December 11, 2017

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Durango, Colorado

SnowDurango is the largest town in southwest Colorado and located only a short drive from the “Four Corners” – the area where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado meet.  The town was founded in 1880 when the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad built a track to Silverton, establishing Durango as the center of its rail system.  Once completed, the train began transporting both freight and passengers. Originally constructed to haul silver and gold ore, passengers soon discovered the view to be just as valuable.  Today, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to be a favorite Colorado attraction.  

The surrounding landscape of Durango is quite varied and often dramatic. You’ll see red sandstone bluffs along the Animas River Valley and jagged peaks in the San Juan Mountains. During the fall, the million acres of the San Juan National Forest, turn rich shades of gold and orange, providing guests with breathtaking fall foliage. 

Attractions:

From the historic downtown and railroad museums of to ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, the old west is very much alive in Durango.  Only 35 miles west of Durango, Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the best preserved archeological sites in the country.  At the park, explore the lives and cliff dwellings of the ancient Puebloans who lived there for more than 700 years, from 600 to 1300 A.D.  Take a ride through the breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest aboard the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  Be sure to check out the Anasazi Heritage Center and Durango Arts Center as well. If you’re feeling lucky visit the Sky Ute Casino Resort and take a chance on one of the Casino’s hundreds of slot machines. There’s also a poker room, blackjack, roulette and craps tables as well as a Bingo Hall. 

Durango is home to a vibrant arts and culture experience. You’ll find art galleries and local artisans as well as theatrical and symphony and other musical performances.  On any given evening or weekend afternoon in Durango, the sounds of bluegrass, jazz or the blues fills the air. The world-renowned Henry Strater Theatre is the oldest continually running theatre in Durango, boasting more than 47 years performances.  In addition, you’ll find numerous festivals and events to explore including the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Taste of Durango, Fiesta Days Carnival and Annual Durango and Silverton Railfest. 

Dining

Did you know? Downtown Durango has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. You’ll find a wide range of dining experience from haute cuisine to authentic old west entertainment with a chuckwagon dinner under the stars.  Throw peanuts on the floor of one of the family-friendly brewpubs, or relax on a cozy couch in one of Durango’s coffee shops. Be sure to check out the Mahogany Grill for New American cuisine combined with international influences or, one of the four microbreweries for specialty brews made onsite.

Shopping

Durango boasts and eclectic mix of shopping experiences. More than 500 shops offer everything from fashion apparel, to kitchen gadgets and outdoor provisions. The Durango Mall, Main Avenue Mall and Historic Downtown Durango play host to many unique boutiques, galleries, and fun shops.