Southwestern mountain vacation destination offers plenty of new attractions.
Durango, CO-- Mother Nature interrupted our thoughts of spring when she blanketed Durango and the surrounding mountains with fresh, fluffy powder. While we enjoy bright bluebird skies and prime spring skiing conditions, the seasons will soon change and the warm sunshine will coax winter to surrender to springtime in the Rockies. You’ll find Durango’s new attractions provide even more reasons to enjoy Southwestern Colorado. www.durango.org
Brix Stone Fired Kitchen
New restaurant with top chefs builds on Durango’s dining reputation. Brix is a casual fine dining restaurant that will offer fresh salads, small plates, artisanal pizzas, fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood prepared in 700+ degree stone hearth ovens. Owners Michael and Birgitte Lutfy, former Executive Chefs for Michael Andretti's Indycar racing team, are restoring the interior of the historic Century Building on Main Avenue, revealing turn-of-the century Carnegie steel support beams, decorative tin ceiling tiles and the original brick wall. These historical elements, along with the open expo kitchen and 35-foot concrete bar, create an urban industrial loft setting for a unique Durango dining experience. Opening this May. For more information, contact: 970-946-8036.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge chooses Durango as overall start of the 2012 race
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge selected Durango as the overall start for the second annual stage race. After drawing more than 1 million spectators in its inaugural year, the 2012 race will return to Colorado from August 20-26, 2012, and will visit Durango as the start of Stage 1 on Monday, August 20. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
Durango Welcome Center
802 Main Avenue
Opening on Memorial Day weekend 2012, the Downtown Welcome Center will offer tourists and locals everything they need to know about the Durango area. The partnership between the Durango Area Tourism Office, Fort Lewis College and the City of Durango will be located at Main Ave. and 8th Street in the heart of Downtown Durango. The Welcome Center is designed as “THE” place to discover all that Durango has to offer – and it’s a lot. It is the first visitor center of its kind in the region, offering ticket sales to various attractions such as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Community Concert Hall, plus information on Fort Lewis College, river, snow and outdoor activities, entertainment venues, restaurants, local events and more. The current Durango Area Tourism Office at Santa Rita Park will remain open and offer RV parking, a dump station and basic information.
125 East 10th Street
A dedicated bicycle art gallery featuring work from local and national artists including a mix of vintage pieces, sculptures, paintings, furniture, photography, mixed media and writings. Located in the historical district of downtown Durango, Squeaky Wheel adds to the rich and growing tradition of cycling. “Bicycles led me to Durango in 2004 and the culture has kept me here,” says Ryan Siggins, owner of Squeaky Wheel, “I am excited to share my passion of bicycles with this community and turn Squeaky Wheel into a showcase of artists who express the beauty of the bicycle in their work.” Existing to enhance the community by supporting the science, art and culture of cycling, the goal of Squeaky Wheel is to unite the growing number of bicycle artists who flock to Durango to enjoy the trails and roads of Southwest Colorado. Squeaky Wheel is also the new home to Durango Bike Fit: the Four Corners only the Retul 3D motion capture system, offering a complete bicycle fit for anyone from a beginner to an Olympian. 970-385-4737, http://www.squeakywheeldurango.com/, email@example.com
Animas River Trail Connection Completed
The 7-mile scenic paved trail on the banks of the Animas River was developed beginning in the 1970’s to the present day by the City of Durango and multiple partners. In 2012, the section behind Durango Mall will be completed to link the northern and southern sections of the paved scenic trail. The City plans to extend the Animas River Trail to the northern and southern City limits to create a 12-mile trail that serves as a key recreation and multi-modal transportation amenity for City residents and visitors. The Animas River is a water playground for rafters, kayakers, fly fishermen, tubers, explorers, photographers, waders and kids of all ages. Along the trail, enjoy a wide variety of outdoor public art, museums, parks, historical markers and information resources.
Zip Line, Skywalk and more
Full Blast Adventure Center, 20673 US Hwy 160
The Full Blast Adventure Center adds another amazing zip line course: the Ponderosa Grande. “The Grande" will include 5 new adrenaline pumping zip lines and 2 skywalks. The 1000 ft zip line called the "Big Daddy" will take you on the ride of your life with a speed of almost 60 mph! Skywalks are suspension bridges with an additional back up cable overhead that you connect to your harness so there is no chance of falling. One skywalk is almost the length of a football field. From the first-timer to the seasoned zipper, this is a must for the entire family! 970-759-9880, http://ziplinedurangoco.com/
Textiles Today: Redefining the Medium
Durango Art Center, April 24-June 2, 2012
A unique exhibit featuring 20 nationally and internationally known textile artists utilizing different media textile genres including: weaving, felting, beading, screen printing, quilting, stitching, knitting, crocheting, cloth dying and embroidery. Curated by internationally known textile artist Ilze Aviks. For more information, visit http://www.durangoarts.org or 970-259-2606.
Put some spring in your step…
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad resumes regular service to the historic mining town of Silverton during the annual Narrow Gauge Days on May 5. Relax in the natural mineral waters at Trimble Hot Springs. The Durango Discovery Museum and Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum will inspire and inform; our galleries and art museums unveil the beauty of western and contemporary art. Experience our quintessential Colorado mountain town as you stroll, shop and dine along our Historic Main Avenue. Visit www.durango.org for information on all our springtime festivals and events.