Durango, like all the cities in this part of Colorado, goes back to the mining days of the late 1800’s. There was no actual mining done here but the city was established by the railroad to serve the San Juan mining district.
Durango is nestled in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. The Animas River runs through downtown and boasts gold medal fly fishing waters, and is popular for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Durango is also popular for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting, off-roading, year-round fishing, kayaking and golfing.
Durango is the largest town that we have been in lately and it even has a Wal-Mart. We headed downtown and enjoyed the old section of town. (Knowing how to parallel park paid off again.) Many of the stores are geared to the tourist but they are in the old 1880 buildings that make downtown very interesting. We had lunch at “Nini’s Taqueria Funky Casual Mexican Restaurant”. The food was good and we figured out the casual Mexican part but we were never sure about the funky part.
Got to ride my bike along the bike trail that runs along the Animas River and through downtown Durango. The trail runs about 8 miles and I got to see all the activity on the river with all the rafters and the folks enjoying running the rapids.
We even managed to find a Hot Rod club holding a bar-b-que near the river.