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No matter your age, Colorado is full of amazing things to do during any season. If you like adventurous vacations or relaxing ones, exciting things to do or cultural experiences, Durango has a ton of activities to appease everyone. Especially, if you’re empty-nesters or retired.

Did you know that the words “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain,” from our famed America the Beautiful were inspired and penned after the author had hiked a Colorado peak? We live in a truly beautiful country! It makes me want to swirl on a mountaintop like Julie Andrews thinking of all that beauty and all the fun ways to enjoy it.

Depending on the season, there’s no question as to how much fun you could have exploring Colorado’s beautiful outdoors. Survey the ruggedness of the area by Jeep and there’s nothing like off-roading in a 4×4 to make for an exhilarating day.

Rent a UTV and explore the backcountry!

Do you love to fish? Some of my most favorite memories were spent casting into pristine waters and enjoying my labors later that night with delicious pan-fried trout or salmon.  Durango offers fly fishing guided tours. If you like the water, but not the fishing, you can also learn to sail!

Does a hot-air balloon ride over unparalleled views pique your interest? There are views of the Rocky Mountains you didn’t even know were possible!

What about kayaking? Depending on where you access the water, kayaking can be a gloriously relaxing afternoon or send your heartbeat skyrocketing as you traverse Class IV and V whitewater.  Durango, Glenwood Springs, and Telluride have more than a few options to choose from like Colorado Outback Adventures, Durango Rafting Company, Glenwood Adventure Company, and Kayak Telluride.

Winter sleigh rides, Durango CO

Snuggle up behind gorgeous horses on an unforgettable sleigh ride. Photo courtesy of DATO.

Does a romantic evening sleigh ride bring someone special to mind?  Purgatory embodies a Winter Wonderland and the beautiful horses take it to another level.

Are you ready to take a spectacular gondola ride to the top of mountains or soak your bones in a deliciously hot, sulfur-free springs?  Does overhearing someone talk about strapping on a pair of crampons make you say, “What’s a crampon?” Well, fear not – you can learn all about it when you try canyoneering!

Would you rather hike down into narrow gorges and deep canyons or enjoy them from the comfort of your seat on a scenic train ride while nibbling hors-d’oeuvres and sipping wine?

Do you think that the best views come from the biggest climbs?  Do you long for a horseback ride through thick aspen groves, wildflowers, and sprawling meadows? Glenwood Adventure Company, Buck’s Livery, and Over the Hill Outfitters have options for those wanting a true taste of what the West has to offer.

Cascade Canyon Winter Train

Come to Colorado. See Durango, Ouray (the “Switzerland of America”), Glenwood Springs, or Telluride – all of these lovely mountain towns are the essence of Colorado’s alpine beauty.  We also have Mesa Verde National Park (the visitor’s center is just an hour away from Durango!) which is one of 20 World Heritage Sites in the entire country and has a 700-year tour happening this year! Durango (our hometown) has been enticing people from around the country and even the world to ride its Narrow Gauge Railroad. Pagosa Springs, known for its world-famous hot springs and Wolf Creek ski area, is another quaint little town with so much to offer. Colorado supplies visitors with incomparable outdoor adventures, matchless skiing, and unrivaled scenic beauty.

I’ll be honest though, sometimes I’ve needed a vacation from trying to plan a vacation! The strain and time involved to find a great place that suits my preferences, including traveling, lodging, availability of good restaurants (a personal pleasure), and area attractions can be daunting and expensive – if not well thought out.  So, whether you’re a sit-down vacationer like myself or on the cover of Shape Magazine, there’s so much to do, see, enjoy, taste, and experience.  Let us help you find it!