COVID-19 Updates & Info for the Durango Area

Visit Durango is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado. Colorado is in the Safer at Home phase with the goal of maintaining 60-65 percent physical distancing. While non-essential travel is discouraged at this time, some businesses and activities are beginning to re-open with social distancing guidelines in place, https://sjbpublichealth.org/covid-prevention/.

As of May 21st, the City of Durango has issued order #2020-08 requiring 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. Public places include public establishments, shops, grocery stores, restaurants, streets, sidewalks or other public ways, and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds, and buildings. 

Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for La Plata County, effective May 12, 2020. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions help land management agencies prevent wildfires during periods of high to extreme fire danger. 

What’s not allowed during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes charcoal barbecues and grills.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Operating or using any internal combustion engine without spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Fireworks and exploding targets. 

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

What's Open?

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.  

Colorado State Parks and the San Juan National Forest are beginning to re-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, Durangotrails.org.

Conundrum Escape Room
As of Friday, 5/22 Conundrum is reopening 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.

Durango Dining
Starting May 27, restaurants are starting to reopen for in-person dining at 50% capacity and with social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants are continuing to offer curbside, pick-up, and delivery options to your hotel. Visit downtowndurango.org/supportlocal for a list of restaurants offering this option.

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).

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.

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.

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 the outfitters directly: Colorado Outback Adventures, Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours, or Southwest Raft & Jeep.

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.

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
The San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway travels from Durango and Telluride, to Mesa Verde National Park and back to Durango. Note: Silverton is currently closed to visitors, but Hwy 550 is open to thru traffic. Mesa Verde National Park is also closed until further notice.

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


Durango from a Distance