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Historic Downtown Durango

Where Old West Meets Southwest

Downtown Durango is a Nationally Registered Historic District and home to historic boutique hotels, award winning restaurants, laid-back brewpubs, and fabulous art galleries, museums, and shops.

While you’re downtown…

• Take a walking tour of historic downtown Durango’s business and residential districts
• Channel your child’s inner artist at the Durango Discovery Kids Museum
• Stroll along the Animas River Trail that winds through downtown
• Visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot museum
• Get inspired by downtown Durango’s vibrant art scene, eclectic shops, and uniquely Durango special events

Durango: A Distinctive Destination

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country’s largest private, nonprofit preservation organization, named Durango to its 2007 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, describing  Durango as a “lovingly preserved” community.
Downtown Durango has a rich and colorful history.
• Louis L'Amour wrote the Sackett Series, a set of western novels while staying at The Historic Strater Hotel, a downtown Durango landmark.
• Jack Dempsey fought Andy Malloy on October 7, 1915 in the old Jarvis Suites Hotel. Dempsey, born in southern Colorado, went on to become boxing’s heavy weight champion in 1919.
• The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic began in Durango in 1972. Road bikers race the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train from downtown Durango to Silverton. It is the longest continuously run cycling event in the United States.


Durango Area Tourism Office | 802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-3500