Durango, CO, Guide and Information

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Welcome to Durango

Although best known as a year-round outdoor mecca, Durango is not just one of Colorado’s premier playgrounds; it’s also a historic railroad town that still offers scenic tours aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. With world-class mountain biking, great skiing at Purgatory Mountain Resort, and railway tours through breathtaking canyons, or grabbing dinner at one of the award-winning restaurants downtown, Durango offers fun for the whole family.

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Colorado's Wild Side

Colorado consistently ranks high as one of the fittest states in the United States. The mountain towns score the highest. That includes Durango, which although it’s not tucked in at the base of towering rocky peaks, its size and character give it a distinctive Rocky Mountain town feel. And there’s no doubt about it, most people live and visit here because they like being active in the outdoors.

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Hit the Streets of Durango

Back in the day, every mining town of Colorado built a landmark hotel. That’s how they flaunted their riches and lodged the visiting bankers and financiers looking to invest in the mines. Fortunately many of those hotels remain today and Durango’s “grande dame,” the Strater Hotel, ranks as one of the most elegant. Go here for a few night’s stay, a drink, a sing-a-long of some old time-y tunes in their Diamond Belle Saloon or just a saunter around the hotel’s richly furnished Victorian interior. Stepping into the Strater is like walking onto the movie set of an old western that’s being filmed in a mining town. The same can be said for the Grand Imperial Hotel, another historic Durango property. Yep, not much has changed since back in the day.

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Where to Stay in Durango, Colorado

Near the Colorado-New Mexico border, Durango offers family-friendly adventure in spades. The more intrepid travelers in your family can take to the ski slopes and mountain passes, while the more low-key can enjoy museums, a charming downtown and the historic narrow gauge railroad. Whatever you plan to do during your Durango, Colorado, trip, though, you’ll need a place to stay. Luckily, the town offers a variety of accommodation options, so you can pick your perfect fit.

A very grand staple on the Durango travel scene since 1883, this hotel takes you back in time with its historic luxury. Recently restored, the property features a range of guest rooms to choose from, right in town, along with its own restaurant and salon, emporium and depot, and a coffee shop. Despite the hotel’s grandeur, though, it still feels intimate and quaint, with fewer than 40 guest rooms in total. It’s definitely a stay you won’t soon forget!

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