Perhaps the most famous attraction in Durango is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This experience allows you to travel by coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive along the same tracks which miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West travelled over a century ago. Departing from Durango station, the train hugs the Animas River, which commences high in the San Juan Mountains and ends at the San Juan River in New Mexico, during its 45 mile journey to Silverton. One of the last free-flowing rivers in western USA, the train crosses the Animas River on five occasions allowing for fabulous photography.
Located in southwestern Colorado, Durango features numerous lodging and entertainment opportunities that feature something for the even the most discerning tastes. Check out southwestern Colorado’s cosmopolitan side when you experience all of the comforts and attractions that downtown Durango has to offer. Immerse yourself in our town’s vibrant heritage on a walking tour through historic downtown, and savor a gourmet meal at one of the area’s many cafés or restaurants.
The town is situated a short drive from Four Corners Monument – the spot where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado meet. The surrounding landscape of Durango is diverse and often dramatic, spanning from the red sandstone bluffs of the Animas River Valley to the 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 north of Durango lies the southern border of the vast 2 million acres San Juan National Forest.