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Durango is located in the mountainous southwest region of Colorado at an elevation of 6,500 feet. This town of 46,000 residents was incorporated in 1881 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to serve the San Juan mining district, and it quickly grew as the railroad offered jobs and business opportunities. Today Durango draws big city dwellers that are looking for a small town atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting. The name "Durango" means, "water town," and it was so named because the scenic Animas River flows right through the community. The town has three prominent historic districts - Main Avenue Historic District, East Third Avenue Historic Residential District and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad right-of-way between Durango and Silverton. Nearby Mesa Verde National Park and Vallecito Lake offer myriad recreational opportunities like boating, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, backpacking and skiing, and you can fish in the Animas or play golf on one of the many golf courses in the area. Durango is probably most well known, however, for the Durango & Silverton Railroad, on which you can take a ride back in time behind a historic steam powered locomotive. The train winds through 46 miles of the San Juan National Forest to the old mining town of Silverton, which is a National Historic Landmark. Historic downtown Durango is an attraction in itself with its' old storefronts, art galleries, museums, award winning restaurants and cafes.

Surrounding areas: Ignacio, Colorado (17.5 mi), Rico, Colorado (30.0 mi), Mesa Verde, Colorado (31.5 mi), Navajo Lake, Colorado (33.8 mi), Vallecito Lake, Colorado (34.8 mi), Dolores, Colorado (36.9 mi), Silverton, Colorado (38.9 mi)

Durango Vacation Rentals

Durango Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Lodge At Purgatory49617 Hwy 550Durango, CO (970) 247-9669
Best Western Mountain Shadows3255 Main AveDurango, CO (970) 247-5200
Best Western Rio Grande Inn400 E Second AveDurango, CO (970) 385-4980
Comfort Inn2930 Main AveDurango, CO (970) 259-5373
Days Inn Durango1700 County Rd 203Durango, CO (970) 259-1430
Doubletree Hotel Durango501 Camino Del RioDurango, CO (970) 259-6580
Durango Super 8 Motel20 Stewart StDurango, CO (970) 259-0590
Hampton Inn - Durango3777 Main AveDurango, CO (970) 247-2600
Hawthorn Suites LTD401 E 2ND AveDurango, CO (970) 385-4985
Holiday Inn Durango800 Camino Del RioDurango, CO (970) 247-5393
Needles Townhome Community46850 U S Hwy 550Durango, CO (970) 259-5960
Purgatory Village Hotel5 Skier PLDurango, CO (800) 693-0175
Quality Inn & Suites455 S Camino Del RioDurango, CO (970) 259-7900
Ramada Limited - Durango3030 Main AveDurango, CO (970) 259-1333
Residence Inn By Marriott21691 U S Hwy 160 WDurango, CO (970) 259-6200
Sheraton Tamarron Resort40292 Hwy 550Durango, CO (970) 259-2000
The New Rochester Hotel726 E 2ND AveDurango, CO (970) 385-1920
Country West Inn40700 Hwy 160Mancos, CO23.0 mi.(970) 533-7073
Echo Basin Dude Ranch And Resort43747 County Rd MMancos, CO23.0 mi.(602) 997-7137
Bed & Breakfast
The Leland House Bed & Breakfast721 E 2ND AveDurango, CO (970) 385-1920

Durango Weather & Climate

The extreme southwest corner of the state has a moderate, four-season climate. Weather variations occur depending on elevation, and this area ranges from 14,000-foot mountain peaks to desert valley floors and alpine forests. Most of this region enjoys mild temperatures and 300 days of sunshine year-round. The region averages 71 inches of snow, but accumulations don't last long. Spring gradually warms up and showers are common. Summer temperatures seldom climb above the upper 80's and humidity levels are comfortable. Occasionally, flooding is a problem with the rivers and reservoirs being fed by melting snow in the mountains. Autumn is dry and cool, creating wonderful fall colors.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 12°F 1.65 in. -
February 46°F 17°F 1.44 in. -
March 54°F 23°F 1.71 in. -
April 62°F 29°F 1.30 in. -
May 71°F 36°F 1.17 in. -
June 81°F 43°F 0.61 in. -
July 85°F 50°F 1.64 in. -
August 83°F 49°F 2.58 in. -
September 76°F 41°F 1.94 in. -
October 65°F 31°F 2.10 in. -
November 50°F 21°F 1.82 in. -
December 41°F 13°F 1.37 in. -

Durango Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Durango La Plata County airport (DRO) located about 11 miles southeast of Durango, the Cortez Municipal airport (CEZ) located approximately 41 miles west of Durango in Cortez, Colorado, Stevens Field (2V1) located roughly 45 miles east of Durango in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and finally the Jicarilla Apache Nation airport (24N) located around 63 miles southeast of Durango in Dulce, New Mexico.

Durango Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Family FunlandFarmingtonNM42.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Dalton Ranch & Golf ClubDurangoCO 
Hillcrest Golf ClubDurangoCO 
Ski Areas
TellurideTellurideCO45.9 mi.
State Parks
Navajo Lake State ParkNM34.5 mi. 
Fred Harman Art MuseumPagosa SpringsCO47.9 mi.(Art)

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