Though it’s hard to believe, Durango somehow becomes more magical once autumn hits and there are so many fall activities that take place here. The crisp mountain air coupled with the changing leaves and plenty of locals taking advantage of the last vestiges of warmer weather makes you fall even deeper in love with our friendly little town. From activities for the whole family to the adventure seekers, we’ve compiled our list of some of the best things Durango has to offer in the fall months.
You don’t have to be eight years old to love this outing. This cute PEANUTS™ train ride is everything that is right about fall: pumpkins, hay, trains, crisp air. The event begins October 7th and takes place every Saturday and Sunday prior to the week before Halloween. As the train leaves the station, all kids receive a trick-or-treat bag while listening to a special reading of the classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Once you get to the pumpkin patch, you will be beside yourself with choices. There are live reindeer, costume contests, wagon rides, face painting, food tents, and live musical entertainment.
Beer, games, vendors, and much more! What else could you need? Durango knows how to speak to the inner child in us! Well, except for the beer part! This event is taking place at Purgatory Resort this year from 11 am to 5 pm on October 7th. This event only happens once a year, so do not miss your chance!
If you want to be even more at ease while attending this event, book your lodging at the mountain in advance so you don’t have to drive afterwards!
For updates on Oktoberfest: www.oktoberfestdurango.com
Perhaps the most obvious reason to come to Durango in the fall – COLORS! They are so incredible to see that it had to make this list. Even though fall is technically just starting, you should know our colors have already been on the move for the past few weeks. There’s still time to see them north of town near Purgatory and up towards Silverton (one of the more popular sights), but winter tends to strike earlier there so don’t wait! Most Coloradans go color chasing from mid-September to mid-October. Experts say the peak time to watch the colors change is about October 1 -16th. Enjoy the vibrant yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds while you hike, bike, or have a picnic!
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, And More Pumpkins…
And if you are not impressed with Durango’s roundup of fall activities so far, James Ranch can offer you more classic fall activities. Especially if you are in the mood for some pumpkin hunting, carving, or pumpkin parties. They even offer squash picking where you can purchase a burlap sack and fill it with as much squash as you can fit. Everything from Acorn to Spaghetti! To top it all off, James Ranch hosts a popular harvest party that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Outdoorsy Activities You Don’t Want to Miss…
You were probably wondering if the weather is compatible with more outdoorsy activities. YES! It just might require some extra clothing. Hiking, fishing, biking, and camping are still a go this time of year. Just take precautions about the possibility of cold weather (even snow) when you’re camping, hiking mountains, etc. Late September through November are great times to take advantage of the beautiful weather and changing fall colors. Enjoy the time outside before the snow flies!
Do you need an adrenaline rush? Take fall to the next level with zip lining! Zip through the highlighter-yellow and burnt-orange aspen trees and over the river. There is so much to see and what a great way to experience the full effect of fall in the San Juan mountains than by flying through the colors?
Free Fall Events
Most of these activities are surprisingly affordable, but if you’re looking for more events:
- Storytime: You and your child can enjoy reading and Storytime at Maria’s Bookshop on Main Avenue, which takes place every Tuesday starting now until mid-December.
- Durango Flea Market: Happening every Sunday through October 29th at La Plata Fairgrounds! Pick up something new or sell something old!
It is almost impossible to suffer from cabin fever when you visit Durango this time of year, or any time of year, if we’re being honest. See for yourself why Durango is the perfect fall retreat.