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Located near the Four Corners, the city of Durango has become a destination site for mountain lovers, healthy activity activists, and a vacation the whole family will love. Early Spanish explorers named the river running through this vibrant town Rio de Las Animas Perdidas, or "The River of Lost Souls." The area is home to the Purgatory Resort, Mesa Verde National Park, and a major draw includes the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
City of Brewerly Love
The town has self-proclaimed the title, "City of Brewerly Love" because it is home to four breweries. In addition, the town has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. It 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. In town, couples may enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride along the historic byways, followed by dinner. No matter your choice of cuisine—from French to authentic "Chuck wagon"—Durango's talented chefs and genuinely friendly staff, aim to please all palates. Durango is a small town of roughly 16,000 residents and those who live there stay for the quality of life. While you are there, you'll enjoy the quaint downtown area with over 150 unique stores, galleries, and boutiques to explore.
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.
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.
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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.Image courtesy of Purgatory Resort
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