We have lived less than 8 hours from Durango, Colorado for almost two decades, and after visiting this town I can’t believe we didn’t go sooner. Durango is a cool mountain town in Colorado’s southwest corner.
Things to do in Durango Colorado
- Take a ride on the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Explore Downtown Durango
- Walk the Animas River Trail
- Hike or drive the Scenic Campus Loop
- Drive the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway
- Drive the Million Dollar Highway
The Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a popular attraction in Durango. This historic train has been operating since the late 1800’s. Originally used to haul silver and gold, it offers visitors spectacular views. For more information.
Explore Downtown Durango Colorado
Durango has such a nice walkable downtown area with plenty of shops, restaurants and art galleries to visit. You can take a stagecoach ride through the downtown.
All of the historic buildings in Durango contribute to the charm of the city. On 3rd street you can view elegant Victorian style homes. On main street check out the Strater Hotel. It has been a part of this town since 1887, as their website says it is a hotel and a living museum to the town’s past.
The Diamond Belle Saloon is located inside the hotel. For more information
Walk the Animas River Trail
The beautiful Animas River runs through Durango and their is a lovely paved walk that follows the river. There is parking at Schneider Park.
Campus Loop Scenic Drive
If you want the best views of Durango take East 8th street from downtown Durango to Rim road. You can hike the campus loop, however we had our bike so we drove Rim road around the Fort Lewis College. We even saw a few deer on the path.
The San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway
Take a ride on one of the most scenic drives in the country. The San Juan Sykway Scenic Byway is located in south west Colorado. It forms a loop from Durango through Silverton, Ouray, Placerville, Telluride, Rico, Cortez, Marcos and then back to Durango. Not only was this 263-mile scenic loop one of the prettiest drives we have ever taken, it was a lot of fun on a motorcycle.
The Million Dollar Highway
The Million Dollar Highway is part of the San Juan Skyway. It is a six-mile stretch from Silverton to Ouray with million dollar views.
Durango Colorado makes our list of one of our favorite places in the USA. Can’t wait to visit again.