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STAY SAFE AND INFORMED

COVID-19 Updates & Info for the Durango Area

Visit Durango is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado. Durango is in the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phase, easing certain restrictions under Colorado’s safer-at-home phase — and encouraging people to enjoy outdoor activities responsibly. Local businesses and activities continue to re-open with social distancing guidelines in place.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. We look forward to welcoming you to the Durango area. Please visit our COVID Travel Advisory page for the latest travel alerts and guidelines for visitors. 

As of May 21, face coverings are required in Durango. City of Durango order #2020-08 requires all persons to wear a face covering when entering, waiting in line to enter, and while in the following locations within the City of Durango, regardless of whether they have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19. The order is in place indefinitely. 

Additionally on July 16, Colorado Order D 2020 138 requires all individuals over ten (10) years old must wear a face covering over their noses and mouths: 

  • When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
  • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

What's Open?

2020 Summertime Activities

Vallecito Lake Paddleboarding
Animas River Trail (ART)
Walk, run or bike this paved multi-use trail that stretches nearly 7 miles through Durango’s Animas River Greenway. The centerpiece of the city’s trail system, the ART provides easy access to a variety of parks, open spaces and natural surface trails.

Arts and Cultural Establishments

Downtown Durango is on the National Register of Historic Districts and Durango’s thriving art scene touts both local and internationally renowned artists. While museums are currently closed, most art galleries are open with restrictions in place. Take a walk down historic Main Avenue or along the Animas River Trail to explore Durango’s Botanic Gardens, public art and murals, durangobotanicgardens.org.  

Bar D Chuckwagon
Family entertainment with old west cowboy music, comedy and includes a delicious chuckwagon supper (chicken, roast beef, or steak). https://www.bardchuckwagon.com/

Camping
Colorado State Parks and the San Juan National Forest are open in a limited capacity, including developed recreation areas. Prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection, and know before you go!

City of Durango Parks & Open Space
Explore Overend Mountain Park, Chapman Hill and the College Mesa, Animas City Mountain, Dalla Mountain Park, Gardella, Horse Gulch, Mercy Open Space in Three Springs, Off Leash Area, and Twin Buttes. While still under construction, Oxbow Park is now open for pedestrian foot traffic until further notice, https://www.durangotrails.org/.

Conundrum Escape Room
Conundrum is open with the restrictions and guidelines in place. Escape rooms are a live-action, interactive mystery experience where teams work together to solve challenges in order to accomplish the story’s overall goal. Visit durangoescaperooms.co to learn more and book your reservation.

Downtown Durango
Downtown Durango is on the National Register of Historic Districts and overflows with historic hotels, award-winning restaurants, art galleries and boutique shopping. Shop local in Downtown Durango and on North Main Avenue from over 500 shops and gift stores.

Durango Dining
Agriculture is at the heart of the Durango community supported by a strong “eat local” mindset and abundant locally grown and raised meats, vegetables and food products. Many restaurants and bars are now open for dining with outdoor seating and reduced capacity, or for curbside, pick-up and delivery options to your hotel.

Durango Farmer’s Market
Open-air market every Saturday from 8am – 12pm, May 9, 2020 through October. Featuring organic fruits, veggies, meats, dairy and groceries, artisan goods, hot and cold drinks, ready-to-eat meals, and music. Located at 259 W. 9th Street (TBK Bank parking lot).

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Train returns to service for the summer season on June 23 with a modified schedule and safety operations plan. Guests can expect modified services, limiting guest capacity as well as implementing enhanced safety procedures in order to improve both employee and guest safety. Please visit https://www.durangotrain.com/.

Fishing
Flowing right through Durango, the Animas River is one of the best Gold Medal Water fly fishing destinations in Colorado, home to both rainbow and brown trout. With many spots that are easy to access right from town, the Animas River is one of the easiest and best places to get some fishing in with minimal effort.

Golf
Tee off at one of Durango’s premier golf courses, from Dalton Ranch Golf Club in the Animas Valley to Hillcrest Golf Club overlooking the town of Durango. Tee times only, no walk-ins at this time. Visit Daltonranch.com or golfhillcrest.com to make reservations, learn about COVID restrictions and extra safety precautions.

Hiking, Mountain Biking & Trail Running
Explore Animas City Mountain, Skyline, Grandview and Turtle Lake, as well as Perins Peak Wildlife Management area. Visit Durangotrails.org for trail maps and conditions.

Honeyville
Shop, eat and sip everything honey-related at Durango’s own beekeeping and honey bottling family business. Honeyville is located just 11 miles north of downtown Durango on Hwy 550.

Horseback Riding
There are numerous trips available including Rapp Corral and Buck’s Livery. Both outfitters are located north of Durango on Hwy 550. Plus options outside of Durango near Vallecito, Mancos and Mesa Verde National Park.

James Ranch
Stock up on organic meats, cheeses, and vegetables, or grab a meal at James Ranch Grill overlooking the 400-acre James Ranch, using sustainable agriculture practices for over 50-years. Located just 11 miles north of downtown on Hwy 550 (across from Honeyville). 

Jeep Rentals
Enjoy one of Durango’s Jeep Rentals and have your own private family adventure. Please be advised springtime conditions exist in the high country and some restrictions apply due to COVID. Please contact one of the outfitters directly (Colorado Outback Adventures, Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours or Southwest Raft & Jeep).

Lakes
Visit nearby Vallecito Lake or Lemon Reservoir for incredible views, swimming, fishing, standup paddleboarding, and boating. However, there are still health code restrictions and guidelines in place. Please check out what is open, what can be utilized, and how to follow these recommendations and protect residents. Also, SUP and boat rentals are available at various outfitters around town.

Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area
Daily operations begin Friday, May 22nd from 9am-4pm with continued modified hours and recreation operations due to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of lake staff and the public, visitors should maintain social distancing of six feet apart, wear a face covering, and bring a personal supply of hand sanitizer. Visitors also should not gather in groups of ten or more, DurangoGov.org/LakeNighthorse.

Mesa Verde National Park
Located about 35 miles west of Durango, Mesa Verde National Park’s park roads are open for self-guided tours only. Ranger-led tours are cancelled at this time. However many outfitters serving the Durango area offer private tours and transportation.

Polaris UTV Razor Rentals
Rent a side-by-side Polaris RZR (off road vehicle) and experience the natural beauty of the La Plata Mountains with a self-guided tour. Delivery is available to the trailhead.

Powerhouse Science Center
Home to one of the earliest coal-fired alternating current (AC) electric plants in the world in 1893, the Powerhouse Science Center is a great place where budding scientists and curious minds can discover, learn and play. Open to the public Saturdays from 9a-4p and Sundays noon-4p with all sorts of extra outdoor activities. 

Purgatory Resort
Reopens for summer adventures at a reduced capacity to help keep crowds to a minimum and allow for social distancing. Activities include the Inferno Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Purgatory Bike Park, Scenic Chairlift, Kid’s Off-Road Track, Paddle Boards & Boats and Treasure Panning. Visit https://www.purgatoryresort.com/ to learn more.

Rafting
The Animas River is the lifeblood of Durango, so no trip is complete without experiencing the journey firsthand. Find certified guides, gear shops, and rental stores with everything you need to take a river cruise.

Raptors Wild
Raptors Wild offers an exciting, educational, and entertaining bird display hosted by master falconers. Visit and learn about peregrine falcons, falcons and owls at 563 Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Open every day from 11am - 5pm. $6/person entry helps fund wildlife education program. Visit raptorswild.org.

Retail
Many businesses are open with public health measures in place. It is important for customers to support the work these businesses have completed to protect their employees and patrons by wearing a mandatory face covering while shopping. Many businesses are also offering online shopping, shopping by phone with curb-side pickup and delivery.

San Juan Skyway
Hwy 550 is open to all lanes of traffic. Take the San Juan Skyway Tour round trip from Durango to Silverton to explore the historic mining town. Enjoy guided ATV or mining tours, and downtown Silverton’s restaurants, shops and bars.

Spas and Massage
Pamper yourself at one of Durango’s many spas with a massage, facial or body treatment.

Ziplines
Visit Full Blast Adventure Center in town for ziplines and paintball. Soaring Tree Top Adventures is open for business and transporting guests via helicopter through the majestic Animas River canyon up to Soaring's remote property.

Visit Durango has compiled a list of things you can experience from the comfort of your hotel room or couch, along with the following resources for visitors and residents at this time: 

Durango's Virtual Experiences

Durango's Dining at Home

#DurangoDreaming

Durango from a Distance