Set in the rugged San Juan Mountains surrounded by perfect Rocky Mountain beauty lies the authentic Old West town of Durango. Situated a short drive from ‘Four Corners’ where Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado meet, Durango is perfected located amidst jagged mountain peaks, lush forests and rushing waters, a diverse and dramatic landscape offering endless opportunities for fun and recreation for those with a passion for the outdoors.
Durango is a scenic and cosmopolitan town with a rich history. Explore the Historic Downtown, a Nationally Registered Historic district home to beautiful historic hotels, quaint shops, galleries and museums. Step back in time on a walking tour through this scenic town, where the Animas River (River of Souls) runs through, dine in an award-winning restaurant or café, quench your thirst in a laid-back brewpub or enjoy an evening show at a theatre or music venue. With many events and festivals, there is never a dull moment in this special town.
Wilderness & Wildflowers
Those with a passion for the outdoors will find themselves in paradise surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, San Juan National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness Area. Explore the endless mountain trails by foot or bike through spectacular fields of wildflowers and lavish display of fall colors then head into the rugged San Juan Mountains on a Jeep Tour. Raft the waters of the Animas River or find a quiet spot to cast your fly, experience the true Old West on horseback at a Dude Ranch or tee off at one of the local golf courses hidden in the evergreens surrounded by picturesque peaks.
To explore a little further and experience the beauty of the surrounding areas and dramatic views, there are two scenic drives – The San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway and the Tracks Across the Borders Scenic Byway. For world-class attractions, retrace the footsteps of the ancient Ancestral Pueblo people at the Mesa Verde National Park, best known for its amazing cliff dwellings. There are over 600 protected cliff dwellings in this well-preserved World Heritage Site. Then, follow the tracks of the Old West cowboys and miners as you climb aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a heritage railway that winds through the breath-taking canyons of the San Juan National Forest from Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton.
The winter months bring with them a winter wonderland of outdoor adventure. Durango is near five major ski areas. Closest to home is Purgatory Resort, a great ski town with a unique blend of steep tree skiing trails and wide open cruisers with stunning views. Explore the 1,360 acres with 10 chairlifts servicing 91 trails and no waiting in lines! Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery on a snowmobile tour or head to the mountains on a dog sled. Nordic skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice climbing and more …. there are plenty of adventurous moments to enjoy in the midst of these spectacular Rocky Mountains.
Wilderness, wildflowers and a winter wonderland await you in Durango, Colorado.