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Darrell asked

Best areas for photography around Durango?

We're going to be in Durango in mid-July.  Would love some suggestions for "can't miss" outdoor photo spots (maybe waterfalls or wildflowers) in the area.  


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Heidi from Colorado

I think the town itself is very photogenic. Buildings like the Strater Hotel and Leland House & Rochester Hotel are great photographic spots.

As John mentioned, Hwy 550 is a must for scenic shots. And at that time of year there should be plenty of wildflowers. You may consider taking a jeep tour in the area so that you can get really high! The top of Imogene Pass provides some pretty unbelievable views. I like Alpine Scenic Tours in Ouray.

Also getting the iconic train shot along the 7 mile trail is always fun! The train goes through in the morning and the afternoons. Look on their website for details.  Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

The bike path also has some great views and while on it don't miss stopping off at Ska Brewing Co. It's a killer uphill leg burn, but totally worth it.

Have fun! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Durango!!! 

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Thanks Heidi! Some great tips - excited about getting out there.

Darrell, you may find this series I wrote on Durango to be helpful!

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John from Monroe

The drive from Durango north on Hwy 550 to Silverton (~1 hr) and further north to Ouray is gorgeous. There are plenty of hiking trails along the way. One of my favorites is Spud Lake (pictured) off Old Lime Creek Rd. just north of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. It's a short ~2 mile hike after a 15-20 min drive up the road from Hwy. 550. Hermosa Creek Road, begins at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, is great for hiking & photography. If you have time, definitely hike to Ice Lakes (6-8 hrs roundtrip. It can be a challenging hike. Be physically fit and prepared for weather, etc.) The trail head is a few miles north of Silverton. Tons of photo opportunity. Engineer Mountain is another great spot, just north of Purgatory.

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Thanks John! Haven't read about Spud Lake anywhere - we'll certainly check that out! Ice Lakes trip sounds like a fun day.
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