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See waterfalls in Durango area

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See waterfalls in Durango area

Our family (3 boys 9, 12, 16) love to hike...where can we get to to hike and find waterfalls in the Durango area? Could we play in the water?

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1. Re: See waterfalls in Durango area

When are you visiting? Right now the water is very cold and waterfalls and rivers may be flowing too high/fast to play in the water.

Here's a cool website I found... worldwaterfalldatabase.com/protected-lands/…

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We will be in Durango by the 23rd...can't wait!!

WestSlope,CO
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Are you going to take the train ride? Did you see the "bike, hike, and train" package? Or the horseback ride to the water cave? Those sound right up your alley.

durangotrain.com/packages/adventure-packages…

I couldn't think of any waterfalls right near Durango so I did some searching.

Look at the description of Cascade Creek Trail on this website:

www.silverpicklodge.com/local-area-guide.asp…

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4. Re: See waterfalls in Durango area

Thanks!

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5. Re: See waterfalls in Durango area

23rd of what month? If May, then most rivers, creeks and waterfalls will probably be too cold and running high due to snow runoff.

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Aww! Don't tell me that! We were so looking forward to rafting!!!

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You'll be able to raft but wetsuits or at least wetsuit boots are recommended in the spring. As Mild to Wild Rafting says," the water is only six hours old, previously being snow. " Their site has a good section on what to wear. (NOT cotton!) mild2wildrafting.com/site/trip-planning/what…

But do be cautious about water play in streams and lakes. CasaAzul is right to warn you, as every year we read about a drowning, and it often is someone who's not wearing a life jacket and is from a warmer clime. Hypothermia is a risk and getting swept off your feet and tumbled around on rocks or snagged on branches is at best, no fun, and at worst, fatal. Usually the water is so cold that a little wading along the water's edge will suffice. And don't drink unfiltered water, even if it looks clear and pristine. Giardia is a parasite often found even in high mountain streams.

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Thank you! Excellent advice! We keep life jackets in our camper at all times! Do you guys recommend the jeep tours?

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Oh, absolutely! Jeep tours are awesome! Also, be sure to go to Animas Forks ghost town. And the Aztec Ruins National Monument is often overlooked but well worth seeing, in addition to Mesa Verde, of course.

Edited: 10:28 am, May 14, 2012
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