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PANORAMA INSIDER Matt Wilson’s Durango


Whitewater adventure, great tacos and a couple of local brews — just another summer day for this popular Colorado river guide BY ELLEN RANTA OLSON


F


or Matt Wilson, the best thing in Durango will always be the Animas River. But a man can’t


live off whitewater alone, so we picked Wilson’s brain to fi nd out what he loves to do, eat and drink when he’s not paddling through rapids with his company, 4 Corners Whitewater.


WHERE TO GO FOR EXTRA ADVENTURE


Vallecito Creek


Wilson’s day job is, by nature, far from boring. But when he’s looking for an extra rush of adrenaline in the summer, he takes a kayak out to nearby Vallecito Creek for its Class V rapids.


FAVORITE POST-RIVER NOSH Tacos Nayarit


“An ideal day includes hours on the river followed by tacos and margaritas. This place has the best authentic Mexican food,” Wilson says.


BEST BEER FOR A SUMMER DAY


Ska Brewing’s Mexican Logger


Refreshing and easy to drink, but with actual fl avor, this local lager is perfect after (or during) a day in the sun, Wilson says.


BEST CUP OF COFFEE


MAN ABOUT TOWN Matt Wilson, owner of Durango-based 4 Corners Whitewater, takes a break from the rapids to share his favorite spots in southern Colorado’s Animas Valley.


Raider Ridge Café


For most Durangotangs, it usually comes down to Durango Joe’s or Durango Coff ee Company. Wilson


20 DORADO • JULY/AUGUST 2015


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