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Welcome to the Durango Area Tourism Office’s Press Release Archive. Here you will find a collection of past Durango area press releases to help you with your story. Members of the press may contact Anne Klein Barney at anne@durango.org or 970-749-0991.

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Summertime Adventures in Durango, CO - June 28, 2012
Durango, CO – Durango is fortunate that our summer activities, travel and tourism businesses have not been affected by wildfires. It’s business as usual in the scenic Colorado mountain town. Durango offers cooler temperatures and plenty of water activities for a refreshing Colorado mountain vacation. Enjoy attractions like Mesa Verde National Park, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango Mountain Resort, as well as superb dining, galleries, zip lines, microbreweries, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, biking and other outdoor adventures. Take advantage of the uniquely-Durango summer events including Music in the Mountains, USA Pro Challenge Overall Start, Dante’s Summer Concert Series and more. Start planning your trip at: www.durango.org or call 1-800-525-8855.

Steamworks firkin beer to celebrate Colorado’s harvest - September 2, 2011
DURANGO, Colo. – Steamworks brewers Ken Martin and Spencer Roper saw opportunity in the plethora of fresh Palisade peaches currently available, and have created a firkin that celebrates the harvest. Firkin Fridays continues at Steamworks Brewing Co. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, with the tapping of “Eüberpucker Ale” at 3 p.m.

Durango, Colorado Launches iPhone App and Mobile Website - August 25, 2011
Durango, CO – Small and mobile! This southwestern Colorado city with a population of 17,000 has grasped the opportunities of smartphone technology and offers instant information accessibility to visitors. The Durango Area Tourism Office announces the launch of a free iPhone app available to download at iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/app/visit-durango/id435713617?mt=8 and the creation of a mobile site for www.durango.org.

Kenya Safari Acrobats - August 25, 2011
Combining artistry with humor and playfulness, the Kenya Safari Acrobats is an awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe that takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The all-ages show is said to be a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all to a joyful Benga beat.

Ska Brewing Named Business Of The Year - January 26, 2011
Ska Brewing Co. was named Durango’s “Business Of The Year” yesterday in an annual award sponsored by the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

Showcase of the Arts - September 9, 2010
Durango, Colorado--When it comes to entertainment and the arts, Durango is no one-trick pony. The premier venue to feature the area’s variety of arts and entertainment is the Showcase of the Arts. The inaugural event is scheduled for September 10-19, 2010

Durango announces New Winter Activities - September 1, 2010
Durango, Colorado—Mother Nature hasn’t painted the mountainsides to gold and red however a hint of fall is in the air as our minds shift to cooler days and the winter snowfalls. The quintessential mountain town of Durango, Colorado still boasts top restaurants, galleries and shops, scenery, entertainment and microbreweries. Here’s a peek at what’s new in Durango for Fall/Winter 2010-11:

The Bootlegger’s Society - August 1, 2010
The Bootlegger’s Society, the local consortium of Durango’s four award-winning craft brewers, has established the Durango Bootlegger’s Society Fund under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Southwest Colorado.

The Bootlegger’s Society - June 30, 2010
The Bootlegger’s Society, the local consortium of Durango’s four award-winning craft brewers, has established the Durango Bootlegger’s Society Fund under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Southwest Colorado.

Durango Mountain Resort Offers Year-Round Family Fun - June 15, 2010
With more than 85 runs, 1,300 skiable acres, consistent powder, and sunny skies, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is a family favorite for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and abilities.

High Altitude Culinary Secrets in Durango - June 15, 2010
rom down-to-earth eateries, cafes and brewpubs to award-winning fine dining, Durango’s culinary offerings reflect the richness, creativity, talent and uniqueness of the southwest. Simmering and sautéing well above sea level is a culinary delight: from sushi to Himalayan and classic French to American Southwest.

Ska Brewing Named To “Colorado Companies To Watch” List - June 15, 2010
Ska Brewing Co. is honored to have been named to the 2010 “Colorado Companies to Watch” list.

High Altitude Culinary Secrets in Durango - June 7, 2010
Durango, Colo— From down-to-earth eateries, cafes and brewpubs to award-winning fine dining, Durango’s culinary offerings reflect the richness, creativity, talent and uniqueness of the southwest. Simmering and sautéing well above sea level is a culinary delight: from sushi to Himalayan and classic French to American Southwest.

The Center of Southwest Studies and Colorado Division of Wildlife to present major new exhibit: Mou - April 16, 2010
The Center of Southwest Studies and the Colorado Division of Wildlife with sponsorship by the Southern Ute Tribe, are planning a major exhibit entitled, Mountain Lion! The exhibit will open on August 22, 2009 and run through September 30, 2010 at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Durango Area named finalist in Readers’ Choice “Best of” Awards - March 15, 2010
Durango, Colo-- Colorado Meetings + Events magazine announced today that the Durango Area Tourism Office is a finalist for the 2010 Readers’ Choice “Best Destination Marketing Organization-area/city with less than 25,000 in population”.

The Community Concert Hall welcomes The Infamous Stringdusters - March 15, 2010
DURANGO, Colo. – Bluegrass returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College with The Infamous Stringdusters set to perform Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. Local bluegrass band Lonesome Stew opens the show.

Durango Indpendent Film Festival 2010 - January 7, 2010
The Fifth Annual Durango Independent Film Festival (DIFF), March 3-7, 2010, promises to be a big lure for locals and tourists alike.

Durango Indpendent Film Festival Announces 2010 Festival - January 7, 2010
The Durango Independent Film Festival (DIFF) has officially launched the promotional efforts for the 2010 Film Festival.

EPA honors Durango as a “Green Power Community” - January 7, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the community of Durango as a “Green Power Community” for its collective commitment to purchase Green Power through La Plata Electric Association (LPEA).

Durango Independent Film Festival Announces Dinner and a Film Festival Package - January 1, 2010
The Durango Independent Film Festival (DIFF) and local restaurants have partnered to give film enthusiasts and holiday shoppers this year’s most unique and creative gift!

Put Durango on Your Dance Card! - September 1, 2009
Durango, Colo. Harken back to Victorian times in an Old West celebration set in this small historic town nestled in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado.

High Altitude Culinary Heaven - August 4, 2009
Durango, Colo—Simmering and sautéing well above sea level is a culinary delight. In a charming mountain town nestled in the San Juan Mountains at 6,500 feet above terra, succulent raspberries from the high meadows are magically transformed into berry tarts with lemon curd; grand burritos with marinated free-range chicken, lime-cilantro rice, Mexican-style pinto beans, mango-habanero salsa and grilled vegetables; sushi selections of tempura shrimp with cucumber topped with unagi, avocado, crab and tobbiko--drizzled with eel sauce; grass-fed beef grilled to perfection and served with garlic mashers; pork tenderloin with green tomatillo sauce and French goat cheese. Welcome to the culinary haven of Durango, Colorado!

The Brews that Grew the Great Southwest - July 29, 2009
Durango, Colorado. Napa Valley boasts top wines; Durango toasts sensational local microbrews. Self-proclaimed as the “Napa Valley of Beer” and “City of Brewerly Love”, Durango, population of approximately 16,000, is home to four microbreweries/brewpubs. Durango breweries took their place on the map in 1986 when Carver Brewing Co opened their doors to become the second operating brew pub in the state after prohibition was repealed.

Family Mountain Bike Camp Offered in Durango, Colorado - July 11, 2009
Looking for a fun and different way to enjoy your family vacation this year? Join us for our first Family Mountain Bike Camp Adventure in Durango, Colorado.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Sky Ute Casino and Resort and Southern Ute Tribe P - June 25, 2009
Durango, CO –The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Sky Ute Casino and Resort and Southern Ute Tribe proudly present the Native American Heritage Train: The Southern Ute Legacy.

Durango is a doggone friendly town - June 24, 2009
Durango, Colorado and the surrounding area boast miles of trails to hike, rivers to swim and an outdoorsy, dog-friendly atmosphere.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Named One of World’s Top Ten Train Rides - June 23, 2009
Durango, CO –The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been named one of the World’s Top Ten Train Rides by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). SATW, the largest organization of professional travel journalists and photographers, recently polled its members to come up with the “Top 10” most exciting and scenic train rides in the world and the D&SNGRR is rated number three in the world and is number one in the United States.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band come to Durango July 27 - June 8, 2009
DURANGO, Colo. – The Fort Lewis College “Concerts for Scholarships” series continues July 27, 2009, as Lyle Lovett, one of America’s most distinctive and original singer/songwriters, takes the stage with his Large Band under the stars in Ray Dennison Memorial Field.

Sumer Vacation Values: Real Frugal, Real Free, Real Durango - May 1, 2009
Free Tours:• Honeyville Honey: watch honey bees hard at work in a working indoor hive. Watch bottling production.

Children’s Summer Camps and a Affordable Family Vacation - April 24, 2009
Durango, Colo--Looking for an affordable destination for your family summer vacation? Visit Durango, Colorado and find something for every member of your family.

Annual Narrow Gauge Day Celebration Kicks off Railroad’s Summer Season and Features Special Guests - April 22, 2009
Durango, CO –The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will kick off the opening of summer service to Silverton with the annual Narrow Gauge Day celebration in front of the Durango depot.

Historic Guest Ranch Celebrates Anniversary and Opens Its Doors For Mountain Dinning and Bed & Breakfast Stays - April 20, 2009
This summer the Roberts Family celebrates their 40th year welcoming guests to Wilderness Trails Ranch (WTR) near Vallecito Lake and Durango, CO.

Farms, Food and Fun in the Southwest Corner of the Rockies - April 15, 2009
With the increased awareness of sustainability, health and the desire to become educated on where your food is coming from, Agritourism is a growing travel trend.

Music in the Mountains - April 1, 2009
Welcome to our 23rd season of Music in the Mountains, July 10 – August 2, 2009. Please join us for an exciting Festival full of passion with our world-renowned soloists and Festival orchestra musicians. We promise an extraordinary music experience in Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado!

2009 Tour of Durango Registration Open - March 24, 2009
Durango, CO. March 24, 2009 – Durango’s trail system will be showcased this fall when Alpine Bank presents the first annual Tour of Durango on Sunday September 20, 2009.

Unique Vacation Lodging in Southwest Colorado - March 22, 2009
Durango, Colo— Ready for a quintessential Colorado mountain vacation? Unique lodgers in the Southwest Colorado area launched their new vacation website that offers a variety of lodging options for La Plata County and Montezuma County.

Real Fun, Real Close, Real Affordable - March 10, 2009
Durango, Colo—It's never been easier or more affordable to enjoy world-class skiing at Durango Mountain Resort and a get-away to the friendly western town of Durango, Colorado. We’re offering spectacular LAST MINUTE DEALS so you can come and savor the incredible spring conditions, blue skies and world-class skiing and snowboarding before the season ends.

Kids Ride Free for a Limited Time on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - March 5, 2009
Durango, CO –The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering a Kids Ride Free deal on summer tickets booked during the month of March, 2009. Offer is good for Saturdays and Sundays during the summer season, with daily excursions to Silverton beginning May 2 and running through October 31, 2009. One child (under age 12) rides free with each paying adult.

Peanuts™ The Easter Beagle Express is Coming - March 2, 2009
Durango, CO –The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad announces a new event, Peanuts™ The Easter Beagle Express, taking place Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Craft brewer sales numbers remain solid in 2008 - February 27, 2009
DURANGO, Colo. – The Brewers Association, which tabulates industry growth data for U.S. breweries, has announced that small, independent craft brewers are gaining alcohol market share due to a shift toward full flavor beer and an increasing support for homegrown, “local” breweries.

Tickets now available for “Celebrating Colorado’s Bounty” - February 4, 2009
DURANGO, Colo. – Tickets for the March 6 “all-Colorado” James Beard House dinner featuring Steamworks Brewing Co. craft beers, are now available at www.jamesbeard.org.

Dames at Sea - February 2, 2009
Set sail for a hilarious journey back to the innocence of a bygone era in this high spirited spoof of the movie musical of the 1930s.

Fall in Love with Durango - January 27, 2009
Durango, Colo—We have the perfect Valentine getaway to Durango, Colorado. Fill your romantic weekend with wonderful memories of energizing activities and bountiful relaxation in our quaint mountain town.

Winter Photo Special 2009 - January 19, 2009
Durango, CO –The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering its fifth-annual Winter Photographer’s Special on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Hold My Purse While I Ride! - January 15, 2009
Durango, CO – Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will host the 10th and 11th SheRide Snowboard Camps January 23-25 and February 20-2 2009.

High Life in the High Altitude - January 10, 2009
Durango, Colo— What enters a persons mind when thinking of the idea of getting away to a big city that has all of the sophisticated and appealing features of the highest quality of rest and relaxing. How do you get there…

Colorado’s bounty to be featured at the prestigious James Beard House - January 9, 2009
DURANGO, Colo. – The increasing popularity of pairing fine food with craft beer has caught the attention of the prestigious James Beard Foundation in New York City.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Offers Romance on the Rails for Valentine’s Day - January 7, 2009
Durango, CO –The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering a train and dinner package as a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Passengers will enjoy an afternoon train ride to Cascade Canyon and return in the evening for dinner and music at the Strater Hotel.

Soaring Tree Top Adventures' Zipline Introduces 5-Star Train Service - January 1, 2009
The legendary Tall Timber Resort, a remote, five-star paradise with no road access has operated in the Durango Mountains for over 30 years.

Durango Wine Experience set for Spring 2009 - December 26, 2008
Colorado has found its place in the wine world with the Durango Wine Experience. The third annual wine festival is set for May 1 and 2, 2009, with a special welcome event slated for April 30.

New Sky Ute Casino Resort and Conference Center Grand Opening - November 18, 2008
Ignacio, CO— The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is pleased to announce that the New Sky Ute Casino Resort and Conference Center will be open to the public as of November 18, 2008.

Durango Area Tourism Office Elects Board Members for 2009 - February 15, 2008
The Durango Area Tourism Office (DATO) announces the election of seven new or re-elected Board of Directors members with terms starting January 1, 2009.


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