802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
Mountain biking, whitewater rafting on the Animas River, hiking through fields of wildflowers — the opportunities to uncover Colorado’s unspoiled wilderness in Durango are endless. Go fishing at 7,800 feet in the sapphire-blue waters of Vallecito Lake or immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the San Juans on horseback. During the winter, more than 90 ski runs, five terrain parks and 1,525 acres of skiable terrain await at family-friendly Purgatory Resort. Other cold-weather activities include snowmobiling, dogsledding and snowshoeing. More about outdoor recreation >>
Founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad when they extended their line from the town to Silverton to haul precious metals from high-country mines, Durango continues to honors its Old West heritage in many ways. Visitors can still climb aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a 45-mile trip through the still-wild San Juans to Silverton and take a walking tour of downtown Durango, a National Historic District lined with shops, eateries and hotels housed in 19th-century buildings.
For a peek into ancient cultures, head just 35 miles west of Durango to Mesa Verde National Park, where the Ancestral Puebloan people lived more than 1,400 years ago. The park protects more than 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Or drive farther west to Hovenweep National Monument to see six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300 that once housed more than 2,500 people. More national parks and monuments >>
The city also boasts more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, making it an excellent destination for culinary-fueled getaways. Sit down for a hearty breakfast at a homegrown diner, taste Colorado beers at six microbreweries and brewpubs, sample super-fresh, locally-inspired fare at farm-to-table restaurants — there’s something to satisfy every craving. More restaurants in Durango >>
There are plenty of lodging options in Durango. Slumber in a historic locale like the 1887 Strater Hotel, cozy up in a cabin with the family or pitch a tent under the stars at a scenic campground. Find places to stay >>