Located in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Durango with a population of 16,877 is a spectacular place to take in the views. Downtown Durango holds on to its old west atmosphere with Victorian architecture and Diamond Circle Melodrama entertainment, art galleries and brewpubs. Durango once a mining town now draws thousands of tourists year-round with its scenic beauty and extensive recreational choices.
A collection of summer activities nearby include mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, jeep tours, zip lining, fishing, rafting and kayaking. If you wish to ski or snowboard, you can visit Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort that is 25 mi/40 km north of Durango and represented by Colorado Vacations.
Also, a nearby must-see is the Mesa Verde National Park that contains ancient cliff dwellings of Ancestral Puebloans. The park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings that are some of the most notable and well preserved in North America. You can take a glimpse into the culture of the Pueblo people, visit the ancient cliff dwellings and walk or hike some of the park's hidden gems. Portions of the park are available by car. There are evening lectures and programs at the park that offer a variety of topics on both natural and cultural local history.
You can take a delightful trip into the past on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The train takes you through spectacular mountains, valleys and wooded scenery, while you experience the sights and sounds of a romantic bygone era on the historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive.
Scenic Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge
Used by the Ancient Puebloans and North of Durango is The Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs and represented by Colorado Vacations. The Hot Springs are primarily calcium bicarbonate waters naturally heated to approximately 123 degrees Fahrenheit.
So stretch out and relax or choose from a variety of massages and body treatments from their experienced massage therapists.
Trimble Spa and Hot Springs
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
|Season||Early November to April (weather permitting)|
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|Located||330 miles from Denver via I-25 south to US 550 north|
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