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This town is a wonderland for outdoor adventure lovers. Located in the middle of the Animas River Valley, it is characterized by its dramatic natural landscape.

Since its founding in 1881, the small mining community of Durango has continued to expand. Today it attracts thousands of visitors for its major archaeological and natural attractions. Durango has a tightknit community of 17,000 residents and a town center recognized for its natural beauty. Stroll along the Animas River, which runs right through the center of town. Take a short walk to reveal the majestic beauty of the Animas River Valley and the San Juan Mountains.

Embark on a rafting expedition. The Animas River offers both family-friendly guided floats over gentle rapids and Class IV and V rafting to challenge those with whitewater experience.

Hike along the Animas River Valley. Bike the 7-mile (11-kilometer) car-free trail through downtown or mountain bike on over 1,000 miles of trails surrounding the city.

Rent fishing tackle to try your luck at fly-fishing in the deep river pools. Watch the scenery as you ride aboard the celebrated narrow gauge railway line that runs between Durango and Silverton, a historic mining town.

Durango offers a range of accommodation, from hotels and apartments in the heart of the downtown precinct to mountain resorts nestled in the foothills of the San Juan Mountain Range. From your downtown location, enjoy sweeping views of the valley. You’ll also be within walking distance of Durango’s excellent dining options. Try traditional Coloradan fare, like trout caught straight from the river. After you eat, join locals for a chat over a drink at a friendly neighborhood bar.

Major U.S. highways connect Durango to neighboring cities. Albuquerque is a 3.5-hour drive south. Travel north to experience Colorado’s San Juan Skyway, which cuts through the heart of the mountain range. Explore the stunning Mesa Verde National Park, just 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Durango, before returning to the town.

Where to stay in Durango - Purgatory

Durango showing mountains, signage and snow

Historic Downtown Durango

The abundant dining options and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Historic Downtown Durango. A stop by Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or Durango Arts Center might round out your trip.

Historic Downtown Durango

Top hotels in Durango - Purgatory

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Mountain Shadows
Best Western Mountain Shadows
2.5 out of 5
3255 Main Ave, Durango, CO
The price is £72 per night

Situated in Durango, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Animas Mountain Trailhead and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Animas ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Nice. Very nice staff, comfortable, cleaning room, convenient, will come back next time"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2020

Best Western Mountain Shadows
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
2.5 out of 5
400 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £96 per night

This hotel is located in Durango (Historic Downtown Durango), close to Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Henry Strater Theater and Durango Arts Center. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (760 reviews)

"Despite the issues with the pandemic, the staff was welcoming, friendly, and professional beyond expectations. Thanks!"…"

Reviewed on 30 May 2020

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
Hampton Inn Durango
Hampton Inn Durango
2.5 out of 5
3777 Main Ave, Durango, CO
The price is £104 per night

Situated in Durango, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Animas Mountain Trailhead, Animas Museum and Durango Community Recreation Center. Durango Discovery ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (878 reviews)

"Clean and comfy! Easy check in late at night. Good location."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2020

Hampton Inn Durango

Popular places to visit in Durango - Purgatory

Purgatory Resort
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Purgatory Resort

Ski, sled and snowboard in winter and bike, hike and ride on horseback in summer at this resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. 

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a well-known attraction in Durango. Amble around the area's riverfront or seek out the hiking trails.

Top things to do in Durango - Purgatory

Full-Day Guided Tour to Mesa Verde National Park with Lunch
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Full-Day Guided Tour to Mesa Verde National Park with Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
£120
Per adult
Half-Day Animas River Rafting Trip
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Half-Day Animas River Rafting Trip

100% of travellers recommend
£56
Per adult
Economy Animas River Rafting Trip
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Economy Animas River Rafting Trip

100% of travellers recommend
£39
Per adult
Half-Day Guided Durango Jeep Tour
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Half-Day Guided Durango Jeep Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£79
Per adult
12-zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango
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12-zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango

£112
Per adult
4x4 La Plata Canyon Trail Tour
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4x4 La Plata Canyon Trail Tour

£78
Per adult

Reviews of Durango - Purgatory

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Oct 2019

Just a nice place to stay with a bit of history thrown in

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

If you want to ride the train to Silverton, take the bus one way and book in advance

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Jul 2019

Durango is a very friendly town with plenty of outdoor activity options as well as places to eat and have a drink. The True West Rodeo was in town which we attended and had a great time. The compete even gave us a mention as it was our anniversary.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Apr 2019

Must do the narrow gauge railway its anazing

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