Vacation Attractions in La Plata County


Chimney Rock Anasazi Indian Ruins
Guided tours of Anasazi Indian ruins in the summer, cross-country ski in the winter. Nearby fishing and camping. Bayfield/Pagosa Springs

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train
Historic steam powered railroad from Durango to Silverton through 45 miles of spectacular canyons and peaks. May thru October and a winter train. Advanced reservations recommended. Durango/Silverton.
(970) 247-2733 - Reservations

Parks & Monuments

Mesa Verde National Park

Tour the world's largest collection of ancient cliff dwellings, exhibits, museum, art and crafts, book store; open all year-round.
(970) 529-4465 or 529-4461

Ski Areas

Hesperus Ski Area
A small, family ski area near Durango.
(970) 259-3711 - Information

Purgatory Ski Area
720 acres skiable terrain for all ability levels; special programs for the disabled and for kids; cross-country skiing, sleigh rides.Durango.
(970) 247-9000 - Information or (800) 525-0892 - Reservations

Hot Springs

Trimble Hot Springs
Pools open to the public in Durango.
6475 CR 203, Durango.

Scenic Drives

Plan Your Vacation to Witness Nature’s Special Events

  • Desert areas are in full bloom by late April or early May, while high alpine tundra is still snow covered.
  • Wildflowers in an amazing array usually peak in July when the high country becomes fully accessible.
  • Fall colors generally peak in mid or late September, working their way down the slopes until late October.