Durango Area Awards

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Visit Durango: 
802 Main Avenue – Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-3500, www.durango.org   
Visit Durango Sales & Marketing Director: Percy Stevens, percy@durango.org, (970) 247-3500

2019 "13 Small Towns That Are Even More Enchanting in the Winter," Reader's Digest
2019 "Best Colorado Dude Ranches," Vacation Idea
2019 "Best Summer Food Festivals in Colorado," The Denver Post
2019 "Most Scenic Train Rides in the World," MSN
2019 "Best Train Trips to Take Across America," Travel & Leisure
2019 "Best Places to Own a Vacation Home in Colorado," ColoradoBIZ
2019 "Best Adventures to Celebrate Public Lands," Men's Journal Magazine
2019 "Top Five Favorite Apres Ski Beers," All About Apres Ski
2019 "Best Places to Rent a Convertible," SF Gate
2019 "Best Cheap Weekend Getaways in Colorado," Trips to Discover
2019 "Best Colorado Dog Parks," The Denver Post
2019 "Colorado's Top 10 Must-Hike 14ers," GearJunkie
2019 "Best Romantic Getaways in Colorado for Couples," TripAdvisor
2019 "Most Scenic Train Rides," Afar Magazine
2019 "Best Train Trips in America," Budget Travel
2019 "Beautiful Highways for Colorado Road Trips," The Denver Post

2018 “Best Fall Hiking Trails,” Insider.com
2018 “Best AirBnB’s for Spotting Fall Foliage,” Tasting Table
2018 “50 of the Best US Ski Resorts,” Business Insider
2018 “Best Mountain Bike Destinations in Colorado,” The Travel Channel
2018 “Top 40 Places Young People are Moving,” USA Today
2018 “Chug a Lug: Top 7 Boozy Train Rides in the US,” Vine Pair
2018 “10 Best Family-Friendly Road Trips in the US,” Wise Bread
2018 “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America,” Budget Travel
2018 “Top Rated Travel Destinations in North America,” Expedia
2018 “13 Most Scenic Day Trips by Train Around the World,” The Travel Channel
2018 “10 Best: Oscar’s Best Green Chile in Colorado,” USA Today
2018 “40 Most Underrated Small Towns in America,” MSN
2018 “America's 15 Most Livable Hiking Towns,” RunRepeat.com
2018 “14 Coolest Towns for Your Summer Vacation,” Forbes
2018 “The Best Home Base Cities for Adventure Enthusiasts,” Livability
2018 “Most Historical Hotels in Every State,” MSN
2018 “10 Best Small City Road Trip Destinations,” Travelocity
2018 “Top US Wonders to Visit this Spring,” USA Today
2018 “Colorado’s Top 5 Peaks,” The Gazette
2018 “10 Great Small Towns for Family Vacations,” The Travel Channel
2018 “100 Most Popular Small Cities To Relocate 2017,” Move By Buddha
2018 “The World’s Best Bars for Bookworms,” Tasting Table

2017 “Top-Rated Vacation Destinations in North America,” Expedia
2017 “Best Towns – Durango,” Cowboys & Indians Magazine
2017 “Americans 10 Best Mountain Biking Towns,” National Geographic Adventure
2017 “Top Rated Ziplines – Soaring Tree Adventures,” Cowboys & Indians Magazine
2017 “Best Ski Town Breweries and Distilleries - Durango & SKA,” The Observer
2017 “Top 10 Colorado Breweries – #7 Ska Brewing,” The Denver Post
2017 “Best Summer Fishing Trips,” Field & Stream Magazine
2017 “Top 10 Mountain Biking Trails in North America,” OntheSnow.com
2017 “Colorado’s Most Magical Wilderness Areas – Hermosa Creek,” 5280 Magazine
2017  “Colorado’s Most Picturesque Places,” Los Angeles Pulse
2017 “Best Small Towns in Colorado,” Thrillist
2017 “Best of the Rockies - Ska Brewing,” Elevation Outdoors Magazine
2017 “7 of the World’s Most Stunning and Scenic Train Rides,” Popular Mechanics
2017 “Best Fall Train Rides,” 5280 Magazine
2017 “America’s Best College Towns,” The Cheat Sheet
2017 “Coolest Ski Towns in North America,” Matador Network
2017 “Best of the West – Durango,” The Arizona Republic
2017 “Best Watering Holes and Swimming Spots in Colorado,” 303 Magazine
2017  “James Coleman: Ski King of the West,” Outside Magazine online  
2017 “Best Family Ski Resort – Purgatory,” Family Travel Magazine
2017 “Top 5 Family Friendly Ski Resorts for Spring Break,” U.S. World News
2017 “5 Most Livable Ski Towns in the U.S.,” Snowbrains.com
2017 “The Most Christmas-y Towns in America,” MSN Travel
2017 “10 Small Towns that are Going to be Big in 2018,” Country Living
2017 “Best Winter Events – The Polar Express,” Westword Magazine
2017 “Best Christmas Traditions,” MSN Travel

2016 “16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.”, Outside Magazine (July issue)
2016 “Best Train Experience in The West,” D&SNGRR, Sunset Magazine
2016 “America’s Best Train Journeys, Ranked” D&SNGRR #6, USA Today
2016 “10Best Reader's Choice Poll” D&SNGRR #2, USA Today
2016 “San Juan Skyway, one of Colorado's All-American Roads”, The Washington Post
2016 “Best Towns,” finalist, Outside Magazine
2016  “Top Adventure Town,” Sunset Magazine, finalist
2016 “America's 20 Best Small Towns for Christmas”, Cosmopolitan Magazine
2016 “Top Holiday Attractions Across America – Durango”, CBS News
2016 “America’s Favorite Towns” Travel & Leisure Magazine

2015  “Affordable Winter Escapes in Western USA,” TripAdvisor, Durango ranked #1 in Colorado
2015  “Top 5 Colorado Boating Towns,”  Colorado Kayak Supply
2015  “13 Most Affordable US Ski Towns for Rentals in Winter 2015-16”, TripAdvisor
2015  “America’s 20 Best Small Towns for Christmas,” Country Living Magazine, #8
2015  “ The Top 50 Small Towns in America,” Discount My Flights
2015  “Top 12 Small Cities in Colorado,” 101usa.com
2015  “Best Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts” USA TODAY, #2
2015  “10 U.S. Cities Where The Weather Is Perfect Year-Round,” Buzzfeed (6/29/15)
2015  “Best Places to Start a Business in Colorado,” NerdWallet
2015  “12 Budding Destinations in the Southwest,” TripAdvisor
2015  “World’s 15 Most Scenic Train Rides,” D&SNGRR, MSN Travel
2015  “100 Best Small Towns,” Durango #3, Livability.com
2015  “10 Best Ski Towns in America,” Forbes
2015  “2015 Top Western Towns,” #1  Western Town, True West Magazine

2014  “Colorado's Most Improved Cities,” Safe Choice Security News
2014  “Top 3 Livable Ski Towns,” Liftopia.com
2014   “San Juan Skyway Best Motorcycle Trip,” 10Best and USA Today’s Readers' Choice contest
2014  “Top 10 of the best waterfall runs in the U.S.,” Adrenaline Falls, Lime Creek, National Geographic
2014  “Most Scenic US Bike Trails,” http://www.theactivetimes.com
2014  “Best U.S. Cycling Town,” #8 town, 10Best Readers' Choice/USA TODAY
2014  “NTA Favorite Scenic Railroad,” National Tour Operators Distinguished Dozen
2014  “Top 10 Western Towns 2014,” True West Magazine
2014  “Top 10 Sleigh Rides in North America,” Fox News
2014  “Top Value Ski Spot In North America,” TripAdvisor Tripski Index

2013 “10Best Readers' Choice,” nominees for Best Ski Destination, USA TODAY Travel Media Group
2013 “America’s Best Bike Shops,” Mountain Bike Specialists, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
2013  “Top 18 Spots for Fall Color,” Sunset Magazine
2013  “Downtown Colorado Inc. and Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence,” the City of Durango, Best Public Space Facility Award for the Durango Welcome Center
2013  “AAA Inspectors' Favorite Historic Hotels,” Strater Hotel, AAA Three Diamond Classic Historic Hotel
2013  “The Best Towns in Colorado for Young Families,” #9 Durango, Nerdwallet.com
2013  “5 Beautiful Places Every American Should Visit,” Today Show
2013  “Top 10 Colorado Getaways:  Durango Mountain Resort,” ResortandLodges.com
2013 “Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities,” National League of Cities, Innovative Strategies--City of Durango Youth Engagement Program
2013  “Top 10 Emerging Ski Town in North America,” National Geographic
2013  “SASI-ONE Gold Medal Winner:  Destination Management Organization,” Agritourism and Heritage program, Shop America Salutes Innovation
2013  “The New Company Town,” Forbes.com
2013  “Favorite Scenic Railroad,” NTA Courier Gold Winner, Distinguished Dozen
2013  “Best Colorado Ski Town,” Best Big Town, Elevation Outdoors    
2013  “Top 10 Western Towns 2013,” True West Magazine
2013  “Top Value Ski Spot In North America,” TripAdvisor

2012  “Best Places to Spend Christmas,” Travel + Leisure
2012  “Best Holiday Destinations for Singles in the USA,” Tripify
2012  “Top Christmas Town,” HGTV
2012  “National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in the Field of Park and Recreation Management,” American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration
2012  “ Equitrekking Top 20 Ranch,” Wilderness Trails Ranch, Equitrekking Vacation Guide
2012  “Top 10 North American Train Trips,” #1 Peak Experience, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, National Geographic
2012  “Top 11 Colorado Tasting Rooms:  Ska Brewing Co,” Denver Post  
2012   Nominated for “Prettiest Painted Place in America,” Paint Quality Institute
2012   Finalist: “The Best River Town in American,” Outside  
2012  “Top ten 'micropolitan' area in U.S.” Policom
2012  “Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community,” League of American Bicyclists
2012  “Ten All−American Road Trips off the Beaten Path,” Yahoo.com
2012  “BeerCity USA,” Examiner.com, Finalist City
2012 “The 20 Best Small Towns in America,” Smithsonian.com
2012  “Best New Adventure Hub: Runner -up,” Outside
2012  “Dream Town: Durango,” Skiingmag.com
2012  “Best of the West, Best Historic Hotel,” True West Magazine, General Palmer
2012  “Top 10 US Travel Destinations for 2012,” Lonely Planet
2012  “Distinctive Dozen,” NTA Courier, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Gold Medal
2012  “Ten Great Races in Amazing Places,” National Geographic, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

2011  “Retire Here Not There: Four less-known havens for living the Rocky Mountain high life,” SmartMoney
2011 "Top Ten Western Towns,” True West Magazine
2011 “Top 200 Towns,” Outdoor Life
2011 “Best Places to Live,” Men’s Journal
2011 “Top 'micropolitan' area in U.S.” Policom
2011   “Award of Merit,” American Association for State and Local History, La Plata County Historical Society
2011  “Life is Better Here,” Outside, Finest places you’d ever like to call home
2011  “An international foodie's annual list of the year's best (and worst) food,” Denver Post, Ore House

2010 “Town to Watch,” True West Magazine
2010 “The Top 20 Ski Resorts in America,” Aroundme.com
2010 “Top Ten Ski Resorts to Down a Local Beer,” Away.com
2010 “Governor’s Award,”
2010 “Top Small Town for Meetings & Events,” Meetings & Events
2010 “Green Power Community” – Environmental Protection Agency

2009 “Top 20 Romantic Getaways,” Sunset Magazine
2009 “America’s 200 best Hunting and Fishing Towns,” Outdoor Life
2009 "The West's 20 Best Small Towns,” Sunset Magazine
2009 “Top Ten Train Rides,” Society of American Travel Writers
2009 “Best Places to Live in Rural America,” Progressive Farmer
2009 “Top 10 Places to Raise an Outdoor Child,” Backpacker Magazine, CBS news

2008 "Top Ten Western Towns,” True West Magazine
2008 "7 Great Mountains to Ski with Your Kids,” Ski Magazine
2008  "Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation,” Colorado Historical Society
2008 "Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community,” The League of American Bicyclists
2008 "Colorful Colorado Award,” Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence
2008 "Top 10 Christmas Towns,”HGTV
2008 "Top 20 Resort,” Conde Nast Traveler

2007 "America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations,” National Trust for Historic Preservation
2007 "Next Best Places to Ski, Live, Invest and Retire,” Ski Magazine