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					                    YOUR DURANGO VACATION – IDEAS FOR YOU!


1. HIKING – There are SO many trails in the Durango area. If you need hiking maps or books, I recommend going to
   “Gardenswartz”, an outdoor store in downtown Durango - (970) 259-6696, or visit “Maria’s Bookshop” downtown to
   pick up a hiking trails book – (970) 247-1438. For more awesome trail sheets you can print, visit:

   a.    Hogsback (Downtown Area) – it is 2 miles roundtrip and considered easy, except the last 200 yards. It is worth
        doing the last 200 yards if you can. The trailhead is located at Leyden Street. Take Main north, left on 22nd
        Street. The street angles to the top of Crestview Mesa where it becomes Montview Parkway; follow this to
        Glenisle, then south to Leyden, and west again to the end of Leyden.

   b. Mountain View Crest (Animas Valley Area) – this is an all day hike 9-10 mi hike off the beaten path, but it offers
      amazing views once you reach the summit! Take Main Ave to 32nd St. Follow 32nd east to its end (1.2 mi) at CR
      250. Follow north 9.5 mi to where Missionary Ridge Rd separates off uphill to the right. This is a climbing gravel
      road with many switchbacks. Follow it 19 mi to where Henderson Lake Rd branches off to the right. This is a
      4WD road about 4 mi long, but 2WD vehicles can make half or more of it when the road is dry. The road ends at
      a wilderness barrier where you will find plenty of parking. Hike straight north along the east side of Lime Mesa,
      following the old jeep road past Dollar Lake to a saddle at the east end of Mountain View Crest. You see
      dramatic views at the saddle, but they are even better if you climb left a ¼ mi to the top of the first rise (12,802

   c. Potato Lake (Ski Resort Area) – it is an easy 2 mile roundtrip hike with good fishing at the end. Take 550 north
      about 30 miles. At the bottom of Coal Bank Hill, just after crossing Cascade Creek, turn right onto Lime Creek
      Road and go 3.5 miles to where the road passes a lily pond. Just as the road turns sharply east to go by the
      north side of the pond, there is a turnoff big enough to park 2-3 cars. The trail begins there and weaves around
      in a northerly direction. You will pass several beaver ponds before reaching Potato Lake (also known as Spud

2. MOUNTAIN BIKING – Durango is the home of mountain biking and road biking. Favorite trails are below. For more
   trail ideas, visit Second Avenue Sports (970-247-4511) in downtown Durango, or Hassle Free Sports (970-259-3874)
   on the north end of downtown Durango. For a sampling of other road and mountain biking trails, visit:
    a. Dry Fork Loop (Colorado Trail near downtown Durango) – 9.2 mi loop, irregular tread with some rough sections.
       From Camino del Rio in Durango, go 3.4 mi west on Hwy 160. Turn right on Lightner Creek Road (CR 207). Go
       1.1 mi and turn right onto a dirt road (Dry Fork Road). In 2 miles, veer right at a “Y” intersection. Go another 0.9
       mi and pull left into a small parking area at the trailhead.

    b. Elbert Creek Loop (Ski Resort Area) – 14.8 mi loop, mostly smooth trail. From Durango, drive 25 mi north on
       Hwy 550 to the Purgatory Resort turnoff. Go left uphill 0.4 mi on the paved road into the gravel ski area parking

3. FISHING – Animas River (Downtown Area) – the Animas River offers gold medal fly fishing waters. Stop anywhere
   along its banks, and particularly in the area behind Big 5 Sports. If you are looking for other good fishing spots,
   check with “Duranglers”, a fishing store in downtown Durango, or visit them on-line to learn about the area waters,
   fishing reports and more: - (970) 385-4081. See also, Potato Lake hike, above.

4. RAFTING / KAYAKING – The Animas River offers great river rafting, tubing and kayaking opportunities. We have
   several outfitters in town to help you with your trip, ranging anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days. A couple of options

    a. Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours: – (970) 247-4789
    b. Outlaw River & Jeep Tours: – (970) 259-1800
    c. Durango River Trippers: – (800) 292-2885

5. HORSEBACK RIDING – There are several horseback outfitters in our area. A couple of options are:

    a. Rapp Corral (Ski Resort Area) - – (970) 247-8454
    b. Buck’s Livery (Ski Resort Area) - – (970) 385-2110
    c. Wilderness Trails Dude Ranch (Bayfield) - – (970) 247-0722

6. TREE GLIDING – We even have tree gliding in Durango! Soaring Treetop Adventures: – (970) 769-2357

7. GOLF – The public can golf at Dalton Ranch Golf Course (semi-private) and Hillcrest Golf Course (public).

    a. Dalton Ranch Golf Course – – (970) 247-8774
    b. Hillcrest Golf Course - – (970) 247-1499

8. JEEP / SNOWMOBILE TOURS – Explore cool mountain passes by Jeep or snowmobile!

    a. Outlaw Rivers and Jeep Tours: – (970) 259-1800
    b. Durango Tours - – (800) 301-5647
    c. Durango Ice Pirates - – (970) 247-3706

1. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (Downtown or Ski Resort Area) – Durango is famous for this train ride.
   Depart from downtown Durango or at the Rockwood Station near the Glacier Club and travel to Silverton (or get off
   at other stops along the way). You can train or bus back from Silverton. There are many themed train rides
   throughout the year, or combine with snowmobiles, hiking, etc. - (970) 247-

2. Mesa Verde National Park (West of Durango) – It is a beautiful drive from Durango to Mesa Verde between Mancos
   and Cortez. Explore ancient ruins. - (970) 529-4465

3. Trimble Hot Springs (Dalton Ranch Area) – Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day on the lawns, in the heated
   outdoor Olympic size pool, in the natural hot springs, or taking advantage of the full spa/massage services. – (877) 811-7111

4. Durango Mountain Resort (Ski Resort Area) – Summer Activities include alpine slide, mountain biking, hiking, rock
   climbing walls. Winter Activities include downhill skiing, tubing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing. - (970) 247-9000

5. Sky Ute Casino (Near Airport) – Gambling, bowling, entertainment. – (970) 563-7777

6. Bar D Wranglers (Animas Valley Area) - Western supper show. – (970) 247-5753

7. Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall (Downtown Area) – check out their calendar of events for performances
   that are happening during your trip, such as live music, ballet, theatre, – (970)

8. Community Recreation Center (Downtown Area) – Pool, water slide, fitness area, running track, rock climbing wall,
   yoga, child care. - (970) 375-5000

9. Downtown Galleries and Shops (Downtown Area) – Come explore our many unique shops and galleries in our
   historic Downtown section. Western stores, fine jewelry, local art, fabulous clothing, pottery, books, furnishings.

10. Festivals (Downtown Area) – We often have festivals, such as the Durango Film Festival, Animas River Days,
    Snowdown Winter Festival, Cowboy Gathering, Taste of Durango, and more!

   1. Rylee Mac’s Market & Cooking School – This is a place where you can be inspired by something as simple as a
      hand-made tortilla or as elaborate as a gourmet dinner. Weekly themed cooking classes or gourmet food to go.
      There is also an outdoor patio with live music on Thursday nights. (970) 259-4690

   2. Scenic Glider Rides - Sailplanes are towed aloft to a pre-selected altitude and then released. As you soar like an
      eagle back to the gliderport, you will be able to see the beautiful San Juan Mountains, plus the Animas River
      winding through the valley and (on a clear day) 100 miles of scenery in any direction. (970) 247-9037

Durango has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco – and we have some great ones.

1. Steamworks Brewery – Great assortment of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, salads, Mexican and local brew in a casual
   atmosphere with sports TV’s and peanuts for all! Outdoor seating available. 801 W Second Ave. Mutu’s – Excellent
   Italian food and wine. Outdoor seating available. 701 E. Second Ave.

2. Tequilla’s – My favorite Mexican restaurant in town – awesome salsa and margaritas! 948 Main Ave.

3. Carvers – Love their breakfasts, local brew. Outdoor seating available. 1022 Main Ave.

4. Ken & Sue’s – Creative foods, great atmosphere. 636 Main Ave.

5. Seasons Rotisserie & Grille – Classy atmosphere, fine entrees, extensive wine collection. 764 Main Ave.

6. Jean Pierre – French cuisine and bakery. 601 Main Ave.

7. East by Southwest – Asian cuisine and sushi. 160 E. College Ave.

8. Poppy’s – I love their homemade sandwiches and soups! 139 E. Fifth St.

9. Kennebec Café – Excellent food, west of Downtown – a hidden gem! Hwy 160, Hesperus

For a more comprehensive list and menus, see:

                    Have a wonderful time on your Durango Colorado vacation!!!

                                FOUR SEASONS VACATION RENTALS, LLC
                                       Heather Russell Dawson
                                               Durango, CO 81301
                                             Phone: (970) 769-4851

Here are some photos of my adventures in Durango: