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Durango from our Historic Side

From our Wild West heritage we have assembled a top western vacation that only Colorado can offer. Take a trip to the simpler times when cowboys ruled and western charm prevailed.

Day 1

All aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a historic coal-fired, steam-powered train ride to the mining town of Silverton. The 42-mile trip through the breathtaking wilderness offers photo opportunities and sights you won’t see from the road. Enjoy lunch in Silverton before returning by train or coach bus to Durango, freshen up before strolling historic downtown Durango and enjoy dinner at one of our four craft breweries or other local restaurants. Before you settle in for the evening, visit the Diamond Belle Saloon for live piano entertainment or the Henry Strater Theatre

Day 2

Set out on a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Durango and 3rd Avenue, ending at the Railroad Museum. Head next door to the Palace for lunch, then visit the Toh-Atin Gallery and other galleries that dot Main and Second Avenue. Stroll historic downtown Durango and take an old western photo at one of our local galleries. In the evening, under the stars, enjoy the Bar D Wranglers Chuckwagon dinner and western show.

Day 3

Set out for a driving adventure on the San Juan Skyway as you follow the Million Dollar Highway North to Silverton, Ouray and back to Durango. The entire San Juan Skyway (recommended 2 day trip) is a 236-mile, breathtaking loop of paved, state maintained highways through the San Juan Mountains. The San Juan Skyway is designated as an All-American Road, a National Forest Scenic Byway and a Colorado Scenic & Historical Byway. The Skyway has been called one of the most beautiful drives in America, and has been described as a place “where the road touches the sky.”

Day 4

There’s plenty of history yet to discover: a visit to the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest StudiesAnimas Museum, or Mesa Verde National Park. Each of these full-day adventures provides a window to the history of Southwestern Colorado’s initial inhabitants.