Durango, Colorado has always been well known for its natural beauty, majestic mountains and its "old west" historic charm. But many also know Durango as home to some of the most, interesting, fun and exciting activities in the Southwest! Whether you want to conquer an outdoor adventure or you want to sit back and take in the beauty and culture of Durango's rich history, the beautiful General Palmer Hotel is centrally located to all of the adventures that await!
Below you will find a list of some of our favorite activities and must-see attractions.
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Some of Durango's Favorite Activities:
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train:
The Durango & Silverton Train has been a staple in the Southwest since 1882 and runs through the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Aboard this historic narrow gauge railroad, you will take a journey through some of Colorado's most rugged and beautiful backcountry and see the San Juan Mountains in all of their majesty, virtually untouched for the last 100 years! Summer service runs round-trip daily from Durango to Silverton, one of Colorado's authentic Victorian mining towns. In the winter, you can take a journey through a real winter wonderland with excursions into the beautiful Cascade Canyon.
Mesa Verde National Park remains one of only 20 World Heritage Sites and offers some of the most incredible cultural exploration in the entire United States. Home to the largest cliff dwelling ruins in North America, you will be enchanted by the human ingenuity and cultural history as you explore incredible remnants of the Ancient Puebloan Peoples (formerly known as the Anasazi), a native people that built their homes right into the surrounding cliffs. You have to see it to believe it!
Have you ever dreamed of flying high above the forest floor on an unparalleled adventure in the trees? If so, this is the trip for you! Even if you never dreamed of such an adventure, once you have tried it, it is guaranteed to be the highlight of your trip to Durango! Soaring Tree Top Adventures is one of Durango's most well known adventure activities and boasts its reputation as not only the top rated activity in Durango, not only in Colorado, but it has been rated by TripAdvisor as the number one attraction in the entire US! Enjoy a train ride into the remote wilderness of the San Juan Mountains to the secluded Tall Timber Resort where you will prepare for a full day adventure - soaring from tree to tree along a network of stainless steel platforms high in the Ponderosa canopy. The canopy tour eco-adventure consists of over 24 zipline spans above the forest, across the Animas river and much more for an unforgettable adventure!
As with many of our adventures, words can't do it justice. Check out a YouTube clip of the Soaring Tree Top Adventure:
Full Blast Adventures:
Don't have time or budget for the full day Soaring Adventure? You can also enjoy Durango's newest zipline adventure at Full Blast Adventures. This shorter course is conveniently located in-town Durango, just 2 miles from the General Palmer. Zip across 6 platforms for a 2.5 hour adventure that is fun and affordable for the whole family! While you are there, save time to enjoy a run on Durango's only paintball course and enjoy a new family favorite, shooting at the ones you love the most!
Of course, no trip to Durango would be complete without experiencing some of the more well known favorites as well! Find out why these fun and adventurous activities have remained favorites for visitors for decades:
Whitewater rafting on the Animas River:
Jeep Tours into the historic, high country and mining ghost towns:
Unique combo trips and activity packages like Jeep/Raft combo's and more!:
Relax and rejuvenate with a Massage or Spa Treatment:
Explore Colorado's winter wonderland with a Snowmobile tour:
Have questions or not finding what you are looking for? Call our partners at Durango Central Reservations at 800.828.4228 and let their local, friendly travel experts help you create the customized vacation that you have always dreamed of included with your stay at the General Palmer!
The General Palmer Hotel also offers a wide variety of these activities in our unique, discounted packages! Visit our Durango vacation packages page today to learn more and take advantage of great deals!