The Durango Lifestyle
The Historic town of Durango, with more than 16,000 residents, is the largest town in southwest Colorado and serves as the center of La Plata County with a population of 54,000. Durango is a charming and friendly community that offers a blend of Old West frontier spirit, diverse progressive social opportunities and natural beauty. Home to Fort Lewis College, the area has a rich history and a diverse culture with a broad spectrum of lifestyles. Durango is a place to be…not to be seen…a place where who you are counts more than what you are.
The Durango area offers an abundance of opportunities for recreation, culture and entertainment, extraordinary dining, and education.
Durango is a bicycling mecca and numerous competitions have been hosted by Durango over the years including the first World Mountain Biking Championships and the annual Iron Horse Classic which draws pro and amateur racers from around the country.
There are multiple rivers including The Animas which flows through town which provide white water rafting and kayaking opportunities.
Purgatory Ski Area at Durango Mountain Resort is just a 20 minute drive north of town and provides a multitude of recreational opportunities. The surrounding San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness Area offer tremendous access to hiking, horseback riding, fishing, snowmobiling etc. For the adventurous, nearby Silverton Mountain provides extreme skiing diversity. Boating can be enjoyed on nearby lakes and there are several golf course choices including Dalton Ranch, Glacier Club and Hillcrest. From extreme mountain and river experiences, to leisurely walks on the Animas River Trail, Durango offers recreational activities for everyone.
The Durango area offers world-renowned attractions including the historic Anasassi Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with steam engines connecting Durango with the historic mining town of Silverton high in the San Juan Mountains
Durango offers numerous restaurants which offer culinary pleasures that will satisfy every appetite…from casual family dining to various fine dining experiences…from fresh sushi and traditional southwest fare to hearty steakhouses not to mention 28 places to enjoy pizza. You can also imbibe in a variety of locally brewed beer from one of the four local micro-breweries. Durango has been compared to San Francisco as regards per capita restaurants.
The Durango community enjoys numerous cultural diversions such as ski area tent concerts organized by Music in the Mountains and performed by various artists of different genres from ragtime jazz to orchestral symphonies and a variety of music and dance performances conducted at the Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Local acting companies perform regularly at a couple of different venues and live music can be enjoyed in numerous drinking/dining establishments around town.
Durango has been nationally recognized numerous times for standout Lifestyle attributes some of which are referenced below:
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