The City of Durango is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of La Plata County, Colorado. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 15,501 in 2005.
Durango is nestled in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. The Animas River - El Río de las Animas Perdidas or the River of Lost Souls - runs through downtown and boasts gold medal fly fishing waters and is very popular for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Durango is an outdoor activity paradise - Hiking, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting, off-roading, year-round fishing, kayaking, rafting and golfing - to name just a few.
In the winter, Durango has easy access to five major ski areas, including Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, located just 25 minutes north of downtown. Located 35 miles west of Durango is Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings.
Durango's Primary Attraction is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a heritage railway which travels from Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado on steam-powered trains with rolling stock dating back to the 1920s and before.
Durango hosted the first-ever Mountain Bike World Championships in 1990.
Also Durango is home to the Snowdown Festival, an event which includes fireworks and a parade. The centerpiece, the parade, usually occurs the last Friday of January or the first Friday of February.
A Site Built for Mountain Bikers...by Mountain Bikers