Travelog to Durango, Colorado

by J.D.

Durango and Silverton Train Along the Animas River

Durango and Silverton Train Along the Animas River

What a place! Our family took a vacation to Durango a year ago and had a fantastic time. The countryside was magnificent and there was so much to do.

First of all, our stay in Durango started at the Blue Lake Ranch, a beautiful 200 acre setting about 15 minutes from Durango. It is located about 30 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and 10 minutes from mountain activities and off-road adventures. Blue Lake Ranch is a bed and breakfast establishment that has a breakfast to die for. Homemade recipes, fantastic garden and mountain views.

You can choose from rooms in the Ranch House, The Renovated Barn (our favorite), The Pinon Suite, Casa Del Sombra, Casa Del Sol, The Cabin on the Lake, The Cottage in the Woods, and others. You are probably getting the idea that we liked it.

Things To Do:

You have to take a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It has been operating for over 100 years and winds through the San Juan Mountains. It is quite an adventure for the kids too. You travel along side of the mountains looking down on the the Animas River.

For the truly adventurous, take the stop off the train at Tall Timbers Resort for their Soaring Tree Top Adventures in the middle of the ride in the San Juan Mountains. The only way to get there is by train or helicopter. Then you are ready for a full day of soaring through the tree tops along zip lines. They have 27 runs that take though the trees, across the Animas River and back to your starting point. Throw in a great lunch and it makes for quite a day.

They really take care of you and it is very safe. Our group consisted of our son, son-in-law, my 62 year old husband and myself. All ages except the very young can fit into the safety harness they have available. This is a must do.

My daughter and husband went horseback riding one day about 20 minutes from our home base at Blue Lake. Another day took my son and husband fly-fishing in the San Juan River. They caught a bunch of trout and a great time. Golfing and mountain bike riding was the sport for my son and son-in-law. Even with all this we still had time to rest and enjoy the scenery, especially back at Blue Lake Ranch.

I just had to take this opportunity to share the great time we had in Durango and surrounding area. We keep talking about going back and it just may happen. By the way, it anyone wants to get info on our top spots, just google “blue lake ranch” and “tall timbers soaring”.

Happy adventures.


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