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Durango Colorado Travel Guide

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Things to do in Durango Colorado

Durango Colorado

Love to ski and snow board? You will not be able to resist Durango, Colorado for your next vacation. Get that heart pumping on a zip line through the Colorado landscape or pick up some white water rafting and see everything in a whole new light. Snow sticks around in the Durango mountain tops through April each year and welcomes the Spring with loads of colorful flowers covering the mountain base. A beautiful place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts and a great town for the ones who love to shop! In Durango everyone is happy!


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Geography/History

Durango, Colorado-well known for the railway connecting it to the town of Silverton- it is also the largest of all the towns in the southern region of the state with its poulation upwards of 20,000. In September 1881, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad organized the town to serve the San Juan mining district. The D&RG chose this site which is located south of Animas City for its depot after Animas City refused to pay a dowry to the D&RG. The city was given its name after Durango, Mexico, which was again named after Durango, Spain. The word Durango is derived from the Basque word "Urango" meaning "water town".

 

Tourism 

Durango draws thousands of tourists round the year for its myriad outdoor recreational activities and its scenic beauty. The two-million acre San Juan National Forest and to the San Juan mountains, the largest range in the Rockies, are the popular haunts of mountain bikers, rafters, kayakers, horseback riders, rock climbers, hikers, campers, hunters and fishermen. However, the city's biggest tourist draw is a nine-hour historic train ride in a vintage steam locomotive. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which was used to haul precious metals in the 1880s, now takes tourists for a 47-mile, open-air journey through mountains and forests and past abandoned mines to historic Silverton and back. Children and train buffs can savor the chance to climb into a locomotive and pore over railroad memorabilia at the railroad's museum. Skiers also crowd the Durango Mountain Resort in winter, which also offers hiking, fishing, rafting and horseback riding in warmer months. Nestled in the Animas River Valley, Durango is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. The Animas River runs through downtown and boasts gold medal fly fishing waters, and is well-known for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Durango is popular as a outdoor destination for activities like hiking, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting, off-roading, year-round fishing, kayaking and golfing. Durango is also very popular for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a heritage railway, which travels from Durango to the historically popular mining town of Silverton, Colorado on steam-powered trains with rolling stock dating back to the 1920s. Durango has a strategic location and five major ski areas are located nearby, including Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort – which is located twenty-five minutes north of downtown. Around thirty-five miles west of Durango is located Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings. Main Avenue, which is home to clothing boutiques, restaurants, newsstands, tourist and gift shops, mall, bars, lounges and other businesses, cuts through Downtown Durango. Many of the buildings in downtown are of multiple stories and include apartments in the upper levels. Two oldest hotels of Durango, The General Palmer and The Strater Hotel, are both at the South end of Main Avenue, one and two blocks away from the train station, respectively. It is also houses many restaurants which serve specialty foods like Mexican, Italian, French, Thai and Japanese. Main Avenue is visited by thousands of tourists each week, making it the most popular shopping and relaxing tourist destination in Durango.



Map of Durango Colorado