After learning I am a life-long local and work for Gateway Reservations, they had all kinds of questions on other activities they could enjoy while visiting our…
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Rex2 Gateways New Look

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As we get ready to enter our 26th year of serving the visitors to Durango and the greater Southwest, Gateway Reservations is excited to show off our brand new look!  After many years with the quintessential aspen tree logo, we decided that we needed to get with the times and take on a fresh new look to match our long history of destination vacation planning services.  After all, most of us don't still have the same look in the kitchen as we did in 1986 right?! So after much deliberation, time, and development, we have a brand new look and…
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Rex2 Spring is Finally Here

By | Adventure Packages, Adventures, durango, Durango Family Packages, Durango Packages, Family Packages, Hiking, Multi Destination Packages, packages, Rafting, train, Train Packages, Train Rides, Uncategorized, Unique Packages, Vacation, Vacation Planning, Zipline | No Comments
So yes, it is snowing today, April 9. However that is spring time in Colorado for you. The daffodils are blooming, the grass is turning green, the birds are singing and we think its a great time to visit Durango! In less then one month the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will start it's 2013 summer excursions.  Soon after the snow will be melting rapidly in the San Juans and the Animas river will be willing us to hop aboard her rapids  for some much anticipated spring time water fun. The ATV's and Jeeps are coming out of their winter slumber ready to tackle…
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Rex2 Durango – One of the Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns in North America

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We always love to hear that Durango is back in the news for gaining yet another ski honor!   National Geographic has just named Durango one of the Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns in North America!  In publication known for understanding what makes a world-class destination, National Geographic noted that Durango's friendly, unpretentious atmosphere mixed with a variety of outdoor adventure makes it a perfect place for families to enjoy epic skiing and snowboarding on a trip that won't break the bank.  Our actual award from the  story was for being the "Best For: Budget-minded families with multisport inclinations and a…
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Rex2 Durango – Most Affordable Ski Vacation In North America

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Well, Durango is back in the news for being one of the best ski values on the continent! Trip Advisor recently completed the Trip Advisor Index: Ski index for 2012 / 13 and we are excited to see something that we actually already knew... Durango is one of the best ski values in the world and the #1 value in North America!  When looking at the total package of what it costs for a hotel stay, lifts, rentals, a meal and, most importantly, a beer - Durango was by far the best value and most affordable at an easy going…
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Rex2 Congratulations To Our Ski Free Promo Winner

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How many contests have we entered in our lives where we never hear about a winner and find it hard to believe that they ever gave anything away at all?  How often have I said to myself, " I never win anything?"  Well, sometimes it's true - but just sometimes, there are contests with real winners! So we wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Kelsey H. on winning our recent free ski package giveaway!  She will enjoy a free 2 night stay in Durango along with 2 days on the slopes at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort for 2…
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Rex2 Buy 3 Get 4 is Back!

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One of Durango's best ski deals is back this year with the return of the Durango Buy 3, Get 4 package.  It is one of the Southwest's best ski values and it's easy... If you stay for 3 nights in Durango at your choice of some of Durango's best in-town lodging and ski, we will throw in a 4th night for free!  On top of that, we have included some of our absolute best lift ticket discounts, rental discounts and more! Visit our Buy 3 Get 4 Package page, enter your stay of 4 nights and you will only pay…
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Rex2 2012 U.S. Capital Christmas Tree in Durango!

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be on display as it travels across the country on a 23-day tour of 27 communities across Colorado and the country before it arrives in the nation’s capital. The truck transporting the tree will be surrounded by a banner that people can sign with holiday wishes to the nation. Durango is one of the stops along the tour this year! Why not come visit us this Friday, November 9th to see our nation's tree, and while your here stay a couple of days to see all of our beautiful sites in our area as well.…
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Rex2 There is still Lots to do in Durango

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So the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has run its last trip to Silverton for the season and the slopes have not opened yet.  This doesn't mean you have to stay home and wait for something fun to come your way. Why not visit Durango now? With the summer crowds gone it is a great time for a getaway!   Stop by for a few days and visit Mesa Verde National park. This is a perfect time of year to explore the ruins, and you will have plenty of time to sit a spell and just enjoy the quietness of…
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Rex2 Want to Ski for Free?

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What's better than carving down the slopes at Durango Mountain Resort on a perfect powder day?  Carving down the slopes for free!  We are excited to host our Free Ski Package giveaway again this year! Personally speaking, I was never one of the cool kids in school and I learned the value of buying off new friends.  It's not that they didn't want to be my friend... they just needed a little incentive to hang out with me and find out how cool I really was!  Well, I continue that tradition today.  We know that you will like being a…
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Rex2 Durango Colorado Fall Activities

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Fall is in the air!  Durango is the perfect place to experience fall colors whether you want a romantic getaway or an adventure in the foliage. Nothing is more romantic then riding the historical Durango and Silverton Train in the mountains amid the foliage. View the spectacular colors by train and then spend the night in one of our many lodging options. The cool fall air will make you hungry so make sure to book a reservation at one of our amazing restaurants.  If you need to relax after a long summer of playing try a spa treatment to work…
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Rex2 The Dog Days Still Rolling In

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The dog days of summer are still upon us, so why not take advantage of all the "cool" offerings our area has in store for you? We can customize any of our discounted vacation packages to fit your needs and budget.  May I suggest staying one or two days in the historic mining town of Silverton?  We can not only book your lodging, we can also book unique activities for you as well. For example, we can book a half or full day 4-wheel drive excursion for you.  Touring elevations  of over 11,000 feet, you will not only discover some of…
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Rex2 The Ultimate Train Package

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Recently, Christy wrote a post that was dedicated to Train Enthusiasts Only.  After all of the great response that we received from our customers and realizing how much fun a journey like this would be for the true train enthusiast, we decided to create a new vacation package built just for them... The Ultimate Train Package!  This one of a kind journey will take you on 3 separate railroad excursions to see some of the absolute most beautiful country in Colorado! Start out this unique train vacation package with 2 nights stay in Alamosa, CO and a ride on a…
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Rex2 Durango Wedding Party Ideas

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Durango is a great place to get married, and we can help you plan something original for your bachelor or bachelorette party.  Durango also offers fantastic ways to spend the days before your wedding relaxing with family and friends. If you want your party to be an adventure try a raft trip on the Upper Animas river for 1-3 days.  During the day ride down class VI and V rapids and at night gaze at the stars around the campfire.  A memorable way to spend time with friends before your big day. Do you and your friends love local micro-brewed beer? Book…
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Rex2 For Train Enthusiasts Only!

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Just how much of a train buff are you? If your answer is that you love nothing more than the smell of coal in the morning and the cry of a steam engine whistle; then one of our many train and lodging packages is just what you need to scratch that train itch. We have three historical trains right here in Southwestern Colorado, the Rio Grande Railroad, the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Start your adventure in Alamosa, CO. riding the Rio Grande; this tour train ride takes you through breathtaking mountain valleys…
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Rex2 Turning a home into a Vacation Rental

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Durango City Council recently announced that the city will be waiving fees and permit requirements for homeowners that want to offer their homes as vacation rentals as more than 20,000 cyclists, media and enthusiasts descend upon Durango for the US Pro Challenge Bike Race this August.   As Durango prepares to almost certainly run into capacity issues, many Durango residents are planning to get out of town and earn some extra income by putting their house up for rent.  However, with a flood of new homes entering the rental pool, owners also need to thoroughly consider what it takes to successfully…
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Rex2 New Tours Available Southern Ute Cultural Museum

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Durango is well known for its scenic and cultural tours; visitors can tour Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Hovenweep and many more historical places.  The Southern Ute Cultural Museum tells the story of the Ute Tribe with an open interactive space.  The permanent exhibit starts at the circle of life theatre which shows a short film featuring music, photography, and spoken remembrances.  The self-guided tour moves on to show important aspects of the tribe throughout the ages including horses, storytelling and petroglyphs.  The outside of the museum is home to native gardens which are full of plants used for food, medicine, and ceremonial purposes.  If you want to…
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Rex2 Durango – One of the Best Small Towns In America

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It is no surprise that Durango has made the news again as we were recently voted as one of the best small town's in America by Smithsonian Magazine.  Durango has long been knows as a beautiful Outdoor Adventure Hub and a cultural and historical gem in the heart of the Southwest which offers something for every family!  This piece was done by reporters from KREX news in Grand Junction as they came down to experience all that Durango had to offer including the famous Durango & Silverton Train Ride, our historic downtown and 3rd Ave, Fort Lewis College and more.…
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Rex2 Perfect Rafting For the Entire Family

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This weekend I took my 8 year old son, sister-in-law and father-in-law on a rafting trip on the Animas River.  Thanks to Dan at Mountain Waters Rafting and our great guide, Dane, we had an awesome time!  The river is running swiftly and we covered almost 5 miles in just over an hour!  The rapids were churning and the cool water was quite exhilarating at 9 o’clock in the morning!  This was such a great trip that all of us, kids to seniors, had a memorable trip.  I would highly recommend making rafting part of your vacation plans to Durango…
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Rex2 Durango is Pet Friendly

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Chloe here; I am one of the great travel experts at Gateway Reservations. I wanted to make sure I mentioned all of the pet friendly lodging choices Durango has available. One of the reasons visitors like Durango is because of the pet friendly lodging options that are available to them. Whether you would like to stay in a hotel, condo, or a private vacation home, Gateway Reservations can help you reserve the perfect accommodation for you and your four legged pal.  Are you planning a day trip on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train, or  Mesa Verde National Park? How…
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Rex2 The White Water is Here!

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Gateway Reservations phone lines have been ringing off the hook with traveler’s eager to get out and tackle the white water this season. Whether you are looking to undertake a two-day voyage on those class 5 rapids on the Upper Animas River, or looking for more of a temperate half-day trip on the lower Animas, Gateway Reservations has a perfect excursion waiting for you. Our knowledgeable travel experts will help you put together a summer adventure ideal for your tastes.  One of our most popular summer discounted packages is the Durango Rivers, Rails, and Trails Package.  Select accommodations of your choice; enjoy…
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Rex2 Durango Named Best New Adventure Hub

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Durango is in the press again, honored as one of the best outdoor adventure hubs in the world!  This time, Durango took 2nd place as the runner up to Lake Wanaka, New Zealand in the April 2012 edition of Outside Magazine.  We have to say, there is no shame in being 2nd to a beautiful and diverse place like New Zealand, but we are guessing that Durango just might be a bit more accessible to the majority of us in the U.S. this year!  Sure, we would all love to enjoy the scenic beauty and outdoor wonder that New Zealand has…
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Rex2 Spring is Fast Approching

By | Biking, durango, Durango Family Packages, Durango Packages, Durango Zip Line, Family Packages, packages, train, Train Rides, Unique Packages, Vacation, Vacation Planning, Zipline | No Comments
The snow is melting, the  buds are on the trees, and the daffodils are starting to peak their way through the thawing ground. What a beautiful time of year to visit our neck of the woods! Durango has several spring time activities for a couple needing a weekend get-a-way or family wanting some outdoor fun in the warm spring sun.  How does a train ride on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad sound? What about zip lining through our majestic Ponderosa Pines? Rent a bike and ride on the river trail, stoping at the Discovery Muesum for a fun visit.  It's also a perfect time of…
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Rex2 Spactacular Winter Balloon Rides in Durango

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With our recent snow we have received, what could be more beautiful then a hot air balloon ride. Soaring through the crisp air high above the ground through our Animas Valley, the peaceful winter backdrop and 360 panoramic views will having you gasping in amazement!  Why not book our popular Durango Romantic Getaway Package.  Stay in one of our historical hotels, receive a couples massage and soak at Trimble Spa and Hot Springs, and the next morning head out to the valley for your personal balloon ride.  If you can stay with us a little longer, the skiing and snowmobiling are great right…
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Rex2 Snowing in the Southwest!

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All ski season long, we have been hearing about how there is not enough snow around the country for skiers to get their turns in, despite the fact that Durango Mountain Resort has maintained a base of more than 10 inches more snow than some of our Colorado neighbors (check out a CO Snow Report here).  Well, we have been faithfully doing the snow dance here at Gateway for some time and it is finally paying dividends today! We woke up to fresh powder this morning. Saw about 6 Inches at my house and about 3 in town when I…
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Rex2 The Southwest Epic Ski Package

By | durango, Durango Mountain Resort, Multi Destination Packages, Ski Packages, Skiing, Snowboard Packages, Snowboarding, telluride, Telluride Ski Packages, Unique Packages, Vacation Planning | No Comments
For the first time, we have built the perfect package for the true ski / snowboard enthusiast - the Epic Ski Package!  For the real powder hound, this package offers incredible discounts on lodging and lift tickets to the most popular ski mountains in the Southwest - Purgatory Resort and Telluride Mountain. This 4 night, 4 ski day package is the only one of its kind - letting you customize a package to two of the Southwest's best ski mountains for one incredible value. Start your trip in Durango and chose from one of hundreds of lodging options.  Whether you…
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Rex2 Our 2012 Ski Package Giveaway!

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What is better than epic skiing at Purgatory Resort - one of Colorado's most well-rounded and family friendly mountains?  How about a 2 night, 2 day ski package for 2 adults for FREE?! We are once again offering our great 2012 ski package giveaway!  The contest is simple.  Tell us why you and a guest deserve a Colorado ski getaway and, if we pick your entry, it's yours.  All we want is for you to find some creative way to let us know why you need it more than others.  Send us a video, draw a picture, write a story...…
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Rex2 Don’t Miss the Durango Polar Express!

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All Aboard!  The Durango Polar Express Train is back this winter, bringing the magic of the holiday season to life!  This one of a kind train ride brings the Polar Express story to life as you journey to the "North Pole" aboard the Durango Train - sure to be fun for the whole family and will create memories to last a lifetime for kids and parents alike! Your journey starts out as the Polar Express pulls into the station and the conductor yells "All Aboard!"  Just as in the movie, kids wear their pajamas and, as the train pulls out…
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Rex2 Snowmobile Adventures

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For a family or individual adventure, snowmobiling is fun for all! Whether you would like an hour in the back country or a full day packed with the most spectacular winter scenery Colorado has to offer. If this is your first time on a snow mobile, or you are a seasoned rider, we can help you put together a snow mobile tour that fits your needs and your budget.  Give us a call or stop by our activities center and let us help you put together a vacation you will never forget!  
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Rex2 Purgatory Resort Opening Day!

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Finally, Ski / Snowboard season is officially here!  If you are a powderhound like we are,  you will be just as excited as we are that the season is finally upon us.  Today is Durango Mountain Resort's official opening day and we even received some fresh snow last night for a fresh season. Check out some of the great Purgatory at DMR ski packages today, tune up your gear and get ready to hit the slopes.  With great deals like our discounted lodging and lift package or the special Buy 3, Get 4 package - you can take advantage of…
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Rex2 Experience Mesa Verde Winter Tours

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Not everyone knows that Mesa Verde National Park is open year round!  Experience the grandur of  Ancestral Pueblo ruins in the scenic winter surrondings of Southwest Colorado.  Mesa Verde Tours operates full day guided tours of the park.  They even pick you up right from your Durango hotel!  Be sure to include Mesa Verde in your winter vacation to Durango, along with skiing and the Durango & Silverton Train.  
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Rex2 The Great Sky Ute Loot Giveaway!

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Looking for a fun activity while visiting the Durango area?  Why not take the short drive to Sky Ute Resort and Casino in Ignacio, CO.  A gift just for you, if you reserve lodging with any of our great accommodation options, we will give you $20 FREE in Sky Ute Loot. Better yet, if you stay at one of the luxury hotel rooms at Sky Ute Resort, we will give you $25 in Sky Ute Loot!  Experience state-of-the-art gaming, with a 45,000 square foot gaming floor, dine in one of the five superb restaurants, or challenge each other with a couple of…
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Rex2 Buy 3, Get 4 is back this winter!

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One of the best ski package values in Colorado is back again for the 2011 / 2012 ski season!  Buy 3 Get 4 at Durango Mountain Resort is just that... Simply stay 3 nights and ski for 3 days at one of our many select partners, and you can enjoy a 4th night of lodging and 4th day of lift tickets on us!  Home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado and the entire U.S., this is sure to be one of the absolute best ski package deals around. Durango Mountain Resort is home to over 1360…
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Rex2 Gateway’s “Four-Legged” Friendly Office

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In addition to having some of the friendliest and most helpful travel experts available in the Southwest, we were recently featured in a special Fall issue of Durango Living, by the Durango Herald for one of our less well known agents, Chloe - our Accounts "Retreivable" specialist.  This special section of the magazine was devoted to the dog friendly nature of Durango and some of us lucky few that get to invite our four-legged friends to spend our days with us! Check out the article here! It was a fun article that highlights how our dogs can be more than just our…
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Rex2 Durango named as one of the “Best Towns in the USA” by Outside Magazine!

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Well, it's no surprise to those of us that live and work in Durango that it was recently named one of a handful of the "Best Places to Live" in the USA by Outside Magazine in its upcoming October 2011 issue!   Durango was proud to be one of the 19 "perfect towns" that were named in their selection of the Best Places to Live.  Among the highlights, the readers selected Durango because of our "geographic and cultural link between high desert and high country," over 1000 miles of mountain biking surrounding town, Skiing at DMR, 4 different Breweries, and our…
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Rex2 Soaring Tree Top Adventures

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Okay, we'll admit it...We have a great job! We get to help people plan vacations and to come and enjoy some of the most beautiful and unique destinations in the Southwest. Also, every once in a while, we have the opportunity to go out there and try out some of the exciting activities for ourselves. Well, we recently had one of those great opportunities as the crew at Gateway Reservations went out to take on one of Durango's most exciting and unique activities - the Soaring Tree Top Adventure! Soaring Tree Top Adventures is a local zip lining activity, although…
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Rex2 New Durango Activities Center!

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After more than 15 years, Gateway Reservations has moved locations!  We have officially opened our brand new Activities Reservations Center in Durango at 2007 Main Ave, Ste B.  This great new location will allow us to offer Durango's first walk-in lodging, activity and package reservations center! That means that once you arrive in Durango, we can help you create the perfect customized itinerary for your vacation by providing personalized advice, suggestions and trip planning services upon your arrival! Drop by our new location at 2oth and Main today for all of your Southwestern vacation planning services! View Larger Map Check…
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Rex2 The Iron Horse Cycling Package

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Have you ever wanted to take on one of the most unique and challenging cycling race courses in the U.S. for Durango's annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race?  If this has been on your personal bucket list but you just haven't been able to get registered or make it for the race, this is your chance! Ride the course to Silverton and then enjoy a beautiful ride back to Durango aboard the historic Durango & Silverton train. Have friends and family along on the trip? They can ride the train round trip to meet you in Silverton and then you…
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Rex2 The Train Enthusiasts Package

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Do you love Trains?  If you have a passion for historic coal fired steam engine trains, we have the vacation experience for you!  Our Train Enthusiasts Package is one of the most unique vacation packages in the Southwest for the train lovers in your family.   Start out your trip with a stay in beautiful Pagosa Springs, CO - home to the world-famous healing waters of the Pagosa Hot Springs or a locals favorite, the Overlook Hot Springs. After you spend your first night in Pagosa, you will take the scenic ride down to Chama, NM where you will depart aboard…
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Rex2 Summer Packages Now Available!

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Its that time of year again... As we say goodbye to another great winter ski season, we are excited to ring in a beautiful summer season.  This summer, we have put together more fun, exciting and unique vacation packages than ever before.  No matter what your family likes to do, we have an adventure that is sure to be a perfect fit.    Here are just some of the incredible summer packages that you will find this year: Durango's Train and Lodging Package - Our longest running and most popular package - enjoy lodging of your choice in Durango, CO and great…
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Rex2 The Durango Discovery Package

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Looking for a vacation filled with family fun, unique southwestern history and scientific exploration? We are guessing that you may have never thought that those 3 things could go together so well but the Durango Discovery Package does just that for one of the most unique vacation experiences in Durango.   Durango is famous for its rich frontier history and cultural heritage, but many don't know that it also has a thriving science and technology sector and long history of scientific innovation. Spend a morning, afternoon, or all day exploring the new museum, located in a fully renovated historical 1893 power plant.  It’s hands-on,…
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Rex2 Full Blast Ziplines Expansion

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New in the summer 2011 season, Durango's newest zip line just got bigger and better!  The Full Blast Adventure Center is undergoing construction now to significantly expand their zip-line tours starting in May, 2011!  This new expansion, called the Ponderosa Grande Tour, will include over 1 and 1/2 hours of more high flying adventure and almost double the total size of the course, including a new zipline that will take you flying back to the adventure center with a brand new rooftop landing zone! Also brand new in 2011 is the Full Blast "Night Flight."   What could be better than the…
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Rex2 Durango beer tours are up and running!

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Well, not too long after Bruce's inagural run on Durango's full brewery tour, the tour is up and running and is great fun for any true beer lover.  We have built Durango's first brewery tour package, the  "City of Brewerly Love" package, named after Durango's self-proclaimed title as a true beer loving town.  We have made it easier and more affordable than ever before to enjoy our award-winning craft brews while you learn about the brewing process at each of our 4 breweries.   Enjoy the differences and similarities of our close knit brewery family at Ska Brewing Co., Carvers Brewing Co., Durango Brewing…
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