Although there may be intermittent flurries, the slumber of winter is making way for more springtime sunshine. In some areas, there may be a little bit of snow along the road, but for the most part, springtime is coming alive in Durango. Take a look at the many fun adventures to be had when exploring the area in the crisp morning air or wait a few hours until the sun warms things up a little bit.

Springtime Skiing? Yes, it’s a thing!

The calendar may say that it is spring, but that does not mean that you need to put your skis, snowboard, and sled away, as there is still plenty of opportunities to speed down the slopes on your selected mode of transport. Head on over to the Purgatory Ski Resort, which is a short 30-minute drive for some of the best springtime skiing available in the area. While their hours may be shortened, there are several ski-and-stay packages available. While you are there, take advantage of a relaxing massage, which you may need after a day on the slopes. No matter your method for getting down the slopes, there is something for everyone at Purgatory Ski Resort.


Molas Pass, Photo courtesy of DATO

While there may be snow at the higher elevations, there are a number of lower elevation hiking trails that allow you to experience the changing weather. Some of the trails that are a good bet for the springtime weather include the comfortable hike around Cascade Creek, with the nearby Spud Lake trail that is an easy 3-mile round-trip hike. Or, if you are looking for a more challenging adventure, why not try the Engineer Mountain Trail, which is a beautiful 12.8-mile round-trip trail that is open from May thru October. However, it is best to check the weather conditions and let someone know where you will be hiking before you set off on your adventure.

Sail Above the Treetops!

Do you like adventure? Do you thrive on adrenaline? Well, if that sounds like you, then the ziplines available in Durango sounds like the choice for you! Speeding through the treetops, taking in the beautiful views of the Animas River, and the adventure of it all can leave you hungry. Good thing the folks over at Soaring Tree Top Adventures include a filling and tasty meal halfway through your ziplining adventure.  (Soaring doesn’t start until mid-May, but Full Blast Adventure Center is open now and may be worth a mention.)

Horseback Riding

Durango is home to a multitude of family-friendly, outdoor adventure opportunities, including exploring the area by horseback. Located about 10 miles from the downtown Durango area you will find Over the Hill Outfitters, which offers 1- and 2-hour rides, during which you will be able to see some rather beautiful scenery as your guide leads the way. As the old saying goes, “Over the river and through the woods…” is exactly what you’ll be able to experience when you sign up for horseback rides with Over the Hill Outfitters.

All Aboard! for Springtime Fun

If you are in the area during the springtime, why not check out the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad? The snow-topped mountains are a majestic sight to behold. With the heated winter (and spring) weather train cars providing a comfortable way to enjoy the sights while staying comfortable, the Cascade Canyon Winter Train is one attraction not to be missed.

Mesa Verde Tours in Cooler Weather

Did you know that spring is possibly one of the best times to visit Mesa Verde? There are fewer crowds so you get more personal tours and better camping spots! It’s a great way to explore the different areas of Mesa Verde from the cliff dwellings to the hikes and the museum at the visitor’s center.

Mesa Verde National ParkDurango is full of outdoor adventures but maybe a slower pace is more desirable? Then make sure you cash in on the springtime savings for the historic Durango Cascade Canyon Winter Train. When purchased with lodging, you can save $10 per adult and $5 per child off of regular ticket fares. Offer valid on train rides now through May 4, 2018, and based on availability. Use offer code LASTCALL when you book your tickets for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

No matter what your ideal adventure is for springtime in Durango, you will be able to find something that caters to your adventurous desires. Whether you dream of zipping through the treetops or speeding down the slopes, outdoor fun is waiting for you. Inside or out, Durango in the spring is hopping!