Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Also, within an hour’s drive are Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, the Aztec Ruins, Chimney Rock, and Crow’s Canyon Archaeological Center.
This historic train has been in continuous operation for 126 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line.
Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
The Animas River runs through town and boasts Colorado's newest and best section of Gold Medal Waters. Another amazing location for fishing, Vallecito Lake lies in a steep and pristine valley northeast of Durango. And that's not all, the San Juan, Piedra, and Dolores Rivers are all located within a short drive from Durango and boast some of the best fishing in Colorado and the US.
It's the kind of town you daydream about. It's a town where you'll find that the people are genuine, authentic, friendly, high energy, and down to earth. It's a town with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries. Downtown Durango is a Nationally Registered Historic District, home to historic boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants, acclaimed art galleries, eclectic shopping, and uniquely Durango events.
Durango is southwest Colorado's largest town, with a population of approximately 15,000, (45,000 in La Plata County). Those who live here choose to live here, and understand the meaning and importance of quality of life. Thus, the community reflects the energy, contrast, and diversity of the surrounding geography.
Take a tour or rent your own!
The Durango area boasts literally thousands of miles of incredible hiking and biking trails. Below is a list of some of the more popular hiking trails.
For additional information on hiking trails and for trail maps visit:
San Juan National Forest Office
San Juan Mountains Association - Stewardship for public lands in Southwest Colorado
Trails 2000 - Trail work and trails advocacy group based in Durango
Colorado Hikers Guide - A great website on detailed hiking information in Southwest Colorado
You may also stop by the Visitor Center at Santa Rita Park for local's recommendations and trail maps.
For those that seek rivers: rafters, kayakers, paddlers, tubers, explorers, waders, and kids of all ages, look no further. The Animas River runs right through Durango, and boasts waters ranging from Class V rapids (expert boaters only) on the Upper Animas to a playful Class I (novice, all abilities) above Durango.
Visitors can enjoy a half-day or full-day guided raft trip, take on the river solo in a kayak or canoe, or simply wade along its sandy and rocky banks with the family dog and watch the boaters float by. Local rafting companies, guides, and outfitters will help you pull together everything you need to spend an unforgettable day on the river. Raft it, boat it, or float it, but don't leave Durango without experiencing it on the river.
Enjoy scenic chairlift rides, mountain biking, a rock climbing wall, and an alpine slide at Durango’s local ski area. Stunning views overlook the craggy peaks of the San Juan mountains.
Visit Durango’s local hot springs pool just north of town at Trimble Hot Springs and Spa or travel to nearby Pagosa Springs to experience the famed Pagosa Hot Springs and Spa.
Area Golf Courses
Hillcrest Golf Club Located in Durango, near Fort Lewis College. 1 hour from ranch.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club Located north of Durango in the Animas River Valley. 1 hour from ranch.
The Glacier Club Located 20 minutes north of Durango on Hwy 550. 1.5 hours from ranch.