SOURCE: Durango Area Tourism Office

Durango Area Tourism Office

January 09, 2015 10:53 ET

Durango, Colorado Outside the Guide

Discover What's Hot in This Southwestern Colorado Mountain Town

DURANGO, CO--(Marketwired - Jan 9, 2015) - 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. 2015 is the year of the sheep, but don't just follow the flock -- step out and try the unique things Durango has to offer.

Culinary Durango
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. Agriculture is at the heart of the community supported by a strong "eat local" mindset and an abundance of locally grown and raised meat, vegetables and food products.

6 Breweries and 2 Distilleries
Self-proclaimed as the "City of Brewerly Love," a trip to Durango isn't complete without a pint from one of our six craft breweries. 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, distilled spirits using regional ingredients. While Honey House Distillery blends premium bourbon whiskey and Honeyville Rocky Mountain honey.

Animas River Trail
This beautiful trail weaves its way through town alongside the Animas River. Along the trail watch rafters splash through the new Smelter rapid, swing by the Durango Powerhouse museum, stop by the Durango Library, Inhabit yoga, and the local Fish Hatchery.

History Comes Alive
West of Durango, Mesa Verde Country is the archaeological center of America: Mesa Verde National Park (UNESCO World Heritage), the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Or head east and visit the newly designated Chimney Rock National Monument.

Unique Lodging
When you're ready to tuck yourself in for the night, here are some unique places to rest your head. Choose from one of our historic hotels, sleep slope side at Durango Mountain Resort, snuggle into a cozy inn or B&B, kick back at an authentic western cabin or ranch, or camp out close to the stars.

Durango Mountain Resort
With 88 trails across 1,360 skiable acres, Durango Mountain Resort (DMR) was named "Top 3 Livable Ski Towns" and "Best Ski Value in North America" for two years in a row. New this year: 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. 

Arts in the Community
A walk down historic Main Avenue reveals a thriving art scene with everything from small, local art cooperatives to galleries hosting work from world-famous artists. Enjoy live performances at the Strater Theatre and Community Concert Hall, live music at restaurants and theatre at the Durango Arts Center. In March, 2015, Durango Film celebrates a decade of the independent film festival.

San Juan Scenic Byway
The San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway is a scenic byway designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Durango is just one stop on this truly spectacular 236-mile route.

About the Durango Area Tourism Office
The Durango Area Tourism Office 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.

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