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.
• 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
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.