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 ruins that make this region truly exceptional:

  • Hop aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Soaring Tree Top Adventures, a stunning zip-line tour—the largest in the world—and outdoor experience set to a backdrop of the San Juan Mountains and the upper Animas River. You’ll soar through ancient and protected pines over the last free-flowing river in the state, enjoy a delicious meal and engage with some of the friendliest service we’ve experienced anywhere, ever.
  • IMG_0090Hop aboard a plane and follow the train tracks from historic downtown Durango, through the verdant Animas Valley, and all the way to the historic mining town of Silverton on the “Narrow Gauge Grand Tour”. Or, cruise south of town for the “La Plata Mountain Explorer”. On the “Ancient Desert Adventure”, you’ll glimpse the canyons and ruins of Mesa Verde. Here’s what folks are saying about Pilot Max Wholey and Tall Pines Aviation:

We were in the air for an hour and it went by so quickly! Max pointed out the sights and gave us some history of the region, and answered all our questions. It truly was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”      

                                                      – Sherri T.  Pittsburgh, PA

  • For a more gradual distancing from the grounds-eye-view, climb aboard a hot-air balloon and enjoy one of the world’s oldest forms of flight. Follow the river through the Animas Valley all the way to Durango during a 3-hour ride with Over the Rainbow Ballooning. In Pagosa Springs, rise with the sun during Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventure sunrise flight, an epic trip for those who love seeing the mountains glow in early-morning light.


After flying high, ground yourself with an awesome local meal and your choice of select, cozy accommodations in the Durango area.