Places to Visit: Durango Colorado

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Durango Colorado

Durango is an outdoor lover's heaven on Earth – big mountains split by steep alpine streams and marked by endless miles of trails means great skiing, hiking, biking and paddling.

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  • From Crested Butte, Durango is about 4 hours away along one of Colorado's most-scenic drives, which cuts through vast hay farms into jagged mountains.
  • Durango is an outdoor paradise with endless trails, huge mountains and wild rivers.
  • Durango has a tourist-driven economy, so fret not over lodging, groceries and other services.


Durango is awesome. Artists flock here, a state university means the party is always on and proximity to big mountains, wild rivers and open desert keep Durango among the country's most-loved outdoor-oriented towns.


Durango is located in southern Colorado about 4 hours from Crested Butte near the Utah, Texas and New Mexico “Four Corners” area.


Durango is a self-contained little city. It has ample shopping, grocery and automotive options as well as all the tourist services a visitor could ever need.


Durango is all about outdoor adventure. Surrounded by national forest and within spitting distance of some of Colorado's tallest peaks, Durango is a mecca for mountain bikers, hikers, campers, fly fishermen, runners and skiers.


Durango has a hopping nightlife and bar scene punctuated by two local breweries that serve up tasty suds enjoyed throughout Colorado. Hit the downtown for shopping, then drive up to Fort Lewis University – “the campus in the sky” – where spectacular views await.

Getting Here

Four hours of mountain driving separate Durango from Crested Butte. Leave the Butte on 135, then head west on Highway 50. Go south on 550 for over a hundred miles straight into Durango.

This is one of the greatest drives in Colorado, particularly the stretch from Ouray to Silverton. Do stop in both towns and enjoy the rustic ambiance.