“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Durango, CO – You know, it is getting more and more difficult to find interesting small towns to write about. But that’s not because there aren’t any left. The reason for that is because there are so many small towns scattered around the country that, no matter which one we choose, it seems as though we’ve already written about a place close to it.
Can’t Go Wrong With Colorful Colorado
It’s like every state has a ton of outstandingly interesting small towns. It is becoming increasingly difficult to stay original, because, all we have to work with is 50 states. And we’re bound to go through all of them more than once, right? Well, that’s why we’ve turned to Colorado yet again this time. The place we want to tell you about is called Durango, and it is truly idyllic.
The county seat of La Plata County, Colorado, Durango is a town with a population of just under 18,000. Its roots date back to September of 1881. That’s when the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad organized the town for the purposes of serving the San Juan mining district. The origin of the name is also very interesting. Durango, CO, was named after Durango, Mexico, which was similarly named after Durango, Spain. The word itself is a derivate from the word “urango,” which is Basque for “water town.”
If It Can Be Done Outdoors, It Can Be Done In Durango, CO
When it comes to activities one can participate in while in this gorgeous town, there is a wide selection. Pretty much anything can be done here, especially outdoors. Durango is actually an enormous mountain biking community. For example, the Iron Horse Classic brings in cyclists from around the country every Memorial Day weekend for a race with the steam train. Whitewater rafting, top-notch style, is celebrated on the nearby rivers during Animas River Days.
There are also the Weminuche Wilderness Area and San Juan National Forest, which boast camping and backpacking as prime activities. And for the all-out outdoor weekend, check out Vallecito Lake. It’s actually a reservoir that allows you to hike, fish, rent a cabin or just sit around and enjoy the fresh air surrounding a high-mountain lake.
Why Not Visit Durango, CO, And Be A Part Of The Party?
And one should never forget about the food. Indeed, great food is a given in Durango. Regardless of whether you’re looking for gourmet natural foods and locally-roasted coffee or authentic Mexican pastries and award-winning micro-brewed beer, Durango has got you covered. The amazing selection of exquisite eateries is something every guest cites upon leaving. The cuisines on offer range from the more traditional to progressive. Mind you, the former embraces the area’s ranching tradition, which is why it is so popular.
All in all, it is no secret that Durango, CO, has become one of the latest boom towns in the West. This because it offers an eclectic mix of tourism, industry and economic agriculture. And when this killer combo is introduced to the local population of students from Fort Lewis College, not to mention outdoor enthusiasts who visit the area to bask in the high-country adventures of Colorado, the end result is a youthful, vibrant town that boasts an incredibly energetic vibe. And all they need to complete the picture is – you!