Durango is a charming mountain town cherished for its old western traditions and dramatic natural scenery. From the jagged peaks of San Juan National Forest to the red sandstone bluffs of the Animas River Valley, Durango offers outdoor adventure for all four seasons.
Things to do in Durango
Hop aboard the historic Durango steam train and chug your way past the rocky canyons and rushing rivers of San Juan National Forest. Built in 1882, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers a remarkable opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of yesteryear.
Retrace the footsteps of the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived and flourished in Mesa Verde National Park more than 1,400 years ago. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site and explore the elaborate stone communities and cliff dwellings. For a glimpse into the rich culture of the Ancestral Pueblo people, wander through the fascinating exhibits at the Visitor Centre.
Craving some country music? Experience the romance of the Old West by watching a live country music show at the famous Bar D Chuckwagon. Set in the middle of the woods, it offers views of the rocky ridges and a chance to sing along with cowboys while tucking into a classic Southern barbeque.
Immerse yourself in Colorado’s wilderness with a thrilling day of white-water rafting down the Animas River. If you’d rather stay dry, take a hike or horseback ride through the rugged mountains of San Juan National Forest. In winter, make the most of over 90 ski runs at Purgatory Resort, a top spot for snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
Getting around Durango
Located at the crossroads of US Highway 160 and 550, Durango is a 20-minute drive north-west of Durango-La Plata County Domestic Airport. The downtown area is a pedestrian-friendly zone, while the city’s buses and trolleys are a convenient option for travelling between attractions.