While Pine River Lodge is a fantastic place to enjoy all year round, expert vacationers know that winter is the best time to visit. Come colder months, the quaint Rocky Mountain town of Durango turns into a winter wonderland complete with beautiful snowfall, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a Polar Express train ride through the hills. Enjoy a storybook winter getaway with a Durango Christmas vacation. Here are just a few of the events and festivities that make Durango a holiday mecca!

Snowdown Festival

The annual Snowdown festival is labeled as ‘Colorado’s Premier Winter Celebration’ and takes place during the last week in January and through the first weekend in February. For over four decades, Snowdown has been providing visitors and locals with holiday spirit and winter cheer. Every year, the event focuses on a different theme and invites guests to participate. The non-profit festival offers multiple parades and a plethora or entertaining events. Visit the Snowdown website for more information on this year’s happenings!

Sleigh Rides

You’ve most likely sung the line, but have you ever really dashed through the snow? If the answer is no, Durango is home to multiple liveries and outfitters that can make your Christmas dreams come true. Visit local establishments such as San Juan Sky Outfitters, Buck’s Livery, Rapp Corral, and Prairie Fire Percherons to embark on a holiday horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow!

durango christmasPolar Express

Kids and adults alike are sure to love this one-of-a-kind winter experience! While on your Durango Christmas vacation with Pine River Lodge, head to the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and get your ticket for the Polar Express Train Ride. All Aboard! The coal-powered locomotive pulls into the station, where the beginning scene will take place. Once everyone is on board and in their seats, get ready to enjoy hot chocolate delivered by waiters, a reading of the book on the way to the North Pole, and even a visit from Santa!

Hot Springs

Take some time to relax during your Durango Christmas vacation, and enjoy a long soak in the Trimble Spa Hot Springs. Take advantage of the naturally warm mineral-rich waters and let your stress melt away. The tranquil location in the beautiful Rockies provides a fantastic setting for this relaxing experience, and you will leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to enjoy some more Christmas cheer!

A Durango Christmas at Pine River Lodge

As evident from the vast variety of quality events and activities, a Durango Christmas vacation is a prime way to spend this holiday season. Enjoy quality time with your loved ones at Pine River Lodge, and experience everything this winter wonderland has to offer!