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Durango, Colorado

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From Durango: Narrow Gauge Railroad & Ziplining with Dining

1. From Durango: Narrow Gauge Railroad & Ziplining with Dining

Discover a remote location in San Juan National Forest for a ziplining adventure from Durango or Rockwood. Travel on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in the first-class car and zipline through the trees before having lunch suspended over the Animas River. Start your day with an unforgettable journey on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and ride in the first-class car through breathtaking mountainous scenery. Traverse the canyon and admire the Animas River roaring below you, famous for featuring in numerous films. Arrive at the remote location in the heart of the forest and be welcomed by the sky rangers who'll guide you through the basics of ziplining on a brief safety introduction. Learn about sustainability and preservation of this ponderosa pine forest and fly through the trees on 27 ziplines. After ziplining look forward to a delicious, four-course gourmet lunch served on a supended platform overlooking the Animas River. There are several dining options to choose from, all cooked by skilled chefs, including a vegetarian and children's menu. It is also possible to join this activity with your family without taking part in the ziplining adventure by choosing the day guest option. Take photos of your friends or loved ones as they go through the course and admire the picturesque scenery all around you.

Colorado: Million Dollar Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour

2. Colorado: Million Dollar Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado with a self-driving audio tour. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Go at your own pace as you learn more about local history, the Gold Rush, and stunning natural landmarks with commentary developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists Begin your self-guided tour in Durango, which was once little more than a ragtag railroad camp. Learn how it transition into the bustling town it is today. Continuing on, you’ll hear about Otto Mears, the entrepreneur who spearheaded the development of southern Colorado in the 1800s. One of the first major landmarks you’ll reach will be the Pinkerton Hot Springs, once believed to possess magical healing properties. After that, take the opportunity to see Baker’s Bridge, where Paul Newman and Robert Redford took their famous leap in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Next is Haviland Lake, a pristine body of water framed by ponderosa pines and with a great mountain view. Continue past the lake, toward the breathtaking heights of Molas Pass, and hear all about the Gold Rush and the topography of these impressive mountains. Arrive in the town of Silverton, which was once a humble mining cam. This settlement has retained plenty of its old-timey charm. Around here, you can also detour to a beautiful hidden waterfall off the beaten path. Then, take a break along the shores of Crystal Lake, where you can try to spot some of the local wildlife. Then you’ll come to one of the highway’s most famous attractions, the 200-foot tall Bear Creek Falls. After admiring the cascades of the falls, travel towards the quaint town of Ouray. Featuring an ice park, a canyon full of great views and hikes, and a bustling historic district, there’s no shortage of activities and sights in this little town. Your tour then concludes at the Ouray Visitor Center.

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