Durango Colorado

Durango Colorado is a “hidden gem” in the Colorado Rockies. It is quaint victorian town alway buzzing with activity. It is historic and scenic and very much alive. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company founded Durango in 1880. It has been a railroad town ever since.

But as the home of Fort Lewis College it is also a college town. With Mesa Verde National Park just over the hill, it is also a tourism town. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company founded Durango in 1880. It has been a railroad town ever since.

But as the home of Fort Lewis College it is also a college town. With Mesa Verde National Park just over the hill, it is also a tourism town.

The Silverton & Durango Train

At an elevation of 6,512 feet above sea level, Durango Colorado has an ideal four-season climate. It has moderate temperatures year-round. Durango, Colorado is located in the Animas River Valley on the edge of the San Juan mountains between the high peaks to the north and the desert valley floor to the south.

Durango As seen From The College

In 1860 gold was discovered and the white man came. Within the year, a gold rush was on and the area boomed. Twenty years later, the railroad company created plans for the railroad line, the city streets, and by 1881 the City of Durango Colorado founded.

Hollywood in Durango Durango Colorado has become a world class destination partly because of its roll as a famous movie location. You may have seen Durango in: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, City Slickers, Cliffhanger, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Night Passage, Ticket to Tomahawk, Around the World in Eighty Days, How the West Was Won, and The Tracker.

Today, Durango is a major vacation destination. I have listed below just some of the exciting things to see and do. I have always enjoyed durango, even went I was on the road working there. It is a fun town. You’ll have ball. Enjoy.

Historic Hotels
Durango has two famous unique historic hotels. If you are a history buff and have a sense for the unusual and extraordinary, you’ll love these hotels. They are The Strater Hotel and The General Palmer Hotel.

Henry Strater Theatre
699 Main Avenue
A melodrama or a play is always fun. You can take in a play at Henry Strater Theatre. They have been entertaining visitors for 47 years. This is Durango’s oldest running professional theatre.

Take The Train Ride on The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad into history on the same track miners and cowboys used in the 1880’s. The trains depart from the Main Depot in Durango. You will see the untouched wilderness as you ride along cliff edges and past pristine waterfalls on the Animas River. To the Train

The Durango D&SNGR; Roundhouse museum is huge, with more than 12,000 square feet. It has historic exhibits, collectables, and all sorts of railroad memorabilia and mint-condition trains.

Mesa Verde National Park. is one of America’s most treasured attractions. The Park is home to ancient cliff dwellings built by Anasazi. It is the #1 Monument in the World by Conde Naste Traveler and a World Cultural Heritage Site by the United Nations. To Mesa Verde National Park

Durango Mountain Resort. This ski area just 30 miles from Durango has the friendliest people and the nicest weather and more than week’s worth of skiing with 10 lift and 85 trails on 1325 acres, 2029 vertical drop and nearly half the mountain is intermediate. It would take you two weeks of hard sking to cover it all.

Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs Pools You can rejuvenate while you soaking in the natural hot springs pools. There are two mineral-rich therapeutic hot pools. One for relaxation and the other a heated 50-meter Olympic swimming pool for laps. Surrounded by a beautiful lawn which is perfect for picnics and tanning.

Vallecito Lake, 23 miles northeast of Durango, is one of the most breath taking location in the southwest. It definitely the most beautiful body of water in Colorado. It is well worth the short drive and you might want to go fishing, boating, hiking or horseback riding.


Soar Like An Eagle Have you ever wanted to be an eagle and soar above the mountains on rising winds? Well, you can. treat yourself to the thrill of silent flight above Durango. The Durango Soaring Club has been safety entertaining visitor on the rising winds since 1976. You will be able to see the meandering Animas River below and the snowcapped San Juan mountains in the distance. On a clear day you can see forever and then some.
Durango Soaring Club, Inc
Located at Val-Air Glider port
27290 US Highway 550 North
Durango Colorado

Zipping Though The Trees This is a different type of soaring, zip lining in the trees. This is a day long adventure. I have not personally done it, but it looks like a lot of fun. You zip from platform to platform under the watchful eye of trained guides. It is the safest and longest zip tour in America.
Soaring Tree Top Adventures
964 County Road 200
Durango Coloradob

Rafting, Jeeping, Biking and Rail Tours
Four Corners Whitewater
360 S. Camino del Rio, Durango
This river rafting company can safe take you all the rivers in the valley?

Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours Inc
50 Animas View Dr
This tour company has a myriad of tour options from which to choose. You can explore Western Colorado on a river raft or mountain jeep or train car. They know the territory and with make you happy.

Outlaw Tours
555 Main Ave.
Durango Colorado
970-259-1800 or 1-877-259-1800
They have all the tours, take your pick: ATV, Mountain Bike, and Rafting, Jeep and Train.

Where to Dine

You can find a different Dinning experience at Bar D. You will enjoy a good barbeque diner and a western song & dance show.
Bar D Chuck wagon Suppers
8080 County Rd. 250, Durango
970-247-5753; 888-800-5753