Recommendations from Notable Locals
Ultimate Day for the Beer Lover
From dawn to dusk, the best brews in Durango.
The Ultimate Durango Day for the Foodie
A foodie’s perfect day in the culinary destination of Durango, Colorado.
The Ultimate Day for the Fly Fishing Lover
How anglers can spend the perfect day in Durango.
The Ultimate Day for the Coffee Lover
From sunrise to sunset, how travelers can enjoy the quality roasts in Durango.
Ultimate Day for the Spirits Lover
Where to find quality booze and bitters in Durango.
The Ultimate Day in Durango for the Climbing and Bouldering Lover
The perfect day for the Durango climber, from sunrise to sunset.
10 Ways to Get a Taste of Old Wild West Heritage in Durango
Get in touch with Durango’s cowboy roots at these area destinations.
Ultimate Day for the Hiking and Camping Lover
The perfect day for outdoor adventurers in Durango.
Ultimate Day for the Water Sports Lover
The best rafting, paddleboarding, and surfing in Durango.
Ultimate Day for the Shopping and Art Lover
A relaxing day in Durango for shopping and art.
About the Durango Field Guide
A locals' field guide to Durango, Colorado built by Dirt Road Travels.
Ultimate Day for the Old Wild West Lover
The best way to spend a day enjoying Durango's Wild West historic roots.
The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Durango
A guide to 48 hours in Southwest Colorado.
8 Epic Daytrips from Durango, Colorado
The best excursions in the San Juans.
6 Local Shops to Check Out in Durango
From outdoor gear to vintage gems, where to shop in Durango, Colorado.
6 Best Post-Hike Happy Hours in Durango
The best spots for affordable drinks and grub after a day in the mountains.
Greatest Patios for Wining & Dining in the Durango Sunshine
The best views for drinks and dinner in Durango.
4 Beloved Durango Chefs’ Favorite Dishes at Their Restaurants
Four Durango chefs and tastemakers dish on their own great cuisine.
Best Farm to Table Restaurants in Durango
The best locally sourced eats in Southwest Colorado.
7 Most Unique Dining & Drinking Experiences Durango Has to Offer
A local guide to the most unique dining and drinking experiences in Durango, Colorado.
9 Mountain Biking Trails to Hit around Durango
The best mountain biking for every skill level in the Four Corners.
Locals' Favorite Climbing Routes Near Durango
The best climbing destinations in and around Durango, Colorado.
Best Fly Fishing Spots Near Durango
Your in-depth guide to the fly fishing destinations in the San Juan Mountains.
The Best Hidden Hiking Trails in Durango
A guide to the best off-road hiking trails in Durango, Colorado.
The Best Spots to Catch Live Music in Durango
The coolest music venues to check out in Durango, Colorado.
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11th Street Station
“I've been obsessed with the 11th Street Eatery. Their breakfast burritos are awesome.”
“I love to walk down Main Street and 2nd Avenue just because you always run into really neat people, and the shops are great.”
81301 Coffee Roasters
“81301 Coffee Roasters makes their own roast. It’s a really nice cup of coffee.”
Alpine Loop at Silverton
"The Alpine Loop has endless opportunities to explore what to me is the most spectacular part of the Rocky Mountains.”
“Andrews Lake makes for a great day trip from Durango for hiking and fishing.”
Animas Brewing Company
“Animas Brewing has a nice patio, right off the river trail.”
Animas City Mountain
“I’m always ready for a hike up Animas Mountain.”
Animas City Theatre
“Animas City Theatre usually has some good shows. It’s a big, flagship venue.”
Animas River Trail
"I'd probably start my day off walking the river in the morning."
Animas Trading Company
“The owner there is awesome. You can get anything you need there.”
Avalanche Brewing Company
“I’d go to Silverton for lunch at Avalanche Cafe. They have good wraps, good beer.”
BREW Pub & Kitchen
“BREW is a modern brewpub. Very small batch, limited releases of everything. Eric’s been in this town making beer for decades.”
Balcony Bar & Grill
"I would probably take friends to the Balcony and enjoy some live music.”
Big Molas Lake
“I’d take friends to paddleboard around Big Molas Lake.”
“Cantera has really set itself apart in the area for Mexican food. Where else can you get goat on a menu?”
Carver Brewing Company
“I think Carver's on Main Street has the best beers by far."
“We like to go up climbing at Cascade Canyon, which is a really cool area."
Coal Bank Pass
“If you’re into hiking, Coal Bank Pass is really cool.”
College Drive Cafe
“On a weekend, I love getting some breakfast at a favorite breakfast joint. For me, that’s College Drive Cafe.”
“If you're looking for a local trail, the Colorado Trail is always great."
“To get up to Crater Lake, you can make it a day hike or you can backpack and hike up there."
Cream Bean Berry
“Cruise down to Cream Bean Berry to grab some delicious ice cream.”
“Up higher, you’re going to catch a lot more cutthroat trout and brook trout. At lower elevation, you’ll catch more rainbow trout and brown trout.”
“Dinner at Cyprus Cafe. They’re working really hard to provide as much local food as they possibly can on their menu."
Dalla Mountain Park
“Durango is probably one of the most incredible towns you can live in or visit if you’re a mountain bike enthusiast. Right in town, we have the Dalla Mountain Park.”
“For great fly fishing, you always have the Dolores River.”
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
“The Railroad and Railroad Museum are really gems."
Durango Arts Center
Creative center in Durango for art education and exhibition.
Durango Craft Spirits
“Durango Craft Spirits is a high quality distillery right in the middle of town.”
“I love to go to the Durango Diner, have a great breakfast."
"It's pretty much the number one breakfast place in town."
Durango Farmers Market
"It’s always a fun time when you head over to the Durango Farmers Market.”
“Durango Joe’s is a great regular stop for me. It’s an awesome local roastery.”
Durango Outdoor Exchange
“Another favorite of mine is the Durango Outdoor Exchange."
El Moro Tavern
“El Moro is one of my favorite spots in Durango for dinner.”
El Rancho Tavern
“I’d go have a shot and a beer at El Rancho, which is the quintessential dive bar here in Durango.”
“Engineer Mountain is our classic thirteener here that everyone really loves doing."
Ernie's Bar at the 11th Street Station
"Ernie's in an old gas station from the 1950s, and now you can get any crazy beer you want there."
“Falls Creek is a super cool, wet place to go. You can either take your dog or just go hiking.”
“The Florida River has gorgeous views and is one of the most popular rivers around for fly fishing.”
Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall
“I’d catch a concert at Fort Lewis Concert Hall. It's a great place to see a show and a really top notch facility.”
Four Leaves Winery
“Four Leaves Winery is right here in town. They've got a little winery right down on Main as well, and they’re always putting out interesting wines.”
Henry Strater Theatre at the Strater Hotel
"The Henry Strater Theater at the Strater Hotel-- anytime they put on music, that's usually a solid show."
Highway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar
“Highway 3 Roadhouse is another small hidden gem."
"It’s a beautiful hike right in the heart of Durango, just head out your back door.”
“Honeyville is a really cool family-owned honey company. They make everything."
“Horse Gulch is the number one trail system that we're famous for here.”
Ice Lake Basin
“Ice Lake Basin is really accessible from Silverton. I love hiking there and then going above the basin and climbing above those peaks.”
“At James Ranch, they have bees, they grow food in their garden, and they raise cows."
La Plata Canyon
“The Canyon is an awesome place to go hiking or fishing.”
"Lake Nighthorse just opened up, so it could be fun to go up there during the day and either play on a boat or go paddleboarding."
“Head over to Las Platas for a higher-country ride with great views.”
“Lemon Reservoir is another great spot for rock climbing lovers.”
“The Lion’s Den is a little vista above Durango. It’s a great place to kick back, watch a beautiful sunset, and have a glass of wine."
"All the saloons and activities on Main Street keep it fresh and different.”
“You’ve got to go to Mesa Verde to see the archeological and cultural background of the area."
Mild to Wild Rafting
Outdoor adventure company for rafting, kayaking and jeep tours.
Million Dollar Highway to Silverton
"In touching on Silverton, that’s such a neat little community up there."
“On the north end of town, there’s Missionary Ridge, which is semi-high country but also considered ‘town riding.’”
Mountain Taco & Tequila
“There's so many amazing restaurants in Durango, but my current favorite is Mountain Tacos & Tequila.”
“If I was coming in from out of town, I’d stay at the O-Bar-O Cabins. You can fly fish their private water on the Florida just before dark.”
Old Hundred Gold Mine
“You've got to go to the Old 100 Mine, and go a quarter of a mile under a mountain, and see what mining was all about."
“I’m all about starting the day with a great breakfast. We have a lot of favorite spots for breakfast: Carver’s and Oscar’s Cafe are two of our local favorites.”
Overend Mountain Park
“One of the most notable spots in town for mountain biking is Overend Mountain Park.”
“The Piedra in between the first and second box canyons are really good for fly fishing.”
Pine Needle Mountaineering
“Probably the best gear store in town. It’s been around forever.”
Pine River (Los Pinos)
“Los Pinos is a great spot for an afternoon of fly fishing.”
Potato Lake Trail
“One of my favorite close to town hikes is up to Potato Lake. It’s only two hours round trip.”
Powerhouse Science Center
"We converted the oldest coal-fired steam operating AC plant in existence. It had been abandoned in the 1970s, and we undertook an effort to rehab it into an interactive access science center and maker lab.”
Pura Vida Cafe
“There are some really neat mom and pop shops in the area that have been around forever, like Pura Vida.”
"It's a good fly fishing spot and a beautiful hike for sure.”
“I have kids, and definitely one of our favorite things to do in the summer is to go up to Purgatory."
Raider Ridge Cafe
“Raider Ridge Cafe is a solid choice for breakfast."
Red Mountain Pass
"Red Mountain is beautiful, but as scary as it comes!”
"Rochester Hotel has been a major success for the last 23 years.”
“Sailing Hawks is one of my favorite places to go mountain biking.”
San Juan River
“There are more mountain streams associated with the San Juan River than you could fish in a lifetime.”
“I’m always wanting to see what creative things they’re doing over at Ska Brewing Company.”
Sky Steps to Fort Lewis
"That’s a pretty awesome hike. And then you get to the top and you're overlooking all of town. It's beautiful.”
“A lot of times I'll do some simple hikes like Smelter Mountain for a cool afternoon.”
Smelter Whitewater Park
“If you're into rafting, Whitewater Park is a great one."
Southern Ute Cultural Center
"For me, their cultural museum is maybe the best Native American Museum in the United States today.”
Steamworks Brewing Company
“Steamworks has a wonderful atmosphere and great local cuisine."
“One of the most exciting local companies is Colorado Sticker Art."
“At the Diamond Belle Saloon in the Strater Hotel, which is one of the hotels on the Historic Register, they have Honky Tonk all summer long."
Studio & Gallery
Intimate art gallery and workspace for local and international artists.