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 Durango event:


The trees are green, the river running, and there are countless opportunities—from biking and rafting to historic train rides and cultural tours—for everyone to find something that strikes their fancy. A summer wedding or reunion at Purgatory Resort offers spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains. For something truly unique, consider getting married aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We can help sort out logistics for nearby accommodations and other travel plans.



In the spring (and summer), the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Durango offers unmatched riverside accommodations. Spring flowers bloom along the river trail and rafting season is in full swing. Guests can easily walk to downtown Durango from the hotel.



The Strater Hotel, Silverpick Lodge and Purgatory Resort all offer spectacular winter celebration venues. At the Strater, enjoy the magic of a snow-covered downtown Durango from the window of your historic and beautiful suite. They can cater and host a wedding in the downstairs banquet rooms. At both Silverpick and Purgatory, take advantage of magical, snow-capped scenery, and luxury accommodations near venues designed for weddings and celebrations. You’re in the mountains, so skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, and horse-drawn sleigh rides will all be available to your guests! We can help them get oriented.




River Bend Ranch in the stunning Animas Valley is one of our favorite fall locations; cottonwoods along the banks are a brilliant yellow, set against the red Hermosa Cliffs. Warm days and cool nights make for a fun-filled, cozy . Historic train rides, 4×4 tours, a visit to Mesa Verde and endless hiking opportunities all offer unforgettable additions to your family affair.


fall colors, durango train

If you have trouble deciding which season makes the most sense for your special event, give us a call. We can talk through your priorities and challenges and help you come up with a time of year and style of celebration that makes the most sense for you!


*All photographs courtesy of DATO.