Located across Girard Street, the Ska Brewing is a quaint brewery-cum-brew bar. Locals and tourists head here to taste the different beers on offer; though the tasting room can accommodate limited guests, its worth visiting for the sheer variety of beers, the most ordered one being Modus Hoperandi. With over ten microbrews, the Ska Brewing has won 20 national awards for its good quality beers. Throughout the week, it also hosts live music concerts featuring local artists and bands. Apart from providing great beer and entertainment, the brewery ensures that it helps the community and hence every year it provides beer donations to deserving organizations. For additional details, check website or call ahead.
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.
Get ready for an adventure! Mountain Waters Rafting specializes in whitewater rafting. There is a tour for all ages, you could enjoy a relaxing tour where you float down the river or experience the thrill of navigating challenging currents in Class V whitewater. If you're not in the mood for rafting then take a water-free tour and go on theDurango Train or a Zipline. There's a tour for everyone!
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.
The Center of Southwest Studies Museum, at the Fort Lewis College, is a great preservation of American culture. The museum touches upon the various cultures as well as wildlife environment. their exhibits include art, textile, natural history and more.
The American Legion Events Hall is a 2,000 square feet (186 square meters) of space that is used for various events. The placer is open for private use as well and is complete with a stage. Rates may vary as per individual requirement, so call for details.
Homeground of the Skyhawks Basketball Women's team, the Ray Dennison Memorial Field is located at the Fort Lewis College. The stadium was named to commemorate Fort Lewis' ex-football player Ray Dennison, who tragically died owing to a fatal head injury during a game in 1955. The west area of the stadium can accommodate anywhere between 4000 to 6000 people, and also features a special press box reserved for media and other key game staff.
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.
The Durango Arts Center gives the aspiring youngsters of the city an opportunity to explore and witness talents. Through the year, several art exhibitions and performances are held. The center hold one unique contest called the 10-Minute Play Contest which provides a platform for budding writers and other professionals.
Set in the historic, Mission-style Smiley Building, the Smiley Theater is touted to be the biggest of its kind in the city. This energy efficient structure was lovingly renovated by John Shaw, Charles Shaw and Lisa Bodwalk and is used for a range of activities. The theater is always abuzz with cultural events like dance shows, plays and concerts. It is also available on rent.
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.