Summertime in Durango, Colorado offers the outdoor enthusiast a wide
variety of activities all found very close to the city. It attracts people by
the thousands from all over the world that wish to experience the rich
history and to enjoy the outdoors. Indeed there are very few places
that have this many opportunities to choose from.
During the spring and as the winter snows begin to melt the
Animas river fills with runoff. This is the prime time for rafting,
kayaking and white water canoeing. You can either bring your
own boat or utilize one of the many guided trips available. Spring
is also when most people hang up the skis and break out the
bikes to enjoy some of the best trails and roads in America.
By mid-summer the rivers have cleared and the gold medal waters
offer some fantastic fishing with easy access. There are also
numerous lakes nearby, Navajo and Vallecito that have great fishing
and water sports like water skiing and wake boarding. In recent years the
Animas river has become extremely popular for inner tubing and during the
hot summer days you can see people floating from one end of town to the other
by the hundreds. You can check our website for Animas river flow data and weather
information before planning a trip.
Hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing and horseback riding are
in full swing during the summer and Durango offers some of the best
places to go. This website has some maps and area descriptions that
can help you choose a spot that suites your individual needs. Feel free
to browse these sections and if you have never visited before be sure
to check out the images for a pictorial view of how the area looks.
Many people consider Durango to be the cycling Mecca for Colorado
because of the amount of quality trails and roads that are so close by.
Uncrowded, beautiful, versatile, challenging, well maintained and the
friendliest, hippest riders on the planet. Summer is peak cycle time but
it is possible to find a dry patch of road or singletrack all year round. It's
quite common to see a roof rack with a bike and a snowboard at the
In the late summer to early fall the temperatures begin to drop, the trees begin to change color and mountains are
transformed into great splendor. This is one of the best times for hiking and backpacking as there are fewer insects
and most of the high mountain snows are completely gone. Most of the higher trails are clear and dry but be sure to
check local weather forecasts as monsoon rains can pop up in the afternoons.
The "summer season" in Durango begins approximately mid June and runs through
September and temperatures average in the mid 80'sF. Visitors need to remember that
with altitude comes cooler temperatures and depending on where you go the weather
may be completely different than what is in town. Many of the nearby mountains are well
over twelve thousand feet and it is not unheard of to get snow in July! So plan your trips
for a variety of weather conditions and remember that is better have than to have not
when it comes to jackets and rain gear. Recommendations on when to visit for the
summer depend entirely on the activities you are planning but expect more crowds
during the holidays. Make reservations for motels or campgrounds well in advance
during Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Also be sure to check our events
calendar as there may be some activities going on that can bring in quite a few people.
You may even find some events that you wish to participate and join in on the fun!
Of all the times to visit Durango Summers are the most popular. Great weather combined with a large variety of things
to do make it a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.
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