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Durango
Once a frontier mining town, Durango draws thousands of tourists year-round for the myriad outdoor recreational activities and scenic beauty. Mountain bikers, rafters, kayakers, horseback riders, rock climbers, hikers, campers, hunters and fishermen are drawn to the two-million acre San Juan National Forest and to the San Juan mountains, the largest range in the Rockies. But the city's biggest tourist draw is a nine-hour historic train ride in a vintage steam locomotive. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which hauled precious metals in the 1880s, now takes tourists for a 47-mile, open-air journey through mountains and forests and past abandoned mines to historic Silverton and back. Children and... more Once a frontier mining town, Durango draws thousands of tourists year-round for the myriad outdoor recreational activities and scenic beauty. Mountain bikers, rafters, kayakers, horseback riders, rock climbers, hikers, campers, hunters and fishermen are drawn to the two-million acre San Juan National Forest and to the San Juan mountains, the largest range in the Rockies. But the city's biggest tourist draw is a nine-hour historic train ride in a vintage steam locomotive. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which hauled precious metals in the 1880s, now takes tourists for a 47-mile, open-air journey through mountains and forests and past abandoned mines to historic Silverton and back. Children and train buffs will relish the chance to climb into a locomotive and pore over railroad memorabilia at the railroad's museum. Skiers flock to the Durango Mountain Resort in winter, which also offers hiking, fishing, rafting and horseback riding in warmer months. Slow down your pace with a stroll past splendidly restored Victorian buildings in historic Downtown Durango and wind up a very active weekend in a local brewpub or saloon. less

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San Juan National Forest
San Juan National Forest
Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.
Attraction type: Forests; National Parks
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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Owner description: Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old West used over a hundred years... more Owner description: Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old West used over a hundred years ago. The route winds in and out of canyons and past open wilderness affording great views. The price of a ticket also includes admission to the D&SNGRR Museum and the Silverton Freight Yard Museum. less
Attraction type: Scenic Railroads; Specialty Museums
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Animas River
Animas River
Attraction type: Bodies of Water
Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours
Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours
Owner description: Durango Rafting & Adventure Tour company at its Finest! For over 30 years we have been serving up the greatest adventures southwest Colorado can offer. We offer 2 hour and 4 hour... more Owner description: Durango Rafting & Adventure Tour company at its Finest! For over 30 years we have been serving up the greatest adventures southwest Colorado can offer. We offer 2 hour and 4 hour River Raft Trips, Inflatable Kayak Trips on the Animas River and Wilderness expeditions on the Dolores River. We are located in the heart of downtown Durango, Co. Our tours include, Zipline, train packages, jeep rentals, 4x4 tours and Stand Up Paddle Boards. less
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins; Sightseeing Tours; Other Outdoor Activities; River Rafting & Tubing; 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Animas River Trail
Animas River Trail
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Michel's Corner Crepes
Michel's Corner Crepes
Ranked #1 of 170 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $8 - $11
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Ken & Sue's
Ken & Sue's
Ranked #2 of 170 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $15 - $22
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Eolus Bar & Dining
Eolus Bar & Dining
Ranked #3 of 170 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $10 - $45
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Hamburgers, Contemporary
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
81301 Coffee House and Roasters
81301 Coffee House and Roasters
Ranked #4 of 170 Restaurants in Durango
Dining options: Coffee & Tea
Ore House
Ore House
Ranked #5 of 170 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Country Sunshine Bed and Breakfast
Country Sunshine Bed and Breakfast
$100 - $175
Ranked #1 of 15 Durango B&B and Inns
Colorado Trails Ranch
Colorado Trails Ranch
$55 - $78
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Siesta Motel
Siesta Motel
$48 - $165
Ranked #9 of 29 Hotels in Durango

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

O-Bar-O Cabins
O-Bar-O Cabins
$159 - $289
Ranked #2 of 15 Durango B&B and Inns
Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast
4.0 of 5
Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast
$179 - $233
Ranked #3 of 15 Durango B&B and Inns
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Gable House Bed and Breakfast
Gable House Bed and Breakfast
$140 - $350
Ranked #4 of 15 Durango B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Purgatory Lodge at Durango Mountain Resort
4.0 of 5
Purgatory Lodge at Durango Mountain Resort
$93 - $424
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Durango
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