Historic Downtown Durango
Historic Downtown Durango
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Thanks for visiting!
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  • SandyEva71
    Utah37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect weekend getaway.
    We rented a cabin outside of town but spent many hours exploring downtown. There were tons of cute shops and some AMAZING restaurants. We went multiple times and always found something new.
    Thank you for visiting and for the review!
    Written June 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2023
  • David L
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can't Wait to Return!
    What a FUN neighborhood in a great little city. I wish we had more time to enjoy ALL of it. We had a great pizza, a lovely stroll, and then some DELICIOUS ice cream. We also heard a 3 piece string ensemble out in front of the mall. They were very good. The next day we were back renting E-bikes and riding all along the river. I hope we can return soon!
    Thank you for visiting!
    Written August 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Sandy W
    Phoenix, Arizona416 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just drove through, hotels very expensive.
    We just did a drive through of this area as it was late on a Friday afternoon. We would have liked to stay over here, but the hotel rates are very high indeed. Also, we did not realise that the next day Saturday, it was the Annual Cowboy festival. We would have loved to see that. It is an interesting little place, with many restaurants and bars, touristy shops etc.
    That weekend is a very popular one in Durango with the Cowboy Gathering. Hotels fill up and thus the prices increase as the supply dwindles. There are about 60 hotels in the Durango area, so there are options at all price levels.
    Written January 25, 2024
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    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • chemie71
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania421 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint historic downtown
    My husband and I really enjoyed Durango. Walkable Main Street with lots of research and shops. It was nice to take your time and enjoy the town. Definitely take a stroll and enjoy your time in Durango.
    Thank you for visiting!
    Written January 25, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Jorg R
    Rio Rancho, New Mexico41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sadly the Christmas spirit was missing this year
    We are frequent visitors to Durango. We usually love this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year at Thanksgiving the streets were decorated with a multitude of Christmas decorations on the street lights, string across the street and in just about every store. In addition horse drawn carriages were in main street. Unfortunately all that was missing this year. Mother nature played her part with about 7 to 8 inches of snow the day after Thanksgiving but historic Durango was completely void of any Christmas spirit. No lights, no Christmas wreaths, no horse draw carriages - nothing. In that regard it was a very disappointing experience. Just for that reason we may decide to take our pre-christmas trip to another mountain community where the Christmas spirit is still on full display. I can only hope that Durango will bring back all the wonderful Christmas decorations that make it so wonderful to stroll on main street under the Christmas lights in the evening.
    My organization puts on a kick off the holidays event called Singing with Santa. We lit our Community Christmas Tree that evening which had 1,500 lights in it! Wreaths were put out by the City of Durango on every light pole in Downtown. Every tree along Main Ave in Downtown had it's trunk wrapped with lights. And many stores had their Christmas decorations up. You are right about not having the horse drawn carriage but that was the only thing missing from past years.
    Written January 25, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
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LJandNC
Windsor Heights, IA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • 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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tank1050
Wescosville, PA4,460 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The historic downtown area of Durango is a rather nice area from the rr tracks to 3rd and the station to 15th and the river, Within this area you find brew pubs, hotels, lots of food places, a great variety of stores and of course the Durango RR, station and museum. It is great to explore, but parking can prove challenging. We rode the train in the morning and explored the town in the afternoon, all the while we parked at the railroad parking lot.
Written January 22, 2020
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Thanks for visiting and for the review. If you are riding the Train, definitely park at their parking lot, I think it is only $8 for the whole day. There is plenty of other parking, but you do have to pay the meters. Most meters are for 3 hours, so not enough time if you are riding the Train. There are 10 hour meters on the edges of Downtown. Find parking tips and tricks at Downtown Durango dot org slash parking
Written February 13, 2020
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motormomma
Claremont, CA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I highly recommend taking a walking tour and also visiting the Durango Silverton Railway Museum. I spent an enjoyable afternoon walking around and seeing the sites. Don't miss going into the historic hotels to check out their lobby's. They are like a snapshot in time.
Written September 23, 2020
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Thank you for the review!
Written October 4, 2020
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Len L
Westlake, OH218 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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Fko777
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • 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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Southpass_TN
Bakersfield, CA74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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80237travel
Denver, CO1,710 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
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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Vic S
Parker, TX249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Durango is a very welcoming, pleasant town that has had the good sense to provide outside dining in booth-like arrangements in the what would be theusual parking spaces in front of the restaurants. There are several interesting merchandisers with a wide range of goods. The train station/museum is in easy walking distance at the end of town near the main street of restaurants and shops. Just a really nice place to spend an afternoon/evening in the high desert that feels more like a mountain town.
Written September 21, 2021
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Thank you for the nice review!
Written May 13, 2022
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Jamie H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
There were lots of things to do in town! We walked for hours there a couple of the days we were in Durango. There are some shops in the town that are a bit overpriced for what you are buying. Then again you do have to know it is a very big tourist area. The train station is awesome! We went on a ride from there to Silverton and back and I felt very comfortable on the train.
Written August 10, 2021
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Thank you for visiting!
Written August 17, 2021
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dolebludger
Durango, CO180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
One of the things Durango was once famous for was fantastic restaurant/bars you could just walk, into, get a table, and order and enjoy. It won’t be like that this summer because all of our restaurants are badly under staffed so that they can’t seat customers in all empty, tables due to wait staff and kitchen shortages.. They now have empty tables they can’t serve due to labor shortage, that remain vacant. They put you on a wait list, because they lack the staff to serve those empty tables. You are put on a rather long wait list. Most restaurants lack a place to seat you during your wait. And the time of the wait you are given is not aways accurate. And all restaurant prices have risen about 50%+in the past year, too.

Now there are many things to do here in the summer tourist season another enjoying our restaurant/bars.,but if enjoying these is part of your expectation, you might be disappointed. I am sure that this mess will eventually return to normal. But, from what I see in late March, 2023, I sought correction will be evident by the summer tourist season.
But come anyway if you don’t cae]re about restaurants, or if you understand there present shortcomings.
Written March 25, 2023
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Staffing is fine now and will be in the summer too. Certainly all service businesses have struggled with this over the past couple of years, but my own experiences dining out lately have shown me the staffing issues are behind us.
Written March 31, 2023
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