Hello Durango Visitor! Here is what you need to do to actually get to know Durango. This blog is going to be all about how to really get to know Durango and experience some things off the beaten path. There is a ton to do here in Durango but often times we get caught up in the touristy things to do. I’m here to steer you into a memorable experience that will be fully unique to your time here in Durango, whether it be for a day or a month. This is just a brief overview of what I find to be fun and interesting. There’s a wide array of places to eat and drink in Durango and we love our local beer. Make sure to visit some of the breweries and find a beer that fits your fancy. Even being a wine lover I’ve found some beer I enjoy. So sit back, relax and let a local Durango citizen tell you where are the best places to stay, play, eat, and shop and events to go to this summer. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at juliavolzke@msn.com. I would love to hear if you have any suggestions on what you would like to hear or see from me!


Where to stay

The Leland House and Rochester Hotel is a Bed and Breakfast located at 726 E 2nd Ave.

 The Leland house half is charming and each room is named after a historic Durangoan. While the Rochester Hotel is themed after different Westerns that were filmed in the Durango Area. Both sides are equipped with Wi-Fi, standard cable, Aveda products, a full gourmet breakfast, and free cruiser bike rentals.

Rochester Website


Gable House Bed and Breakfast located at 805 E 5th Ave is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home in the center of Durango. In a quiet neighborhood and all the rooms are decorated with period furnishings. Enjoy your hot breakfast in the morning on delicate fine china.

If the non-traditional stay is your idea try getting a VRBO or renting from AirBNB. If you want to stay a while and are ok with living in a local’s house try renting one for week or two. Great for family reunions or if you want to feel more a part of the Durango culture.


Where to eat

Cyprus Café located at 725 E 2nd Ave.

Serves lunch and dinner and focuses on Farm to Table food. You’ll get to listen to live jazz on their outdoor patio as you enjoy fresh and locally grown entrees.


Mutu's located at 701 E 2nd Ave.

Arguably, the best Italian restaurants in Durango. They have an extensive wine list and a seasonal patio plus gluten free options make it versatile for all eaters.


Eno Wine Bar 723 E 2nd Ave.

If you want a nice intimate date with local live music and an extensive wine list and a menu with local entrees.


Grass Burger located at 726 1/2 Main Avenue.

It’s a fun place to grab a quick and savory burger. I suggest the sweet potato fries. Very reasonably priced and a fun atmosphere plus and open patio and artisan soda make it ideal for families.


Rice Monkeys located at 1050 Main Ave

If you are ok with small places and great sushi then rice monkey is for you. Fast paced and about as wide as a garage, you’ll find getting 

to know your neighbors pretty easy. The service is great and the rolls are large plus it’s quite affordable and the wait is usually not long. One of my all-time favorites to enjoy after a long week.


Red Snapper located at 144 E 9th St.

This restaurant has been voted #1 in Durango for over 27 years with more than just great seafood. They are also known for their wine list, steaks, prime rib and pastas plus a kids menu. Great for any family or couple looking for a nice night out.


Oscars located at 18 Town Plaza.

Legendary Durango breakfast that is frequented by locals. A favorite for all ages and if you are planning to go out for brunch and want a bit of fun, try this!  If you don’t know what to get their legendary cinnamon rolls are a must!


Kassidy’s Kitchen located at 171 A Suttle St.

Another local favorite for both lunch and breakfast. With daily specials, you can’t go wrong with an order of biscuits and gravy. Great for families since it is reasonably priced and has a wide array of entrees.


Where to play

Walk along the river- Great for an afternoon or evening stroll. Start at the trail spur behind the parking lot of Albertsons and head north. You’ll find plenty of great river scenery during an easy walk and many places to pull off and dip your feet if you so choose.

Hike hogs back-  If you go up highway 160 west of town toward Cortez. Just as you get about a ½ mile out from its junction with Camino del Rio, you will take a right into the Durango tech center. Keep following the road straight until it dead ends. You can park in a pull off area and hike a short ways until you get to the menagerie of trails. Plenty of trail signs at trail crossings tell you how far you’ve gone as well as showing a topographical map to show the incline of different parts of the trail. Easy day hiking activity for all ages.

Do the train- for general open air rain car fare it is $85 for adults and $51 for kids. Now that may cost you a pretty penny but it’s definitely worth it. I have fond memories of riding the train when I was around the age of 7 with my family. The entire day fascinated me and this is a memorable trip for every member of the family.


Make a trip to Silverton- Or if you are not afraid of mountain passes you can just drive to Silverton. A little over an hour drive and you’ll be viewing breathtaking views of the San Juan Forest.  Don’t drive too fast for safety reasons and so you don’t miss the natural Pinkerton hot spring that bubbles out of the ground on the right side of the road. Make sure to stop at Honeyville which is about 20 minutes outside of town and pick up some local honey and a personal favorite their honey wine. If your dogs are tired after a long day of exploring on your way back just stop at Trimble Hot Springs. On Tuesdays they do two for Tuesdays.


Rent bikes- stay at the Leland and Rochester hotel and you can get them for free.

Float down the river- grab some cheap floats and you can float the river day after day. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and plan out a parking situation with two cars so you don’t have to walk back to your original car up the river.


What to do.

Check out Durango.org/events to see what's happening around town (also, the Durango Herald and 360Durango have good event calendars).

Every Saturday starting on May 9th at 8 am there’s a Durango Farmers Market. It’s in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot. It lasts until around 1 pm so get there early for fresh, locally grown produce, artisan soap and other gifts to delight.


The Taste of Durango is May 17 and starts at 11 am. Restaurants all over Durango come out and showcase their cuisine. If you are feeling adventurous and up for a great time of Durango culture check this event out.

For all you Mac n’ Cheese lovers we have a Macaroni and Cheese Festival on June 13th.  Tickets are 45$ but that includes unlimited mac and cheese samplings as well as beer, wine and liquor tastings. Not only that but free parking and access to all entertainment and to play in tournaments and games. The event is over 21 only so leave your little mac n’ cheese lovers at home.