Historic Downtown Durango

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Historic Downtown Durango
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Historic Downtown Durango is the heart of the community. Filled with over 200 unique shops, stores and restaurants, Downtown Durango has something for everyone. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is located in Downtown, and has daily excursions plus a FREE museum. The Strater Hotel is also in Downtown and has been in operation since the 1800's. We have wonderful restaurants, from fast food to fine dining, and everything in between. Plus there are amazing shops with unique items, including nearly a dozen world class art galleries. To learn more about Historic Downtown Durango, visit our website, and use the FREE wifi Downtown at Durango WiFi. Thanks for visiting!
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dolebludger
Durango, CO130 contributions
We are Durango residents for over a decade. Durango is the same place it was three years ago, but service isn’t. In spite of the restaurant “bump outs” on Main, many will have empty seats and still be unable to seat you, due to lack of staff. Many that served breakfast and lunch before now reserve their service to higher priced dinner. And expect restaurant prices to be around 50% higher than they were pre-pandemic. Oh well, at least our prices remain less than those on the Los Vegas Strip! You see, we seem to have a labor shortage here, more severe than in most of the US. And while our restaurant prices have increased more than enough to hire staff, our service is still short staffed. I still recommend a vacation stop in Durango — just know that we are having service problems here, and forgive us. It is now mid May and the restaurants at our famous Strater Hotel still aren’t open seven days a week. Love us and forgive us if you come.

(I expect some sort if a denial response from the Durango BID, but believe me. Durango is not staffed up for a major tourist season, and will not be).
Written May 8, 2022
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I went out to eat for a mothers day lunch the other day with my wife and kids. That is a BUSY day for restaurants. I got on the Steamworks waiting list before arriving, only waited about 10 minutes for a table, and was served a delicious and timely meal. Every business in the US is struggling with labor shortages, Durango is not immune to it. My contacts at local restaurants say that it is much better than last summer but still a concern. Restaurants adjust their days and hours so that they can provide a good experience for guests. My advice, call ahead to confirm operating hours and make a reservation when you can.
Written May 13, 2022
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LJandNC
Windsor Heights, IA3 contributions
Friends
We were helped by visitor staff Lynn with directions to great ice cream. She also assisted us after we failed to see the parking meter behind our car. Following her suggestion ti us the courteous city staffer we spoke with was fair and reasonable with our parking penalty. We had a great lunch and shopping in Durango.

LJ from Iowa
Written June 30, 2021
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Thanks for the review, and for visiting! Lynn is a Downtown Ambassador. Look for them in summer months in their bright, red uniforms, they are very helpful!
Written July 6, 2021
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Greenvilledan
Greenville, TX1,460 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed shopping, walking, and eating our way through downtown. We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton with balcony on the riverside which was no more than a 5 minute walk to downtown, and Albertsons very near and an incredible view of the River. I highly recommend it. The Strader Hotel is where many stay, but the view at the Double Tree of the river is magnificent and relaxing.

There is a fun hiking/biking track next to the river. It is also fun to walk to 4th Street with is wonderful historic homes. We enjoyed eating at Ken & Sally’s, Seasons, and for breakfast/lunch Carlo’s Cafe, a block or two off the Main Street

I jogged anywhere from 6:30-7:30 am and one morning saw 3 beautiful elk in a small park at the end of Main Street.
Written August 14, 2020
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Thank you for visiting Durango!
Written August 17, 2020
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Len L
Westlake, OH173 contributions
During our recent stay in Durango, we found Downtown Durango less historic and more congested with auto and human traffic, jammed mostly with touristy gift shops and expensive (sometimes questionable-looking eateries). No stores with basic people-oriented items.
Not recommended.
Written October 25, 2021
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Sorry you did not have a good visit here. Downtown Durango dot org has an amazing business directory with listings for all the businesses. I am not sure exactly what "basic people-oriented items" means, but i bet we have it in Downtown Durango!
Written May 13, 2022
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I Travel Endlessly
Denver, CO1,084 contributions
Great downtown full of year-round shops, bars and restaurants unlike other mountain towns that only seem to have one season.

If I had one complaint it's the homeless. The number of homeless in parks, sidewalks, alleys, and by the riverwalk was really surprising. Per capita, the number was probably as bad as Denver.
Written April 29, 2022
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dolebludger
Durango, CO130 contributions
Of course, different people enjoy different experiences, but my favorite Downtown Durango experience is visiting the Durango & Silverton railroad museum. To get there enter the train station, walk to the back door, and follow the signs. Admission is free, even if you aren’t riding the train (donations requested and deserved). Inside, there are old steam locos and rail cars, along with antique autos. There are model railroad layouts running, and other models and collectibles. One rail car is used to show short films about railroading. This is a “don’t miss”.
Written August 9, 2022
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Fko777
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Family
Our Ambassador in downtown Durango KEllY is a Life Saver she practically saved our Colorado trip.
Super knowledgable friendly and passionate about her work retained our loyalty to friendly Durango.
We were in our way to Colorado springs and because of Kelly we have prolonged our stay in Durango there's 9 of us in this trip and everyone agrees that we need more people like Kelly in this world.
Thank you for all you do Kelly.
Written July 31, 2021
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How nice! We love Kelly, she is one of the Downtown Ambassadors and is a great addition to our team this year. Thank you for the nice words about her!
Written August 17, 2021
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Stacy S
Saint Augustine Beach, FL38 contributions
I've been to lots of little downtown areas across the country and this one is really unique. Naturally you'll find the typical tourist stores, but there's also a bunch of unique little places and great food. You have to pay to park, yes, but to be honest it's less than every where else I've ever visited so it wasn't a big deal to me. I live in a tourist town in Florida and pay $15 to park every time I go downtown. I always think residents should get a discount cause we pay taxes, but it keeps the city alive, so I pay my share like everyone else. Don't let the parking deter you from visiting here. It's great.
Written January 13, 2020
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Thanks for the review! Parking gets tight in the summer, but there are always spaces available. Downtown Durango dot org slash parking for tips. Thanks for visiting!
Written February 13, 2020
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Southpass_TN
Bakersfield, CA74 contributions
Downtown Durango is a very interesting place. Looks like what all downtowns used to look like...with independent stores, restaurants, cafes, etc. The downtown has parking meters that take both quarters and credit cards...but after 6PM parking is free. The downtown is laid out in a grid pattern, so getting around is easy. It is more than worth the time to spend a couple of days there, and even more if one was planning on outdoor summer activities.
Written November 9, 2021
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Thanks for the review and you nailed it about parking options. ALL parking meters free after 6 pm weeknights and also free all day on weekends. Same with the City parking lots, FREE after 5 pm weeknights and free all day on weekends.
Written May 13, 2022
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,023 contributions
Charming downtown area near the Train Depot has alot to offer as you stroll you the blocks of shoppes and places to eat. We bought many items on our journey and tried to support as many local shoppes and vendors as possible. If you are passing through, definitely walk the downtown area and enjoy the culture.
Written December 4, 2021
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THANK YOU for visiting us!
Written May 13, 2022
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