The Blue Lake Ranch Inn wants you to unleash your adventurous side with these incredible Durango Tours. Colorado is full of places to discover. Don’t just take a trip, make memories that will have you visiting us again and again. Take a ride on the Narrow Gauge Railroad to see all the beauty of Durango. From the La Plata Mountains to the Animas River, this colorful locomotive trip is an experience the whole family can enjoy. Or, ride a llama down into beautiful meadows and up mountain peaks. Find a catch of the day at one of our nearby fishing spots. Discover a new way to travel with your own guided dog sled tour. Take a day trip around the San Juan Skyway or go off roading on a jeep tour of Durango. Whatever thrills, we are sure to have something for everyone.
This scenic trip is a must. The historical train, which winds through the San Juan National Forest, has been in operation for over 100 years. We suggest taking the train’s bus service up to Silverton and the train back. This saves two hours and the views from the bus are spectacular too.
Tip: ask for seats “view side” not on the canyon wall side of the train.
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Adventure into the San Juan Mountains without having to hike or carry your own equipment with these guided Llama Trekking Tours. It’s a genuine outdoor experience you won’t get anywhere else. Day and overnight trips available. Also, if you are looking for even more time on a Llama Trek, for a limited time, the San Juan Mountain Llama Trek company is offering week long trips. Find out more by visiting their site or calling.
Blue Lake, the ranch’s private lake, is stocked with trophy rainbow and brook trout. We have a catch and release policy (please use barbless hooks). There is also fishing in the La Plata River, and at Shirley’s parents’ ranch on the Animas River where there are two miles of excellent private fishing. The ranch is also less than an hour from the San Juan and Dolores Rivers. Guides are available at:
Animas Valley Anglers
Hesperus locals Gretchen and Gregg are seasoned guides who have been training and running dogs for over 10 years. Join them for a dog powered exploration of the snowy peaks of southwest Colorado. The thrill of being whisked along the trail by Siberian and Alaskan huskies is a feeling you will not forget. Get more information below.
Spend a day driving the circle from the ranch to Telluride, Ouray, Silverton, and back to Durango. This 5 1/2 to 6 hour road trip is sure to impress. The mountain air is fresh; the views breathtaking. This trip is especially spectacular in the spring, summer, and fall.
Outlaw Jeep Tours
Let someone else do the driving as you enjoy the high country from above. Find scenic views of the La Plata Mountains and surrounding waterfalls. These tours also include hidden Durango treasures such as Old West Ghost Towns, abandoned mines and ancient Native American structures. Experience one of Durango’s best kept secrets, a Jeep Tour.
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