Destination guide

Main Avenue and mountains—a small town with big attractions

Tucked away in southwestern Colorado, the small town of Durango offers a peaceful and laid-back vibe. Main Avenue is the primary thoroughfare of historic downtown Durango, where you can spend a leisurely day exploring the community's more than 200 boutique shops, restaurants, and bars. Step outside your Durango vacation rental and you'll find you're never far from an adventure. Nestled in Animas River Valley and surrounded by mountains, Durango and its rural landscape provide an array of outdoor recreational activities. The Animas River, which cuts through the heart of the city, also offers its own host of adventures.

Things to do

Choo choo! All aboard the fun train!

Before you check out of your Durango vacation rental, you need to do one thing—take a ride aboard the iconic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The 1920s, steam-powered train travels to the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado, passing through rugged mountains and canyons. Back in Durango, the affiliated Railroad Museum highlights historic railway items, including restored locomotives and baggage cars. If you want to step back in time even further, make the 35-minute drive to Mesa Verde National Park, where you can tour Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings of ancient Native American cultures, complete with intricate rock cravings.


Just go with the flow—playtime in the Animas River

Your Durango vacation rental will be a good place to rest your feet at the end of a long day. But your adventures begin on the Animas River, where you can try your hand at fly fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. If you prefer land-based activities, head into the mountains for some hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing. Durango is also about 30 minutes from some ski areas, including Purgatory Resort, a 4-season resort with alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling in the winter, and miniature golf, ziplining, and alpine slide rides during warmer weather.


Spanning seasons: scorching summers to wintery wonderlands

If you're visiting Durango in the summer, slap on the sunscreen as temperatures climb into the 80s, the humidity is high, and the sun is shining. Fall features mild daytime highs in the 60s and 70s, along with a little bit of rain. When winter comes it's time to break out the parka. Daytime highs hover in the low 40s, but the real issue is snowfall—from December through February, the region sees close to 50 inches of white powder. Things start to thaw out in the spring when temperatures climb into the 50s and 60s.

Natural features

Take a hike! Get off the grid and get lost in nature

Just north of Durango lies the majestic sight of the San Juan Mountains, with jagged, rocky peaks towering in the distance. Between the mountains and Durango, you'll find the San Juan National Forest, a 1.8-million-acre wilderness area, where you can hike through dense forests, drive along scenic byways, and camp beside mountain lakes. The forest is also a popular spot with local hunters as they search for a variety of wildlife, from deer and elk, to turkeys and blue grouse. Be sure to take precautions during your adventures as the forest is also home to black bears and mountain lions.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Durango

Fly into Durango, CO (AMK-Animas Air Park), the closest airport, located 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Durango, CO (DRO-La Plata County), which is 10.6 mi (17.1 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad Station.

Where to stay around Durango?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 734 vacation rentals near Durango. From 84 Cabins to 292 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Durango for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Durango?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Durango:

  • Purgatory Resort: 169 vacation rentals
  • Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive): 197 vacation rentals
  • Rockwood Estates: 33 vacation rentals
  • Telluride Ski Resort: 1,051 vacation rentals
  • Dalton Ranch: 38 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Durango?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Durango. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: 349 vacation rentals
  • Cliffs at Tamarron: 649 vacation rentals
  • Animas Mountain Trailhead: 368 vacation rentals
  • Durango Community Recreation Center: 367 vacation rentals
  • Fort Lewis College: 354 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Durango listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Durango?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 84 Cabins in Durango. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Durango include:

  • Houses: 292 rentals available
  • Cottages: 84 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 251 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Durango?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 241 vacation rentals with pool available in Durango. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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