Durango, CO, USA
Hanging Out in DurangoThink of Durango as a one-stop shop for family adventure. Founded in 1881 as a railroad depot to serve nearby mining camps, Durango is a hotspot for rafters, rock climbers, skiers, and more, ensconced in a mountain valley miles from the nearest interstate. The Animas River cuts right through town — rafting its moderate rapids is as easy as pulling off the road and putting in — and the Durango and Silverton Railroad preserves a bit of Durango’s locomotive history with regular trips between the two ski towns. And when the kids have turned in for the night, the town’s four craft breweries await.
about 6 years ago
Celebrating Snowdown in Durango
Founded in 1979 with the aim of relieving residents’ midwinter blues, Snowdown has evolved into a massive themed winter carnival that draws hundreds of people to Durango to dress up in costumes, drink profusely, watch a parade, and take part in slightly bonkers activities, including a beard-growing contest, a winter triathlon combining skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing, and a polar plunge in a pool of beer. 2014’s theme is Safari So Good, so you can safely expect to see a fair number of lions, zebras, giraffes, and pith-helmeted explorers roaming the streets this year.