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Durango Area Attractions

The Four Corners area is a vacation in itself and Pine River Lodge at Vallecito Lake is the perfect headquarters. In every direction, there are special attractions.

For the kids visit the Durango Power House Science Center or wear them out at the indoor outdoor pool center at the Durango Recreation Center  Both places are priced right so the entire family can visit.

Mesa Verde Pueblo cliff dwellings

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

Train going over a river bridge

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train

No trip to the area would be complete without experiencing the breathtaking scenery of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train (DSNG).  The DSNG offers a variety of trips including taking the train one way to Silverton and driving back via the Million Dollar Highway.  The DSNG also has specialty trains that run during different seasons:

  • Silverton Tour
  • Skyway Tour
  • Dinosour Tour – short excursion for the kids
  • Peanuts Halloween Tour – short excursion for the kids
  • Cascade Winter Tour
  • Polar Express Tour – short excursion for the kids
  • Snowdown Balloon Train
  • Romance on the Rails

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Highland Helicopters

For the ultimate scenic view of the area call Highland Helicopters to schedule your tour or to scout game.  For the ultimate adventure ask about the aerial shooting adventure with Colorado Gun Fighter.

Outdoor concert

Bar D Chuckwagon

Go back to the Old West with a visit the Bar D Chuckwagon cowboy music show and chuckwagon supper, ride the kids train, enjoy shopping, entertainment and dinner!

Golf course near mountains

Local Golfing

For the golfers book your tee time at the Hillcrest Golf Club or the Dalton Ranch Golf Club

Woman on a zipline.


Test your zipline skills at the Durango Full Blast Adventure Center or ride the DSNG Train and soar through the San Juans at

Group whitewater rafting.

River Rafting

Enjoy river rafting on the Animas River or Jeep Tours in the Silverton Ghost mines with Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours, we have been rafting with them for years and a good time is always had!

People on Alpine slides

Summer & Winter Activities

In the winter ski & board both Purgatory & Wolf Creek ski areas located approximately 1.5 hours from Vallecito Lake.  In the summer ride the high altitude Alpine Slide or Mountain Bike Purgatory. &