Relax & Rejuvenate

Reign Hair Salon

The absolute best hair salon in Durango! The owner, Lauren worked for Estèe Lauder as a regional makeup artist for two years before attending the Aveda Fredric's Institute of Indianapolis in 2011. She excelled in color services and correction as she apprenticed in Indianapolis. Lauren has worked with different luxury brands and finds Aveda to be the brand that she identifies with as the best. She will always carry Aveda and uphold the rituals, service, and ideals that Aveda has carefully crafted as their culture. If you spend any time at all near this boss babe you'll quickly see how passionate and driven she is as a owner.

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Reign + Aveda

You also will hear that we only do 'pretty hair' and that everyone should be the queen of their own hair, hence "You only get one crown".

Call Reign Hair Salon today at 970-385-5840 to book your appointment. You can also email them at reignhairsalon@gmail.com or stop in to their downtown Durango salon at 128 E 9th St
Durango, CO 81301.

Website: http://reignhairsalon.com

Note - Reign Hair Salon gets booked fast. Be sure and call before you leave on your vacation to make sure you get scheduled!

Melanie Higby - 4 Corners Massage

A caring practitioner in a beautiful location. Offers deep, clear, work attuned with your needs in this moment. Melanie’s services include a ‘Melt & Move’, a ‘60 minute tune up and tune in’ and an ‘Advanced Myofacial Therapy Massage’.

Contact Melanie at (970) 238-0422 or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/4cornersmassage/

Trimble Hot Springs and Spa

Daily Hours 11am-8:45pm

Closed Wednesdays

Experience the healing powers of our mineral-rich, naturally-heated waters! At Trimble Hot Springs, we have two therapy pools, with temperatures varying from 100-110 degrees. Temperatures are controlled by the volume of water pumped in, and are clarified by ozonation and sand filters. No chemicals are added to the therapy pools. Trimble Hot Springs also has a 250,000 gallon Olympic pool, heated to about 80-82 degrees. 

Mineral water has long been thought of as healthy to bathe in, and naturally occurring hot springs like Trimble’s have been used literally for millennia for their therapeutic effects. Most people who visit Trimble enjoy the big, naturally heated pools where they can stretch out and relax. The warm temperatures are great for relaxing muscles and for generating an overall feeling of well-being … right down to the marrow! Plus, experience a relaxing, rejuvenating experience at our Trimble Spa as well.

Soak away your cares and experience true relaxation at Trimble Hot Springs! 

For those looking for lodging, our comfortable, clean and convenient overnight units are affordable alternatives to hotels and motels. Pool access is included in your reservation! Durango Colorado Lodging at its Best!

Call them at 970.247.0111

Website: https://www.trimblehotsprings.com/

Woodhouse Spa

We invite you to experience The Woodhouse Day Spa. A tranquil, transformational environment that's both memorable and healthful. From beginning to end, our dedicated spa team ensures that your visit enhances your well-being. Upon entering, you're treated to a warm smile, a luxurious robe, and reflexology sandals that release the day's stresses. You'll relax in our Quiet Room, where a selection of specialty, loose-leaf teas begins your journey to relaxation and rejuvenation. Relax, Refresh and Renew!

Phone: (970) 247-7769

Website: https://durango.woodhousespas.com

Amaya Natural Therapeutics

At Amaya Natural Therapeutics, we are devoted to creating a space where one can relax and reconnect with their essential nature.  Allow yourself the time to step away from a busy world and into our downtown Durango location a sanctuary where one can settle in, allow the edges to soften, and feel stress fall away.

Call them at (970) 247-3939

Visit their website at: http://amayamassage.com/


Restaurants

Ken & Sues

My wonderful friend Sue owns and operates this great restaurant. Steak, seafood and meatloaf?  There are also some great salads on the menu. This is my personal favorite restaurant in all of Durango. Be sure and order your flourless chocolate cake 20 minutes before you are done, and also be sure you get a reservation, this place is popular. They also have mind-boggling martinis.  

www.kenandsues.com

(970) 385-1810

Eolus

If you have a special occasion and want some amazing food to celebrate, this is the place.  My favorite is the Seafood Stew with Saffron Capenellini, but the lobster burger is good too.  If you go at happy hour, you will be very happy with the price.  

www.eolusdurango.com

970-259-2898

Taco’s Nayarit

Now there are a lot of restaurants in Durango and this is the one our family goes to the most.  It is authentic tacos, and reasonably priced.  I recommend the Nayarita Margarita with the  Nopal, Cachete,  and Lengua Tacos.  Just fabulous, but do expect to wait in line unless you go early. 

www.nayaritmexicandurango.com

970-385-1595

Kennebeck Café

If you are going to Mesa Verde, or on a wine tour to the vineyards up Mcelmo Canyon, or a hike up La Plata Canyon, …then you want to stop at the Kennebeck Café on your way home to Durango.  Great service, great wine, great food. They also have an outstanding brunch on the weekends.  

www.kennebeccafe.com

4 County Rd 124Hesperus, CO 81326 

Phone number(970) 247-5674

Gaspachos

If you are a “chili head” then you need to go to Gaspachos for their green chili.  It’s a Durango Icon.  The red and green chili with blue corn and pisole are the epitome of good New Mexican food, and the Bandito Margarita is also a favorite of mine. Yum. 

www.gazpachodurango.com

431 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 259-9494

The Palace

This Western-style restaurant is right by the Durango train station.  The Palace has great food and a great kids menu.  I just love to sit on the patio in the summer and have some good food while soaking up the people and the excitement of the train.  We will often take our little ones here. 

www.palacedurango.com

505 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-2018

Sizzling Siam

If you don’t want to spend a lot and you like Thai Food you are in luck.  These ladies are from Thailand, and they are such nice people as well as great cooks! We order to go in the summer and eat it on the lawn in front of the Durango Train Station.  The kids love it because they get noodles and then can run around and roll in the grass while the train comes in! My son says “For-real-life that was super-fun!”  You can call in an order and pick it up usually in about 10 minutes.  

519 1/2 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301-5422

970-385-9470

 

Activities

James Ranch

To experience a real ranch, where they grow their own grass fed cattle, see the amazing views of the North Valley, and eat some of the best chili and burgers you will ever have well… James Ranch is the place.  The James Ranch burger is kind of famous with the local crowd, and my other favorite; the steak sandwich with caramelized onions.  They also have great salads, gluten free buns, and a little farm shop where you can buy your own ingredients from the ranch. This is a very special place to experience and can make a great day without a ton of driving. You can go on tours of the ranch and we have been going to Story time for kids this summer.   Very fun. 

www.jamesranch.net

33846 US-550

(970) 676-1023

Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours

These guys have been around for a long time, I think as long as I have been in Durango, which is about 24 years.  They do a great job guiding you down the Animas and keeping everyone safe (but wet)! Rafting is such a fun thing to do with a group in the hot part of the summer.  

800-567-6745

www.Mild2WildRafting.com

Mesa Verde National Park

Folks come from all over the world to see this amazing park and its ruins.  Our family went last summer and we had the best tour ever.  I would recommend that you go early and stop at the visitor’s center first to book your tour.  Very knowledgeable park rangers lead the tours, and they tell you some incredible stories about the history of these cliff dwellings.  If you have a long day at the park you might want to go to Kennebec Café on your way back to Durango.  

Fox Fire Farm

On Friday nights all summer from 6-9 they have music and wine.  Now I would go, but I don’t know who would drive me home… but I have heard from fiends that this is a great place to visit day or night. I have tried their wine and its pretty great. I will make a point to go this summer and then update this with more information. 

www.foxfirefarm.com

5513 Co Rd 321, Ignacio, CO 81137

970-563-4675

Second Avenue Sports

This is my recommendation for bike rental and ski rental.  At Second Avenue Sports you can get anything related to biking, snowboarding, skiing, clothes and gear for adults and kids. They have a full service bike, ski and snowboard shop. They sometimes have good used bikes.

640 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-4511

Rapp Corral

If you want to go on a horseback ridding in the mountains this is the place I would recommend.  I have known Ann Rapp for many years and she is such a great lady, and magnificent horsewoman.  She rents really nice, well cared for horses, and also does sleigh rides in the winter around Christmas.  Santa (our neighbor) drives the sleigh, drawn by some mighty fine draft horses.  The Rapp Corral is up by purgatory, and right by Haviland Lake.  A great place to go have a picnic, go for a hike or ride, and hang out by a beautiful mountain lake.  

www.rappcorral.com

51 Haviland Lake Rd, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-8454

Duranglers

This is our fly-fishing store, right downtown Durango.  This place is great for advice, guides, fishing gear and clothes.  Now I don’t fish, but I have witnessed some huge trout being caught in the river below Wal Mart, right below the Humane Society Thrift Store.  That’s my hot tip, but you might ask at Duranglers to be sure. 

www.duranglers.com

923 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 385-4081

Trimble Hot Springs

We love Trimble.  There is a big swimming pool to swim and play in, and a big hot springs pool.  The hot springs pool is untreated water that constantly refreshes from the earth.  There is also a really hot pool, and a sauna in case you are not hot enough.  The grounds are beautiful with big lawns to set up your blankets and towels on.  This is a very kid friendly place, and I would recommend going for the day to hang out and have a picnic! Or go on your way back from skiing or from James Ranch.  

https://trimblehotsprings.wordpress.com/

6475 Co Rd 203, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-0111

 

Shopping

Backcountry Experience

Our good friend Ben is the manager here, and they have the best outdoor gear in Durango.  Great brands and great advice for hiking, camping, and mountaineering you might want to do.  If I buy new clothes, this is where I spend my hard earned money because they sell stuff that is comfortable and it will last.  Check out their map section if you want an adventure, these guys know the area well and can set you up for fun and safety.  If you are exploring the River Trail, Backcountry is right off of it. 

www.bcexp.com

1205 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-5830

White Rabbit Books

This is right on the River Trail near Backcountry Experience and the Durango Discovery Museum.  We like to make a day of this and also go to the Fish Hatchery and then Animas Brewery for dinner.  White Rabbit is a very unique books and curiosities shop with everything from jewelry to ice cream.  The Owner loves little kids and the parents love the books.  Highly recommended. 

128 W 14th St C-2, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 259-2213

Maria’s Books

This is a real bookstore, locally owned and independent.  If you need a book to burry yourself in while you are on vacation go here.  They have such a great selection.  Love it!

www.mariasbookshop.com

960 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-1438

Southwest Book Trader

This is a very entertaining little bookstore.  They have so many books you have to see it to believe it.  Antiques, art, camping gear, and all things retro are also here to amaze you. This is right next to the Downtown Movie Theater and the Train Station Downtown. 

175 E 5th St, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-8479

Pine Needle Mountaineering

This is the High-End gear store in Durango.  If you have a certified Gear-Head in the family they will love it.  They also have travel clothes.  Pine Needle and Backcountry Experience are similar but they carry different brands.   

www.pineneedle.com

835 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-8728

Lively (a boutique)

This is my favorite little downtown boutique with fresh style, and good price point, on quality clothes.  The Owner is a great lady and will help you choose. 

www.livelyaboutique.com

809 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-1982

Animas Chocolate

The best chocolate (and coffee) in Durango. We go here for hot chocolate religiously in the winter.  They make handmade chocolate right there while you are belly up at the chocolate bar, all while you enjoy your beverage and more chocolate. The owner is so nice and it makes great gifts to send home. 

(970) 317-5761 

2800 Main Ave Durango, CO 81301