Durango, CO

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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

Comfort Inn & Suites Durango
Comfort Inn & Suites Durango
2.5 out of 5
455 S Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO
The price is $61 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the heart of Durango, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Animas River, Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and Fort Lewis College. Animas ...
4/5 Very Good! (958 reviews)
"Everything was good; the only thing I didn't like is it said it had a buffet for breakfast, but other than the waffles it was basically a continental breakfast. Was a little disappointed because we stayed in another comfort inn in Santa Fe the day before and they actually had omelets and sausage ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Comfort Inn & Suites Durango
Hampton Inn Durango
Hampton Inn Durango
2.5 out of 5
3777 Main Ave, Durango, CO
The price is $88 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated in Durango, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Animas Mountain Trailhead, Animas Museum, and Durango Community Recreation Center. Durango Discovery ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"My first visit to Durango. Front desk staff was friendly and helpful. This was on the north end of town but only a short drive to downtown. Room was clean and well appointed. I especially liked the sound of the steam whistle on the Durango-Silverton train which passed within a block or two in the ..."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Hampton Inn Durango
Historic Strater Hotel
Historic Strater Hotel
3.5 out of 5
699 Main Ave, Durango, CO
The price is $147 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Historic Downtown Durango, this romantic hotel is steps from Durango Area Tourism Office, Sorrel Sky Gallery, and Durango Arts Center. Durango and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"Loved this historic hotel, saloon, bar and fine dining. Staff very friendly."

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Historic Strater Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites By Hilton Durango, Co
Homewood Suites By Hilton Durango, Co
3 out of 5
15 Girard St, Durango, CO
The price is $130 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the heart of Durango, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Animas River and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Animas ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (660 reviews)
"Pool and hot tub. Hot breakfast buffet!"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Homewood Suites By Hilton Durango, Co
The Lodge at Tamarron by Purgatory Resort
The Lodge at Tamarron by Purgatory Resort
3.5 out of 5
40292 Hwy 550 North, Durango, CO
Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Animas River and within 9 mi (15 km) of Electra Lake and Dalton Ranch Golf Club. Jones Creek ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (337 reviews)
"Property had everything you would want in terms of amenities. The front desk staff were exceptionally helpful and responsive, especially Bill. He was profession and clearly did everything he could to meet our needs."

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

The Lodge at Tamarron by Purgatory Resort
Purgatory Resort, Luxury ski-in/ski-out Townhome. “ELK POINT 2”
Purgatory Resort, Luxury ski-in/ski-out Townhome. “ELK POINT 2”
Durango, CO
Located in the mountains, this Durango resort offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 mi (5 km) of Purgatory Resort and Electra Lake and close to winter sports ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Amazing location close to everything!
"We had a quick trip up to Purgatory over Labor Day weekend. Mimi was amazing from the moment I booked our vacation. The property was perfect for our group. It is very clean and decorated with high end finishes. We came in very late and it was a special touch to have a few lights left on inside for ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Purgatory Resort, Luxury ski-in/ski-out Townhome. “ELK POINT 2”
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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