Awe-inspiring half-day Jeep experience in La Plata Canyon
Bird's-eye views of the scenic horseshoe-shaped canyon
Chance to visit La Plata City, an abandoned mining town
Opportunity to spot wildlife like deer, elk, eagles & hawks
Knowledgeable guide for a pleasant sightseeing tour
What's included, what's not
Half-day guided Jeep tour to La Plata Canyon
Live tour commentary in English
What you can expect
Fall head over heels for the picturesque scenery in Colorado's La Plata Canyon during a sightseeing tour in a rugged Jeep vehicle. Maintain a watchful gaze for native wildlife during a pleasant drive through an abandoned silver-mining boomtown flanked by high-alpine meadows and avalanche gullies.
Trade the hustle and bustle of downtown Durango for the wilds of the San Juan National Forest, taking off a picturesque drive to La Plata Canyon. After a short trip, motor through a horseshoe-shaped canyon made by glaciers long ago. Then, venture off the beaten track and marvel at the thundering La Plata River as well as the wildlife that typically shies from the road, including marmots, mule deer, elk, and eagles.
Press further into the back-country and discover La Plata City—an old silver-mining town that dates back to the late 19th century. The relics of the settlement can still be seen, causing some to refer to it as a ghost town. See the frameworks of crumbling cabins and the lone chimney that marked the humble crew's quarters.
Finally, exchange the ethereal environs of La Plata City for the uncontested beauty of Kennebec Pass. At the summit, a 12,000-foot (3,658-metre) precipice invites you to see all the way to Cortez and Telluride on a crystal-clear day. On the ride back to Durango, young and young-at-heart adventurers can participate in an entertaining scavenger hunt.