The laid-back college town of Durango has much to offer vacationers and a stay in one of our vacation rentals in this historic, western community promises a lot of charm, as well as convenient access to a variety of outdoor activities.
Where is Durango, CO?
Only 28 miles west of its quiet neighbor Mancos, bustling Durango is the largest town in Southwest Colorado and home to Fort Lewis College, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, numerous outdoor adventures, and a thriving art scene with galleries, museums, music venues, and theaters.
Durango's Outdoor Adventures
A big area attraction is famous Mesa Verde National Park - just 35 miles east. Start your day with a homemade breakfast at your Durango vacation rental, then head east and up the mesa to the park. Explore Anasazi cliff dwellings and over 5,000 protected archaeological sites, or even spend the day on a backcountry hike around the mesa.
Other attractions right near Durango include gorgeous Vallecito Lake, about 18 miles from town. This beautiful blue lake within the Weminuche Wilderness Area boasts fishing and boating opportunities in summer, and in winter the this wilderness area is home to activities like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and even sleigh rides. Another nearby lake is Lemon Lake. Smaller than Vallecito, this body of water is also ideal for fishing for rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon, as well as boating, sailing, and windsurfing. You can also hike the area's pine and aspen covered scenery, the stunning backdrop of the San Juan Mountains in the distance. And if you're feeling adventurous, bike along the Out and Back Trail for jaw-dropping views along the 26-mile road to Lemon Lake.
Want more nice-weather activities? Golfers will find three area golf courses to choose from - the Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Hillcrest Golf Club, and Hunter's Run Golf Course or take a leisurely soak in one of Durango's mineral hot springs. If you are feeling adventurous, head approximately 60 miles east to the quiet town of Pagosa Springs, home to the world's deepest geothermal hot springs.
In winter, Purgatory Resort is just 26 miles to the north for skiing and snowboarding on 85 trails. There are also nearby terrain parks for cross-country and snowshoeing, and during the holidays, you can take a Polar Express sightseeing trip on the Durango & Silverton Railroad!
Shopping & Dining in Durango
Year-round, the Old West downtown area of Durango is an attraction in its own right. Take a walking tour of historic houses, visit the Discovery Kids Museum, walk along the Animas River path, or visit any number of unique shops and one-of-a-kind galleries. And on days that you don't feel like cooking back at home, head to Michael's Corner Crepes for a French-inspired lunch, Eolus Bar & Dining for a spectacular martini and prime rib dinner, or family-friendly Zia Taqueria for a quick Tex-Mex meal. This "City of Brewerly Love" also has a burgeoning craft beer brewing scene, as well as a number of coffee houses for your daily caffeine-fix.
One of Vacasa's well-appointed Durango vacation rentals will put you right in the middle of everything happening in this stunning corner of Southwest Colorado - the San Juan Mountains, archaeological sites, pristine rivers and lakes, gorgeous hiking and biking trails, galleries, restaurants, and in the winter, even skiing and snowboarding!
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