Visit Durango understands the COVID-19 public health crisis poses incredibly difficult financial challenges to our industry partners and threatens the livelihoods of our business community and residents. Tourism is responsible for one in four jobs in La Plata County. It accounts for one-third of Durango’s economy, and one-third of city sales tax revenue is generated from visitors. In the state of Colorado, tourism saves every household $658.81 in taxes every year. 

When the pandemic is over, tourism is one of the most effective ways to boost the economy. Plan your travel for later. Contact your hotelier, activity provider or Visit Durango to learn more about flexible rescheduling options and travel deals. Here are a few ways you can support local businesses right now.

Support Local Business 

Travel and tourism-related businesses are being significantly impacted by COVID-19. There are several ways for visitors and locals to support local businesses in Durango and La Plata County:

Buy a Gift Card

You can purchase gift cards to retail stores, restaurants, and other services for use now or a later date of your choosing. This helps small businesses to avoid layoffs and further interruption from COVID, and signals a promise to return when it's safe to do so.

Please visit the Durango Business Improvement District for a current list of businesses offering gift cards around Durango and La Plata county.

Shop Online

Shopping online is more popular than ever during the COVID-19 crisis. Many Durango businesses offer products or services online for your convenience. In addition, many businesses are offering discounted or even free shipping on purchases.

For a current list of businesses offering online shopping around Durango and La Plata county, click here!

Order Takeout or Delivery

Ordering takeout or delivery is a great way to support Durango's local restaurant and dining businesses at this time. Many restaurants throughout town are offering either curbside or full delivery straight to your home. Similar to shopping online, many restaurants are offering free delivery.

The list of restaurants and dining options offering takeout and delivery is quite extensive. We have compiled a list that includes most of these businesses that is updated on a regular basis. 

For a current list of restaurants around Durango and La Plata county offering takeout or delivery, click here!

Tip a Little Extra

If you're ordering takeout or delivery, show your support by tipping a little more than you normally would. Staff who are present in restaurants, bars, and other businesses are helping fuel our economy. There's no easier way to thank them than through a generous tip. If you are able to tip extra, we suggest you do so!

Don't Cancel. Postpone Your Trip

Many people who have travel plans for Spring and Summer to Durango and La Plata County are reconsidering their itineraries altogether. It's hard to predict when the COVID-19 crisis will recede and when it will be safe to travel again. 

As a result, many Durango and La Plata County businesses -- hotels, hospitality, tour guides, and attractions -- offer ways to postpone or reschedule your reservations or bookings with ease. Rather than canceling your trip to altogether, postpone your trip instead. This can be done in several ways, including hotel room vouchers and flex-days, which are much better options than canceling outright or getting a refund.

Planning to re-visit the Durango area in the future is one of the best ways to support our local communities!

Policies to postpone or reschedule vary from business-to-business. Contact the business directly to discuss adjusting your reservations or bookings.

Plan Your Visit 

If you're looking at planning a trip to the Durango area in the future, it's a great time to plan what you're going to see and do in and around the City. Download our free travel planner and start planning your trip today!