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Durango

Durango serves as a base for visitors to southwestern Colorado and the beautiful San Juan Mountains, one of our favorite parts of the state. Durango retains a lot of Victorian architecture and an Old West feel. You can see some old-fashioned entertainment at the Diamond Circle Melodrama, which stages live shows June-September. Lots of adventure sports take place in the surrounding mountains, including white-water rafting and mountain biking.

Introduction

Durango is a mid-sized town in southwest Colorado located at the foot of the scenic San Juan Mountains. Near the crossroads of the major state highways serving the Four Corners area, Durango has become a popular base for exploring the San Juans, as well as the desert country to the south and west. Durango offers plenty of services for visitors including guides and equipment rental agencies. Durango’s historic downtown is filled with buildings dating from the 1800’s, when it served as a base for mining operations in Silverton. A ride on the historic Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of the most popular and beautiful trips in the west. A number of southwestern art galleries add some man-made beauty to the natural splendor of the surrounding countryside.

The town of Durango is located about 160 miles south of Grand Junction in southwestern Colorado.

Attractions

Garden of the Gods
This striking outcropping of red sandstone formations is one of the area’s most famous landmarks. Garden of the Gods is located in the western outskirts of Colorado Springs and is open year-round.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
These 700-year-old structures built by the Ancestral Pueblo people can be fully explored. An adjacent three story museum offers information on the ancient culture and descendants of the builders perform authentic dances during summer months. Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located to the west of Colorado Springs off of US Highway 24 and is open year-round.

Weather

Situated at the base of the San Juan Mountains, with the semi-arid desert of the southwest nearby, Durango in some ways gets the best of both climates. Winters are cold and the town receives over 70 inches of snowfall a year, but most of the time it is sunny and melt-off is rapid. Summers are pleasantly warm, as the temperature almost never reaches the 90’s. Spring and fall are crisp and rainfall is rare; both are excellent times to visit.


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