Durango Spring & Summer Planning Guide


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Durango’s spring season typically consists of snowstorms followed by sunny days where the temperatures get up into the high 50s and 60s. Since the spring weather in Durango is pretty mild you can enjoy riding the slush at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort one day and spend the next mountain biking, hiking or shopping around downtown. You might want to take a ride on The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The train resumes a daily train ride schedule in the spring featuring their Winter Cascade Canyon Train along with many fun additional springtime specialty train rides.

Spring in Durango is also filled with lots of fun springtime events and fun things to do. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a popular Durango spring event held in April that’s dedicated to bluegrass music. There is always bluegrass music playing all over Durango, on stages, in barns, in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and breweries! Springtime in Durango is a dream, but summer is when the town really comes alive! The beauitful sunny days are just asking for people to raft the Animas, zipline through the trees or spend your days relaxing outdoors near Vallecito Lake…a favorite spot for horseback riding. You don’t want to miss out on summertime in Durango, Colorado!


May 1 | Strater Culinary Safari – This event features the foods of Mexico. You’re invited to be a part of the adventure as Chef Safari hosts Culinary Safari with a unique dining experience from a different region in the world or culinary style. Professional guest chefs will periodically be a part of the journey, as well as local talented cooks. Contact Emily Spencer at espencer@strater.com or (970) 375-7124.

May 1 | Youngblood Brass Band – 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm at Animas City Theatre.

May 2 – 3 | Narrow Gauge Days – Join in the fun and festivities as Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad celebrates 131 years of service to Silverton, Colorado!

May 2 | Serenity – 7:00 pm at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango, CO. Tickets $15/$5. This beautiful concert will celebrate the lovely ambience and setting of St. Columba Catholic Church. The Durango Choral Society and the Durango Women’s Choir will perform choral settings that will inspire, move, and excite our listeners. The major work on the program will be Franz Schubert’s magnificent Mass in G with string quartet and organ. One performance only! Get your tickets early! Purchase your tickets online, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

May 2 | Ethel – “Grace” At the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

May 3 | Comedy Nights at the Henry Strater Theatre – Enjoy comedians Spencer James and Mike Jones at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. Call (970) 375-7160 for tickets and information.

May 5 | Cinco de Mayo – Live entertainment, food, vendors and fun for the whole family on the plaza at Gazpacho’s in downtown Durango at 5:00 pm

May 8 – 10 | The Wizard of Oz – Enjoy this classic by the Meerly Players, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Durango Arts Center. Saturday Matinee is at 1:00 pm.

May 14 | The Cannondolls – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

May 14 | Hogsfoot Circuit Race – Part of the Zia Town Series. “Get Your Dirt On.” 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm This is a Durango DEVO Biking event. Durango DEVO is a non-profit whose mission is to develop each individual into life-long cyclists. There are over 300 kids in the program.

May 16 – June 28 | TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition – Located at Durango Arts Center, this is a showcase featuring the very best artists working in the medium of jewelry design to educate the public about their craft. Master workshops, tours and lectures scheduled.

May 17 | Double Box of the Piedra – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates. Double your fun by combining the 2 boxes (Upper and Lower) of the Piedra River into one great day of fun! The intermediate, technical rapids of the Upper section paired with the direct drops and heart pumping rush of the Lower Box create a true whitewater adventure! Experience this rare jewel of a protected river way as the whitewater intensifies from Class II rapids to big, Class IV excitement. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789. Available only on May 17, 24, and 31st.

May 17 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic – The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

May 17 | Durango Choral Society Cabaret – 5:30 pm at Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango, Colorado. The Durango Choral Society continues our romp through the season with great music and elegant cuisine, and the company of your friends and neighbors! Our talented singers will perform favorites ranging from Broadway to Opera while you enjoy a lovely hors d’oeuvres buffet and drinks from the cash bar. The Cabaret is our major fund raiser for the year, so come out and support your talented friends, neighbors, and family members as we strive to continue our tradition of musical excellence throughout the year. Purchase your tickets online, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door. Advance purchase recommended; tickets may not be available at the door!

May 17 | New Country Rehab – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Henry Strater Theater “the Hank” located in the Strater Hotel.

May 18 | Taste of Durango – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Enjoy this event which takes place throughout downtown Durango and showcases the fabulous fare of Durango restaurants and craft beer from Durango’s four breweries.

May 21 | Robby Overfield – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

May 22 – 24 | Lies, Shame & Self Medication – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Durango Arts Center. Enjoy this unique Durango love story. Directed by Jeff Deitch.

May 22 | Trails 2000 Screening of “The Edge: The Colorado Trail” – Kick off summer with this movie screening. 7:00 pm at the Smiley Building. Proceeds benefit Trails 2000

May 23 | Community Heritage Awards – 5:30 pm at Animas Museum. Bar D Chuckwagon. An annual celebration of our region’s heritage hosted by the La Plata County Historical Society.

May 23 – 25 | Whitewater Survival 101 - This course is the bare minimum to boaters survival! It provides a path for the river enthusiast to sharpen skills and be equipped with important knowledge to successfully navigate a variety of different level whitewater scenarios. You will learn about various river crafts, proper rigger, river hydrology, ropes & knots, and river rescue. Course is designed for those becoming familiar with river sports and starting to venture into Class III Whitewater. Class size is limited so sign up soon.May 23: 3pm-7pm, May 24-25 9am-5pm, Ages: 16+, Price: $249

May 23 – 26 | 2014 Southern Ute Bear Dance and Powwow- Located at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in Ignacio, Colorado. For more information, e-mail powwow@southernute-nsn.gov. Open to the public. For info call: Tara Vigil (970)563-0100 ext. 3624.

May 24 | Double Box of the Piedra – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates. Double your fun by combining the 2 boxes (Upper and Lower) of the Piedra River into one great day of fun! The intermediate, technical rapids of the Upper section paired with the direct drops and heart pumping rush of the Lower Box create a true whitewater adventure! Experience this rare jewel of a protected river way as the whitewater intensifies from Class II rapids to big, Class IV excitement. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789. Available only on May 17, 24, and 31st.

May 24 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts – Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

May 24 – 25 | 14th Annual Mesa Verde Country® Indian Arts & Culture Festival – This is an opportunity to experience the rich archaeological legacy left behind by the ancestral Puebloan people and the artistic expression of their present day ancestors. We invite you to join us as we “Celebrate Our Song” and showcase the many cultural and archaeological gems of our area. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 North Market Street in Cortez, Colorado.

May 24 – 25 | Children’s author Betty Bauer – Betty will read from and autograph her newly-published book “Tamika and Friends” on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014, at Mesa Verde National Park’s Visitor and Research Center. Bauer will autograph books both days from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and will give short readings at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. All activities will be held in the Visitor and Research Center bookstore located just off Highway 160 at the Mesa Verde National Park exit. Visitor and Research Center entrance and parking is free.

May 24 – 26 | Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – It’s almost that time: Registration for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic officially opens on December 3, 2013. Though the event won’t take place until Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26, 2014), early registration is essential. Last year the IHBC sold out in a matter of days, some race categories within 13 hours.

May 25 | The Ultra Upper Animas – 6:15 am – 6:00 pm. Want all of the Class IV and V rapids that the Upper Animas River has to offer? Are you fit…as in, “Is there also a triathlon in town that I can participate in right now??” fit? Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 25 and June 7. In order to participate, you must be very fit and pass an on-river orientation the night before your trip. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

May 28 | Lisa Blue Band – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

May 29 | Writer-in-Residence Robert Galin – Enjoy a free lecture discussing the connections between Mesa Verde National Park and the Southwest’s literary history at a free lecture on Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 pm at the Far View Lodge Library in the park.

May 30 | Durango Art Center’s 4th Annual 10-minute Play Contest – 7:00 pm at Durango Arts Center. A total of 143 plays received from all over the United States. Come to the staged readings of the Top Five Finalists and find out who is the Grand Prize Winner of $500 and vote for your favorite play for the People’s Choice Award of $100. FREE.

May 30 – 31 | Durango Blues Train – May 30 & 31 and August 22 & 23, 2014. An exciting 3.5 hour moving musical experience providing two consecutive evenings of live blues. NEW FOR 2014 – each night will feature a different group of musicians. You will travel on the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-fired, steam-powered train through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The event features six live blues performances (2 bands and 4 solo/duo artists) in six rail cars with a festive musical environment that promises an amazing experience. Each artist performs in their own vintage coach, while passengers are to free to dance their way from coach to coach and delight in a variety of musical performances.

May 31 | Double Box of the Piedra – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates. Double your fun by combining the 2 boxes (Upper and Lower) of the Piedra River into one great day of fun! The intermediate, technical rapids of the Upper section paired with the direct drops and heart pumping rush of the Lower Box create a true whitewater adventure! Experience this rare jewel of a protected river way as the whitewater intensifies from Class II rapids to big, Class IV excitement. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789. Available only on May 17, 24, and 31st.

May 31 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts – Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

May 31 | San Juan Shrine Circus – 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm at LaPlata County Fairgrounds.

May 31 | School’s out for summer! Celebrate with the Stillwater Foundation – We kick off the summer with the 4th annual showcase of our youth bands. Come check out the best summer youth programs in the Four Corners region. Live music all day. Booths from regional organizations offering summer youth programs. Food vendors & lots of hands-on activities for kids. 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at Buckley Park in downtown Durango. For more information call (970) 946-3049.

June 1 – 28 | TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition – Located at Durango Arts Center, this is a showcase featuring the very best artists working in the medium of jewelry design to educate the public about their craft. Master workshops, tours and lectures scheduled.

June 4 | True West Rodeo – Pro rodeo at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. Gates open at 6:30 and the rodeo begins at 7:00 pm!

June 6 | Outdoor Movie Night – 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm enjoy a free screening of the movie entitled “Monsters University” at Three Springs Plaza.

June 6 – 7 | Adopt-a-Thon – 8:00 am – 8:00 pm on both days at the La Plata County Humane Society. Reduced adoption fees, concession stand, BBQ, storewide sale at the Thrift Store and much more!

June 6 – 8 | 9th Annual Pagosa Folk n Bluegrass – The 3-day festival is June 6, 7, and 8 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado with performances by Peter Rowan, Claire Lynch, Tony Furtado, John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band and many more.

June 7 | 7th Annual “Tear it up 4 Tyler” Memorial Skateboard Competition – Located at the Durango Skate Park. Registration begins at 10:00 am. Competition starts at 11:00 am. Includes a bowl, street and best trick throw down. Skaters of all abilities and ages are welcome. For more information, call (970)259-8182 or (970)946-7799

June 7 | Steamworks Animas Valley Half Marathon – 8:00 am start is at Baker’s Bridge and finish at the Durango Sports Club. E-mail steamworks.half@gmain.com for more information.

June 7 | The Ultra Upper Animas – 6:15 am – 6:00 pm. Want all of the Class IV and V rapids that the Upper Animas River has to offer? Are you fit…as in, “Is there also a triathlon in town that I can participate in right now??” fit? Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 25 and June 7. In order to participate, you must be very fit and pass an on-river orientation the night before your trip. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 7 | San Juan Shrine Circus -2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at LaPlata County Fairgrounds

June 7 | The Rockwood Cemetery – A special talk by Ruth Lambert at the Animas Museum.

June 7 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic – The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

June 7 | Al Mafra Presents Belly Dance Show – 7:00 pm at Durango Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and are available at Maria’s Bookshop, the Durango Arts Center or online at www.almafra.org.

June 7 | Men Who Grill – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Main Ave at 12th St. in downtown Durango. Amateur grilling teams create their best grilled delights for you to sample. Enjoy food, music, and fun for the whole family.

June 7 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts – Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 7 – 8 | Animas River Days – dedicated to celebrating the Animas River’s role in the Durango community by providing a venue for public gathering with whitewater competitions as well as education of the community regarding waterway resources and conservation.

June 7 – 8 | Dinosaur Train™- Based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train™ is back for a third year at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The 2 1/2 hour adventure begins at the historic Durango depot where an authentic steam locomotive will pulls your train to the Nature Trackers Adventure Area. Enjoy music and stories along the way + receive the Nature Trackers Club Guidebook filled with fun and educational activities!

June 8 | Animas River Days Mild to Wild Inflatable River Relay – Challenge the river in various inflatables (tube, inflatable kayak and raft) and race to Santa Rita in this 3-4 person inflatable river relay race. *All meeting points will be ultimately be determined by current water levels. Sunday June 8th, Meet at 29th street, Meet at 12:00pm

June 13 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts – Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 13 – 15 | Advanced Whitewater Survival – This course is an advanced version of the course above and designed for those venturing into Class IV and V whitewater. Sharpen your river safety skills and be equipped with skills to successfully navigate a variety of different level whitewater scenarios. Learn advanced hydrology, pinned boat/person rescues, multiple victim scenarios, and advanced rope rescue techniques. Class size is limited so sign up soon. June 13: 3pm-7pm, June 14-15: 9am-5pm, Ages: 16+, Price: $249

June 14 | Motor Expo – Enjoy vintage cars + more along Main Ave. between 8th and 12th Streets in downtown Durango.

June 14 | Four Corners Civil War Ball – 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm at LaPlata County Fairgrounds. Participants are required to attend ball in 1860s regalia.

June 14 | Who’s Your Daddy – This is an event of Durango Discovery Museum. The celebration is in Buckley Park, located at 12th and Main. Come on out from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, for hands-on, family fun featuring a live music bandstand, food vendors and a beer garden, slip n’ slides, and other crafty, scientific activities. Who’s Your Daddy! 2014 is guaranteed to be the best Fathers’ Day party on the block!

June 14 – 15 | Dinosaur Train™ - Based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train™ is back for a third year at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The 2 1/2 hour adventure begins at the historic Durango depot where an authentic steam locomotive will pulls your train to the Nature Trackers Adventure Area. Enjoy music and stories along the way + receive the Nature Trackers Club Guidebook filled with fun and educational activities!

June 15 | Love, Dad – A special Fathers Day program including excerpts from literature and letters by famous fathers to their children. 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Durango Arts Center in downtown Durango.

June 20 – 21 | Fun in the Sun Arts & Crafts Show – 8:00 am to NOON at Buckley Park in downtown Durango.

June 21 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts – Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

June 21 | Ragtime Piano – 5:30 to 10:00 pm every night at the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel.

June 22 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic – The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

June 24 – 25 | Bicycle Tour of Colorado – Colorado’s original loop ride, enjoy this annual 7 day fully supported bicycle tour in the Colorado Rocky Mountains that passes through Durango. We provide camping areas, baggage transportation, routeAbout the BTC maps, road markings, snack and water stations every 15-30 miles, bicycle repair services, and medical support along the route. Call (303) 985-1180 for registration and information.

June 25 | True West Rodeo – Pro rodeo at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. Gates open at 6:30 and the rodeo begins at 7:00 pm!

June 26 – 28 | Can-Am Spyder- Can-Am Spyder owners gather at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

June 27 – August 30 | Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville presents “The Dame of Durango” – Written and directed by Jenny Fitts Reynolds. Produced by the New Strater Corporation. New this year: a July 4th performance. No shows on Mondays. 699 Main Ave in downtown Durango, CO. For more information, call (970) 375-7160. Runs Tuesday-Sunday Evenings. This show is appropriate for all ages! Great for families! Doors open at 7:15 pm and show begins PROMPTLY at 7:45 pm. Please Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to showtime if you would like to purchase any refreshements from our cocktail servers.

June 28 | Mountain Lion Lecture – Every Day 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Anasazi Heritage Center, a federal museum, research center, and curation facility, with approximately three million records, samples, and artifacts from public lands throughout southwestern Colorado. The Heritage Center is also the visitor center for the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Located at 27501 Highway 184 in nearby Dolores, Colorado.

June 28 | Mac and Cheese Festival – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Santa Rita Park in Durango, Colorado. This is a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network. Your ticket allows you access to 20+ tastings of Mac and Cheese, 20+ 1 oz tastings of wine, beer and spirits, gourmet cheese, olive oil, gelato sampling, parking, all stage entertainment, glass/ lanyard/ plate to keep. Tickets =$45. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.

June 28 | Raft the Animas During the Durango Mac and Cheese Festival – Cost: $65, Age: 21+, Departure Times: 11:30AM. Embark on a true adventure by rafting to Durango’s first-ever Mac & Cheese Fest! Make the first Durango Mac & Cheese Fest one to truly remember, by rafting to the event! Your ticket gets you free parking at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours, an Animas River rafting trip and a ticket into the festival! Meet at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours at 11:30am. Depart for river at 12:10pm. Arrive at Santa Rita Park at 1:45pm. (We will put guests clothes/wallets, etc. in dry bags and they can change in the bathrooms at the park.) Shuttles back to your cars at Mild to Wild at 5pm and 6pm. Meet where the river trip ended!After your trip a shuttle will take you back to Animas Park to enjoy the rest of the festival!Save your parking and seat today!

June 28 | New Moon Hike – 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Enjoy this hike with the experts of Durango Nature Center. Call for reservations (970) 769-1800.

June 30 | Pete Giuliani – A solo acoustic show 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park.

July 2 | True West Rodeo – Pro rodeo at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. Gates open at 6:30 and the rodeo begins at 7:00 pm!

July 2 | The Assortment – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

July 4 | Fireworks in Durango – Come join in the fun for all of Durango’s 4th of July Events. Starting with a breakfast and 5K at Rotary Park and ending with a Parade at 6:00 pm followed by a street dance on Main Ave. and fireworks at dusk.

July 5 | Backcountry Experience Firecracker Fun Run and 5K – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Durango Mountain Resort hosts the Backcountry Experience Firecracker Fun Run and 5K. Registration for this free race is 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

July 5 | Vallecito Lake Arts & Crafts Fair – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm below the Vallecito Dam. Call (970) 884-2300 for more information.

July 5 | Vallecito Fireworks – 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Vallecito Lake.

July 9 | Lisa Blue Band – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

July 11 – 13 | Gem and Mineral Show – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at La Plata County Fairgrounds. Vendor booths, silent auction, raffle, mineral displays, and activities for children.

July 12 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic – The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

July 12 | Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts – Enjoy a day on the river and an evening out in Durango. Join Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours for a day of Colorado rafting, then venture with Mild to Wild to three of Durango’s thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour and taste of the trade. After we conquer the river, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and venture, via bus, to 3 of Durango’s 4 choice breweries for a tour/tasting event. Discover this specialty trip scheduled only on specific dates: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, and July 12. Please call Mild to Wild for booking information and specific details (970) 247-4789.

July 13 – August 2 | Music in the Mountains – world-renowned musicians enchant audiences in spectacular venues throughout southwestern Colorado.

July 14 – 16 | Stand-up Paddleboarding – Stand-up Paddle Boarding is one of the newest and fastest growing ways to enjoy Durango’s waterways! This new craze offers a great core workout while you are having fun! No experience is necessary. We provide all necessary equipment. Ages 9 and up. Instructional Clinic: $99 Adults $69 Children July 14-16 • 5-7pm Rental: $30 per day for 1/2 day, $45 for full day

July 15 | Stand Up Paddleboard Instruction – No experience necessary. We provide all equipment. Ages 9+. Register by calling (970) 247-4789.

July 16 | Robby Overfield – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

July 16 | True West Rodeo – Pro rodeo at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. Gates open at 6:30 and the rodeo begins at 7:00 pm!

July 23 | Bacon – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

July 24 – 27 | Durango Fiesta Days – Durango comes together to celebrate Spanish and Native American history and ranching heritage with rodeos, a downtown parade, barrel races, chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfast, and much more. All events are held at the Durango Fairgrounds (except for the BarBQ/Pie Auction/Street Dance).

July 27 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic – The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

July 30 | One Roof Blues – 2014 Summer Concert Series, Rochester Hotel Secret Garden 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Rochester Secret Garden is a lush, beautiful, intimate setting for the summer concert series, special events and celebrations.

July 30 | True West Rodeo – Pro rodeo at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. Gates open at 6:30 and the rodeo begins at 7:00 pm!

August 6 – 10 | LaPlata County Fair – La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. in Durango, CO. Open Class Fair Entry Forms will be available on July 1, 2014 for the following: Beef, Bucket Calf, Swine, Sheep, Goat, Poultry, and Rabbit. Do you want to be a Vendor at the La Plata County Fair? Contracts will be available in March 2014 for the following: Concession Booth Contract or Non-Food Contract. The full fair schedule will be available in June 2014. Call (970) 382-6465 for details and information.

August 10 | Duranglers Fly Fishing Clinic – The class covers the feeding habits of trout, how flies imitate the bugs that trout eat, essential knots, rigging your rod, and how to cast a fly rod. The class is taught by Glenn Tinnin, a certified FFF Fly Casting Instructor and veteran guide. The cost is $125. Space is limited, so please call our shop at (970)385-4081.

August 14 – 17 | Railfest – The annual Durango Railfest event showcases western-style cowboy events such as the World Fast Draw Association shoot-out and competition, Native American Dancers and Heritage Train with the Southern Ute Tribe from Ignacio in addition to special events and train rides throughout the weekend. All events pay tribute to Durango’s railroading legacy.

August 17 | True West Rodeo – Pro rodeo at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. Gates open at 6:30 and the rodeo begins at 7:00 pm!

August 22 | Ute Mountain Pow Wow – Held in Ignacio, Colorado. Call 1-800-258-8007 ext. 6116 for more information. Located at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in Ignacio, Colorado. For more information, e-mail powwow@southernute-nsn.gov. Open to the public. For info call: Tara Vigil (970)563-0100 ext. 3624.

August 22 – 23 | Durango Blues Train – May 30 & 31 and August 22 & 23, 2014. An exciting 3.5 hour moving musical experience providing two consecutive evenings of live blues. NEW FOR 2014 – each night will feature a different group of musicians. You will travel on the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-fired, steam-powered train through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The event features six live blues performances (2 bands and 4 solo/duo artists) in six rail cars with a festive musical environment that promises an amazing experience. Each artist performs in their own vintage coach, while passengers are to free to dance their way from coach to coach and delight in a variety of musical performances.

August 23 | San Juan Brewfest – Held in downtown Durango on Main Ave. between 12th and 13th Streets at Buckley Park. This event benefits United Way of Southwest Colorado.

August 28 – September 1 | Four Corners Motorcycle Rally™ – Ignacio Bike Week™ and the Four Corners Biker Rally have joined together to bring you a bigger and better rally, the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally™. The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally happens all over the Four Corners throughout Labor Day weekend. The Million Dollar Highway through Durango is voted one of the top four motorcycle rides in the country. Durango Harley-Davidson features the Harley demo fleet. There will also be a beer tent with live music and food during the daytime from Friday–Sunday. Motorcycle enthusiasts participate in events which take place throughout the region: Sky Ute Casino, Durango, Cortez, Silverton, Ignacio and all points in between.

August 29 – 31 | 4th Annual Matriarch Gathering – Two days of empowerment, community & phenomenal opportunities for growth. Day 1, traditionally been for women only, has shifted to include a second track developed specifically for men by men. The power to empower. Moon Watcher River Ranch, Township of Chimney Rock, CO. matriarchgathering@gmail.com.

Outdoor Adventures in Durango

When the temperatures rise and snow starts melting in the mountains, that’s when we know summer is right around the corner in Durango. The Animas River starts filling up and the rafting companies start preparing for a great season on the river! Summertime in Durango is mostly spent outdoors. The beautiful weather filled with sunny days is perfect for every outdoor activity imaginable. Rafting, ziplining, horseback riding and biking are some of the most popular Durango outdoor activities in the summer. Of course the D&SNGRR is a huge tourist attraction and is always busy in the summer, so be sure to plan accordingly if you want to take a ride on the train.

Durango Train

In operation for over a century, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of the most unique ways to take in the spectacular views offered by the San Juan Mountains and the Animas River. Choose between an open-air gondola and a covered cabin, or for adults, there are Parlor Cars which come equipped with a full bar. Relax and watch the mountain peaks and river-cut canyons pass alongside the train.

Durango Horseback Riding

Durango offers plenty of horseback riding options from one hour rides to entire day trips. You will find a number of great places that offer guided horseback rides for beginning riders, children and experienced riders. You will also find horse rentals in Durango that will rent only to the experienced riders where you will choose from variety of trail rides to take the horse for the day on an unguided tour. Durango area Dude and Guest Ranches feature many horseback riding options.

Durango Farmers Market

Also, the Durango Farmers Market is on a regular schedule where you can get fresh local produce once a week. Historic Downtown Durango is full of history and culture and you’re sure to have a great time exploring downtown on your next summer trip to Durango.

Hiking in Durango

The Durango area boasts literally thousands of miles of incredible hiking trails. Choose from trails that promise an enjoyable afternoon stroll, or for the more ambitious, seek out a trail that clambers across the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Both new seasoned hikers will find things to do and trails to suit their hiking desires in Durango.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

A very popular Durango event is the Durango Iron Horse Bicycle Classic where you bike the 50 miles over the two mountain passes from Durango to Silverton. The race has been a Durango tradition since 1971 and has a really cool story about how the two brothers Tom and Jim Mayer started the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

Fly Fishing in Durango

The clear, cold waters of Durango promise challenging angling for vigorous trout. For the casual fisherman, the waters of the Animas flowing through downtown Durango promise fishing. Serious fishing expeditions can take anglers deep into the mountains in search of the cool headwaters where trout thrive. Or, take advantage of the alpine lakes of the Durango area.