Durango Vacations

Friendly, ebullient Durango is the largest town in southwest Colorado and the best hub for exploring the Four Corners region. Such is the attractiveness of the town and surrounding San Juan Mountains that it has attracted an influx of new residents in recent years, here to enjoy its year-round outdoor activities, excellent range of restaurants, and ... Read more
flourishing arts scene. Durango was founded in 1880 as a refining town and rail junction for Silverton, 45 miles north. Steam trains continue to run along the spectacular old mining route through the Animas Valley, though nowadays tourists, not sacks of gold, are the engine that drives the economy.Wonderful for families and seekers of adventure.

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With a rich history, mild climate, and proximity to gorgeous national parks, the small mountain town of Durango has become a year-round tourist destination. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to the ... Read more
Durango Mountain Resort. In the spring, the famous Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad reopens, and by summer, temperatures can get as high as the low 80s Fahrenheit (high 20s Celsius). The sunny days of summer -- especially between Memorial Day and Labor Day -- attract the most visitors to Durango, when the weather is perfect for fishing, rafting, ziplining and exploring the San Juans. However, fall is pleasant, too, though crisper, and boasts dazzling foliage with mountains covered in golden aspen leaves.

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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Great little town in the Rockies with historic railway and museum, rafting, great shops and restaurants, distillery and craft beer, arts center and more.

Recommended for:History BuffsAdventure TravelersNightlife Lovers
Burns, Kansas

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.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

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.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersAdventure Travelers
Local from Durango, Colorado, USA

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.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodiesHistory Buffs
Vail, Colorado

I go here to shop the boutiques. You can also raft the Animas river or Take the sightseeing train to Silverton.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

I love the vibe of this little town!
It is kind of vintage shops meet modern day cowboys and I like it!
Full of coffee shops and nice friendly people this is where you hang after a day on the slopes.
Purgatory is the reason people want to go to Durango but there are also some really cool day trips just out of the city.
The Durango Steamtrain up to Silverton is a must!

Recommended for:Family TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents
The Chicagoland Area, Illinois, USA

Located where Colorado Highways 550 and 160 meet, Durango is the perfect place to stop for the night. Durango is one of the few towns that is large enough you will be able to find whatever you need for your road trip.

Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Durango is a great city along the Animas River. The historical downtown is full of outdoor gear for all types of sports and plenty of restaurants. Fort Lewis College blankets the city offering a small town college feel.

Santander, Spain

Durango is a nice little mountain town in the south of Colorado. The downtown area is full of fun shops and restaurants. You can walk the downtown fairly quickly, but then you can take the train right off the main boulevard and enjoy the fresh mountain air and see the greatness that this city has to offer from the comfy seat of an old time train.

Padua, Italy
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It is the typical old minerary town with nice hotels and saloon, surrounded by beautiful mountains all around. It is possible to rent a bike to explore the areas around. There is an old train connecting it to Silverton.