My great-great-grandfather, John C. Turner was a member of the first (Anglo) exploration party that arrived in 1860. Six generations of our family have made our home in southwest Colorado (before it was even called Durango). Let us share the rich history and adventure through stories, private guide services, and historic presentations.

~ Jack Turner

John C Turner


John R. (Jack) Turner


Live at the historic Henry Strater Theatre – a series of personal stories told by locals who have called the area home for generations. These “characters” share first-hand recollections and historic family photographs, many more than a century old.


Lead guides are Durango Natives with multi-generational family history in the area.  Their local knowledge and relationships guarantee an insider’s perspective and secrets that only a few visitors have the chance to experience . There are no “canned tours,” all explorations are a collaboration to match your personal experience and preferences.


Interested in Durango area history as told by the locals?  Our programs feature personal stories, historic photos, and memorabilia. Interesting and unusual venues are available or they can be hosted at a location of your choice.   Each is customized by length, content, and your interest.


How Lemon Reservoir got its name

Lemon Reservoir now covers their pioneer ranch. Penni Lemon Compton and her husband, Tom Compton, will share their Durango Native Story on June 20 at the historic Henry Strater Theater. For tickets:...

Mary Jane Clark – June 20 Storyteller

Mary Jane was born at home at her father's trading post.  She is a WWII nurse trainee, hunter, skier, and founder of Toh-Atin Gallery (est. 1957). Mary Jane Clark will share her Durango Native Story on June 20 at the historic Henry Strater Theater. Purchase Tickets.

On Location – Durango Native Media Services

and... ACTION! Our Team provided Location Management services to production crews for a PSA to promote the outdoors to kids. Specific details are top secret for the moment but there will be a big reveal sometime in July. Big shout out to Laurel Turner Waller, David...

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