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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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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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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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Historic Downtown Durango
Historic Downtown Durango
Owner description: Many of the original buildings constructed and used by the area's pioneers can be found in this interesting and charming section of town that includes the grand Strater Hotel... more Owner description: Many of the original buildings constructed and used by the area's pioneers can be found in this interesting and charming section of town that includes the grand Strater Hotel, built in 1887 and still in operation today. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Animas River Trail
Animas River Trail
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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Animas River
Animas River
Attraction type: Bodies of Water

All places to eat » Places to eat

Michel's Corner Crepes
Michel's Corner Crepes
Ranked #1 of 183 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $9 - $11
Cuisines: French
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Ken & Sue's
Ken & Sue's
Ranked #2 of 183 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $15 - $22
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fired Up Pizzeria
Fired Up Pizzeria
Ranked #3 of 183 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $6 - $17
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Diamond Belle Saloon
Diamond Belle Saloon
Ranked #4 of 183 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Carver Brewing Co.
Carver Brewing Co.
Ranked #5 of 183 Restaurants in Durango
Price: $6 - $19
Cuisines: American, Bar, Southwestern, Pub, Gluten Free
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Country Sunshine Bed and Breakfast
Country Sunshine Bed and Breakfast
$100 - $175
Ranked #3 of 12 Durango B&B and Inns
Hampton Inn Durango
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Durango
$118 - $236
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Durango
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Quality Inn Durango
2.5 of 5
Quality Inn Durango
$99 - $206
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Durango
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast
4.0 of 5
Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast
$178 - $337
Ranked #1 of 12 Durango B&B and Inns
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O-Bar-O Cabins
O-Bar-O Cabins
$159 - $289
Ranked #2 of 12 Durango B&B and Inns
Homewood Suites by Hilton Durango
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Durango
$178 - $281
Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels in Durango
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Purgatory Lodge at Purgatory Resort
4.0 of 5
Purgatory Lodge at Purgatory Resort
$104 - $427
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