Whether you want to enjoy the river or play with the kids, Durango has a huge list of parks for everyone to enjoy! Most of us live in this gorgeous area because we enjoy the mountains and fresh air and even though you might only have a 30 minute lunch break, it doesn’t mean you can’t get outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Here are a few of our favorite parks in Durango.
This one is easy. Like most people in Durango, we love our dogs and this park is a dog’s paradise if it likes to run, splash in the river and meet new friends (human or canine). With a mountain and a river as the perimeter fence, it’s an obvious favorite for dogs and owners alike.
This is another favorite due to its central location in downtown and the many festivals and activities that take place year-round. Buckley Park is busteling on Thursday’s in the summer with music and picnics and sledding children in the winter. Not only does it host a wide range of events and activities, but also offers a shady green place to eat your lunch.
Speaking of picnics, the Lion’s Den has to be one of the best spots in Durango for great views and shelter from the elements. The structure itself creates a gorgeous backdrop but what makes it even better is it’s positioning over the city, offering great views of Durango, the Animas River and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Here is another park with a fantastic location. Situated near downtown and right on the Animas River trail, this is a great place to meet your friends for a run on the Animas River Trail or enjoy any number of events that take place like the Dandelion Festival. Another great perk of this park is that Animas Brewery is right next to it. They have awesome food and beer and it’s a great place to unwind after whatever park or river trail activities you find yourself on.
This is a great option if you have a child with lots of energy that loves a big jungle gym. The giant playground can entertain young and old alike while you play next to the Animas River and the Whitewater park for additional entertainment.
For a full list of city maps go here – https://www.durangogov.org/579/Park-Listing