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Native American History

Colorado’s oldest residents arrived nearly one thousand years ago. Before there was Durango, Native Americans roamed in the southwest and called this land home. Today, Durango celebrates historic origins through events, music, art, dress, and more.

Take a deep dive into southwestern history when you visit destinations like Mesa Verde National Park, Chimney Rock National Monument, the Southern Ute Cultural Center, and more. Visit the galleries and exhibits in town, where you’ll find just how strong Native American history is woven into our city’s story. Drive the Tracks Across Borders Scenic & Historic Byway to experience this landscape firsthand.