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LIFESTYLE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Durango is convenient to five major ski areas, the closest being Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains north of town, it features 1,200 skiable acres and 85 total runs. Other attractions include the Purgatory Plunge Zipline, Alpine Slide, Bungee Trampoline and more. Wonderful shopping, dining and lodging options are also available.

The Animas River flows through downtown Durango, offering kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and gold medal fly fishing. Tucked away in a secluded valley 18 miles from Durango, Vallecito Lake is a shimmering oasis in the Four Corners region. Rainbow trout, brown trout and northern pike are prevalent in these waters. Hunters will find healthy populations of mule deer, turkey, elk and black bear in the area surrounding the lake, as well.

Covering 1.8 million acres in southwestern Colorado, the San Juan National Forest is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Back-country roads and trails traverse high-desert mesas and rugged peaks. Opportunities for fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are plentiful.


LIFESTYLE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Durango is convenient to five major ski areas, the closest being Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains north of town, it features 1,200 skiable acres and 85 total runs. Other attractions include the Purgatory Plunge Zipline, Alpine Slide, Bungee Trampoline and more. Wonderful shopping, dining and lodging options are also available.

The Animas River flows through downtown Durango, offering kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and gold medal fly fishing. Tucked away in a secluded valley 18 miles from Durango, Vallecito Lake is a shimmering oasis in the Four Corners region. Rainbow trout, brown trout and northern pike are prevalent in these waters. Hunters will find healthy populations of mule deer, turkey, elk and black bear in the area surrounding the lake, as well.

Covering 1.8 million acres in southwestern Colorado, the San Juan National Forest is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Back-country roads and trails traverse high-desert mesas and rugged peaks. Opportunities for fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are plentiful.


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OUR HISTORY

Durango was organized in 1879 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. The railroad arrived in Durango in 1881, with tracks to the historic mining town of Silverton completed the following year. Known as the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad, it utilized a reduced track width of three feet to transport passengers and freight across the mountainous terrain of southwestern Colorado. Originally built to deliver silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, the line continues to operate as a Heritage Railroad and National Historic Landmark. Vintage steam locomotives carry passengers on themed excursions through the Animas River Valley and the San Juan National Forest.

LOCAL CLIMATE

Durango enjoys a comfortable climate with little humidity and nearly 300 days of sunshine each year. Average high temperatures in July reach 85 degrees, with January lows falling to around 10. Annual rainfall is just over 19 inches, and yearly snow accumulation is close to 70 inches.


AREA AMENITIES

Durango School District 9-R serves the needs of area students. Students can continue their education at Fort Lewis College, a liberal arts institution in Durango. A cultural pillar of the community, the Fort Lewis campus is home to the Community Concert Hall, the Arts Center and the Center for Southwest Studies. Fine restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries and a farmers market grace the streets of Historic Downtown Durango. Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed, acute-care hospital serving Durango and the surrounding area. Animas Surgical Hospital also provides medical services to the region. The Durango-La Plata County Airport handles air travel in the Four Corners area.

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