Where snowcapped peaks meet the desert Southwest, Durango, Colorado pulses with natural, historical, and cultural riches. From art galleries to restaurants, 300 days of sunshine to 300 miles of trail, you’ll adjust to the elevation in no time. The only question left to ponder is how will you adventure?
Mountain bikers enjoy hundreds of miles of trails through desert sagebrush, Ponderosa forest, and alpine tundra, while scenic mountain roads combine beauty and challenge for those who prefer to ride asphalt. All of this is supported by a strong community culture of cycling, local bike races, and a championship cycling program at Fort Lewis College.
There are even more places to explore by foot, from Colorado's largest roadless area, the Weminuche Wilderness, to the otherworldly landscape of southeastern Utah’s national parks, where hiking and backpacking is available year-round.
Skiers and snowboarders have their pick of mountains in the area, with some of the most coveted resorts in Colorado only a few hours away, including Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton and Wolf Creek, and endless backcountry options for those seeking to skip the lifts. What's more, First-year students receive free passes to Purgatory ski resort.
Rock climbing in Moab, ice climbing in Ouray, running on the Colorado Trail... whatever your pleasure, world class adventures await.
With 1000-year-old Ancestral Puebloan structures tucked into canyon alcoves, 500-year-old Spanish colonial missions, and 150-year-old mining equipment dotting the landscape of the Four Corners region, Durango is in the seat of some of the nation’s most prized archaeological and historical treasures. This is evidenced in the many national parks and national monuments honoring the people who have shaped the Southwest.
It doesn’t stop with historical artifacts; the human spirit thrives today in Durango. Downtown is full of art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and local businesses and community organizations. By day, the city offers cozy delights, like a bustling farmers’ market in the fall, while by night, it buzzes with music and the glow of restaurant windows.