Founded by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1880, Durango was once a young city surrounded by silver mining towns and the wild, wild West. Today it is a carefully preserved National Historic Landmark and has been the backdrop for films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, City Slickers and Cliffhangers.
Although the railway still passes through town, the mining towns it was built to serve have long since been abandoned. You can, however, take a vintage steam train along the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a spectacular old mining route through the Animas Valley to Silverton, which offers passengers wonderful views of lush aspen forests and rocky outcrops at any time of the year.
Main Street is littered with independent boutique shops which are well worth a look, as well as great restaurants such as Seasons, serving locally produced food and the best in local brews. For a taste of the wild west step into the Office bar at the Strater Hotel where even the waitresses pay homage to the somewhat idealized wild west past, serving local beers in full old west costumes. Hiking, biking, rafting and even zip-lining are all popular sports in this area.
Suggested itinerary featuring Durango
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Durango, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Durango
- Mesa Verde National Park 33 miles away
- Telluride 46 miles away
- Alamosa 112 miles away
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park 124 miles away
- Moab 128 miles away
- Grand Junction 129 miles away
- Canyonlands National Park 132 miles away
- Arches National Park 136 miles away
- Kayenta, Monument Valley 137 miles away
- Aspen 145 miles away
- Santa Fe 155 miles away
- Albuquerque 167 miles away
- Vail 183 miles away
- Colorado 186 miles away
- Colorado Springs 199 miles away
- Page 199 miles away
- Torrey 207 miles away
- Winslow 222 miles away
- New Mexico 225 miles away
- Denver 232 miles away
- Bryce Canyon National Park 238 miles away
- Utah 238 miles away
- Grand Canyon National Park 244 miles away
- Estes Park 250 miles away
- Flagstaff 255 miles away
- Sedona 274 miles away
- Zion National Park 281 miles away
- Arizona 295 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Durango
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Durango. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
An historic landmark hotel dating back to 1887, The Strater is one of the best-known features of this delightful Western town, mixing period elegance with Old West charm.