The Colorado Vacation Directory

Durango - Southwest Colorado

Includes Bayfield, Hesperus, Ignacio, Lemon, Vallecito Lake

A city created by the railroad, Durango retains a "Frontier West" feeling; yet it is the home of Fort Lewis College and Durango Mountain Resort. Surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and set amidst reddish, sandstone bluffs, this town bustles with activity and adventure. Year round outdoor activities include mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and downhill skiing in the two-million acres of the San Juan National Forest.

Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad, Colorado
Take a Ride on the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Aerial view of Vallecito Lake in Durango, Colorado
Vallecito Lake is one of Colorado's largest recreational lakes and is a 30 minute drive from Durango
 

Take a walk through living history on Main Street, Durango's National Register Historic District, with gift shops, saloons and ice cream shops there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The famous Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is the country's only coal-and-steam-powered train operating daily with round trips to Silverton; chugging along sheer cliffs, criss-crossing the Animas River on its' 45 mile trip. The Animas River, "river of lost souls," has exciting whitewater rafting during spring run-off and settles down in the summer for family jaunts. Rent a bike for a day and discover why this area is so popular with mountain bikers.

Family in railroad car near Animas River, Colorado
Enjoy the Beauty of the Animas River from a Box Car
The Durango and Silverton Railroad, Colorado
Experience the Thrill of a Steam Powered Engine
 

Vallecito Lake near Bayfield is a beautiful mountain lake; 23 miles northeast of Durango. Enjoy a quiet, intimate visit to a secluded mountain valley, home to one of Colorado's largest lakes at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Surrounding the lake are a variety of accommodations and recreation opportunities. Cabins, dude and guest ranches, motel units, RV parks and campgrounds, are available along with marinas, stables, restaurants, stores and gift shops. Boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing are all part of the allure of this year round outdoor mecca.

Just west of Vallecito Lake is the smaller Lemon (Reservoir) Lake. Only the east side of the lake is accessible by County Road 243. Fishing is good as it is stocked with trout and Kokanee salmon. Lemon Lake is also a fun place to boat, sail and wind surf.

Hesperus is a tiny community outside Durango; its "ski hill" is lit for night skiing and there's a tubing hill for kids. Believe it or not the "ski-hill" has a snack bar and warming hut. There is great hunting here in the fall.

Located in southwestern Colorado, Ignacio, is within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The Sky Ute Casino is the main attraction and features gaming halls, a bowling alley and new Cultural Center and Museum. Lake Capote is the reservation's top trout-fishing destination.

Durango Play Park is a Whitewater Park/Kayak Course located right in Durango on the Animas River. Starting at the Santa Rita Park and ending just behind Four Corners River Sports, this Park consists of multiple holes and waves that change with water flows. Some of the unique sections include the Smelter Wave/Hole, Corner Pocket, the Santa Rita hole, and the Big Kahuna wave.

25 miles north of Durango is Durango Mountain Resort (FKA Purgatory), which offers the unpretentious skiing of the southwest. Also nearby is Wolf Creek Ski Area for even more downhill skiing.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Durango - La Plata County Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Durango is near: Mesa Verde Area, Navajo Lake, Pagosa Springs Area, Silverton & Farmington, NM

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Premium Durango Businesses

Outdoorsy  Web page link icon New Colorado business icon
Outdoorsy.com is the world’s largest, most trusted peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace. Rent the perfect RV or Trailer for your next adventure: Grand Junction, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Durango.

RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 


Sky Ute Casino Resort: Southwest Colorado's Entertainment Headquarters  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Relax in Southwest Colorado! Resort hotel and RV camp: your entertainment headquarters 20 miles from Durango. Sky Ute offers: Vegas style casino, indoor pool, lazy river, spa, dining, bowling, mini-golf.

motels RV Parks and Resorts Attractions More fun things to do 


Pine River Lodge - Overlooking Beautiful Vallecito Lake  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Year around family fun: lodge with indoor pool! In the beautiful San Juan Mountains near Durango, Mesa Verde National Park. By Pine River overlooking Vallecito Lake, cabins and vacation homes with kitchens.

cabins vacation homes Lodging by water Pool on site Scenic Byways Fishing Hunting 


Tonto Trails: Expedition Vehicle Rentals  Web page link icon
Rent: 4X4 Sportsmobile or Tiger Camper for your self drive, multi-day expedition. Tonto Trails offers meticulously rentals prepared for backcountry vacations starting in Durango CO. Explore Your Way!

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 



Featured Durango Businesses

5 Branches Camper Park & Cabins  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Campers come play and relax in our mountain wilderness! 25 miles NE of Durango. Vallecito Lake cabins on the east shore: lake and river fishing. 5 Branches Park has full hookup sites and tenting area.

cabins Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Fishing 


Alpen Rose RV Resort -- Your Southwest Colorado Base Camp  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Highest rated Durango RV Resort: GoodSam Park 9.10.9. Pets OK. Alpen Rose is a family destination in Southwest Colorado. Your Base Camp has a stocked trout pond, outdoor heated pool, arcade, lounge.

RV Parks and Resorts Family Friendly Pets Welcome Pool on site 


Antlers on the Creek Bed and Breakfast  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Antlers is a smoke-free Bed and Breakfast! Contemporary rooms, gourmet breakfasts, on LIghtner Creek minutes to downtown. Romance Packages. Rated Durango #1 Bed and Breakfast by TripAdvisor!

bed and breakfast Romance 


Bear Paw Lodge Cabins & Vacation Homes  Web page link icon
Near Vallecito Lake, northeast of Durango with mountain cabins and modern vacation homes. Bear Paw Lodge, a family destination: woodsy, relaxing, uncrowded, playground, volleyball, camp firepit and WI-FI.

cabins vacation homes Family Friendly 


Colorado Trails Ranch: A Guest Ranch Experience  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Family fun abounds at our Ranch tucked in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, north of Durango. Our guests experience: western trail rides, the best fly-fishing in the Nation, youth programs, yummy food!

cabins Family Friendly Pool on site Fishing Horseback Riding More fun things to do 


Durango's Tamarron Vacation Rentals  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Tamarron Resort is along the Million Dollar Highway, 15 miles north of downtown Durango; and, 5 miles south of Purgatory Ski Resort. Vacation Rentals: Kitchenette lodge rooms and studio lofts. Ski Shuttle!

lodges suites & condos Pool on site Scenic Byways Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles Golfing Winter Lodging 


Fireside Cabins on the San Juan River  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Cabins east of Pagosa Springs on 10 acres along the San Juan River, near Wolf Creek skiing. Fireside Cabins have 1 or 2 bedrooms with kitchens, fireplaces, grills. Free WiFi. PRIVATE RIVER FISHING.

cabins motels Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Pets Welcome Lodging by water Guest Horses Groups and Reunions Fishing Hot Springs Hunting Winter Lodging Downhill Skiing 


Healing Waters Resort and Spa  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Soak in Pagosa Springs! Friendly resort lodging: motel rooms, suites, park-cabins. Free access to our healing waters hot springs swimming pool, outdoor soaking tub, spa mineral baths during your stay.

cabins motels Pool on site Hot Springs 


O-Bar-O Cabins Along the Florida River  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Urban Amenities! Western Style! Relax to the sound of our mountain wilderness from your cabin deck. O-Bar-O has a riverside hot tub in a park-setting. 1,400 feet of river fishing. 12 miles from Durango. WI-FI.

cabins Pets Welcome Lodging by water Fishing Winter Lodging 


Old Hundred™ Gold Mine Tour  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
A family excursion in Silverton! Gold Mine Tour: Tram Ride into Galena Mountain, Guided walk through tunnels of a hundred years old mine. See gold, crystals, minerals. Must day trip from Durango or Ouray.

Attractions 


Outdoorsy  Web page link icon New Colorado business icon
Outdoorsy.com is the world’s largest, most trusted peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace. Rent the perfect RV or Trailer for your next adventure: Grand Junction, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Durango.

RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 


Pine River Lodge - Overlooking Beautiful Vallecito Lake  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Year around family fun: lodge with indoor pool! In the beautiful San Juan Mountains near Durango, Mesa Verde National Park. By Pine River overlooking Vallecito Lake, cabins and vacation homes with kitchens.

cabins vacation homes Lodging by water Pool on site Scenic Byways Fishing Hunting 


Sky Ute Casino Resort: Southwest Colorado's Entertainment Headquarters  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Relax in Southwest Colorado! Resort hotel and RV camp: your entertainment headquarters 20 miles from Durango. Sky Ute offers: Vegas style casino, indoor pool, lazy river, spa, dining, bowling, mini-golf.

motels RV Parks and Resorts Attractions More fun things to do 


Tonto Trails: Expedition Vehicle Rentals  Web page link icon
Rent: 4X4 Sportsmobile or Tiger Camper for your self drive, multi-day expedition. Tonto Trails offers meticulously rentals prepared for backcountry vacations starting in Durango CO. Explore Your Way!

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 


United Campground of Durango - A Train Enthusiast's Campground  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Jump into our Pool! Deluxe camping and recreation at moderate rates on the north edge of Durango, served by a trolley to town. Ride the famous Narrow Gauge Railroad, it runs thru United Campground!

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Pool on site Fishing 


Westerly RV Park  Web page link icon
Open all year! 5 miles north of historic Durango. RV sites: 60X30, 30 and 50 amp hookups. Westerly Park is next to Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs in the Animas River Valley, lot of trees. Free WiFi.

RV Parks and Resorts Hot Springs 



RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Outdoorsy  Web page link icon New Colorado business icon
Outdoorsy.com is the world’s largest, most trusted peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace. Rent the perfect RV or Trailer for your next adventure: Grand Junction, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Durango.

RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 


Tonto Trails: Expedition Vehicle Rentals  Web page link icon
Rent: 4X4 Sportsmobile or Tiger Camper for your self drive, multi-day expedition. Tonto Trails offers meticulously rentals prepared for backcountry vacations starting in Durango CO. Explore Your Way!

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles RV Services, Sales, Rentals and Information 



For more travel information contact:

Durango Activities & Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Chimney Rock National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic Byways:
San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Tracks Across Borders Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Seasonal Attractions:
Music in the Mountains

Hiking Trails:
The Colorado Trail

Rafting & Kayaking:
Piedra River Rafting & Kayaking -UPDATED-

Jeep & 4WD:
Durango Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Hot Springs:
Durango Hot Springs

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Purgatory Ski Resort

Snowmobiling:
Durango Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Durango Area Map
Vallecito Lake Area Map


 
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