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.
What used to be The Durango Discovery Museum, after having to go through closure because of lack of funds, was re-opened as The Powerhouse - Science Center/MakerLab in 2011. Thanks to the crowdfunding and donations gathered by local community organizations, this museum was re-opened much to the delight of Colorado's science community. Housed in the former location of a power plant, this museum is one of the major attractions in the city. The concept at this museum revolves around power generation and supply. The visitors, through the many interactive exhibits here, will get to learn how power generation takes place and how it is supplied to different parts of a city. The Maker Lab at this museum organizes various classes for people of all ages where one can learn new skills or polish the already existing ones.
Winding through an array of scenic sights, each more mesmerizing than the last, the San Juan Scenic Byway is an expansive route stippled with natural wonders and historic settlements. The landscape encompassing this picturesque highway unfurls like a dream, dazzling you with majestic peaks which loom over undulating fields, often punctuated by time-honored towns which paint an evocative picture of their history if you look deeper. This route is considered to be one of the most prominent in the country, a drive along its length promising breathtaking vistas, and is traversed by droves of tourists and locals alike who are drawn to its inimitable charm. Be it sprawling national forests or stunning valleys which beckon with their splendor, exploring this marvelous byway makes for an exhilarating expedition.
St. Columba Catholic Church goes back in time to 1881, when the initial structure of the church first began. After a lot of struggle, the parish itself was formed 35 years later. Even today, the stone structure of the building still maintains its olden day charm and grandeur. The parishioners here are very involved in the community and have regular drives to help uplift the poor and needy.