Durango Winter Planning Guide


Winter Guide

Winter Guide

Winter Guide


Durango, Colorado is the best place for your winter vacation. Maybe you are just seeking out the week-long winter party vibe of Snowdown 2014? Maybe this year instead of a romantic getaway, you’ve simply decided to celebrate your love for beer and breweries? Durango embraces Winter with everything from snow skiing to shopping. Stroll through over 500 unique shops of historic downtown. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, check out a snowmobiling adventure. Then, how could you forget the skiing and snowboarding scene of Durango’s Purgatory Mountain located at Durango Mountain Resort in the wintertime? The options in Durango are endless! There are plenty of things to do in this outdoorsy town, and every season has its highlights! Durango hosts everything from seasonal Holiday events, Durango Holidazzle, to the mid-Winter shenanigans entitled Snowdown. So it’s no surprise that HGTV named Durango among their “Top 10 Christmas Towns.” Did you know? Durango is one of the culinary hotspots of the southwest and features all of the finest restaurants. Visitors of any ilk have a great appreciation of Durango Colorado hotels, because they find everything from high-thread-count luxury linens to adorable roadside motor courts.


November 8 | What a Girl Wants – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm expo at LaPlata County Fairgrounds.

November 27 | Turkey Trot – 5-mile race and 1-mile fun run along a scenic course around Fort Lewis College. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Registration at 9:00 am. 1:00 pm awards ceremony at the clock tower.

November 27 | Community Thanksgiving Dinner – 12:00 NOON – 2:00 pm at LaPlata County Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome.

December 5 | Noel Night – A special shopping night throughout downtown Durango’s unique shops while you enjoy refreshments, caroling, free gift wrapping, entertainers, music, and a visit from Santa Claus. Be sure to visit the Welcome Center at 8th Street. and Main Ave.

December 5 – 7 | Festival of Trees – Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train Museum hosts Festival of Trees 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Enjoy beautiful decorated trees and wreaths + a silent auction. Enter a drawing for a chance to win a prize package valued at $400.

December 7 | Holiday Craft Bazaar – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Animas Museum. The solution to all of your gift giving dilemnas will be under one roof as area artists and crafters offer their best wares for sale. From jewelry to baked goods, there is sure to be something for everyone.

December 12 | Durango Winter Sports Foundation Snow Soiree – Durango’s premier winter celebration party you don’t want to miss! Festive formal gala to benefit the athletes of the Alpine, Freestyle, Free Ride, Nordic and Snowboard Teams. Presenting sponsor Durango Mountain Resort. Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones as we kick off the season with a celebration of winter. With cocktails, gourmet tastings, games, live performance by Vanilla Pop, dancing, prizes and unrivaled live auctions featuring the best items in sports, fitness, food and travel!!

December 12 – 14 | Festival of Trees – Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train Museum hosts Festival of Trees 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Enjoy beautiful decorated trees and wreaths + a silent auction. Enter a drawing for a chance to win a prize package valued at $400.
Polar Express™ Package

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.

Throughout the holidays, visitors enjoy The Polar Express™ – Ride the train on a magical journey to the North Pole! Children are actually encouraged to wear their pajamas and experience the same type of magical journey.

Durango Skiing and Winter Sports

Gear up to attend the Beach Bash at Durango Mountain Resort. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding with Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. You can save big on lodging, lift tickets, rentals and more! Experience the authentic southwest by staying in one of the Durango area’s mountain lodges, rustic cabins, guest ranches, or luxurious old west resorts. Durango has a wide array of accommodations. Durango averages about 71 inches of snow per year, but the downtown area of Durango is quite manageable because it is in a low sun-drenched valley. Winter visitors love ample snow amounts for winter sports.

Durango Shopping “Holidazzle”

The Durango Historic Downtown and central business district area boasts literally hundreds of boutiques and restaurants. Choose from unique specialty shops, or for the more ambitious, seek out an outdoor outfitter shop for gear to help you manage the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Experience the thrill of returning from your vacation and everyone asking you “Where did you find that?” Plan an escape that taps into your love for twinkling lights and winter strolling through boutiques and galleries during Holidazzle. Seasoned shoppers will find deeply discounted winter values to suit their most unique desires.

SnowDown 2014

Whether you are a local or just someone who needs to attend a week-long mid-Winter party, Durango, Colorado is your kind of place. From the costume ball to the zany street parade, Durango plays host to some eye-popping shenanigans, and people flock to the SnowDown event. Be sure to follow the theme, and have a crazy good time. It is worth the trip. The SnowDown theme for 2014 is entitled “Safari So Good!”

Mesa Verde

If you are fortunate enough to be able to cross country ski or snowshoe in Mesa Verde National Park, you will not be disappointed. Two park roads are designated for cross country skiing and snowshoeing when snow permits. Skiing or snowshoeing in the backcountry of Mesa Verde National Park or other park roads is not permitted. With over 300 days of clear blue sky, Durango offers vacationers unlimited adventure. Forgo the traditional vacation spots and trendy theme parks.

Ice Climbing

Durango offers unique geological formations found nowhere else in the world. Durango boasts “Whorehouse Ice Hose” at Eureka Canyon in Silverton. That’s not to say that beginners are not welcome. It is hard to learn Ice Climbing. On the contrary, the outfitters here in Durango would love to have you learn from them and would equally love to pass on all the knowledge they have gained through their years of experience. If you’re new to it, you’ve got a fun and exciting road ahead of you. Many popular areas for winter rock and ice climbing are near Durango, making it the ideal place to stay for all of your climbing adventures.