How to get precious ore out of the mountains? Build a railroad…and a town. Durango was founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad now hauls only tourists –about 200,000 people each year! It has been running for 120 years after all. The museum is worth a look too.
Some of Durango’s greatest assets are the San Juan National Forest and the glorious San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains. They are a great place to explore, to hike, to play – all year round. You live outdoors through all 4 seasons in this neighborhood.
Do you like movies? Durango is the setting for some really cool ones – like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, City Slickers, Cliffhanger, National Lampoons’ Vacation, Night Passage, Ticket to Tomahawk, Around the World in Eighty Days, How the West Was Won, and Tracker. Don’t forget the annual film festival too!
Visit the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College , the Southern Ute Cultural Center, the Animas History Museum and Durango & Silverton round house museum for a great over view of local history.