Of all the places we visited in Colorado this summer, Durango is the one I truly hated to leave.
The climate was pleasant and the town is the rare combination of charming AND prepared for guests. There’s a ton of opportunity to get outside and plenty of places to be entertained and engaged.
This southwest Colorado town was founded in 1880. It has a rich railroad history and is near Mesa Verde National Park which I enjoyed immensely (aside from the snake).
The Animas River cuts through town and there’s a River Walk that gives you a beautiful place to view the water while getting some exercise.
The historic downtown district has a host of restaurants and cute shops including some great used bookstores. We had a few delicious meals here too.
My friend was especially thrilled to find that the local humane society runs a thrift store. It was a nice one too, arranged more like a boutique than a traditional thrift store which always seem a little too messy.
This area is blessed with charm, beauty and so much opportunity for exploration I regretted not scheduling more time to enjoy it.
I’m already plotting a return trip next year. This time, I’ll be with two friends and I’m hoping to find a good Airbnb in Durango to use as home base while we adventure.
Isn’t it wonderful having a place to look forward to exploring?