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Durango Honored for Cycling Culture


One of our favorite things about Durango is how active the city is. Our little corner of Southwest Colorado is a great place to get your heart pumping and adrenaline rushing. No matter whether you love hiking, rafting, climbing, zip-lining or biking, you’ll find a wealth of ways to get moving when you visit.

Durango recently received accolades from USA Today’s 10Best travel blog for its awesome cycling culture. According to their reader recent poll, Durango rates No. 8 when it comes to being bike-friendly and access to bike paths. Reviewers love the fact that Durango serves as a base to the “thousands of miles of world-class singletrack downhills, switchbacks and trails in the mountains just outside of town.”

See 10Best's full list here: www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-u-s-cycling-town

Have you ever cycled in Durango? Tell us about your favorite area ride at the Durango.com Facebook page! While you’re at it, click over to Durango.com to browse a few of our favorite Durango road rides and start planning your next Durango vacation!

5 Training Tips for Iron Horse Riders



It’s getting closer: The biggest bicycling event in Southwest Colorado is less just 38 days away!

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, taking place May 24-26, brings both biking and brotherly competition to our little train town. According to local legend, the Iron House started as a contest between brothers Tom and Jim Mayer. Jim, the older brother, was a train engineer on the Iron Horse that runs from Durango to Silverton. Each day, Jim’s train passed the Mayer house. In an effort to beat his brother, Tom would then jump on his 10 speed Schwinn and try to beat the train... Tom eventually started pedaling the entire 50-mile route, and finally, in 1971 Tom beat him.  The following year, almost 40 other cyclists joined Tom to race the train, and the annual Iron Horse Classic was born!

Whether you consider yourself an athlete in prime shape or a beginner, consider these five bicycle training tips when getting ready for this year’s road race or just getting ready to ride:

1. Have a plan.
The Iron Horse track is a tough one: Riders will climb 6,700 feet as they pedal the 50 mile mission. It takes dedication and training to be able to cruise through to the finish line. Conquer the race by working on a training plan and sticking to it.

2. Be flexible.

Even though it’s crucial to have a training plan to prepare for the race, it’s also important to have a bit of flexibility, too. Injuries and illnesses can occur, soreness will hit. Be prepared to spin through one training day and hit it hard the next.

3. Make yourself miserable.
Hate pedaling up hills? Do it anyway. These things are often miserable because they’re hard, but doing them will make them easier and more enjoyable in the long run.

4. Set goals.
Make the most of your training program by breaking your big goal -- the Iron Horse Classic -- into smaller goals. Don’t just log the miles, aim for improvement. Consider interval training and cadences to help you reach the end.

5. Think positive.

Don’t just train your body for the race, train your brain, too! Visualize yourself crossing the finish line and think about how good you’ll feel. Celebrate each time you reach a goal in your training.You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if your attitude is on your side!

Will you be in Durango for the Iron Horse? There’s still time to book a hotel, cabin or bed & breakfast in time to participate in this year’s festivities. See listings and more at Durango.com!

Make Plans for Music in the Mountains



Music fans, rejoice: Durango Bluegrass Melt Down is finally here! This three-day event kicks off on Friday!

Can’t make it to this year’s Melt Down? Don’t fret – there’s still time to plan a Durango vacation in time for Music in the Mountains. This annual festival will take place July 13 through August 3, 2014.

This is the 28th year for the annual festival celebrating classical music. Performances are held at the festival tent, high up in the San Juan Mountains at Durango Mountain Resort.  Venues around town also include The Community Concert Hall and Roshong Recital Hall, both on the campus of Fort Lewis College.  In addition, Rotary Park, Three Springs Plaza, and St. Columba Church will be hosts to festival concerts and events for the 2014 festival.

Additional details about the 2014 Music in the Mountains will soon be announced. In the meantime, consider booking your Durango lodging for the festival, browse other things to do in the Four Corners region, and more at Durango.com.

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Get Happy Aboard the Durango Blues Train



Ride the Durango Blues Train in May and in August 2014. This is your golden opportunity to be a "blues traveler." You don't have to be a blues fan to enjoy yourself, the train itself is an amazing experience.

Four of the train coaches have seats while two are open with no seats...more room for dancing. So enjoy the blues, your favorite beer or wine, and the beautiful scenery of the famous train featured in the Hollywood production, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

To cap it all off, passengers will experience breath taking sunset views along the "Highline," a world famous section of the railroad, as the train crawls along craggy cliffs 400 feet high above the Wild Animas River, known to be the most beautiful section of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Friday, May 30th

  • Big Sam's Funky Nation
  • The Sugar Thieves
  • The Bottoms Up Blues Gang
  • Todd and the Fox
  • Kipori Woods
  • C.W. Ayon

Saturday, May 31st
  • Gino Matteo
  • Eddie Turner
  • Johnny Long
  • Chris Dracup
  • Todd and the Fox
  • Robby Overfield

Spring Powder for Durango

It is currently snowing in Durango. Snow showers are expected to last through the night and provide powder for everyone who enjoys special Thursday rates at Durango Mountain Resort.

Durango folks typically enjoy the slopes throughout March and into the first weeks of April. Durango is the best location to capture the springtime snow and enjoy great skiing and riding!

Durango is also one of the few places in the U.S. where you can do some spring snowmobiling. Outlaw Tours in downtown Durango can set you up with the snowmobile experience of a lifetime. Scenes below were provided by Outlaw Tours.






Stand Up Paddleboarding Comes to Durango!


We’ve told you before: There are literally hundreds of ways to enjoy the outdoors in and around Durango. Now, thanks to the folks at Durango River Trippers and Adventure Tours, you can experience the area’s rich beauty in an entirely new way: On a Stand Up Paddleboard!

According to David Moler of Durango River Trippers, SUP (short of Stand Up Paddleboard) is the fastest growing water sport in the world. Right now, his business offers both lessons and board/equipment rentals. Lessons will cover the basics, including the three main paddling positions, balance, safety and more!
  • Teach self rescue
  • Learn river language
  • Walk on water experience
  • Learn tilt and carve
  • Helps with balance
Rentals include both full and half day packages. All safety equipment is included. If you’re new to the sport, it might be wise to start out with a lesson, then follow up with a rental on your own!

Learn more about SUP by watching the video below!


Does

SUP look like something you’d like to try on your next Durango vacation? Learn more about the sport and Durango River Trippers and Adventure Tours at www.durangorivertrippers.com!

All Aboard the Easter Beagle Express!


All aboard! It’s almost Easter, and you know what that means: Time for families of little ones to celebrate on the Easter Beagle Express! The 2014 event will take place on Saturday, April 19.

This annual Easter weekend celebration is based on the reading of Charles Shultz’s “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” and will feature appearances from your favorite Peanuts characters on aboard the Durango train. Your ticket to ride includes fare from Durango to Cascade Canyon and back, along with special Easter-themed crafts, musical entertainment and refreshments. All passengers will also receive a special souvenir mug that comes with free refills in the concession car. You can also reserve a special boxed lunch to make the occasion even yummier!

SCHEDULE:
Boarding time - 9:30-9:45 a.m.
Depart Durango - 10 a.m.
Arrive Cascade Canyon - 12:05 p.m.
Depart Cascade Canyon – 1 p.m.
Arrive Durango - 3p.m.

FARES:
DELUXE COACH:
Adult (Age 12+ )- $69
Child (Age 2-11 yrs) - $49
SAN JUAN COACH:
Adult (Age 12+) - $79
Child (Age 2-11 yrs) - $59
ALAMOSA:
Adult (Age 12+) - $89
Child (Age 2-11 yrs) - $69

For more information about the 2014 Easter Beagle Express, click over to www.DurangoTrain.com. Find more family-friendly Durango special events, activities, area attractions, and much more at Durango.com!

4 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy in Durango this Spring and Summer



Durango’s fair springs and mild summers make our little Colorado city the perfect place to get active outside! Take advantage of all of the region’s beautiful natural resources by participating in one of the following four outdoor activities in Durango in the coming season!

1. Zip line across the Durango sky!

Challenge yourself, tap into your adrenaline reserves and see your surroundings with a bird’s-eye view by zipping through the treetops! Durango is home to Soaring Tree Top Adventures, the largest, safest zip line canopy course tour in the world. This award-winning course features 34 platforms and has spans ranging from 56 feet to nearly a quarter mile. For more information, including reservations and travel recommendations, click over to www.soaringcolorado.com.

2. Cast off with Duranglers.


There’s nothing like connecting with nature with your boots in the water and your reel in your hand. Duranglers offers much more than just equipment; the shop’s claim to fame is their extensive offerings of guided fly-fishing trips in area waters including the Animas, San Juan, Delores rivers and much more. Consider hiring a guide to help you navigate the local waters or sign up for one of Duranglers’ inclusive fly-fishing clinics. For additional information about Duranglers and area fishing, visit www.duranglers.com or call (970) 385-4081.

3. Step back in time at Mesa Verde National Park.


Located just 40 miles from Downtown Durango, Mesa Verde National Park is one of the country’s most prolific historical sites. Here you can step back into centuries past by visiting the ancient ancestral homes of the fascinating Pueblo people. Their Anasazi cliff dwellings date back to the people who lived here from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. The national park is open year-round. Visitors can drive, take a bus tour and walk around the park to see and explore hundreds of archaeological sites including the cliff dwellings, interpretive loops and scenic pullouts. See more information about Mesa Verde National Park at Durango.com.

4. Battle the rapids on a Durango rafting adventure.


Have and make a lifetime of memories by challenging yourself on the Animas River! One of the largest rivers in Colorado, the Upper Animas is rated a Class-V whitewater river with three distinct drops including Garfield Falls, the Kicker and No Name Drop. The lower Animas is better for beginners and is rated Class-III.



Looking for ways to enjoy nature in Durango and Southwest Colorado? Visit Durango.com for additional information about outdoor activities and much more.

It’s Not Too Late to THINK SNOW



Snow is forecasted in the next couple of days to bring some accumulation to the slopes of Durango Mountain Resort. Durango “Purgatory” Mountain Resort is extending its season into April and will be open Friday through Sunday, April 4-6, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Lifts 1, 3 and 8 plan to operate Friday through Sunday with Lift 7 turning on Saturday and Sunday mornings only. The resort is offering great prices. Skiers can take advantage of reduced lift tickets at the resort. Adult lift tickets are being reported as low as $59. Also, it is a good time to take advantage of $45 Thursday! Head up to Purgatory on Thursday, March 27th for a special day when you can ski and snowboard for only $45--no coupon needed.

Locals refer to this resort as "DMR" or "Purg"...short for Purgatory. Whatever you call this special place, make sure you visit Durango this coming weekend and attend the March 29th Beach Party at Durango Mountain Resort.   Though the resort is extending their ski season into April, this celebration is the last big party of the season. Listen to lots of good music and partake of the restaurants & bars on the mountain.


Not big into the resort scene? Do all of your skiing on the mountain, then venture a short drive into downtown Durango, which is widely known for its art scene and abundance of fine art galleries, shopping, restaurants, boutique hotels, and B&Bs. Book your lodging downtown to be close to all of the downtown culinary hotspots.

Welcome Spring!


What do you love about spring in Durango? No matter whether you love seeing wildflowers at Mesa Verde, peddling along with the Iron Horse racers over Memorial Day weekend, casting off into the San Juan River tailwaters or just enjoying the sunshine from the porch of a downtown brewpub, there’s always something to enjoy here in spring and summer!

Start planning your spring getaway with Durango.com! Browse local lodging, learn about things to do in Durango, see a schedule of upcoming events or reserve a Durango vacation package by clicking over to Durango.com! 

2014 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Coming Soon



It’s almost that time of year again: The toe-tapping fun of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is right around the corner. The 2014 festival will take place April 11, 12 and 13 at various venues across Durango.

This annual spring event celebrates the rich history of bluegrass music in Colorado, and brings some of the nation’s biggest acts to our little mountainside city. You’ll likely get a sense of history as you step around Durango’s historic Main Avenue during Bluegrass Meltdown. With live music flowing through the doors of each saloon, coffee house, brew pub and restaurant as you stroll by, you will be transported to days long gone by. It will be easy to picture yourself back in the old west, with cowboys and ranchers coming to town to hear good music at the Strater Hotel and theater.



In addition to the historic Henry Strater Theatre, other Bluegrass Meltdown venues include the Durango Arts Center, Wild Horse Saloon, Durango Discovery Museum and the Elks Lodge. Bands on this year’s lineup include:

  • Blue Highway
  • Town Mountain
  • The Earl Brothers
  • The Ruined Nation Boys
  • Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
  • The Railsplitters
  • Benny “Burle” Galloway and Jordan Ramsey
  • Stray Grass
  • Pick & Holler
  • Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble
  • Sweetwater String Band
  • And more...

You can see a full list of artists and performers on the lineup at www.durangomeltdown.com/2014-lineup/

In addition to the concerts, this year’s Durango Bluegrass Meltdown includes a variety of special events. Event highlights include:

Old Time Barn Dance -- 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Durango Elks Lodge
See the old hardwood dance floor packed and stomp along to old time bands like the Stairwell Sisters and Chance McCoy with the Appalachian String Band.

Celtdown – 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Durango Arts Center

Bluegrass has deep running Irish roots. Explore the connection at this special concert.

Songwriter’s Showcase – Saturday, April 12 at the Durango City Theater
The singer/songwriter event consists of a group of talented performers who are invited to join together on stage to present their own original songs, poems or stories.

Film: The Tao of Bluegrass – A Portrait of Peter Rowan – 12 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at Animas City Theater
There are only a few Blue Grass Boys still around that played with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Peter Rowan was a Blue Grass Boy in the 1960s for only a short time, but Bill’s influence and musical knowledge still resonates with Peter. A Q and A session with filmmaker Christine Funk follows.

There’s still time to book a Durango adventure in time for the Bluegrass Meltdown. Browse Durango hotels and cabins, Four Corners attractions and more at Durango.com to help plan your memorable mountain music getaway.

Are you planning to attend any of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown festivities? Get involved with the discussion at Durango.com’s Facebook page.

3 Tips for Your Durango Rafting Adventure



Rafting season is just around the corner on the Animas River! As this winter’s heavy snowfalls melts into spring, water levels will swell and help create what will soon be an exciting season of fun and river adventures!

Here are 3 tips to keep in mind before you get ready to ride the rapids:


1. Pick the right trip for your group.


If this is your first time on the river, you might prefer to choose a half-day adventure that gives you a taste of what the water has to offer. It’s also wise to consider factors like age, ability, fitness level, swimming capabilities and your desired challenge.

2. Dress for the best.

Dress for comfort and function, as you WILL get wet. When riding the wild waters, choose comfortable, loose-fitting items made of cotton or a quick-drying fabric. A pair of shorts and a comfy tee would do just right. Or, consider wearing a swimsuit for the occasion. Instead of your favorite flip flops, consider a waterproof outdoors-style sandal with secure straps.
You may want to bring sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses with a strap, waterproof cameras, a water bottle, hats and a change of clothes with a jacket in case it’s chilly at the end of the trip.

3. Know what to expect before you launch.

Can I just sit and hold on? If this sounds familiar, chances are a beginner rafting trip is for you. These “entry level” experiences let the guide to most of the work so you can kick back and relax.

If you’re looking for a more involved experience, consider and intermediate or advanced trip. You’ll be required to help paddle and maneuver the boat by working with fellow passengers and following commands from the guide.

Are you planning a Durango rafting adventure? Browse outfitters, area hotels and more at Durango.com


Last Chance to Experience Journey Stories at Animas Museum

The public is invited to the Journey Stories exhibit farewell reception at the Animas Museum on Sunday, March 16.  Drop by the Museum between 1:00 and 3:00 for one final chance to view this exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.  At 2:00 Gemma Kavanagh, accompanied by Margi Coxwell, will fill the Museum with song.  We will send Journey Stories off to Sterling on a high note! The Museum is located at 3065 W. 2nd Ave. For more information call (970) 259-2402.

Journey Stories has been made possible at the Animas Museum by Colorado Humanities.

Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.



This Weekend in Durango



Are you spending the weekend in Durango? If so, you’re in luck – there’s so much to do here in the Four Corners region!

You can experience the luck of the Irish downtown all weekend as part of the Durango Celtic Festival. This 3-day event kicks off today and gives you a chance to “get your Celt on” with big style! The festival will feature come join in three days of traditional and modern Celtic music, covering the sounds of Ireland, Scotland, the Hebrides, and Cape Breton, along with original blends. Venues include the Henry Strater Theater and Irish Embassy Pub. For more information, including a complete schedule of events, click over to DurangoCelticFestival.com


 Here are a few other events on the agenda:

Today, Friday, March 7

Saints & Sinners – 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive in Durango. Tickets $15/$5. The Durango Choral Society, the Durango Women's Choir and the Renaissance Singers from Telluride present settings of beloved, timeless prayers and poetry as well as music by some of our land's greatest composers, including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Moses Hogan. Purchase your tickets online or by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

Saturday, March 8
WinterPalooza: Swingin' at the Smiley – 4 to 7 p.m. at the Smiley Building, 1309 East 3rd Street, in Durango. Grace Preparatory Academy presents Sam Kelly and the Durango Jazz. Enjoy an exciting night of live jazz and swing music, dance lessons, a silent auction, dinner and desserts! Come support Durango's only University Model high school while enjoying a fabulous night of music and dance!

After Hours Snowshoe Tour – at Durango Mountain Resort. Enjoy the scenery as you take the last chairlift up the mountain. Guides will then take you snowshoeing back down to the base area after the slopes are closed to skiers and riders. Enjoy the serenity of the slopes as the sun sets behind the mountains. Don’t forget your camera! Tours are 3:30-5:00 pm. Call for reservations. (970) 385-2147 $30, includes snowshoes, chairlift & guide.

Looking for more things to do in Durango? Check out the Durango calendar of events for more listings!

March Whitewater Rafting Giveaway by Mild to Wild


Enter for a chance to experience a half day of Lower Animas River Rafting. Your Mild to Wild guide will share history of the region and stories of local traditions. This popular river rafting trip through Durango on the Animas River is enjoyed by families, reunions, groups, first timers and rafting veterans alike.

This enjoyable half day adventure for 2 lets you have a different view of Durango through the rapids, enjoy a river side snack and absorb the scenic beauty south of town. The Lower Animas is one of our most popular adventures!

Fresh Snow Today and Powder All Weekend

Durango Mountain (CO) Lift Tickets from $47/day (save 36%)More than 2 feet of snow is expected through Saturday, March 1st on the slopes of Durango Mountain Resort! The snow begins today with up to 6 inches of accumulation by Friday, Feb 28th. There will be plenty of powder for everyone. Today is the best day to “catch some freshies.”

Majestic mountain scenes will amaze folks in downtown Durango who are in town for Durango Film Festival. Restaurants and Shops are predicted to be filled with film buffs and ski buffs. Sip and snack your way through Durango galleries and film opening parties.

Prepare for great snow conditions all weekend long + great things to do on the calendar of events for downtown Durango.



Book your Durango Lodging, and make plans to attend everything you can possibly attend. Traveling in the typical “off season” couldn’t be better. Winter revelers descend on Durango and stay well beyond the traditional ski season. Whether you seek relaxation or exuberance, you will have no trouble finding things to do and places to stay that offer peace and privacy balanced with action-packed entertainment.  Luxury homes surrounding Durango have inviting fireplaces and woodstoves.


above: scene from Durango Purgatory snow cam

Wintertime powder lovers ski Durango all the way through March. Durango really is your best —and perhaps last—seasonal opportunity to experience swirling sparkling snowflakes.

See the Stars at the Durango Film Festival

This year’s Durango Film Festival is bringing more than movies to the hills of southwest Colorado. You’ll also see a few big stars wandering the streets of Durango as well!

Two celebrities attending this year’s Durango Film Festival include Wes Studi and Judge Reinhold.

Studi’s first major role was in the film “Dances With Wolves” and his 2009 film, “The Only Good Indian,” is a featured selection at this year’s event. Attendees can meet Studi tomorrow evening at the Sorrel Sky Gallery (828 Main Avenue) for the Native American Film reception.



Reinhold rose to fame in the Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise and will speak before and after a special showing of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on Friday night. Reinhold’s role as burger flipper Brad Hamilton in the film is memorable.  He’ll also speak Saturday at the Durango Arts Center’s showing of “Enid is Sleeping.”



For more information about the festival, including a schedule of events, visit www.durangofilm.com.

Looking for more things to do in Durango? See Durango.com’s calendar of events for more local happenings and festivals!

Durango Film Festival


Everyone knows that Durango is an outdoor activity paradise, but it is also widely known for a famous indoor activity…The Durango Film Festival. The 9th Annual Durango Film Festival takes place February 26 – March 2, 2014.

Independent Films screen at two downtown venues:

The Animas City Theatre and the Gaslight Twin Cinema

Panels and Workshops: Panels and workshops are held at the Durango Arts Center, which is commonly referred to by locals as “the DAC”

Will Call and Movie Pass Sales:
Will Call and Movie Passes are for sale at the Durango Welcome Center

Each place is conveniently located in downtown Durango within very easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, and lodging. The Rochester Hotel is offering a combination Room/Pass deal.

Although you can purchase one individual $12 ticket to one film, it is recommended that festival goers purchase tickets in the form of “passes.”

$250

all-festival pass gets you access to all films and three VIP parties

$175

all-film pass gets you admission to all festival films

$100

10-punch pass gets you admission to 10 film programs

$65

6-punch pass that gets you admission to 6 film programs

Wednesday night, February 26th is FREE MOVIE NIGHT
Wednesday night, February 26th is FREE MOVIE NIGHT at the Gaslight Theatre
Free films are shown at 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Pass holders have priority seating, and the public is invited to fill the remaining seats.
Free movie night is generously provided by The Durango Herald

Thursday night, February 27th is GALLERY NIGHT
Everyone is invited to the Native American Film Reception, 4:40 pm – 6:30 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery. Enjoy refreshments and meet the filmmakers! Refreshments are provided as you stroll through the following galleries between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm viewing their special art collections:

Exclusive Parties for pass holders:

·        Friday, February 28

Meet The Filmmakers Party 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Irish Embassy Pub Ambassador’s Lounge | 900 Main Ave. Your chance to party in the Filmmaker’s Lounge! Open to ALL pass holders (First- and Second-Tier); this is the ONLY night that pass holders are welcome in the lounge. Cash bar

·      Saturday, March 1

Late Night VIP Party 10:00 pm -1:00 am
Mutu’s Italian Kitchen | 701 E. Second Ave.
Open to all First-Tier pass holders (except for All Film pass holders); 21 and over; food and spirits

·      Sunday, March 2

Oscar® Night/Festival Wrap Party 6:00 pm -11:00 pm
Henry Strater Theatre | 699 Main Ave. (at The Strater Hotel)

Open to all First-Tier pass holders (except for All Film pass holders); cash bar

Snow Report

Durango Mountain (CO) Lift Tickets from $47/day (save 36%)Yay! Expect 1 – 3 inches of fresh powder to fluff up the slopes of Durango Mountain Resort on Wednesday, February 19th and Thursday February 20th …just in time for your perfect ski weekend. Thursday will be a great day to catch some freshies.

As always, daily snowshoe tours are available at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. A guide walks you through each step of this 2 to 3 mile journey into rolling snow-dusted mountain splendor. So peaceful. This is a great way to capture the San Juan Mountains from a perspective that very few people get to experience. Today is the best day to secure your lodging.


Two new things to check out Thursday through Sunday:
1.    Durango Mountain Resort is offering dog sled tours Thursday through Sunday. Tours are conducted by Durango Dog Ranch


2.    Ski Bike Festival - This is the best weekend to try the new sport of ski-biking!  Several vendors from around the country will be at Durango Mountain Resort to show off their products and help answer any ski-bike questions. The registration table for this event opens at 8:00 am on Friday, February 21st. It is recommended that you plan ahead and sign up for Saturday/Sunday Ski Bike activities on Friday. Call (970) 385-2149 for more information. This is an event of American SkiBike Association.

Durango Named 2014 Top Ten True Western Town




Durango is a 2014 Top Ten True Western Town. A recent article in True West Magazine says Durango, Colorado was selected because the town does such a good job of preserving and protecting all aspects of its Western heritage. From the historic steam-powered railroad to its Victorian architecture, Durango honors its legacy with meaningful events and activities throughout the year, such as:
True West Magazine serves as the main sponsor of Durango Railfest which takes place every year in mid-August. 2014. True West Railfest is scheduled for August 14 – 17, 2014 at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum in downtown Durango. Book a vacation package in this southwestern region of the country that is widely known as a paradise to train enthusiasts. Train enthusiasts love this special time in Durango which is entirely centered around trains and rail history.

Top 10 True Western Towns of 2014 (2014, January 6). Retrieved from http://www.truewestmagazine.com/jcontent/travel/travel/travel-features/6525-top-ten-true-western-towns-of-the-year-for-2014?showall=&start=1