Rich in the Ute Indian history and full of Wild West experiences, there is so much to do in Durango you may have a hard time deciding where to start. You can relive history on board the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This is a steam-powered train that you travel on the same tracks as miners, settlers and cowboys from over a century ago. You can always find places for horseback riding and a great chuck wagon western show with traditional barbecue dinner and music at the Bar D Chuck wagon.

Relax a bit and take advantage of some of the best fishing, boating and hiking trails offered at Vallecito Lake. With something to do in every season, this is a beautiful destination in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. In the winter experience cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Year round beautiful scenery is plentiful.

El Rio de las Animas Perdidas, or, The River of Lost Souls, offers a thrill in of itself. Challenging rapids only for expert rafters can be found in the Upper Animas. The Lower Animas is a great for river rafting for the entire family.

Jeep rentals offering sceanic 4X4 tours or the area are offered as well. Professional guides can provide historical information about ghost towns and ancient Indian dwellings. This is an adventure the whole family will really enjoy and an experience worth going for.

For a great look into what this town is all about, visit Historic downtown Durango. It has historic hotels, award winning restaurants and unique events that are special to Durango.

The Mesa Verde National Park is the perfect opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Anasazi civilization that vanished long ago. You'll be able to view cliff dwellings and explore adobe buildings as well. There is a park entrance fee but it is well worth the small price. Additionally, if you want to find out as much as you can, full day and half day tours are offered at an additional fee, but they are amazingly educational and fun experiences.

If you are looking for that unique but educational vacation for your family, Durango offers it all. Come and learn, have fun and do something totally unique from any other vacation with what Durango has to offer.

Source by Heidi Ball

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