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Durango - PurgatoryUnited States of America

This town is a wonderland for outdoor adventure lovers. Located in the middle of the Animas River Valley, it is characterized by its dramatic natural landscape.

Since its founding in 1881, the small mining community of Durango has continued to expand. Today it attracts thousands of visitors for its major archaeological and natural attractions. Durango has a tightknit community of 17,000 residents and a town center recognized for its natural beauty. Stroll along the Animas River, which runs right through the center of town. Take a short walk to reveal the majestic beauty of the Animas River Valley and the San Juan Mountains.

Embark on a rafting expedition. The Animas River offers both family-friendly guided floats over gentle rapids and Class IV and V rafting to challenge those with whitewater experience.

Hike along the Animas River Valley. Bike the 7-mile (11-kilometer) car-free trail through downtown or mountain bike on over 1,000 miles of trails surrounding the city.

Rent fishing tackle to try your luck at fly-fishing in the deep river pools. Watch the scenery as you ride aboard the celebrated narrow gauge railway line that runs between Durango and Silverton, a historic mining town.

Durango offers a range of accommodation, from hotels and apartments in the heart of the downtown precinct to mountain resorts nestled in the foothills of the San Juan Mountain Range. From your downtown location, enjoy sweeping views of the valley. You’ll also be within walking distance of Durango’s excellent dining options. Try traditional Coloradan fare, like trout caught straight from the river. After you eat, join locals for a chat over a drink at a friendly neighborhood bar.

Major U.S. highways connect Durango to neighboring cities. Albuquerque is a 3.5-hour drive south. Travel north to experience Colorado’s San Juan Skyway, which cuts through the heart of the mountain range. Explore the stunning Mesa Verde National Park, just 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Durango, before returning to the town.

Where to stay in Durango - Purgatory

Durango featuring signage, mountains and snow

Historic Downtown Durango

5/5Exceptional!(31 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Historic Downtown Durango. A stop by Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or Sorrel Sky Gallery might round out your trip.

Historic Downtown Durango

Top Hotels in Durango - Purgatory

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Durango Inn & Suites
Best Western Durango Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
21382 US Highway 160 W, Durango, CO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $130 per night

Situated in Durango, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Juan National Forest Supervisor's Office and Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Henry ...

4.1/5Very Good! (756 reviews)

"Room was simple but clean. Nice pool area. Check in was easy."…"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Best Western Durango Inn & Suites
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Durango
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Durango
2.5 out of 5
125 Mercury Village Dr, Durango, CO
The price is $144 per night

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Henry Strater Theater, and Durango Arts Center. Durango ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (879 reviews)

"Everything was great. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Durango
Historic Strater Hotel
Historic Strater Hotel
3.5 out of 5
699 Main Ave, Durango, CO
The price is $168 per night

Located in Historic Downtown Durango, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Henry Strater Theater and Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (964 reviews)

"Very beautiful, old hotel in the middle of town. Clean and spacious for such an old building. Park your car in one of the three parking areas and bring in your luggage. Front desk will help with all your needs."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Historic Strater Hotel

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Purgatory Resort
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Purgatory Resort

4.5/5(187 reviews)

Ski, sled and snowboard in winter and bike, hike and ride on horseback in summer at this resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. 

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

4.5/5(367 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a well-known attraction in Durango. Amble around the area's riverfront or seek out the hiking trails.

Top things to do in Durango - Purgatory

Family Whitewater-Rafting Adventure on the Lower Animas River
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Family Whitewater-Rafting Adventure on the Lower Animas River

$65
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
12-zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango
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12-zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango

$138
Per adult
Full-Day Guided Tour to Mesa Verde National Park with Lunch
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Full-Day Guided Tour to Mesa Verde National Park with Lunch

$149
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Guided Durango Jeep Tour
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Half-Day Guided Durango Jeep Tour

$97
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
4x4 La Plata Canyon Trail Tour
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4x4 La Plata Canyon Trail Tour

$96
Per adult
6-Zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango
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6-Zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango

$108
Per adult

Reviews of Durango - Purgatory

4.6

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 3.6931818181818183%
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5/5 - Excellent

Sue

May 26, 2020

Love Durango ! Love the engery, the shopping the view. My favorite place to visit

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

The town was pretty shut down during my visit, but I was able to get some to-go food and beverages from local eateries/the brewery.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

This is such a beautiful area! I love the drive up to Ouray

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

Absolutely love Durango. We cannot wait to go back. We went to the Conundrum Escape Room which was so much fun. Had breakfast and dinner at the wonderful Carver's Brewery.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Only there for the night. but hotel recommend a restaurant that we enjoyed and the area was nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Well-deserved reputation as a great destination

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