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.

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Aerial view of Vallecito Lake, Durango, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Vallecito Lake is one of Colorado's largest recreational lakes and is a 30 minute drive from Durango, CO

 

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.

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

Sky Ute Casino Resort  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Relax in luxury at the hotel offering a Las Vegas style casino; or bring your RV and camp under the Stars. 20 miles southeast of Durango. Amenities: indoor pool, lazy river, day spa, casino, dining, bowling.

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Relive history on board the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with year-round scenic train trips through the San Juan mountains. 'A Top 10 Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World!'

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Mountain Waters Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Having Fun in Durango since 1981! Family and Adventure Raft Trips plus Packages with: 4x4 Tours, Zip Line Tours, Durango/Silverton Train Tickets, Rock Climbing, and Animas River Trail Bicycle Rentals.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting More fun things to do 


Pine River Lodge  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Where guests become friends. Cabins and vacation homes with kitchens. Our indoor pool is open year around for family fun! Overlooking beautiful Vallecito Lake, in San Juan Mountains near Durango.

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Tarpley RV Sales, Service & Supplies  link to Colorado vacation
We service ALL BRANDS and types of RVs. Sales: new or used. Tarpley's is 45 miles from Farmington. In Durango across from Wal-Mart on Highways 160 & 550 with a stop-light and easy circle driveway.

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Featured Durango Businesses

#1 Cabin in La Plata County  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
The ultimate luxury river destination. A vacation rental cabin nestled in the beautiful mountains, 15 miles from Durango. Relax in the heart of La Plata Canyon. Eco-Friendly - off the grid with a solar system!

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5 Branches Camper Park & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Camper's come play and relax! 25 miles NE of Durango. Cabins on Vallecito Lake's east shore with lake & river fishing. 5 Branches Park has full hookup sites and tenting area in a mountain wilderness setting.

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

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Blue Lake Ranch  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Ideal in Summer and Winter for private get-a-ways, family gathering, and destination weddings. Beautiful views of the Durango's mountain with event specialist, private fishing lake, and Southwest breakfast.

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Colorado Trails Ranch  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Family fun abounds at the Ranch located in the Colorado's San Juan mountains just north of Durango with comprehensive children's program, western trail rides, and the best fly-fishing in the Nation.

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Doc's Marina at Vallecito Lake  link to Colorado vacation
Full Service Marina -- Open from Ice to Ice: A plethora of boats to get out on Vallecito Lake near Durango CO, from the catch aboard 'Pike Slayer' to carving your way behind a ski boat, you will feel the THRILL!

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Relive history on board the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with year-round scenic train trips through the San Juan mountains. 'A Top 10 Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World!'

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Durango KOA  link to Colorado vacation
Close, Convenient, Fun for the whole family: heated pool, mini golf, dog park, pancake breakfast, pizza delivered to your site. 7 miles from downtown and Durango & Narrow Gauge Train Depot. WI-FI is free.

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Fireside Cabins on the San Juan River  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A mile east of Pagosa Springs. Cozy modern cabins: 1 & 2 bedrooms, kitchens and western mountain flair on 10 acres along the San Juan River. Horses welcome FREE. Free WI-FI. Hot tub. Dogs ($).

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Full Blast Adventure Center  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Durango's Premier ZIP LINE Canopy Tours above the ponderosa pines for the thrill-seeker, nature lover and families. Get ready for an adventure . . . You're gonna have a BLAST! Night Flights start at sunset.

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General Palmer Hotel  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
An elegant Hotel, built in 1898, in downtown Durango only steps from the train station. AAA has given this Historic Landmark a 4-Diamond Rating each year since 1975! ASK ABOUT OUR RAFTING PACKAGES.

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Iron Horse Inn - Durango  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Durango's only bi-level suites -- more room to relax along the Animas River. Iron Horse Inn's outdoor swimming pool is open Memorial - Labor Day. All rooms have microwave, mini-fridge, and fireplace.

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Mountain High Ranchette  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
A mini ranch vacation between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park on Red Mesa near Hesperus. 2-story Agritourism home: 4-bedrooms, equipped kitchen, fireplace, guest horse corral, smoking area.

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Mountain Waters Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Having Fun in Durango since 1981! Family and Adventure Raft Trips plus Packages with: 4x4 Tours, Zip Line Tours, Durango/Silverton Train Tickets, Rock Climbing, and Animas River Trail Bicycle Rentals.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting More fun things to do 


Music in the Mountains  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
The 27th Festival of orchestra, chamber music & conservatory performances of classical and world music. Gregory Hustis, Guillermo Figueroa and Arkady Fomin bring musicians together in Durango, CO.

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Needles Townhomes, The  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Family vacation destination. A TOWNHOME RESORT: North of Durango, in the shadow of the San Juan Mountains at the base of Hermosa Cliffs. Needles is 2 miles from Durango Mountain Resort Ski Area.

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Nugget Cabin, The  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
What makes this Nugget 14 karat gold: log cabin, 1/2 mile from Purgatory Ski Area, on a private lot, wood burning stove, outdoor hot tub, close to mountain restaurants, and pets are allowed near Durango, CO.

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O-Bar-O Cabins  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Relaxing is what we're all about! Listen to the sound of the river your cabin deck. 1,400' of river front in a beautiful park-like setting, just 12 miles NE of Durango. Riverside hot tub. River fishing. WI-FI.

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Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
The perfect family excursion in Silverton! See crystals and minerals. Mine tour includes: a Tram Ride into Galena Mountain and a Guided Walk through spacious tunnels. A day trip from both Durango and Ouray.

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Pine River Lodge  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Where guests become friends. Cabins and vacation homes with kitchens. Our indoor pool is open year around for family fun! Overlooking beautiful Vallecito Lake, in San Juan Mountains near Durango.

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Sky Ute Casino Resort  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Relax in luxury at the hotel offering a Las Vegas style casino; or bring your RV and camp under the Stars. 20 miles southeast of Durango. Amenities: indoor pool, lazy river, day spa, casino, dining, bowling.

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Tamarron Vacation Rentals  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
The best of both worlds -- 20 minutes north of downtown Durango; and, 10 minutes south of Durango Mountain Ski Resort along the Million Dollar Highway. Kitchenettes in the lodge rooms and studio lofts.

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Tarpley RV Sales, Service & Supplies  link to Colorado vacation
We service ALL BRANDS and types of RVs. Sales: new or used. Tarpley's is 45 miles from Farmington. In Durango across from Wal-Mart on Highways 160 & 550 with a stop-light and easy circle driveway.

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Trimble Day Spa and Natural Hot Springs  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Durango, Colorado's only natural hot springs pool and day spa. An outdoor pool, 2 therapy pools, spa treatments and message; certified therapists. Soak at Trimble after hiking, biking, skiing, or shopping.

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Westerly RV Park  link to Colorado vacation
This RV Park is 5 miles north of historic Durango in the beautiful Animas River Valley with 60X30 sites, 30 & 50 amp hookups, lot of trees and FREE WI-FI. Next to Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs - relax!

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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Tarpley RV Sales, Service & Supplies  link to Colorado vacation
We service ALL BRANDS and types of RVs. Sales: new or used. Tarpley's is 45 miles from Farmington. In Durango across from Wal-Mart on Highways 160 & 550 with a stop-light and easy circle driveway.

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For more travel information contact:

Durango Activities and Maps

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

Scenic Byways:
San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Seasonal Attractions:
Music in the Mountains

Hiking Trails:
The Colorado Trail

Rafting & Kayaking:
Piedra River Rafting

Jeep & 4WD:
Durango Jeeping & ATV Trails

Hot Springs:
Durango Hot Springs

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Durango Mountain Ski Resort

Snowmobiling:
Durango Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Durango Area Map
Vallecito Lake Area Map


 
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