One of Durango’s biggest draws is the proximity to nature and the plethora of activities during all four seasons. From hiking to skiing and rafting to biking, there’s something for everyone and all skill levels. Locals and tourists alike rely on quality gear to be prepared, have a good time, and stay safe. The locally owned and operated outdoor gear shops in Durango offer wide varieties of brands and knowledge.
Backcountry Experience, located on Camino Del Rio, carries brands like Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’teryx, Kühl, and more. Shoe brands like Chaco, Scarpa, OnCloud, and La Sportiva are very popular here with a variety of casual to rugged appearance. They have an abundance of Osprey backpacks and accessories. With a section dedicated to climbing, they have you covered with ropes, harnesses, helmets, shoes, crash pads, and camalots. In the winter months, they turn into a full-service ski shop! Their sister store, Crow’s Closet on Main Avenue, carries similar brands with a foot forward in fashion.
These sister stores: Gardenswartz Outdoors and Gardenswartz Sporting Goods are half a block away from each other on Main Avenue. Together, they create a one-stop-shop for everything you need for a great camping trip, day at the crag, hunting trip, or rugged work apparel. Gardenswartz Outdoors carries clothing brands like Prana, Marmot, and Toad & Co and shoes from Sorel, Salomon, and Merrell perfectly combining fashion and utility. Backpacks from Deuter and Gregory fill the racks and tents from MSR and Marmot are a hot commodity. Gardenswartz Sporting Goods has been catering to the Durango area since 1928, specializing in hunting and fishing equipment including tags and fishing licenses. Brands like Sitka, Carhartt, Colombia, and Danner fill the racks here. They also have full racks of firearms, ammo, knives, and fishing gear.
Pine Needle Mountaineering is located in the Main Mall downtown, and has a wide variety of clothing, shoes, and outdoor gear including Kühl, The North Face, Vuori, and Mammut for apparel to Altra, Bedrock, Olukai, and Hoka for shoes. Black Diamond, Five Ten, and Petzel fill their climbing area. For ski season, they carry boots, skis, and poles by Atomic, Dynafit, Rossignol, and more. Their sister store, Pine Needle Dry Goods, is dedicated to Patagonia apparel and accessories.
If you’re in need of a winter jacket or need a tent upgrade, these stores have you covered! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about outdoor gear in Durango, CO or the many places to use it.
Durango Outdoor Exchange offers used outdoor gear.
Learn more about Bike Shops here.