Exploring Colorado: Durango

Hidden away in Southern Colorado rests the idyllic town of Durango. Famed for its ski resort and collection of 14ers, this small mountain town should not be overlooked. If you’re planning a quick trip to Durango here is Wishlist’s ultimate Durango Travel Guide. The General Palmer Hotel:

Photo Courtesy of The General Palmer Hotel
Photo Courtesy of The General Palmer Hotel

The General Palmer Hotel, built in 1898 is a historic masterpiece combined with modern-day amenities. This Victorian-style hotel is within walking distance of historic downtown Durango and surrounded by the scenic San Juan Mountains. An easy walk to nearly every part of town, The General Palmer Hotel not only offers the ideal location, but also the ideal accommodations.

 

 

Durango Mountain Resort:

Photo Courtesy of Durango Mountain Resort
Photo Courtesy of Durango Mountain Resort

Although Durango Mountain Resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding, the resort is by no means out of commission in the summer. The resort offers a range of activities from hiking to mountain biking and everything in between.

 

 

 

The Animas River:

Photo Courtesy of Durango.gov
Photo Courtesy of Durango.gov

For those of you who hope to spend your time in Durango outside and exploring, the Animas River offers a wide selection of outdoor adventures. The Animas River provides the perfect location for fly fishing, rafting, kayaking and nature viewing, making it the perfect location for any level of explorer. Beneath the waters of the Animas River you can find a varied collection of trout including brown, rainbow and cutthroat, providing you not only with a fun activity but dinner as well!

 

San Juan National Forest:

Photo Courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture
Photo Courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture

For those of you who are a bit more daring take your time in Durango as an opportunity to conquer one of Colorado’s illustrious 14-ers. The San Juan National Forest offers moderate to advanced hikes including several 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.

 

Durango And Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum:

Photo Courtesy of Durango Railroad
Photo Courtesy of Durango Railroad

If the weather isn’t necessarily agreeing with your plans and you’re hoping to find an alternative way to spend the day, pay a visit to the Narrow Gauge Railroad. Traverse across the Durango landscape aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive. This historic train ride will take you along the same tracks that miners, cowboys and early settlers used over 100 years ago in the Old West. Durango offers a multitude of activities that are perfect for any degree of adventurer.

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