Durango, CO – From the middle of September through the middle of October when the leaves change color, Durango, Colorado, is the perfect destination to witness the season's stunning fall transformation. From outdoor activities that offer adrenaline-filled adventure against the stunning backdrop of the changing leaves to family friendly harvest happenings, a new season means a wide variety of diverse and distinct vacation opportunities.
Boasting delicious meals featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce, Durango's culinary scene captures the flavors of fall. Harvest pumpkins, feed farm animals and enjoy the crisp autumn air at James Ranch, a family friendly farm that serves vegetables, cheeses and meats produced in-house at the Harvest Grill. Energizing eateries, like the farm-to-table Cyprus Cafe or the Tuscan-inspired Kennebec Cafe, shift their menu to reflect the best that autumn has to offer. Enjoy fusion-fare on the rooftop of Eolus Restaurant, sip a pint of locally crafted beer at the Animas Brewing Company (one of six craft breweries) or savor authentic Italian cuisine on the patio at Guido's.
With a visually stunning variety of mountain ranges and forests, outdoor activities are the perfect way to experience the vibrant colors of fall in Southwestern Colorado. Take in the natural splendor of the changing leaves from the back of a horse or the seat of a mountain bike or an off-road vehicle. Drive the breathtaking San Juan Skyway for views of the changing foliage in the Four Corners. For an immersive experience, fly through fall colors zip-lining at Soaring Tree Top Adventures.
Durango's art scene features stunning and unique interpretations of the season distinctively depicted in painting, photography, sculpture and multi-media art at one of the community's award-winning galleries. Learn how to capture the colors yourself with photography, painting or printmaking classes at the Durango Arts Center. For music, literature, film, storytelling and art as colorful and rich as the changing foliage, take in the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering that celebrates the area's Western heritage.
Enjoy Durango's most iconic activity and ride the rails of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Tap your toes on the tracks aboard the Durango Blues Train, a musical mashup of steam train scenery and bluegrass tunes. Capture images of fall colors on the Fall Photographer's Train. Pair your mountain views with a locally produced pint or a pinot aboard the Brew Train and Durango Wine and Rails.
Experience spectacular artwork showcased at the Autumn Arts Festival or enjoy brats and brews of Durango's Oktoberfest. The 9th Annual Durango Heritage Celebration recognizes the town's rich heritage, complete with authentic Victorian costumes. For the freshest local produce, meats, cheeses and artisan products visit the Durango Farmer's Market.
The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. 1-800-525-8855, www.durango.org
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August 20, 2016