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Located near the Four Corners in Southwest Colorado, Durango has become a destination for mountain lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Home to Purgatory Resort, Mesa Verde National Park, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and more, families love Durango for the endless activities and attractions. Early Spanish explorers named the river running through this vibrant town Rio de Las Animas Perdidas, or "The River of Lost Souls." Today, it is known as the Animas River.  Durango is a small mountain town of roughly 19,000 residents. Those who choose to call Durango home stay for the relaxing atmosphere and laid-back lifestyle that this area provides.

City of Brewerly Love

The town has self proclaimed the title, "City of Brewerly Love" because it is home to five breweries. In addition, the town has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. Durango just so happens to be a place where chefs and brewers love to live, so you get to reap the benefit of their skill and craft. During your visit, check out the historic downtown district that offers over 150 unique stores, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Couples may enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride along the streets of downtown, followed by dinner at one of the many delightful restaurants. No matter your choice in cuisine — from French and cajun to authentic Mexican and BBQ — Durango's talented chefs and friendly staff aim to please all palates.

Things to Do

With a moderate year-round climate, and an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, it's easy to understand why this town that sits at the base of the San Juan Mountain range is so popular with mountain bikers, kayakers, hikers, golfers, fishermen and those who just like to get out there and explore. Whether it be renting a jeep for a day to explore authentic "ghost towns," soaring over the Animas Valley in a glider, hiking in National Forests, rafting down the river, or catching a professional rodeo in town, there's no shortage of interesting activities for the entire family to enjoy. Be sure to visit Mesa Verde National Park, one of the four corners most treasured attractions.

Taking a scenic excursion on the famed Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is not to be missed. Pulled by a 120 year-old steam engine, the historic passenger cars are comfortable and offer unsurpassed views of the river valleys and the San Juan National Forest. A first-class family activity, guaranteed to please.

In summer, the renowned Purgatory Resort awaits a mere 25 miles north of town. With 2,500 acres of terrain, there's plenty of adventure and activities for everyone. The alpine slide is great fun for adults and kids alike! Play golf or go mountain biking, horseback riding, or ride the scenic chairlift. Naturalist programs offer an opportunity to learn about the ecosystem and geology of the area, as well as orienteering, nature writing, photography, and even adventure racing. We highly recommend playing nine holes of the most scenic disc golf in the San Juan Mountains. The San Juan Brewfest on Labor Day weekend brings brewers from the Front Range to the Four Corners together with brews, food, and music. More summer vacation ideas are waiting for you to help you start planning a trip to the area. In addition, you can read about the interesting area history.

Getting Here

The area is convenient to reach, with five major airlines serving the modern Durango Airport. Located at the crossroads of US Highways 160 and 550 in southwest Colorado, just 20 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border.

Summer Vacation Deals

Select a category or activity to view a list of deals and discounts to help you plan your next trip. For those enthusiasts who prefer not to be travel-burdened with mountain bikes or golf clubs, you'll find a sporting equipment delivery service in town. Search for deals here before you travel.

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