Durango is located in southwest Colorado, 20 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border, at the crossroads of US Highways 160 and 550. While a Durango vacation is an escape from the ordinary, it’s surprisingly easy to get here!
The San Juan Skyway is a 233-mile National Scenic and Historic Byway that offers access to Durango as well as to high elevation recreation, dramatic views of 14,000-foot peaks in the San Juan Mountains, quaint Victorian mining towns, and Mesa Verde National Park. The San Juan Skyway is one of the most scenic drives in America, spanning elevations from 6,200 feet outside of Durango to just over 11,000 feet at Red Mountain Pass. The entire loop takes about 7 hours to drive, and makes for a fabulous 2-3 day road trip through southwest Colorado.
Getting to Durango via the San Juan Skyway: Durango is located at the southeast corner of the Skyway, at the intersection of US Hwy 160 (east/west), and US Hwy 550 (north/south). Check out a mileage chart and Durango area maps for more information and start plotting your escape to Durango!