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Consider Durango Colorado for your Summer Trip

SOURCE: Durango Area Tourism Office

Source: GoDurango

Durango Colorado is one of the most beautiful Colorado towns. Nestled in the mountains of the Four Corners Region, Durango is situated in the perfect location between the expansive desert country of the Colorado Plateau and the ragged peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Outdoor activities around the town are plentiful as are fun activities right in downtown. You’ll find, camping, hiking, biking, climbing, rafting and much more within minutes of the town. Close by you’ll also find Mesa Verde National Park. In the middle of town you’ll find Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, some of the best dining to be found anywhere, art galleries, bars, microbreweries, cute shops with unique goods and so much more!

The name “Durango” translates to “water town” in Basque
and draws its name from the river that runs through town: El Rio de las Animas Perdidas (River of Lost Souls) or simply the “Animas River”. Rafters, kayakers, paddlers, fly fishermen, tubers, explorers, waders and kids of all ages, look no further. The Animas River offers the expert Class V rapids (Upper Animas) and a playful Class I-II (or higher during peak spring run-off) through town. Durango’s Whitewater Park is an Official Olympic Training Course and the site of competitive white water events.

The Animas also boasts a two-mile stretch of Gold-Medal fishing waters south of downtown. An alpine wonderland with fabled mountain waters, Vallecito Lake lies a leisurely 22 miles northeast of Durango in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. Vallecito is a remarkably beautiful area, not to be missed. Trimble Hot Springs is close to town as well and offers naturally-heated mineral pools at a reasonable price .

The area’s multitude of trails are shared by hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Animas River Trail is a paved 4.7 mile trail that runs along the Animas River, offering a relaxing venue for an inspired stroll, run or cruiser bike ride. The public lands surrounding Durango are ebbing with over 350 miles of trails, including the trail head of the Colorado Trail at Junction Creek! Trails 2000 is our local active trail advocacy group. Beginning sometime around June, the high country fields are a proverbial sea of wildflowers with breath-taking views.

If you’re into Horseback riding, the region’s ranching and “cowboy” heritage is still very evident. The Durango area has been said to possess the largest per capita domestic horse population in the country.

If you prefer to see country via your bike, Durango has (rightfully) earned the title of Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community and has a “Mountain Biking Mecca” with miles of single-track and dirt roads. Road biking is also very popular, with Durango gaining national recognition with its annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, where thousands of road bikers race the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton.

Durango Welcome Center at 802 Main Avenue will have everything you need to know about the Durango area! The Durango Area Tourism Office, Fort Lewis College and City of Durango have opened the Welcome Center in the heart of Downtown Durango.

For more information contact:

Anne Klein at the Durango Area Tourism Office - Phone:  (970) 749-0991       E-Mail: anne@durango.org