Welcome to Durango
Durango Colorado is nestled along the Animas River and
situated at just over 6,500 feet above sea level in the San Juan
Mountains. It is just a short drive from the “Four Corners”, where
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. Durango is the
largest town in southwest Colorado and is the county seat of La
Plata Canyon. In a 2010 census, the reported population was just
over 16,600 people and has grown since. Locals are fond of saying
that those who live in Durango choose to live here, not for fame or
fortune, but for a quality of life unmatched.
Still a small town but loaded with amenities, Durango
has a world class reputation as a “MUST SEE” destination. Visitors
have an endless supply of options to fi ll their days and night with
entertainment and fun, ranging from archeological site exploration
at Mesa Verde, to bombing down a black ski run at Purgatory.
Th e Animas River runs the length of the town and through
the Historic Downtown making for great walks and site seeing.
Th e river also boasts of gold medal fl y fi shing, and is popular for
whitewater rafting and kayaking. Th ere are many adventure tour
guides and services to take visitors down the rapids to conquer the
whitewater. If mastering the river is not for you, visitors can also
walk the water’s beautiful shoreline to sightsee and watch others
fl oat by.
What most may know Durango for though is the Durango &
Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad which travels from downtown
northward to the historic mining town of Silverton on steam-powered
trains. Th is blast back in time is enjoyable for the entire family
and presents a full day of beautiful scenery. Daily rides are off ered
through October and leave each morning. In the Winter, take a
ride along the Polar Express which has become a major seasonal
attraction itself, but get tickets as soon as possible as there may
be a wait.
If you want to park the car and not have to drive anywhere
for the day, the Durango Downtown Historic District is for you.
Main avenue cuts through the center of town and is fi lled with
boutiques, restaurants, gift shops, galleries, and more. Enjoy the
weather and start at one end while working your way down one
side and up the other. Durango has some of the best food in the
Southwest with most every type of food available to satisfy every
guest. Stop in one of the many galleries and boutiques to see what
local artist and photographers have to off er. You’ll most likely be
taking something home with you to remind you of your Durango
If in town shopping is not your thing and you have an appetite
for adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Mountain biking,
hiking, four wheeling, and fi shing are just a small handful of activities
one can do to get outdoors before the snow hits the ground.
Various tour guides can show you sites and scenes most have only
ever seen or heard about in movies. Or rent a vehicle yourself and
explore the area at your own time and leisure. In winter the options
do not go away though. Skiing, snow mobiles, ice fi shing,
and more winter activities are all available. If you can think of it,
Durango more than likely can accommodate you no matter what
season of the year it is.
Durango is the place you can come back to each and every year,
through all the various seasons and weather, and never do it all.
Either with yourself, for business, or on a family adventure, you’ll
never be lost for activity and never have an empty stomach. Join in
on the fun and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Photo Credit: Durango Business Improvement