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Hiking in Durango? Here’s what to pack!

Hiking in Durango? Here’s what to pack!

by Chase LaCroix May 01, 2024 3 min read

Make sure you have a great day hiking in Durango. Durango Outdoor Exchange has used gear that can make sure your hike is safe and memorable.

The Durango area has hundreds of miles of trails open to hiking, leading you everywhere from quiet in-town riverside trails to 13,000-foot peaks–all of which can be done as a day hike.

The scenery may be memorable, but make sure you are prepared before you lock your car door and hit the trail. Packing a few essentials will ensure you are safe, warm (or cool), and happy. Here’s a list of items to consider when packing to hike in Durango.

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Paddleboard buying guide | Durango Outdoor Exchange

SUP buyer’s guide

by Chase LaCroix April 15, 2024 5 min read

Paddleboards have revolutionized outdoor recreation on water. Inexpensive, small enough to put in a backpack, durable enough for expedition adventures, and all around fun, these watercraft are a mainstay on Durango’s lakes and rivers.

Is a paddleboard right for you? And what should you look for when buying one? The pros atDurango’s best outdoor store, Durango Outdoor Exchange, have plenty on hand to sell this summer and can help get you into a SUP that fits your needs.
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Backpacking gear for the San Juan Mountains | Durango Outdoor Exchange

Afoot in the San Juans: Essential gear for backpacking

by Chase LaCroix April 01, 2024 4 min read

Colorado's San Juan Mountains are top on many people’s list of backpacking destinations. With soaring jagged peaks, azure alpine lakes, hidden waterfalls, and verdant green valleys, even a single overnight can be a memorable experience.

Spending the night in the mountains can significantly elevate the experience–especially if you are well-prepared. While setting off from the parking lot and hiking into the mountains for a night or two or more can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. A small amount of good gear will keep you safe, warm, and comfortable.

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Ice Lakes Trail Closure

Ice Lakes Trail Closure

by Chase LaCroix May 27, 2021 1 min read

Last year we had the pleasure of volunteering for San Juan Mountains Association at the spectacular Ice Lakes Trailhead. This area saw an unprecedented number of visitors last year and the SJMA trailhead ambassadors did their part to encourage responsible use and leave no trace ethics. We were happy to be a part of the effort to increase awareness and conservation.
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WHAT’S IN MY PACK: SAN JUAN BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

WHAT’S IN MY PACK: SAN JUAN BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

by Chase LaCroix February 11, 2020 7 min read

Curious what local experts are carrying in their day bag? So were we! Our amazing employee, Carl, has put together a useful and informative blog.
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