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Renaming the Rivers of Southwest Colorado — The Juan Rivera 1765 Expedition

Renaming the Rivers of Southwest Colorado — The Juan Rivera 1765 Expedition The majority of the information in this article about the naming (and renaming) of Southwest Colorado rivers on the Juan Rivera expedition, including Rivera’s journal excerpts, has been sourced from the incredible and comprehensive work of Steven G. Baker and Rick Hendrick’s Juan […]

The Animas River — A Tale of Untamed Resilience

The Animas River — A Tale of Untamed Resilience The appellation, “Río de Las Animas”—the River of Souls—was written in the journal of Spanish colonizer, Juan Maria Antonio Rivera while crossing the Animas River on horseback in 1765 (Durango Herald). One can only imagine what sights lended to this name.   Perhaps Rivera sensed the looming […]

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Aspen Tree

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Aspen Tree So, you’re looking for some cold hard facts about the aspen tree. Well, you’ve come to the right shady corner of the internet friend. That’s a pun on trees, in case you’ve got the wrong idea about that quality double entendre.  Aspens, the quaking aspens of […]

Trails and Rails Trip – A Photo Story 

What to Expect on a Trails and Rails Trip – A Photo Story When you sign up for a Trails & Rails trip with us, you best get ready for the ride of your life, especially with fall colors arriving. A brief synopsis of how this trip works, is the first half of the trip […]

How to Book the Trails and Rails Package

How to Book the Trails and Rails Package If you’re looking for a jaw dropping, gobsmacking, dare we say downright stupefyingly scenic day in the San Juan Mountains, Trails and Rails is the topnotch way to see the tiptop sites between Durango and Silverton.  The Trails and Rails package combines a cliff-hugging cruise from Durango […]

3 Ways to Explore the Animas River Valley besides the Durango Train 

3 Ways to Explore the Animas River Valley besides the Durango Train  With fire season upon us in Southwest Colorado, the Durango Train can face unexpected closures on occasion. When this happens, would-be passengers are left to whip up a new agenda for the day— And we’ve got some solid suggestions! That is, as long […]

7 Glowing Trails You Should Hike ASAP During Fall in Durango

7 Glowing Trails You Should Hike ASAP During Fall in Durango Looking for some trails to get your fall festivities on near Durango? Good on ya! This area is a leaf peeper’s paradise by late September to mid-October. If you catch the aspens of the San Juan Mountains in their prime, you’re in for some […]

3 Awesome Historic Detours off the Million Dollar Highway

3 Awesome Historic Detours off the Million Dollar Highway   The Million Dollar Highway is a historical site in and of itself, but its many detours along the cliff-hanging route add so much more context to its initial creation in the 19th century.  When you drive U.S. 550, you’re cruising on over a century’s worth […]

How the Silver Boom Made Southwest Colorado & Its Wild Mining Towns

How the Silver Boom made Southwest Colorado & Its Wild Mining Towns Before the mid 1800s, Colorado mining towns were nonexistent. The untapped land was merely an open, unclaimed swath of pristine peaks rising between wild western territories. White settlers certainly made their way through these rugged mountains on the way to kinder terrain, but […]

Top 13 Tours You Definitely Need to Check Out in Durango, Colorado

Top 13 Tours You Definitely Need to Check Out in Durango, Colorado Headed to the most fun mountain town in Colorado? Well played, and hopefully well planned! Durango has so much to do that it’s kind of outrageous, but in a good way though. This list is intended to help you organize the perfect getaway […]

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