Adventure in Gorgeous Durango, Colorado

Next Trip: June 14-20, 2020 cost:$3,785

Trip Rating: Challenging Maximum Daily mileage: 4-8
Terrain: Somewhat rocky at 6,500-feet elevation
Elevation gains: Up to 700 feet

Hike gorgeous mountain trails.


  • Ride the famous Durango-Silverton railroad
  • Hike stunning mountain trails
  • Raft the Animas River
  • Jeep gorgeous mountain passes
  • Gasp on the Million Dollar Hwy
  • Explore Puebloan ruins
  • Cheer at a wild west rodeo
  • Savor waterfalls & wildflowers
  • Ride an electric bike
  • Visit "Switzerland of America"
  • Meet other outdoor women
  • Enjoy riverfront lodging
  • Feed your adventurous spirit

Discover southwest Colorado’s rugged beauty!

Durango nestles in an outdoor paradise of red sandstone bluffs...the Animas River Valley...jagged "14er" peaks...2 million acres of the San Juan Mountains...and desert mesas. Founded in the late 1800s as a frontier mining town, Durango retains its pristine beauty & cowboy spirit.

Day 1

Fly into Durango’s La Plata airport. We’?ll rendezvous and drive you to our Hilton Doubletree hotel, nestled on the banks of the pretty Animas River. That afternoon, relax on your river-view balcony, stroll the riverfront trail, or visit downtown shops. We’ll enjoy dinner together on our hotel’s riverside deck.

Day 2

Hike 6 flat miles through aspen, meadows and a mountain valley on the Pinos River Trail. Lunch at the 3-mile point along a babbling mountain river. Then head back to the hotel for free time OR cruise the river trail on an electric bike with our guides. Enjoy a great dinner and ambience on the patio at Ken & Sue’s.

Day 3

Visit Mesa Verde National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to retrace the ancient footsteps of Ancestral Pueblo people. Join two ranger-guided tours, climb ladders to amazing cliff dwellings, learn about the Puebloans who lived here in A.D. 550, and ponder their mysterious disappearance. Bask in mesa beauty on a level 3-mile hike through cactus flowers, locust songs and tiny scooting lizards, and then savor trail-lunch-with-a-view. Visit archeological digs of Pit Houses where Puebloans lived before moving to cliff dwellings. Drive the loop road for terrific views of Sun Point, Oak House, Firehouse, Sun Temple, Cliff Palace, and Square Tower House. End a wonderful day with dinner and expansive views of Mesa Verde from the Metata Grill’s deck.

"On Trailbound’s trips, each day brings a new treasure, gives me a deeper appreciation for nature, offers new challenges I can meet, and opens my heart to other women’s stories, joys, and insights." ~ Michelle K.

Visit Ouray, called "Switzerland of America."

See amazing scenery aboard the famous
Durango?Silverton train.

Learn about the fascinating, mysterious
Ancestral Puebloans.

Hike through mountain valleys, along mountain
streams, and in forests of towering
Ponderosa pines and whispering aspens.

Revel in Colorado’s amazing beauty.

Day 4

Lace your boots for a 4-mile morning hike on the Colorado Trail to Gudy?s Rest, a lookout beloved by Gudy Gaskill, considered the "mother" of the epic 567- mile Colorado Trail between Denver and Durango. This hike (700’ elevation gain) boasts wildflowers, a tumbling creek, deep canyon, and panoramic views. After lunch at the lookout, relish free time: perhaps a massage...museums or shopping...ziplining...balcony bumming? This evening, celebrate Durango’s Wild West roots with a fun rodeo featuring bucking broncs, bulls and barbecue! Yeehaw!

All aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has hauled gold & silver, miners & cowboys, early settlers & tourists since 1882. For 3-1/2 hours, savor stunning views of the Animas River, San Juan National Forest, mountain vistas, and the famous cliff-jumping rock from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Once our train reaches Silverton, we’ll drive the "Million Dollar Highway" - renowned for spectacular scenery - to Ouray, which earns the moniker "Switzerland of America" for its amazing mountainous setting.

At Ouray, jump into an open jeep for an "OH WOW!" tour to Yankee Boy Basin at 12,500’ elevation. You’ll love the picas & ptarmigans, wildflowers & waterfalls, active silver mines & mine ruins, avalanche runs & snow-capped mountains. After the jeep tour, walk to the base of Ouray’s Box Canyon Falls and feel the mist as torrents of water plummet 85 feet into a narrow canyon. We’ll also look for Black Swifts and their nests in the canyon; these protected birds migrate here annually from Brazil.

Then visit nearby Lower Cascade Falls or shop in Ouray. We?ll dine outdoors together at the Ouray Brewery before our scenic sunset drive home on the Million Dollar Highway, stopping to watch Bear Creek tumble into an abyss.

Day 6

Top off your trip by rafting the Lower Animas River, suitable for everyone. Enjoy views of Durango and surrounding area, along with refreshing rapids. In the afternoon, join our optional 4-mile hike (500’ elev. gain) to Vallecito Creek’s frothy cascades, great mountain vistas, and some toe-dipping. Vallecito, Spanish for "Little Valley", is the ancestral home to many Colorado Ute Indians. Enjoy dinner on the deck overlooking the Animas River at local favorite, Serious Texas Barbecue.

Day 7

We’ll shuttle you to the Durango airport within designated time frames. Return home with amazing memories and stories, new confidence, warm friendships, and a renewed love for the great outdoors?and cowgirls!

Jeep through mountain passes that may still be snowpacked."

Our Hilton Doubletree hotel nestles along the Animas River and the riverside walking path.

Our trip cost includes:

  • 6 days and nights at Durango’s lovely Hilton Doubletree hotel. Enjoy river views from your balcony, 2 comfy queen beds, microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, WiFi, flat-screen TV, riverside cafe, and walking access to downtown shops. (Add $870 for a solo room, pending availability.)
  • Open-air jeep tour of gorgeous mountain passes, valleys, wildflowers and waterfalls.
  • Scenic 1/2-day train ride on the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
  • River rafting on the Lower Animas River.
  • Cowgirl fun at Durango’s rodeo.
  • Driving tour on the "Million Dollar Highway""
  • Puebloan ruins & stories at Mesa Verde Nat’l Park, including 2 terrific ranger-led tours.
  • 4 exhilarating hikes led by friendly, experienced female guides.
  • Rides to our hikes, activities, dining, and Durango’s airport, within designated time frames.
  • Park entrance fees, permits and parking.
  • Trip memories in our online photos, which you can download, share and print for free.
  • Guided discussions based on what we see outdoors each day, that foster warm camaraderie and help you view nature and yourself in new ways.
  • Booklet filled with fun info about the area?s history, weather, plants, and wildlife; descriptions of our hikes and optional activities; gear and packing tips; and more.
  • Amazing memories & stories, renewed love of nature, warm friendships, and new confidence.
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