Historic Downtown DurangoDurango has a long and rich history that both history buffs and curious folks of all ages will enjoy. Durango was founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. By July of 1882, tracks to Silverton were completed and the train began transporting both freight and passengers. The Durango-Silverton Railroad was originally constructed to haul silver and gold ore, but passengers soon realized that it was the view that was truly precious. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad celebrated its 125th year of continuous operation in 2006 and continues to be a favorite attraction on a Colorado sightseeing vacation!

From local history and railroad museums of historic downtown Durango to the ancient cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, Durango is truly where the old west survived, and where the new west thrives.

Durango is the kind of town you daydream about. It’s an authentic Colorado town, with endless opportunities for recreation, a rich history, an exciting future, and countless true stories to tell. Durango is a 21st century Old West town, where people are friendly and real, where they work hard and play hard.

With more than 16,000 residents, Durango is the largest town in southwest Colorado. It’s also certainly one of the happiest. Locals are fond of saying that those who choose to live in Durango do so not for fame and fortune, but for the superb quality of life. Durango is known for endless outdoor recreation, as well as world-class attractions like the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, and historic Downtown Durango.