Once a frontier mining town, Durango draws thousands of tourists year-round for the myriad outdoor recreational activities and scenic beauty. Mountain bikers, rafters, kayakers, horseback riders, rock climbers, hikers, campers, hunters and fishermen are drawn to the two-million acre San Juan National Forest and to the San Juan mountains, the largest range in the Rockies. But the city's biggest tourist draw is a nine-hour historic train ride in a vintage steam locomotive. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which hauled precious metals in the 1880s, now takes tourists for a 47-mile, open-air journey through mountains and forests and past abandoned mines to historic Silverton and back. Children and train buffs will relish the chance to climb into a locomotive and pore over railroad memorabilia at the railroad's museum. Skiers flock to the Durango Mountain Resort in winter, which also offers hiking, fishing, rafting and horseback riding in warmer months. Slow down your pace with a stroll past splendidly restored Victorian buildings in historic Downtown Durango and wind up a very active weekend in a local brewpub or saloon.
Things to do in Durango
5 based on 313 reviews
Sweet and Savory Crepe to enjoy on the beautifull Patio ,.Wines and Beers also available .
This small corner establishment in the heart of old town Durango, has bar none, the best crepes. You have a choice between flavorful lunch 'main dish' fare or deliciously decadent dessert crepes. They are made to order and are SO GOOD!!Thank you very much for your compliments,I really try to provide my customers with a special experience in both,food quality and atmosphere,
4.5 based on 146 reviews
Dine alfresco on the Terraces overlooking James Ranch with our menu that offers all organic ingredients that are harvested from the ranch or local vendors such as delicious hamburgers, steak sandwiches, fresh salads, gourmet grilled-cheese melts and in the winter we add chili savory soups! We serve what is in season to make sure you receive the highest density of flavor and nutrition. While you are waiting for your food or after you eat you can take a self-guided walking tour as well as pet our kid goats (during our summer hours only). Dogs are welcome on leash. Summer hours are from Memorial Day weekend to the 2nd Saturday in October open Mon.-Sat. from 11am to 7pm. During the winter hours of operation we are open on Saturdays only from 11am to 5pm. We have a large canvas tent with a wood burning stove for the seating in the winter.
Burgers, salads, and more all fresh from the farm. Tasty GF bun available for sandwiches. All the seating is outside overlooking a green valley, across from mountain hills. Just sit and watch the birds, check out the goat pen, or enjoy a visit by a rooster.
and, stop in the little ranch market to pick up fresh meat, veggies, berries, and ice cream -- the mint chip ice cream is to die for.
4.5 based on 185 reviews
Fusion Asian Bistro w/ sushi & many different varieties of rice bowls and noodle bowls
This isn't your regular sushi restaurant. They have many unusual selections which is exactly what we were looking for. The also have noodle bowls and salads for rounding out your meal. You won't leave hungry, and everything is quick in arriving. Restaurant is small so get there early. Get suggestions from your wait person, as ours was very helpful and knowledgeable.
4.5 based on 168 reviews
Stopped in for breakfast. I was traveling solo but could quickly tell this place is popular with the college set as well as the retirees. I'm guessing it's also very busy for breakfast. I arrived around 9 and took the only table available. Ordered the green chili chicken tamale breakfast plate. It arrived quickly and looked great!! In addition to the tamales it came with eggs (ordered over easy), salad and a mix of black and pinto beans with cojita cheese. Everything tasted wonderful but the beans. They tasted like they came straight from a can. A little cilantro, cumin and garlic salt would have helped the flavor!! Otherwise it was a pleasant experience and I would come back.
4.5 based on 809 reviews
Long time locals, Todd, Lisa and Grant Gibson have been part of the Durango community for 22 years. As Bayfield residents, Todd spent many years as a volunteer firefighter, including fighting the Missionary Ridge fires. Lisa's passion for entertaining led to the family's purchase of Farquarhts in 2008. Starting as Derailed Saloon and then transitioning over the last 7 years into a warm & welcoming Speak Easy style venue, that has become the "The Pour House". Lisa and Todd have worked whole heartedly to maintain a clean, safe, friendly, fun and affordable atmosphere in a warm and welcoming environment, which creates not just a night out on the town but a true Durango experience. Lisa knows and states that "she is only as good as her people" which is evident by her appreciation of her staff and customers. She embraces all that it takes to have a place where anyone can go, alone or with a group, and feel that they belong. The Pour House caters to all your needs. Projection screens and a sound system make this spot an ideal location for fundraising and other professional events. Scratch-made food prepared daily using locally grown, seasonal ingredients, craft martinis and cocktails, 14 draft beers and an affordable wine list only adds to the versatility of this bar. A grand mahogany bar from 1890s Silverton, a wood burning fireplace, open-air windows, 6 large HD TVs and 3 big screens creates the perfect environment to enjoy our large variety of appetizers and shared plates. Local and traveling musicians and a dueling piano bar only add to the Speak Easy feel of this local bar & restaurant that you can call your own. Come on in to experience this one of a kind place in the heart of Durango. Don't miss our dueling piano events on select Friday & Saturday nights! Music starts at 8:30pm.
I’m from out of state but always make it a point to stop here. Great food and even better customer service. Went this past weekend and Kaija the bartender is our new favorite the other dude is okay.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Be Our Guest! Owners Ken & Sue Fusco welcome you to their casual, fine dining restaurant. Enjoy great food and great service, all in a comfortable atmostphere. Their Modern American Bistro menu has something for everyone. We promise you'll feel right at home at our place whether just enjoying a night out on the town or a special occasion.
The family gathered for some amazing seafood. The scallops were perfectly sauced with creamy chardonnay and mushroom sauce. The salmon was perfection with a complement of basmati rice and light vegetables. The grouper was amazingly crusted in pistachios. Finished with delicious cocktails and molten chocolate cake. Jonathan, our waiter was intelligent and entertaining.
4.5 based on 193 reviews
Seriously best breakfast downtown! We actually ate here two mornings in a row because we loved it so much! I got the Skillet and my husband got the corned beef hash plate. Best breakfast we've had all vacation!!! Eat here!!! Service was beyond excellent too!
4.5 based on 327 reviews
From farm to table and vine to wine Eolus Bar & Dining offers something for everyone. The local bounty shines through as the restaurant features an array of local products from farms, ranches, vinters, and breweries around southwest Colorado. Offering distinct places to enjoy the cuisine the rooftop patio is covered providing ample protection from the elements while providing premium views of the surrounding mountains. The elegant dining room provides choices of tables or booths to relax and sample creative concoctions from the bar. Eolus is great place to celebrate special occasions so be sure to let us know how we can elevate your dining experience. We are open 7 nights a week starting at 4:30.
On a return trip from Alta,UT to home in Taos, NM we stayed in Durango, CO overnight. Fortunately we selected Eolus for dinner that evening. The entire evening was outstanding. Highlights were the salmon entree paired with an outstanding pinot noir from Central Otago, NZ. The service was some of the best we have experienced in our travels. The bread from their own baker could compete with any bakery in Paris. The only problem was their online reservation service. I had made a reservation several weeks in advance via online, but when we arrived the reservation was lost or misplaced.
4.5 based on 822 reviews
Established in 1972, the Ore House is one of Durango's oldest and finest restaurants. Featuring hand cut USDA certified Black Angus prime and choice steaks, steaks from ranches surrounding southwest Colorado, sustainable seafood, all natural poultry, seasonal local produce, and homemade desserts.
I first visited the Ore House in 1977 on a job interview with a local oilfield company - enjoyed the meal then but did not accept the job offer. Now retired I returned last month. Place is smaller than I remembered but steak was just as I remembered - excellent! Good atmosphere, good food and great drinks made it a great experience. While a bit pricey for Durango, will n
4.5 based on 895 reviews
Authentic Neapolitan wood fired pizza, artisan sandwiches, salads. Full bar and seasonal rooftop patio.
Wow! We are impressed with the pizza at this great little restaurant in Durango! The bruschetta was amazing! All the ingredients were so fresh and flavorful! Atmosphere of the restaurant was perfect for a night out, but nothing too wild! Our waitress was sweet, helpful and prompt! Enjoyed the leftover pizza the next day!
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