The historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train hugs a mountain
Extreme skier going off a jump in the mountains
Breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains surrounded by a dense forest landscape
Touring the ruins of ancient dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park
Stepping across a challenging ropes course high up in the trees
Beautifully detailed Native American statue on display in a gallery
Shopping and dining in downtown Durango
Enjoying Durango's beautiful scenery by kayak
Stopping for a break on one of the remote and challenging bike trails
Collection of authentic Navajo rugs and artwork in the Toh-Atin Gallery
Where dreams of the American West come to life
Discover the West Like a Pioneer
Durango is home of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, known around the world as one of the most scenic North American train journeys. Relive the sights and sounds of yesterday with a spectacular ride aboard a historic, coal-fired, steam-powered train that has been in operation since 1882. As the train winds through breath-taking canyons in the remote wilderness of the 728,000-hectare San Juan National Forest, you will have the opportunity to experience Colorado at its best.
Native American Heritage
Situated in the hills 56 kilometers west of Durango, Mesa Verde Country is the archaeological center of the USA. Mesa Verde Country is home to Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering visitors an unforgettable opportunity to visit some of the most well-preserved cliff dwellings of the ancient Pueblo people. Other notable places to visit include the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Shopping, Art and Entertainment
Downtown Durango, which is on the National Register of Historic Districts, overflows with historic hotels, award-winning restaurants, fabulous art galleries and boutique shopping. With more than a dozen art galleries showcasing treasures of contemporary and Native American artists, Durango is quickly becoming a hub for fine art in the Southwest. Celebrations, festivals and special events are held year-round and add a festive vibe to the downtown scene. Don’t forget to stop at the Diamond Belle Saloon, revered as one of the most famous original ragtime piano bars in the Wild West.
Durango is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy world-class mountain biking and hiking on hundreds of kilometers of trails, white-water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, off-road vehicle tours, mountain climbing, zip-lining, skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding and so much more.
The Local Experience
Farm agritourism tours, craft breweries, over 100 restaurants and local culinary products highlight a visit to Durango. Experience and enjoy the flavors of the Southwest in a variety of atmospheres.
How to Get Here
Durango is easily accessible by air. The Durango-La Plata County Airport is served by major airlines with non-stop flights from Denver, Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth. For visitors who prefer traveling by car, Durango is well-connected with several major U.S. and state highways from every direction. The scenic San Juan Skyway that surrounds Durango is considered one of the most scenic drives in the USA. Durango offers a multitude of accommodation choices; contact the Durango Tourism Office for lodging assistance.
Durango comes from the Basque word "Urango," which means "water town."
Room 222 at the Strater Hotel is known as the "Louis L'Amour Room" after the famous Western author who wrote many novels there.
The San Juan Skyway, which features a stretch called Million Dollar Highway between Durango and Ouray, is considered one of the USA’s most scenic drives.