Family Trip - Durango
Following the visit to Cortez and Mesa Verde National Park, we headed over to Durango, Colorado for a few days. I was most excited to visit the San Juan Mountains to hike and take the FJ up on the jeep trails, but first we had to take the obligatory train ride from Durango to Silverton. I have to say, I was pretty skeptical of this train ride. It was expensive and going to be long, so I wasn’t too excited. However, I was impressed with the effort they make to keep the late-nineteenth century feel of the train. In addition, the views from the train during the ride are spectacular. Unfortunately, it was raining very hard the day we rode the train, causing a mudslide part of the way between Durango and Silverton, forcing the train to turn around about half-way. The company re-imbursed half our ticket price, which was very kind of them, and the ride was still great. I highly recommend it.
My kids love to ride horses and are quite good at doing so (due to plenty of experience doing equestrian rides), so we had to do a horseback ride in the San Juans. I had checked Trip Advisor for highly rated riding outfits near Durango and ended up making a reservation with Buck’s Livery, which is across from the Durango Mountain Resort.
It was a great ride in incredibly beautiful country. Emmy, our guide, was fantastic. She was friendly, but not in-your-face friendly, and really made the kids feel important. Thanks, Emmy!