“Wait a minute,” you say. “You promised us a beautiful mountain drive and we’re still in Durango.” Yes, I know. But it’s so hard to tear yourself away from Durango when there’s so much to see and do here. Did you know that Durango has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco…more coffee shops per capita than Seattle…and more brewpubs per capita than Munich? You may doubt those assertions, but the best way to check them out is to come here and eat, drink, and be merry.
Recently dubbed the “City of Brewerly Love,” Durango boasts four home-grown microbreweries that craft award-winning beers, ales, and lagers. It also rivals Telluride for most outdoor festivals. Festival Season gets off to a great start in May when Durango’s restaurants and breweries collaborate to present the annual “Taste of Durango” street fair. Plenty of gourmet fare is washed down with Durango’s finest brews and accompanied by hometown bands make for a great day! And perhaps best of all, the proceeds are donated to Manna Soup Kitchen to help feel those in need.
Once the chefs return to their kitchens, other spring and summer festivals and events can hold you in the town. Other festivals on the annual calendar include: Durango Independent Film Festival (March); Music in the Mountains (July-August); Durango Cowboy Gathering (fall); and the Snowdown Winter Carnival (Jan-February).
Outdoor activities abound in and around Durango. Once spring thaws swell the Animas River, rafters mass to fight the currents. Sundresses make their appearance in the streets, replacing fleece. Restaurant patios open allowing patrons to lounge in the warm sun. Bikers zoom through town preparing for the Memorial Day Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in which bicyclers race over the 28 miles to Silverton, including two mountain passes, trying to beat the train. The local mountain trails, which have been closed all winter to allow elk, deer, and other mountain game to forage in the snow for food, have reopened and now beckon to hikers.
We can’t talk about Durango without mentioning its art galleries, live music, and performing arts. The thriving Durango arts scene belies the size of the town. Galleries line Main Street featuring anything from Western art to the latest in abstract art. Live performances are available year round. Why not try your hand at learning the Texas Two-step at the Wild Horse saloon? Whatever your taste, you can find something to suit you in Durango.
All in all, Durango is a pleasant place to be in spring, summer, winter or fall. Why not come visit?