What is Durango Outdoors?
Durango Outdoors is a website created by James Hobby and Kelly Steinbacher as
an outdoor activities guide specifically for Durango and nearby areas. Our goal is
to provide information mainly pertaining to outdoor activities, maps, events and
wildlife. In our personal experience we have found it difficult to locate a source for
a broad spectrum of information of this kind and we hope to bridge this gap. We
are trying to provide content that people living here or thinking about visiting will
find useful in an aesthetically pleasing way that is easy to navigate. Our sense of
community is very strong and as locals ourselves we believe in supporting other
local interests. This website is evolving and should continue to evolve as new
content becomes available and we strive to update with fresh material. Support
and feedback is welcome from others so that we may continue to provide
information and entertainment that is useful as well as appealing. Durango has so
much to offer the outdoor enthusiast and we hope our website helps visitors find
something that interests them.
A bit about James Hobby (Owner/Developer):
Well, I like to think of myself as a "local" local because I was born and raised in Durango Colorado. Over my life
time I have seen many changes in this wonderful community. I don't want to give away my age but I can remember
skiing on Chapman Hill when it was called "Calico Hill" and Horse Gulch Trail was still a road used by cars. As a child I
grew up skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, biking, rock climbing and so on. You get the point, I
love to do stuff in the outdoors and feel very fortunate to have been raised in an area that offers so much. I did have
my stint of "big city life" during a career change and it only made me appreciate Durango that much more. My
professional background includes business, marketing, and computer science but my biggest passion has always
been professional photography. I have been taking pictures ever since my mom and dad put a camera in my hands as
a very small child. I still have my first photo album that I made at the age of 6. The Durango Outdoors website has
helped me keep this passion alive. Kelly and I continue to capture more and more content on our adventures together.
My focus (no pun intended) is to provide visual material that will fill visitors to our website with a desire to visit Durango
or try an adventure of their own. The cool thing is Kelly and I get to share our favorite activities together, have fun and
provide information for others to use all at the same time. I have many friends and family that live and own business's
in Durango. I have grown to understand how important "keeping it local" is to our city and hope to continue to support
this theme. You can still find me out on the trails with my mountain bike or climbing up in the mountains with my
friends still looking for something new to share.
About Kelly Steinbacher (Ower/Developer):
My background and childhood was framed in a very outdoorsy lifestyle thanks to my parents. I grew up playing,
hiking, fishing, and camping in areas around Durango. Something I took for granted at the time. My love for the
outdoors deepened as I became a teenager spending more and more time hiking in the backcounty. I was lucky
enough to land a job working for the US Forest Service and helped with fighting wildfires out of Pagosa Springs. As for
college, my first degree came from Colorado State University with a BS in Wildlife Biology. After college I was hired by
the Colorado Division of Wildlife and worked for them roughly 7 years in total. Deciding to make a career change I got
a 2nd degree in Computer Science and have fallen in love with graphic art and web design. Something that allows the
use of math and art all rolled into one. Thanks to James the concept of “Durango Outdoors” was actually dreamed up
while hiking on the Colorado trail, we began to brain storm ideas for an informative outdoors website on this area.
Durango Outdoors is a true and deep passion for me, it has allowed me to dream again! Offering me a way to express
my love for outdoor activities and a deep respect for the nature that it takes place in. My future hopes and dreams are
that Durango Outdoors will be a helpful tool to boost tourism and local business while educating people about wildlife
and backcountry adventures. Few people are truly blessed enough to experience such majestic beauty in such an
awe inspiring place as the dramatic San Juan Mountains, right here in this corner of Colorado!
James & Kelly
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