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

Blue Lake Ranch: Bed & Breakfast Cabins  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Private ranch ideal in Summer and Winter: beautiful views of the Durango's mountain, fish private Blue Lake. Southwest bed and breakfast cabins. Family get-a-way gatherings and Destination Weddings.

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Sky Ute Casino Resort: Southwest Colorado's Entertainment Headquarters  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.

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Pine River Lodge - Overlooking Beautiful Vallecito Lake  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Cabins and vacation homes with kitchens near Pine River overlooking Vallecito Lake. Year around family fun - indoor pool! Play in the beautiful San Juan Mountains near Durango and Mesa Verde National Park.

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


Rimrock Outfitters - An Authentic Cowboy Experience  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guided horseback rides near Mancos, Colorado, near Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. Your family's authentic cowboy experience, Rimrock Outfitters the best vacation adventure in the country!

Horseback Riding 


Tonto Trails: Expedition Vehicle Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Rent a 4X4 sportsmobile or four-wheel drive pop-up truck camper for your self drive, multi-day expedition. Tonto Trails offers meticulously rentals prepared for backcountry vacation starting from Durango CO.

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles RV Services, Sales and Information 



Featured Durango Businesses

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

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Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Contemporary rooms, gourmet breakfasts, beautiful creek-side setting minutes from downtown. Antlers is rated Durango #1 Bed and Breakfast by TripAdvisor! Romance Packages. A smoke free property!

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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: woodsy, relaxing, uncrowded, playground, volleyball, camp firepit and WI-FI.

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Blue Lake Ranch: Bed & Breakfast Cabins  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Private ranch ideal in Summer and Winter: beautiful views of the Durango's mountain, fish private Blue Lake. Southwest bed and breakfast cabins. Family get-a-way gatherings and Destination Weddings.

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Cherry Creek Mountain Ranch  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Playful adventure in the Cherry Creek Valley between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. Your chance to experience ranch life, the cowboy way, with star filled skies, cattle, mountains, dogs welcome.

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Colorado Trails Ranch: A Guest Ranch Experience  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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!

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum  link to Colorado vacation 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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Fireside Cabins on the San Juan River  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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 WI-FI. PRIVATE RIVER FISHING.

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General Palmer Hotel - Old World Charm  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Elegant hotel built in 1898 with old world charm in Durango steps from the train station. AAA has given General Palmer Historic Landmark a 4-Diamond Rating each year since 1975! RAFTING PACKAGES.

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Nugget Cabin -- Pets Welcome  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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
We're about Urban Western! Relax to the sound of the wilderness from your mountain cabin deck. WI-FI. O-Bar-O has a riverside hot tub in a park-setting with 1,400 feet of river fishing. 12 miles NE of Durango.

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Old Hundred™ Gold Mine Tour  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A family excursion in Silverton! See gold, crystals, minerals. Mine Tour: Tram Ride into Galena Mountain, Guided Walk through spacious tunnels a hundred years old. A must day trip from both Durango or Ouray.

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Pine River Lodge - Overlooking Beautiful Vallecito Lake  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Cabins and vacation homes with kitchens near Pine River overlooking Vallecito Lake. Year around family fun - indoor pool! Play in the beautiful San Juan Mountains near Durango and Mesa Verde National Park.

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


Rimrock Outfitters - An Authentic Cowboy Experience  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guided horseback rides near Mancos, Colorado, near Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. Your family's authentic cowboy experience, Rimrock Outfitters the best vacation adventure in the country!

Horseback Riding 


Sky Ute Casino Resort: Southwest Colorado's Entertainment Headquarters  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.

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Tamarron Vacation Rentals  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Tamarron Resort is along the Million Dollar Highway, 15 miles north of downtown Durango; and, 5 miles south of Durango Mountain Ski Resort. Vacation Rentals: Kitchenette lodge rooms and studio lofts.

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Tonto Trails: Expedition Vehicle Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Rent a 4X4 sportsmobile or four-wheel drive pop-up truck camper for your self drive, multi-day expedition. Tonto Trails offers meticulously rentals prepared for backcountry vacation starting from Durango CO.

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles RV Services, Sales and Information 


United Campground of Durango - A Train Enthusiast's Campground  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
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! Jump into our Pool!

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Westerly RV Park  link to Colorado vacation
Open all year! 5 miles north of historic Durango in the Animas River Valley, RV sites are 60X30, 30 & 50 amp hookups. Westerly Park is next to Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs. Lot of trees. Free WI-FI. Relax!

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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Tonto Trails: Expedition Vehicle Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Rent a 4X4 sportsmobile or four-wheel drive pop-up truck camper for your self drive, multi-day expedition. Tonto Trails offers meticulously rentals prepared for backcountry vacation starting from Durango CO.

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles RV Services, Sales and Information 



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-
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 at Durango Mountain Ski Resort

Snowmobiling:
Durango Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Durango Area Map
Vallecito Lake Area Map


 
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