Visit Durango -- expect to be awed by its beauty, history, vitality and the adventures that await. Founded in 1881, Durango is a four season town. Visitors come to ski in the winter and ride the rivers, bicycle, ride horses and ride the train the rest of the year. Also as home to Fort Lewis College, the community is alive all year!
The Durango-Silverton train is the big draw. Step back into the American Wild West! Also, we suggest when you schedule the train, you consider taking the bus or jeep one way as the train is about 3.5 to 4 hours each way. Most use the return train ride for a nap. And actually, the bus or jeep gives you another experience as they provide ongoing local information.
Hike, bike, horseback ride, go fishing throughout the 4 county region connected by the San Juan Skyway. The climate is dry, high desert – warm for a summer day, cool for a summer night. Durango's diverse natural environment and micro-climates provide endless recreational opportunities during every month of the year.
The La Plata Mountains and thousands of acres of the San Juan National Forest are the backdrop for this engaging community. The San Juan is full of pine forests, aspen groves, lakes, streams and spectacular views; it is breathtakingly beautiful. The Animas River flows right through Durango, and is a favorite for river rafters and kayak enthusiasts. Take time to soak in hot springs north of Durango, Pagosa Springs and Ouray! Vallecito Lake east of Durango offers a variety of water fun.
Durango is home to many art galleries and the melodrama, micro brews, and fabulous restaurants. Durango is also known for its bicycle community: including the Iron Horse Race, an annual ride to Silvertion, racing against the Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Durango has a colorful history: from the old gold mines to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to oil, coal and gas exploration in modern time, and always plenty of ranching, rodeos and fairs.