Budget Travel ranks Durango #4 in annual contest

The Durango Area Tourism Office (DATO) is pleased to announce Budget Travel has named Durango one of America’s Coolest Small Towns.

Each year Budget Travel, an award-winning travel website, searches for towns with a population under 20,000 that offer haute cuisine, natural beauty, a vibrant community spirit, and cultural diversity. There is steep competition to secure a coveted spot on the list, and Durango was the only Colorado town selected this year.

Budget Travel praises Durango for its abundance of outdoor activities, outstanding downtown with award winning restaurants, theater, music, art galleries, varied lodging accommodations, and the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Selected as the town for southwest adventurers, Durango offers vacationers a nearly endless choice of outdoor activities, dining, cultural and historic attractions.   

“Durango is known not only for its old West heritage and abundant outdoor activities, but also as a charming, yet cutting-edge place to visit,” says Frank Lockwood, Executive Director with DATO. “There has never been a better time to explore all that Durango has to offer, from Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, to the newly opened Lake Nighthorse recreation area to art galleries, shops, restaurants, and award-winning micro breweries.”

The Durango area is Southwest Colorado’s premier four-season destination, attracting more than 600,000 visitors annually. For information about the Durango Area Tourism Office, please visit Durango.org.

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About Durango Area Tourism Office
The Durango Area Tourism Office (DATO) is an independent non-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. The unbeatable combination of the iconic San Juan Mountains, art galleries, culinary fare, cultural and historic sites make it the perfect base of operations to explore Southwest Colorado. Visit DATO’s full-service Welcome Center, located at Main Avenue and 8th Street in the heart of historic downtown Durango, or online at www.durango.org. Follow @visitdurango on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.