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Durango Colorado - AVA Destinations

Located in the southwest corner of Colorado at the base of the San Juan Mountains, Durango is the ideal summer destination. Durango is home to many historical sites, including the famous Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, world class whitewater on the Animas River, and the San Juan National Forest.

Durango is home to a full-service regional airport and is easily accessible by car. Several major U.S. and state highways approach the city from every direction, and make up the scenic San Juan Skyway. Durango’s rich Colorado history and endless activities make this the ideal Colorado vacation town!

Summertime in Durango is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy an amazing array of outdoor activities including horseback riding near Vallecito Lake, and sightseeing along southwest

Colorado’s scenic byways! Whitewater rafting on the Animas River offers beginner options that are great for families with children, as well as intense, advanced whitewater that’s perfect for experienced rafters.

Top Durango attractions:

  • White water rafting the Animas River
  • San Juan National Forest
  • Historic Narrow Gauge Railroad rides
  • Mesa Verde National Park (35 miles away from downtown)
  • 1 Hour to Four Corners Monument
  • Vallecito Lake and Lemon Lake
  • Bar D Chuckwagon
  • Historic Downtown
  • Trimble Natural Hot Springs

Looking for some live entertainment? Enjoy authentic old west entertainment by starlight at the Bar D Chuckwagon, where you’ll indulge in a delicious dinner and get full bodied entertainment all wrapped into one! Or enjoy a summertime concert at one of Durango’s many music venues. Explore

Durango’s historic downtown, where the old west meets the southwest, and discover Durango’s vibrant art scene, eclectic shops, and rich culture, right in the heart of town. If you’re looking to stretch your legs, take a stroll along the Animas River Trail that winds through town. 

Durango is also the home to Trimble Natural Hot Springs, the perfect place to relax and unwind after a fun filled day in the Colorado wilderness.