About Durango

About Durango

In beautiful Colorado

Close to the Four Corners

With more than 16,000 residents, Durango is the largest town in southwest Colorado. It’s also certainly one of the happiest. Locals are fond of saying that those who choose to live in Durango do so not for fame and fortune, but for the superb quality of life.

Durango sits at 6,512 feet above sea level. The lovely Durango climate is quite mild and moderate, with typical summer daytime highs in the 70s-80s, and nighttime lows in the 50s. Come prepared with light layers in summer, warm layers in winter.

Durango is situated a short drive from “Four Corners” – the spot where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado meet. The surrounding landscape of Durango is diverse and often dramatic, spanning from red sandstone bluffs of the Animas River Valley to jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains, a few of which rise to elevations over 14,000 feet. To the west lie arid desert lands, and to the south of Durango lies the southern border of the vast 2 million acre San Juan National Forest.

Year-Round Playground

Durango is Colorado’s year-round playground! In the spring and summer, hike through fields of Colorado wildflowers, mountain bike endless miles of Colorado bike trails and raft the waters of the Animas River.

Feed your adventurous side on a Jeep or dogsled tour of the rugged San Juan Mountains. Ski the locals’ favorite terrain at Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory), home to some of the most spectacular views you’ll see from any ski resort in Colorado.

Durango offers an endless variety of year-round activities and world-class experiences for the entire family.


Take a trip through the breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest, aboard the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Visit Mesa Verde National Park and retrace the ancient footsteps of the Ancestral Pueblo people, who once lived in the amazing cliff dwellings.

Shopping and Attractions

Historic downtown Durango offers many remarkable shops, art galleries, and excellent restaurants.

Durango hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. You’ll discover great food, wine and art festivals, plus events celebrating biking, rafting, snowfall and all things unique to Durango!

Check out WhatsHappeningDurango.com for a complete list of activities!