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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.

 

Adventure Travel

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.

Fun Fact

Durango comes from the Basque word "Urango," which means "water town."
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Durango comes from the Basque word "Urango," which means "water town."

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