Visit Durango is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado. Durango is in the Safer at Home - High Risk phase, enforcing stricter public health restrictions due to a recent rise in cases. Some local businesses and activities are able to operate at limited capacity and social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants are offering pick-up or delivery only.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. Please visit our COVID Travel Advisory page for the latest travel alerts and guidelines for visitors.
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 at the state level, Colorado Order D 2020 138 requires all individuals over ten (10) years old must wear a face covering over their noses and mouths:
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.
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/.
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.
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. Restaurants are open for curbside pick-up and delivery options to your hotel, with some outdoor dining as well.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Polar Express® Train ride is operating from Nov. 18 through January 3rd. Additionally, the Cascade Canyon Winter Train returns to service for the winter season for select dates in December and January. 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 to learn more or book a reservation.
Hiking, Snowshoeing & Biking
Explore Molas Pass, Animas City Mountain, Skyline, Grandview and Turtle Lake, as well as Perins Peak Wildlife Management area. Visit Durangotrails.org for trail maps and conditions.
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.
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).
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.
Featuring over 1,600 acres of skiable terrain, 105 trails, 11 lifts, multiple terrain parks and a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. Other fun winter activities include dog sledding, tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice climbing, and more. Click here for a complete listing of Purgatory's enhanced operations and safety protocols this winter.
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.
Spas and Massage
Pamper yourself at one of Durango’s many spas with a massage, facial or body treatment.
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: