Mountainous, serene, and striking are some of the words used to describe the Durango landscape. It’s one of the largest mountain towns, boasting a big downtown and plenty of amenities. Because of its history, it makes it a unique stop for those exploring railroads, ghost towns and ancient ruins.
Durango is loaded with awesome dining. To quench your thirst visit Carver Brewing Co, Colorado’s second oldest micro-brewery, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Durango’s also home to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.For a true Old West experience stay at the Strater Hotel. Opened in 1887, the Strater was quick to become the place to stay. Friendly staff and an elegant Victorian setting add to this National Historic Landmark. Amenities include the Mahogany Grille, a fine dining restaurant, the Diamond Belle Saloon, a ragtime piano bar, the Henry Strater Theater and The Office Spiritorium, specializing in fine spirits, appetizers and lighter fare.
Durango’s mild elevation of around 6500 feet is a perfect mix of winter wonderland and milder temperatures. This extends many of Durango’s activities into year round status, including hiking and fishing.
Durango was home to the Puebo Indians until the 14th century, and later the Ute.The area was settled by westerners in the 1860s and 1870s. It got it start as a mining town. There are many different places where you can learn about how gold miners made a living.
Mesa Verde is a scenic 45 minute drive west. It’s open year round a must visit if in the area. In the winter, Purgatory is the place the ski with exceptional views and fun, rolling terrain. There is also an airport nearby for added travel and cargo convenience.
Main AttractionsDurango Mountain Resort – Known as “Purgatory” to the locals, this laid back resort features an exciting mix of runs for all abilities.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR – This tourist train departs daily during the summer season for the Old West town of Silverton.
Snowdown – Winter festival held in late January/early February featuring a plethora of activities scheduled for five days around town.
Animas River Days – Kayakers race a challenging slalom course right through downtown Durango in early June.
La Plata County Fair and Fiesta – Classic county fair, with food, drink, entertainment, craft competitions, and complete, with a Western rodeo Held in mid August at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering – October weekend festival showcasing poems and cowboys in Wild West Durango.
Things to do near Durango
- Sky Ute Casino (29mi)
- Trimble (8mi)
- Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers (11mi)
- Henry Strater Theatre
- Arboles (40mi)
- Bayfield (19mi)
- Cortez (45mi)
- Ignacio (23mi)
- Mancos (27mi)
- Pagosa Springs (60mi)
- Silverton (48mi)
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