Apr 19, 2019 - Apr 20, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Located near Colorado's southwest corner, Durango is a popular base for river rafting, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and all sorts of other outdoor sports. It's also a regional center for arts, culture, nightlife, and dining, and is home to several interesting museums.
Tourism to take advantage of the local rivers and mountains is year-round, so you can expect a lot of available beds in Durango, with a strong presence from many familiar national chains. Available options range from upscale three-star properties to budget chains and local mom and pop motels.
As with most mountain-oriented tourist destinations, the high seasons for traffic are during the summer, and during the winter when snow is on the ground. As far as hotel prices go, there are shoulder seasons in spring and fall, but no real extended low season unless there is an unusually dry stretch in winter.
Annual events that usually draw big crowds include the period from Christmas to New Years, the Snowdown! five-day themed fashion show in late January / early February, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race on Memorial Day weekend, the San Juan Brewfest in August and the Durango Cowboy Gathering in October.
Just about all of Durango's hotels are located along Route 550, the main artery that passes through the center of town. It's simple to drive anywhere in the city, and these will also generally be your closest options to all of the area outdoor attractions.
If you're headed into the San Juan Forest, there are several options located directly in it to the north along 550. There are also several options directly on the Vallecito Reservoir including the Elk Point Lodge, Pine River Lodge, Eagle's Nest Cabins and several RV parks / camp sites.
There aren't any full-fledged resorts in Durango; the city's best offerings are some upscale 3-star chains like the Hampton Inn, DoubleTree, Holiday Inn and Best Western Plus. There are many midscale options that are quite nice, including local hotels and motels.
Assorted lodges, ranches and bed and breakfasts are scattered around the periphery of the city in the wilderness areas and may be able to offer more luxurious rooms. The Pagosa Springs area (located 60 miles to the east of Durango) is probably the best place to look if you want the most luxurious possible accommodations in the region.
Durango's lowest-priced options are generally the local motels. Certain national budget chains may match or be close to their prices, however. These include Super 8, Travelodge and Econo Lodge. Expect rack rates of at least $50 USD per night for any lodging in the city.
The closest hostels are located well outside of Durango - one in Mancos and one in Silverton. However, they generally offer little savings over private budget motel rooms in Durango.
Great little town in the Rockies with historic railway and museum, rafting, great shops and restaurants, distillery and craft beer, arts center and more.
Durango is a town that has something for everyone. With more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, it offers varied and exciting cuisine. Fort Lewis College sponsors the Music in the Mountains Festival in the Summer where music can be enjoyed in the luscious surroundings of the San Juan Mountains. A walk along the Animus River trail system is refreshing and restorative. Art galleries display works ranging from jewelry to Native American works, quilts, and fine arts. There are monthly gallery walks. Some of the museums include the Durango Railroad Historical Society, the Anasazi Heritage Center, and the Animus Museum of local history. Mesa Verde National Park is less than an hours drive away and Purgatory Ski resort is approximately one half hour to the North. Not to mention the endless outdoor opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and enjoying the clean air. I fell in love with this town on my honeymoon in 1990 and have been back many times. It doesn't take long to discern that the locals are welcoming and open, yet discerning and intellectually inclined.
Oh Durango, you are so wonderful. Hubbing out of Durango will set you up for exploring one of the most charming regions of Colorado - the southwest corner. Vast open spaces, wild land, canyons and captivating rock formations can all be found close to this laid-back city. And so can opportunities for hiking, biking, rafting, horseback riding, zip-lining, and four wheeling.
Located in southwestern Colorado, Durango features numerous lodging and entertainment opportunities that feature something for everyone You'll find that Durango is the ideal destination for your next vacation.