5 Summer Activities for Families to Explore in Durango, Colorado


5 Summer Activities for Families to Explore in Durango, Colorado

Explore 5 summer activities for families that our guests enjoy while staying at Blue Lake Ranch in Durango, Colorado.


Hiking the La Plata Mountains

Just minutes from Blue Lake Ranch, the La Plata Mountains offer endless summer activities. The stunning La Plata Mountains are home to 18 unique peaks of 12000 feet. The roads and trails in the La Platas are typically on old mining roads, therefore they are accessible with 4×4 vehicles. However, we advise doing thorough research before heading out on a route. There are endless great hikes, views, and drives to experience in this beautiful mountain range. Taylor Lake is also only a short hike from the top. Popular summer activities include:

Mountain Biking

La Plata Canyon road is a fairly easy ride along the river. It gains elevation and scenic views as you continue uphill.


There are a variety of established campsites and backpacking routes, but it is important to get a permit and stay informed of any current fire restrictions.


There are countless backcountry trails of varying lengths accessible to all levels of hiking.


Taking a dip in the La Plata River is a perfect way to stay cool during the summer months.


Downtown Durango Activities for Families in Durango Colorado

Durango offers many activities that are perfect for the whole family. Check out the The Powerhouse Science Center offering many educational and interactive experiences for the whole family, or take a peaceful walk/bike ride along the Animas River Trail. In just a short distince from the Powerhouse Science Center, enjoy a lovely meal at one of Durango’s tasty and kid friendly restaurants.


5 Summer Activities for Families to Explore in Durango, Colorado


Outdoor Activities for Families to Explore in Durango Colorado

Summer in Durango brings warmer temperatures that are perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, swimming and beyond, which are fun activities for the entire family!  In addition, Blue Lake Ranch offers amazing opportunities for fishing, with easy access to the La Plata Mountains. For the adventurous family, try a zipline tour that offers the feeling of being on top of the world. Check out a rafting trip with one of Durango’s known outfitters such as Mild to Wild Rafting, head up to Purgatory Resort for a fun-filled day of mountain biking, riding the Alpine Slide or Mountain Coaster, HIking, or taking a scenic chairlift ride. Above all, Durango and the surrounding areas offer endless outdoor activities for all families!


5 Summer Activities for Families to Explore in Durango, Colorado

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Durango Hot Springs

If you are looking to unplug from it all, Durango Hot Springs is the perfect spot to escape away. This luxury resort has over 22 mineral soaking pools, several  that are family specific, and one that connects to the swimming pool children’s area. From live music, delicious food carts, a bar, and more, a visit to the springs will make your Durango vacation complete!


Ride the Durango & Silverton Train

Embark on a memorable journey through the San Juan Mountains while riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  Summer in Durango is the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely trip to visit the historic mining town of Silverton. Enjoy the many sights, shopping, food, and more that Silverton offers. Be prepared that if riding the train both ways, this is an all day excursion. Therefore, it is important to pack your belongings from day into evening. The train departs from the Durango Depot taking you up into the Rocky Mountains with views of the San Juan National Forest and traveling alongside the beautiful Animas River. These are some of the most impeccable views to expereince while visiting Durango, Colorado.


Blue Lake Ranch is located in the perfect spot to enjoy the abundance of activities to do with your family in Durango, Colorado. Call us at 970-385-4537 to book one of our family-friendly accommodations for your Durango Summer Vacation.