Durango Welcome Center opens with limited hours, social distancing measures

Durango, Colo. — (June 10, 2020) — Visit Durango is thrilled to announce another important milestone in welcoming visitors back to the Durango area. The Durango Welcome Center is now open as of Wednesday, June 10 with limited hours. The Welcome Center will be serving visitors Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10am - 4pm with social distancing measures in place.

Thanks to the Durango community for staying home and following the guidance of public health orders, La Plata County has some of the lowest case counts of COVID-19 per capita in Colorado. Social distancing, wearing face coverings and strong partnerships between public health, community and business leaders have worked to flatten the curve in our region. 

As we welcome travelers back to the Durango area, Visit Durango’s priority is to keep our community, visitors, and outdoor spaces safe and healthy. The City of Durango, La Plata County, San Juan Basin Public Health and business leaders have all been working together to protect our community and visitors, while reinventing many business sectors to reopen safely and effectively.

“This is a happy moment for Visit Durango, since we closed down the Welcome Center on March 16,” said Rachel Brown, Executive Director with Visit Durango. “The Welcome Center and staff are invaluable resources for our visitors and community, so it’s great to be able to provide these services again.”

Phase I will include informational services, public restrooms and a water-filling station. Masks are required and other social distancing measures and extra precautions are in place, from limiting the number of people and installing plexiglass sneeze guards, to hand sanitizer stations and more.

“We have been communicating with potential visitors by phone, email and Live Online Chat via durango.org since March,” added Grace Shephard, Welcome Center & Visitors Services Manager. “It is exciting to welcome these folks back to the Durango Welcome Center and help visitors enjoy Durango and La Plata county.”

Travel experts say 2020 is the year of the road trip. Travelers are already hitting the road for Colorado, seeking remote destinations with plenty of outdoor recreation and open space. As Durango welcomes back visitors, Visit Durango is urging responsible travel by promoting the Care for Durango principles. This includes promoting social distancing, wearing masks in public, frequent hand washing, staying home if you are sick, and being respectful to our lands, locals, and other visitors.  

Visit Durango’s mission is to promote visitation to Durango and La Plata County, drive economic impact and quality of life for residents, and support a positive visitor experience. Please visit Durango.org to learn more. 

About Visit Durango
Nestled in southwestern Colorado’s Animas River Valley and surrounded by rugged peaks, Durango is home to some of the best outdoor, historic and cultural attractions in the state. Board the historic 1880’s D&SNG Railroad for breathtaking views and old-world atmosphere, or visit archeological wonders and ancient cave dwellings at nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Downtown Durango’s National Historic District overflows with historic hotels, award winning restaurants, breweries, art galleries, museums, and boutiques. The rugged San Juan National Forest offers hundreds of miles of world-class mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, and skiing, plus fishing and boating on the Gold Medal Waters of the Animas River. North of Durango, Purgatory Resort features 92 trails, five terrain parks and 1,360 skiable acres. Visit Durango.org to learn more and follow @visitdurango on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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