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Blasting Back: Experience that “Old West” Charm in Durango

Part of Durango’s allure is how closely connected the town remains to its Western roots. And, while there are bountiful ways to experience the “Old West” in Durango, a couple of our favorites include spending an evening at the Bar D Chuckwagon and watching the Durango Western Show at the historic Henry Strater Theatre.

Here’s the break down on blasting back to Durango’s storied past:

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This is the perfect way to fill an afternoon and evening during your Durango stay. The grounds are open all day and the shops open at 5:30pm. There are nature trails, parks, hay rides, gold panning, horse shoes, roping, a kids korral and a blacksmith. There are chocolate shops and ice cream shops, record shops and leather shops.

Allow plenty of time to tour the tiny town, then settle in for a home-cooked Western meal and some truly entertaining (and hilarious) music and comedy from the Bar D Wranglers. The Bar D requires reservations in advance, so give us a call and we’ll get things sorted out at a time that’s convenient for you. The Bar D shuts down for the season after Labor Day, so be sure to squeeze in a trip before then!

Durango Western Music & Vaudeville Show at the Henry Strater Theatre

Now in its 55th year, the Henry Starter Theatre offers prime entertainment of the Western persuasion. The theatre was straterhoteloriginally an automobile garage, and the sounds and shows that take to its stage harken back to the west of old.

You’ll cheer the hero, hiss the villain, laugh a lot and learn a little, too. Be sure to catch the act before September 23, when they go behind the curtains until next summer.

Want to pack your trip with more tributes to the Old West, like a stay at the historic Strater Hotel, or a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We’re happy to help.