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Durango (Colorado)

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Introduction

Durango-Silverton Train

Durango-Silverton Train

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Durango is a small historic town located in the San Juan Mountains. During the summer there is great mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, white water rafting, kayaking and shopping. In the winter there is some excellent skiing, snow boarding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing to be found in the mountains. And remember year round there are stunning ancient cities and hot springs in the surrounding mountains.

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Sights and Activities

Around Durango

  • Cortez - a great jumping point to explore many great ruins
  • Pagosa Springs - a nice tourist town with some nice spas and developed hotsprings.
  • Piedra River Hot Springs - These are great undeveloped hotsprings that are close to Pagosa Springs.

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Weather

Durango has a warm-summer, humid continental climate. The average annual precipitation is 491 mm.

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Getting There

By Plane

Durango/La Plata County Airport, to the southeast of town on US-160 and SR-172, has commuter air service from Denver and Phoenix.

By Train

You can take the train to Silverton, which returns the same day.

By Car

The town is well connected by highways from all major compass points, but some care should be taken if driving here from the east via US Highway 160. This spectacular highway crosses high Wolf Creek Pass (nice ski area nearby) east of Durango, in an area that receives a great deal of snowfall, and is often closed for a time during the winter.

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Getting Around

Durango has many rental car agencies, a luxury motor-coach company, local taxi service, local buses and a downtown trolley. Durango is a small quaint town easy to get around on foot or bike.

Another great way to get around town is on the Durango "T." With friendly, convenient service the Durango "T" is a great, hassle-free way to get around town.

For the outdoor enthusiast, entrance to Durango's trail network, designed for all abilities and skill levels, is only a short walk or hike away.

Driving is also an excellent way to get to enjoy the scenery of the southwest. Durango has more than 1,000 public metered parking spaces for your convenience.

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Eat

Durango has many award-winning restaurants. The food is delecious as many of the dishes include some of Durango's locally grown food, like beef, wild game, honey, fish, and cheeses. Since Durango is in the Southwest, it has several authentic Mexican restaurants.

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Drink

  • Durango Soda Company - Locally-made traditional sodas with pure cane sugar. Products can be purchased at local supermarkets, convenience stores and most restaurants, as well as their production facility in Durango. Also served aboard the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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