Durango – A Dozen Vacations in One Destination!
Durango, Colorado is a year-round destination. People come from all over to ride the world-famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, visit nearby Mesa Verde National Park, and ski the family-friendly slopes of Purgatory Resort – and those are just the highlights. The train is a remnant of the time when Durango was a mining town where silver and gold flowed from the mines of the La Plata Mountains.
Durango is one of the most scenic towns in the United States and the opportunities for exploration are endless: to the north, the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness offer incredible hiking, fishing, camping and hunting opportunities; to the southwest, premier archaeological centers like Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep, and Chimney Rock provide an unparalleled peek into a past when the region was inhabited by Ancestral Puebloans; and right in downtown Durango, the colorful history of a mining town collides with fine dining and restaurants, shopping and live entertainment. And if that’s not enough to lure you in, the beautiful Animas River runs right through the middle of town, offering recreational opportunities from the doorstep of your hotel.