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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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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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.

  • Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 259-2545. 6:30AM-10PM. $7-$19.
  • Durango Diner, 957 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 247-9889, e-mail: thedurangodiner@hotmail.com.
  • East By Southwest, 160 E. College Dr, ☎ +1 970 247-5533. $7-$30.
  • Ken & Sues, 636 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 385-1810.
  • Olde Schoolhouse Cafe, 46778 Highway 550, ☎ +1 970 259-2257.
  • Olde Tymer's Cafe, 1000 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 259-2990.
  • Serious Texas Bar-B-Q, toll-free: +1-877-259-9507. Main location: 3535 North Main Avenue, +1 970 247-2240. Secondary location: 650 S Camino Del Rio, +1 970 259-9507. Daily 11AM-9PM. Excellent barbeque, with large portions and delicious food. The main location has a great atmosphere, with plenty of signs and memorabilia from Texas, without overloading you. $4-$6.50.
  • Tequila's Mexican Restaurant, 948 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 259-7655.
  • Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave, ☎ +1 970 259-8830. Award-winning beers that are brewed as you watch! Enjoy all the peanuts you can eat that come out before your meal. You can even throw the penaut shells on the ground! Fun for family and friends.
  • Francisco's, 619 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 247-7472. Great, award-winning Mexican food! It is Durango's oldest family owned restaurant since 1968.
  • Bar D Chuckwagon. Enjoy authentic old west entertainment under the stars. After dinner the Bar D Wranglers take to the stage to entertain with their famous stage show of cowboy songs, poetry, and comedy.
  • Gazpacho New Mexican Restaurant y Cantina, 431 East 2nd Ave, ☎ +1 970 259-9494.

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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.
  • Steamworks Brewing Company, 801 E. 2nd Ave, ☎ +1 970 259-9200.
  • Ska Brewing Company, 545 Turner Dr, ☎ +1 970 247-5792.
  • Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 259-2545.
  • Ore House Steakhouse & Bar, 147 E. College Dr, ☎ +1 970 247-5707.

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Sleep

  • Best Western Durango Inn & Suites, 21382 Highway 160, ☎ +1 970 247-3251, fax: +1 970 385-4835. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 455 S. Camino Del Rio, ☎ +1 970 259-7900, fax: +1 970 259-7901, e-mail: gm.co106@choicehotels.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM.
  • General Palmer Hotel, 567 Main Ave, toll-free: +1-800-523-3358. $85-$275.
  • Holiday Inn, 800 Camino Del Rio, ☎ +1 970 247-5393, fax: +1 970 259-4201.
  • Rochester Hotel, 721 E. 2nd Ave, ☎ +1 970 385-1920. Boutique Historic Hotel with Hollywood Western motif and free WiFi.
  • Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970 247-4431.
  • Doubletree Hotel, ☎ +1 970 247-6510. Picture perfect hotel nestled in the San Juan mountains.
  • Jarvis Suite Hotel, ☎ +1 970 259-7190.
  • Cabin in La Plata County. Relax in the Rocky Mountains in the heart of La Plata Canyon. The ultimate luxury river front cabin.
  • Apple Orchard Inn. Bed & Breakfast. Four Diamond Property with ponds, streams & beautiful gardens.
  • Abbey Inn, 2391 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970-247-0593. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. A clean and comfortable value motel that is family-friendly, offering a riverside park and playground. The Abbey Inn is a newly remodeled with either queen beds or new king beds and family rooms.
  • EconoLodge Inn & Suites, 2002 Main Ave, ☎ +1 970-247-4242. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Free breakfast, free wi-fi and Simmons Beauty-rest pillowtop mattresses in every room.

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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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