“I just moved to Durango. Now what?”
Relocating can sometimes be overwhelming with uncertainty. Often my clients reach out to ask me what I like to do in the Four Corners area, looking for a sense of grounding in their new community.
I’m more than happy to help. By no means have I explored all that Durango has to offer, but here’s a list of what I have grown to love in the local area.
Here is my personal list of Durango’s best restaurants, activities, events, and volunteer opportunities:
HOW TO PICK FAVORITES?
Honestly, we could not be happier with our restaurant options in Durango. The spectrum ranges from cheap and easy (and delicious) food trucks, to fine rustic dining. Between BBQ
, and multiple Local farm-to-table restaurants, we truly seem to have it all. Looking for something in particular? Feel free to just ask (or comment on my FB post)!
Durango has really stepped up it’s craft brewery options. After a long day in the mountains or on the river, nothing beats a fresh beer and a burger. You can experience multiple locally brewed beers at fun spots like Durango Brewing Company
, and Brew Pub & Kitchen
–just to name a few.
It’s that time of year (especially now that we finally have the snow!) My wife, Tristan, and I love to take our dog up to Molas Pass
to go snowshoeing. There is no better way to find fresh air than to get out in the mountains with snowshoes strapped to your feet. At 10,000 ft., Molas Pass sets you up for amazing valley views. (Try it at night during a full moon for an epic adventure). Don’t own any gear of your own yet? You can rent for under $20/set from Ski Barn
, located at the north end of town.
Another perfect winter adventure activity–Warm up after a day of exploring at any of these local and established hot springs, or get out there and find one on your own! There are hidden springs littered all over La Plata County– many right off main roads. Locals usually get discounted deals at springs resorts in the area.
1/31 – 2/4
People come from all over the state to join in on our most popular Winter Celebration. Snowdown is packed with competitions and games, performances and events. This Year marks the 40th Anniversary! You can find the agenda on their website.
COMMUNITY CONCERT HALL
The Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College hosts a mix of performances, conferences, and receptions. The venue is a well-designed auditorium, and the live events are always a good time. Leftover Salmon is playing this weekend (1/26)! Interested? Here is the upcoming calendar
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF AMERICA
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is an established national organization with a branch in South Durango. I have mentored 2 “little brothers” now, and the friendships I have had with these kids have been as rewarding for me as I hope it has been for them. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the program, as I have worked with BBBS for almost 10 years –or you can go ahead and sign up to be a volunteer here
GREAT OLD BROADS FOR WILDERNESS
My Daughter spent time in High School volunteering at the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and truly enjoyed it. The GOBW is a national grassroots organization led by women, working to reserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. You can easily join the Great Old Broads for Wilderness team and/or events — just find the Volunteer Tab of their website
This is really just a starting point to help get you started in experiencing all Durango has to offer.
If you’re looking for any specific recommendation, I’m happy to offer what I know from my own experiences in town.
If you’re a Local reading this, let me know what I missed. Please comment on my Facebook post or reach out with any questions!