Events on this Day

 Thursday, June 13th
Durango & Silverton Summer Train
8:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Embark on an Incredible Journey Through the San Juan Mountains For a truly unforgettable step back in time, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear riding 3 1/2 hours each way on this train while spending a nearly 2 hour layover in the historic mining town of Silverton to enjoy the sights, shopping, food, and libations that Silverton offers. We've been in continuous operation running trains on this 45-mile branch of the original Denver & Rio Grande Railway since 1882. Much of the scenery remains unchanged since those historic days. Soak in the views, listen as the steam whistle echoes through the canyon, hear the vintage locomotive work to pull the train up the grades. If you long to unwind and enjoy Colorado nature at its finest, this is the trip for you.   More About This Excursion  Departing from the Durango Depot, this unforgettable trip takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River on your way to the historic mining town of Silverton.   There will be up to two steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/4/24-10/26/24 and 9:45 AM 8/30/24-10/12/24.   Diesel Excursions run 5/21/24-10/12/24. The Silverton Diesel Train departs at 8:15AM daily.   On all of these train excursions, you will experience the iconic Horseshoe Curve, High Bridge and all of the Animas River Gorge including all of the spectacular views from the High Line. These trains include a concession car with a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase. Click here to see the concession menu.   Skyway Tour (bus/train or train/bus) service options are available for the 2024 Silverton summer season excursions.   There will be two bus departures available daily beginning May 21, 2024 running through October 12, 2024.   The first deluxe motor coach departs Durango at 9:30am and arrives at Silverton at 11:00am. It then departs from Silverton at 2:45pm and arrives in Durango at 4:15pm.   The second deluxe motor coach departs from Durango at 10:15am and arrives in Silverton at 11:45am. It departs from Silverton at 2:45pm and arrives in Durango at 4:15pm.   The bus service is available 7 days a week May 21 through October 12th. (no bus service on May 25)
Piedra River Geology Hike - Pagosa
9:00am / Piedra River trailhead
Join San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan National Forest on an interpretive hike to learn more about the geology of the Pagosa District area. These hikes, led and presented by geologist Dave Bouquett, will be in an area of the San Juan National Forest rich with evidence of earth's geologic history from some of the area's oldest metamorphic rocks, to Cretaceous seaways, to Tertiary volcanoes, to modern glacial deposits.   This Canyon Rocks! - Piedra River Trail  One of the most popular hiking trails in the Pagosa area for families and experienced hikers alike, threads through a great mix of river canyon, meadows, and forest. Shortly after leaving the parking area, the trail drops moderately into a beautiful, narrow sandstone canyon through which the Piedra River cascades over rocks and boulders in its path. The shady cool of the tree-covered canyon is a welcome relief on a hot summer day. Rocks and boulders cover much of the path so sure footing and appropriate footwear are a must. The bottom of the canyon then opens into a serene riparian meadow through which the trail meanders. Approximately 2.9 miles from the trailhead is the second of two steel pedestrian bridges on this hike, this one crossing the Piedra River. Nearby some of the oldest rock in the area is found. Though the trail continues, this will be our planned turn-around point as we return back up the same canyon trail we descended. Hike time is approximately 4 hours total, 6 miles round trip, and a 600 ft. vertical ascent round trip. We will stop for approximately ½ hour along the trail to eat, so pack your own lunch.
Cascade Canyon Express
9:30am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Cascade Canyon Express steam excursions depart from our Durango Depot (479 Main Avenue) at 9:45am and the excursion will last 5.25 hours arriving back at the Durango Depot at 3:00pm. The Cascade Canyon Express does not travel to Silverton. It does follow the same route but travels to Cascade Canyon, which is about a halfway point between Durango and Silverton. If you would like to travel to Silverton, please see our Silverton Train information to book one of those excursions.   Experience the world-famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad's iconic canyon views along the highline in just over 5 hours. If you are looking for an unforgettable train adventure with incredible geological features and fantastic scenery that is downright jaw-dropping, look no further than these steam train excursions departing from the Durango Depot and traveling deep into the wilderness inaccessible by any roads. All trains have a concession car with a variety of light snacks available for purchase.
Tea & Tinsel Thursdays
12:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Join us every Thursday at Durango Sustainable Goods for "Tea and Tinsel Thursdays." It's a weekly thing where we hang out, have tea, and watch Shaheen do her magic. Shaheen makes hair look like a shimmering work of art. Come by Durango Sustainable Goods every Thursday to chill, get some sparkle, and a cool new look.
DPL Queer Writing Book Club
3:00pm / Bread Cafe Downtown
At our Non-Traditional Book Club there is no required reading + lunch is on us!   Join us for a discussion around all things "queer" in literature, podcasts, movies, and more. Share your favorite queer authors/books and discover your next favorite read/listen.   Seating is limited, register today!
Crafternoons (for Adults!)
4:00pm / Durango Public Library
Crafting isn't just for kids! Crafting isn't just fun, it's fundamental for mental health, relaxation, and happiness! Come and explore our awesome craft supplies each month. Follow a suggested project or free play and create your own masterpiece! This space is reserved for adults (17+)
Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers
4:30pm / Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers
Old West Cowboy Music Show and Chuckwagon Supper. Durango's favorite family entertainment since 1969. Bar D Wranglers perform in concert after supper with music and songs of old west cowboys, comedy, and lively instrumentals. The show is fun for the whole family.   Activities, shops, and ticketing open at 4:30, supper is at 6:30. Open Memorial Day Weekend through the last Saturday in September - Rain or Shine!   Reservations are required.
Ska-BQ: Ben Gibson Band
5:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us for Ska-BQ and live music from the Ben Gibson Band on the outside stage. Beer & Food Specials!
Speed Networking
5:30pm / Purple Cliffs Offices (2nd Floor Conference Room)
Speed Networking is a chance to connect, inspire, and learn about other women in our community and share with others how you show up in our community.   Throughout several rounds of rotation, you can share and hear every individual and exchange contact information.   This is an excellent opportunity to make new business/professional connections, create new friendships, and become more integrated and involved in Durango's community of women.   Snacks and Drinks Included with purchase.  Limited Space Available  Contact if you have trouble purchasing your ticket.
Matt Rupnow
5:30pm / James Ranch Grill
Matt Rupnow is a Singer/Songwriter who lives in the Southwest. He is writing, recording and performing his unique blend of music he likes to call "Rocky Mountain Soul Music".
Jeff Solon Jazz
6:00pm / Lola's Place
Come enjoy some great jazz! Jeff plays from the great composers plus bossa nova, boogie boogie, blues, and originals.
Warhol & Wine: Summer Flowers
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
In this fun-filled adult class, enjoy a glass of wine or other adult beverage, be exposed to variety of tips, tricks and techniques, as you create a One-of-a-Kind Painting of Summer Flowers!   All supplies, laughter, beverage and an exceptional teacher, Mike Scieszka, are included in this very special class.   This is also a great venue for engagement and bachelorette parties, baby showers, work parties, retirement parties and holiday events.
Bluegrass Jam Session
6:00pm / Durango Beer & Ice Company
Every Thursday Stop in and enjoy some local Bluegrass jams by your Local bluegrass jammers.  $4 pints all day and if you would like to join the jam session and bring your instrument you get a free pint of your favorite craft beer.
Poetry Open Mic Night
6:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Calling all poets & writers! Sustainable Goods is delighted to host the High Desert Garden Open Mic Night! $5 donation appreciated.
Trivia Night Outside on the Plaza
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us every Thursday through the summer for trivia night outside on the Carver Family Plaza. Five rounds of questions always including a science round and music round. Teams of 5 eligible for prizes, food and drinks available for purchase. $5 suggested team donation. Food available from Laura's Artisans and drinks available from The Powerhouse bar.
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