The Durango area attracts over 1-million visitors annually. That’s a lot of people to fit into 6.8 square miles, but fortunately ours is a welcoming, unpretentious community. Tourism is one of the main economic drivers and a lot of what makes Durango such a great place to call home. Ask anyone who has visited the area and one of the best aspects is the people. So if you’re planning to visit Durango, here are some tips to fit in with the locals and make the most of your trip.
The best way to travel like a local is without a vehicle. It cuts down on traffic and emissions, and provides a completely different vantage point. See the town from the Animas River Trail on a bike or better yet, float your way down the Animas River on a raft or other conveyance. For wilderness travel, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will shuttle you and your gear to access backpacking, bike packing or ski mountaineering.
In Durango, we pronounce Florida as in the River or Road “Flor-EE-da” instead of FLOR-i-duh. Also it’s Colo-RAD-o, not Colo-RAH-do. Vallecito is Vigh--uh-SEE-toh, so drop the over-emphasis on the L’s already.
What to wear
Sunscreen! At 6,512’ in elevation, the sun is closer than you think. Also dress in layers and be ready for anything weather-wise. It might be 70° and sunny at noon but drop down to 35° at night. Add to that unpredictable snowstorms, rain, hail and lightning, so be prepared, check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
Leave no trace
The best relationships are those based on reciprocity, and the Durango community prides itself on being there for each other and helping people. We feel pretty lucky to live here and it’s an honor to share that with our guests. So treat our home as you would want a guest in your own home to behave by following the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.
These simple principles provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts, and can be applied in your own backyard, while traveling or in the backcountry.
Welcome to Durango. Enjoy your stay!