Families that play together, stay together!
Durango is the perfect destination for a family vacation with endless activities, events and festivals geared towards pure family fun. Durango is pet-friendly so bring the whole family, including your four-legged kiddies to explore new territory, discover unique adventures and spend quality family time in the comfort of your home-away-from-home!
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Weve done the homework so you have more time to enjoy with your family! Here are our Top 50 ideas for a family-friendly and kid-friendly Durango vacation.
AGRITOURISM (tourism in which tourists take part in farm or village activities) Take an electric cart tour on James Ranch where kids will learn about agritourism, biodynamic gardens and dairy and cheese making. While at James Ranch, be sure to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Harvest Grill & Greens, where views of magnificent red cliffs are visible from the picnic grounds at the ranch.
ANIMAS RIVER TRAIL This seven-mile paved path runs through Durango and is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Explore together on foot or by bike, bring along Fido too as pets are welcome.
BAKERS BRIDGE Visit the legendary Bakers Bridge where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (a.k.a. Newman and Redford), leaped into the Animas River. This is also a very popular destination for road cyclists touring the Animas Valley just north of town.
BIKING Enjoy miles of spectacular scenery biking the trails of Durango. There are epic mountain bike rides right in town, the paved pet-friendly and kid-friendly Animas River Trail and plenty of bike shops to rent your gear.
BREWPUBS - Sample a handcrafted local brew at a family-friendly brewing company.
CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS If you have extra time on your hands for a day trip, we suggest an adventure to the Canyons of the Ancient, just a few miles from the Mesa Verde National Park, to explore the ancient Anasazi Ruins.
CHOCOLATE FACTORY Chocoholics are in for a treat at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Truffles, English toffee and caramel apples dipped in M&Ms! Perfect reward for well-behaved kids!
CHUCKWAGON SUPPER Play cowboy for a night at a Chuckwagon Supper! Its all western and loads of family fun. The Bar-D Wranglers, all world-class musicians, put on an impressive performance in a family-friendly show after dinner.
CONUNDRUM ESCAPE ROOM Experience a mental challenge at the Conundrum Escape Room as you search the clues and puzzles to escape your locked room.
DOWNTOWN - Stroll the streets of historic downtown with your kids and pooch in tow. Many of our outdoor cafes will welcome your pet and many of our stores will spot them a little pet treat.
DUDE RANCH Adventure awaits on a real dude ranch! Horseriding, flyfishing, archery and plenty of cowboy adventures are to be had in true western cowboy style.
DURANGO ARTS CENTER - Take an art class at the Durango Arts Center or let the little ones play at the Imagination Station at the Childrens Museum of Durango upstairs in the Arts Center.
DURANGO RECREATION CENTER - Splash, swim and practice your rock climbing at this great community center.
DURANGO DOG PARK - Let the kids run and play with Fido off leash at the Durango Dog Park, with river access and plenty of room to roam and run.
DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD There is no question about it, kids love trains!!! This is the ultimate Durango adventure chugging through the canyons on a historic steam train.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS There are plenty of year-round events and festivals to keep the whole family entertained. From the McDonalds Cardboard Derby to Music Jams. Click here for a full events calendar for Durango.
FISHING The Animas River flows through town so its quick and easy to get to these trout filled waters for little ones to master the art of fishing.
FROZEN YOGURT ANYONE Top That Frozen Yogurt with delicious toppings on the tastiest frozen yogurt! Right in the heart of town, another delicious tasty stop for the kids.
GOLF Enjoy mountainside mini golf at Purgatory Resort or fine tune your skills on a driving range at one of three local golf courses. HIKING - Hike the easy two mile Spud Lake Trail through forests of aspens or enjoy spectacular views of Durango from the Raider Ridge Overlook. There are 2000 miles of hiking trails in and around Durango to suit all ages.
HORSEBACK RIDING Gallop your way around a dude ranch or saddle up and head into the Weminuche Wilderness on horseback.
LEMON DAM One of two local reservoirs, Lemon Dam is well known for medal winning fishing, great hiking trails and watersports.
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK Tour the ancient cliff dwellings at the Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site and the No. 1 Historic Monument in The World.
MINE TOURS Take a mine tour to experience mining in action at the Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour in Silverton.
NIGHT SKIING - Small kids will love the rope tow on the beginners ski area at nearby Hesperus, a small family-friendly ski mountain!
POWERHOUSE SCIENCE CENTER Formerly the Durango Discovery Museum, kids (and Mom and dad) can learn everything from geology to solar energy at this interactive, hands-on science museum.
PURGATORY RESORT - Spend a day at Purgatory Resort, a playground for kids of all ages with a rock wall, zipline, mountain biking and fun Alpine Slide. Hit the slopes for some sledding and great winter fun! Learn More!
RAFT THE WATERS There are plenty of local guides waiting to show you the best of the Animas River, from mild rides to wild rides, they will know where to take your family for the best rafting experience.
SCENIC DRIVES Durango is the starting point of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway and the Tracks Across the Borders Scenic Byway. Enjoy dramatic views as you adventure a little further out of town to explore the surrounding areas. The famous San Juan Scenic Skyway, including a section known as the Million Dollar Highway, which is an incredibly picturesque driving loop that connects Durango, Mancos, Mesa Verde National Park, Telluride, Ouray, Silverton and Purgatory Resort, as well as many fantastic trails for hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and other Rocky Mountain adventures.
SHOP Kids arent always happy about being dragged around the shops but here in Durango there are plenty of shops your kids will love to visit.
SLEIGH RIDES Wrap yourself up warm, sip on hot chocolate and listen to those sleigh bells ring as you journey through a winter wonderland.
SNOWMOBILING - Speed through the terrain of the beautiful San Juan Mountains on a snow mobile adventure.
THEATRE - Catch a show like the Old West Melodrama, at the historic Henry Strater Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in Colorado.
TRIMBLE SPA - Soak away the day at the Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs, seven miles north of town. You may catch a glimpse of the owls perching in the poolside pines.
VALLECITO LAKE One of Durangos best kept secrets, Vallecito Lake has 12 miles of shoreline to explore, beautiful hiking trails, horseriding and fishing.
ZIPLINING Soar through massive timber towers of ponderosa pines above scenic rivers and canyons on the worlds longest zip line with 27 spans and a train ride to get there!
So load up the kids, the pets and the whole family and head to Durango for a vacation filled with fun and adventure amidst the best scenery that Mother Nature has to offer. Vacation Accommodations of Durango has the perfect Durango vacation rental for you to call home during your stay with us from tranquil waterfront homes to pet-friendly condos.
Welcome to Durango, we look forward to making your stay a memorable one.