The 45 mile Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in existence since 1881. It was then used as an important mode of transport between the silver and gold mining ores in the San Juan mountains and the town of Durango. Today, the heritage railroad is an important transport line from the point of view of tourism and serves as an easy yet adventurous travel route to Silverton winding across the breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The steam-powered locomotive which were then used by miners, are functional even today. A journey on one of these would take you through an adventure which is marked by spectacular views across the dense forest. Call or visit their website for group reservations.
Cox Canyon Arch is a peculiar geological marvel located in Aztec. When in Aztec, embark on a little adventure with your family to this stunning arch that defines the landscape of this quaint historic town. Follow the simple trail to reach the sculpture, which stands majestically in the middle of the rocky terrain, under the vast blue skies. The trail ends under the beautiful arch, which is a marvelous sight to behold. Ideal for all ages, the short hike is also popular for spotting local wildlife and clicking beautiful photos of the region.
Run by the La Plata County Historical Society, the Animas Museum is a quaint and friendly local history museum. The strives at preserving the history and culture. Events are regularly held here. Check the site for details before visiting.
Come be part of one of Durango's earliest churches at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The history of St. Marks goes back to 1880 and the parish has continued to grow over the years. The church is very involved with the people of the community and organizes several events such as music and arts events, plays etc. The church promotes Adult Education and holds regular classes for the needy.
Nestled deep in the recesses of southwestern Colorado, San Juan National Forest sprawls across millions of acres encompassing diversified terrains and dramatic landscapes. Established in 1905, the forest straddles an array of counties. The Lizard Head Wilderness, South San Juan Wilderness and Weminuche Wilderness are the three officially designated wilderness zones in the forest. Interspersed by an array of crisscrossing trails, the forest is accentuated by mighty mountains capped with snow. A wide range of recreational activities lure visitors, including fishing, skiing, horseback riding, camping and mountain biking. From meadows and canyons to craggy peaks and alpine terrains, this magnificent forest is a bountiful expression of nature's generosity.
The Durango Fish Hatchery is the oldest hatchery owned by the state of Colorado. Visitors to the facility can tour the site to see how the hatchery works. It also features a wildlife museum housing fish and animal mounts.
Located in downtown Durango, the Animas City Theatre was launched by Michele and Chris Redding. This space occupies what was formerly the Abbey Theatre and is one of the top venues in Southwest Colorado. It features a state-of-the-art sound and light system, and houses a digital movie screen showcasing the latest blockbusters. The ACT also plays host to an array of concerts and live entertainment by regional and international artists.
Visit Gaslight Twin Cinema, an Allen theater. The theater is a great option for the perfect movie experience. Some of their features include digital projection and high quality sound. The place also offers online ticket booking. Special rates apply for seniors and military personnel.