For more information contact:
Visit Durango, www.durango.org
802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-3500 1-800-GO DURANGO
Media contact: Theresa Blake Graven, email@example.com, +1 970-764-7783
For Immediate Release: August 1, 2016
Durango, CO – Durango is an epicenter for a great number of things; outdoor pursuits in the surrounding high desert and mountains, fresh food raised at high-elevation farms, Native American history and Old West heritage are just a sampling of the things that lure people to Durango. Get more in Durango. More culinary options, more trails, more water sports, more shopping, more time with family, more sunny days, more overall fun!
From down-to-earth eateries, cafes and brewpubs to award-winning fine dining, our culinary offerings reflect the richness, creativity and uniqueness of the Southwest. The quantity of independent restaurants, quality of ingredients and breadth of menu selections in this town boldly challenge the sophisticated culinary offerings of any metropolitan hub. Stop in the historic and award winning El Moro Spirits and Tavern or spend a summer afternoon on the patios of more than 20 restaurants around town. With over 100 restaurants to choose from, Durango is a hotbed for cuisines that blend the absolute best flavors from around the world and from our own backyard.
Agriculture is at the heart of the Durango community supported by a strong “eat local” mindset and an abundance of locally grown and raised meat, vegetables and food products. At the Durango Farmers Market, local agriculturalists and artisans meet in a festive market venue to sell their harvests and talents. Agritourism brings visitors to learn about sustainability and enjoy an agri-vacation in this fertile mountain growing region.
Explore the crafted beverages of the beautiful Southwest region of Colorado! Visit nearly 40 independent breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries, and non-alcoholic soda producers and coffee roasters, all while discovering the diverse scenery and rich attractions of this part of the state.
Durango is one crafty little mountain town, and much of the artistic talent is funneled into creative, award winning libations. Whether it’s beer or spirits, the town has a draw you’re sure to enjoy. Self-proclaimed as the “City of Brewerly Love”, a trip to Durango isn’t complete without a pint from one of our five craft breweries and brew pubs: Carver Brewing Co., Ska Brewing Co., Brew Pub & Kitchen, Steamworks Brewing Co. and the newest addition: Animas Brewing Company. Due to readily available “first use” water, Durango is ideal for brewing award-winning beers, ales and lagers.
Durango Craft Spirits is the town’s first grain-to-glass distillery since prohibition; producing small batch, creatively distinctive distilled spirits using high quality regional ingredients. Colorado Honey from Honey House Distillery blends premium bourbon whiskey and Rocky Mountain Honey from Honeyville.
This beautiful walkable, bikable, bladable trail weaves its way through town alongside the Animas River. Watch rafts, kayaks, and SUP boarders splash through the newly improved Smelter rapid, swing by the Durango Powerhouse museum for interactive learning, events, eats and drinks. The Durango Library and the local Fish Hatchery are fun-for-all stops along the trail. Refuel at the Animas Brewing Company, or dine on the river’s edge at The Animas River Café. If June finds you in Durango, be sure to check out Animas River Days.
West of Durango, Mesa Verde Country is the archaeological center of America: Mesa Verde National Park, the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that allows visitors to experience the life of the Ancestral Puebloans. Or head east and visit the newly designated Chimney Rock National Monument.
When you’re ready to tuck yourself in for the night, here are some unique places to rest your head:
With 88 trails across 1,360 skiable acres, Purgatory Resort has mastered the art of snow fun with exceptional skiing and snowboarding opportunities and après ski activities. Purgatory Resort (formerly Durango Mountain Resort) was named “Top 3 Livable Ski Towns” and “Best Ski Value in North America” for two years in a row. Try out the snowshoe alpenglow evening tour with wine and cheese at the Powder House restaurant, bring kiddos and stop by the Hot Cocoa bar, or glide your way around the Steamworks Bar and tap your toes to the assorted sounds of local musicians. The Burton Riglet Park, a terrain-based learning center in the base area, allows the youngest snowboarders, ages 3-6, to experience sliding on the snow. Lodging and lift value packages offer deep savings.
No matter where you rest your head, when you stay at Purgatory, we will make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for the entire family. Purgatory features accommodations that range from luxurious, slopeside and vacation homes to value-priced lodge rooms. You’ll find warm and comfortable lodging to suit every budget and every need.
Durango has a thriving art scene that touts both local and internationally renowned artists. A walk down historic Main Avenue reveals everything from small, local art cooperatives to galleries hosting work from world-famous artists. Wander out for the First Thursday Art Walk every month for a chance to peek in galleries and enjoy live entertainment, treats and the chance to meet local artists. Enjoy live performances at the downtown Strater Theatre and Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, live music at restaurants and local theatre at the Durango Arts Center. Every March, Durango Film celebrates a decade of the independent film festival. A hidden jewel in the arts and cultural world, Durango boasts over a dozen galleries carrying treasures from Native American Indians, contemporary Western and Southwestern works of museum-quality art represented with sculptures, pottery, baskets, fine-art photography and home furnishings.
Vallecito Lake is a stunning mountain lake just 20 minutes from town. It’s a favorite destination for motorcycle riders, and new restaurants along the shores are the perfect stop for a family outing. Play all day on the lake; eat on the shores and camp in the beautiful forests that frame this exquisite lake.
If you’re a road-tripping wiz, or care to be, the San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway should be on the top of your list. A scenic byway designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the San Juan Skyway celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Durango is just one stop on this truly spectacular journey through time and place.
About Visit Durango
Visit Durango is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County's multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. For more information, visit www.durango.org or call (970) 247-3500.