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Historic Downtown Durango

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Address: 802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
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+1 970-247-3500
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Many of the original buildings constructed and used by the area's pioneers...

Many of the original buildings constructed and used by the area's pioneers can be found in this interesting and charming section of town that includes the grand Strater Hotel, built in 1887 and still in operation today, plus the world famous Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. You'll find unique shops, amazing restaurants for all budgets, and plenty of events year round in Historic Downtown Durango.

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We traveled to Durango for a 4 day visit. We came mainly to visit the National Parks, Mesa Verde being the main one. Durango is a quaint town. A lot of nice galleries , shops... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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AZ
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We traveled to Durango for a 4 day visit. We came mainly to visit the National Parks, Mesa Verde being the main one. Durango is a quaint town. A lot of nice galleries , shops and restaurants. Ate at a lot of nice places and had a free lunch at the train station with a band playing.. Not bad. .We... More 

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to Durango and for the review! I was at the Train Station that same day with my son, enjoyed the celebration with them on the eve of the return of daily trains to Silverton. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I were so excited to revisit Durango. But things changed dramatically in the past 15 years. Far busier and more commercialized. We were sadly disappointed.

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Yes, we are a growing town for sure. Our Downtown remains the heart of our community with 200 unique stores, shops, businesses and restaurants. More 

Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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470 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walked around the shops here then caught the train the next day to Silverton. Great variety of eating places and cafe's to take advantage of, nice little town.

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Durango! More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Durango is a great town. We loved the shops and numerous restaurants. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We went to a comedy club and rode the train to Silverton.

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and for visiting Durango! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love walking downtown Durango and exploring the shops. Of course there are the usual touristy made in China places but there's also the Shared Blanket where you can pick up Native American art, lovely jewelry, and baskets and trinkets from around the world. The proprietress is friendly, helpful and not pushy. We bought beautiful photography at a gallery. There... More 

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Thank SeguinX2
TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, glad you had a good visit here! We love Donna at A Shared Blanket, what a great shop she has right next to the Train Depot. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice town with good restaurants and galleries. We were expecting a more Western themed city but this place is far from that category.

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Downtown Durango has plenty of western, from the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad that has been operating since the 1800's, to the Strater Hotel which has also been around since 1800's, to staged gunfights in summer in front of the Diamond Belle Saloon, to horse drawn carriage rides, to all the historic buildings in our Downtown. But we... More 

Durango, Colorado
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited downtown for the recent Gallery Walk. Many of the galleries had live music and refreshments. Lots of couples and groups out enjoying the restaurants, shopping and galleries.

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We are lucky to have world class art galleries in our little town! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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137 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought we would give Durango another try. Big mistake. If anything the homeless have gotten more numerous and aggressive. There must be a big welcome mat out for them. You have to choose Durango. Do you want paying tourists or homeless? It seems to me it's the latter. We did not feel safe here!!!! My advice: Stay away.

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

So sorry you had a bad experience. We do have panhandlers in our town, as does every other town in the nation. Since our Downtown is small and compact, it is easier to see this issue than perhaps it is in larger communities. No welcome mat is being rolled out, but people come here because it's beautiful with good weather.... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 8 blocks of historic Durango are worth walking several times. Each view shows something new you missed the last passing. Mostly quaint local shops with local wares, and unfortunately a lot of repeats, but very friendly shop keepers make the journey enjoyable.

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, and for visiting! More 

Tullahoma, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple of hours in the historic downtown area, sitting at a sidewalk cafe watching the people passing---river rats from the rafting and kayaking community, students from the area college, tourists like ourselves, and a great variety of others. There are lots of shops offering outdoor gear if you need to replace or add anything for your hikes... More 

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TimWalsworth, Public Relations Manager at Historic Downtown Durango, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! Glad you had a good time! More 

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