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40 Golden Local Tickets Released in Durango

23 Jul, 2018

For tourists visiting Durango, winning the lottery just got a whole lot easier.

Thanks to a four-way partnership between the Bank of Colorado, Durango Business Improvement Distric, the Durango Chamber of Commerce and the Durango Area Tourism Office, visiting shoppers on Main Avenue may find themselves $100 richer than when they arrived, with money to spend downtown.

Every day between July 23rd and August 31st, BID Ambassadors will be giving one lucky visitor a $100 gift card to a local business in the area, essentially paying lucky visitors to shop local. Forty consecutive days, forty gift cards, $100 every day! 

So, how do you better your chances to win? BID Ambassadors will be strolling the streets of Main Avenue every day for the forty days looking to answer your questions and help you make the best of your visit. There’s no way to know which ambassador will have the golden ticket tucked in their pocket, but it pays to be a tourist and it pays to ask questions. The only way you can win is to be here, so plan your Durango trip today!

Here's a list of all of the places you might end up enjoying a $100 gift card from:    


  • Brew Pub and Kitchen
  • Cantera
  • Carver Brewing Co
  • Chimayo
  • Cuckoos
  • Cyprus Café
  • East by Southwest
  • Eolus
  • Gazpachos
  • Guido’s
  • Irish Embassy
  • Ken & Sue’s
  • The Office, the Diamond Belle Saloon, and the Mahogany Grill
  • The Palace
  • Mutus
  • Old Tymers
  • Seasons
  • Steamworks Brewing Co.


  • Azul Gallery
  • Earthen Vessel
  • Karyn Gabladon Gallery
  • Toh Atin Gallery


  • 2nd Avenue Sports
  • Animas Trading Company
  • Backcountry Experience
  • Brown’s Shoe Fit
  • Brown’s Sports Shoe
  • Crow’s Closet
  • Durango T-Shirt Company
  • Gardenswartz Outdoors
  • Maria’s Bookshop
  • Pine Needle
  • Spaaah Shop
  • Tippy Canoe
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • Urban Market
  • YESS The Book Hutch


  • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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  • 1. Amy sanders 30 Jul, 2018

    I support Durango! Great town full of great people!

  • 2. Pat Radford 30 Jul, 2018

    My family hasn’t been to Durango in years.  We enjoyed our previous visits and the beautiful scenery.  Last time we did the train ride, spectacular!  Looking forward to a visit in the near future.

  • 3. Bonnie smith 31 Jul, 2018

    Love Durango!! We are coming back in September to
    Ride the train and enjoy the town!!

  • 4. Jeramie Quintana 3 Aug, 2018

    We love Durango and try to go and a visit as much as possible!!

  • 5. Patti 5 Aug, 2018

    Husband and I have never been and looking forward to enjoy all the sites, smells, tastes, shops, hikes, and locals places to see and shop and visit in town the week of August 5-11

  • 6. Michael Ging 6 Aug, 2018

    We love Durango and will be there again for a friends wedding.

  • 7. Bonnie 8 Aug, 2018

    Can’t wait to come back and enjoy your beautiful town!

  • 8. Terri Mingione 9 Aug, 2018

    Love Colorado,will be coming there August 12th for 4 days.

  • 9. Nicole Odienne Marcisofsky 10 Aug, 2018

    Yah, Beads & Beyond or Animals Trading, please!

  • 10. Jack Carpenter 10 Aug, 2018

    Really looking forward to our trip to Durango 8-24 and 8-25-18 from Pahrump, Nevada. Anxious for the train ride to Silverton, Co. Hope we get a Golden ticket.

  • 11. Jane Rausch 10 Aug, 2018

    We visit Durango at least once a year or more often.  We find it all here or as a gateway to all the surrounding activities….Mesa Verde, Silverton via the train, downtown shopping, great eating establishments & so much more!  We ALWAYS come home with a plan to return soon as we didn’t have time for all the activities we had planned!!

  • 12. Louise DeBernay 11 Aug, 2018

    We are coming to Durango on September 1st through September 3rd. Love your town and all it has to offer!
    We like to go antiquing, and also to visit the Humane Society Thrift Store. Many of your restaurants are exceptional and we love visiting your French Bakery with authentic French pastries! (My husband is from Normandy!)

  • 13. mikel McKinney 11 Aug, 2018

    Thanks for the he invite

  • 14. Patty 11 Aug, 2018

    Durango is a lovely little gem

  • 15. MAURICE BRONSTAD 11 Aug, 2018

    Been coming to Colorfest in Pagosa for last 12 years.
    Durango is always a part of the trip.

  • 16. Brice Beaird 11 Aug, 2018

    Our second home. Wish it could be the first. We love it in Durango!

  • 17. Nancy Strigel 12 Aug, 2018

    Visiting this fall!

  • 18. Debbie Kent 12 Aug, 2018

    I had dinner this past Friday evening at steam works. Live at Vallecito Colorado. Both of my boys were born in Durango. I now live at Vallecito.

  • 19. Deborah Mathias 12 Aug, 2018

    Durango-Silverton mine train is definitely a worthwhile experience especially in the Fall!

  • 20. Dave Gibbons 13 Aug, 2018

    Luv Durango!  Great website. Thanks for the information.

  • 21. Judy Davis 13 Aug, 2018

    Love Durango and the beautiful Rocky Mountains!!

  • 22. Jerry Gajewski 14 Aug, 2018

    My wife and I visit at least 3 times a month. Durango feels like our second home.

  • 23. Stephanie Stallings 17 Aug, 2018

    Durango was such a hidden gem on a road trip I went on this summer. I loved every part of it.

  • 24. Jim Skomski 17 Aug, 2018

    My wife and I try to get to Durango at least once a year.  We love the people and the attractions.  Hope to fit a visit in shortly!

  • 25. noland harmon 18 Aug, 2018

    I can’t wait to come to beautiful Durango!

  • 26. Amy Babich 22 Aug, 2018

    What an amazing giveaway! I was planning on taking my girlfriend to Durango for her first trip there for Labor Day smile

  • 27. Norman Lambeth 8 Sep, 2018

    A great place to go and have fun. A super grate way to get out and enjoy fun.

  • 28. Sonny Rock 9 Sep, 2018

    I’ve never been….I’ve only heard great things and I want to go, BAD!!

  • 29. Marilyn Yazzie 10 Sep, 2018

    I haven’t been to Durango in quite awhile so it would be nice to visit again. I’m sure the town has grown

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