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Columbine Ranger District- Much of this district can be reached via US 550. Excellent fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and backpacking await, as does the unique Durango-Silverton Railroad.

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Description - Historic Durango is home base for the San Juan National Forest Administration and the home of Fort Lewis College, a four-year liberal arts institution. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of the city's most popular attractions, drawing hundreds of thousands of sightseers and fun seekers every year. Mesa Verde National Park is within easy driving range and a drive on the San Juan Skyway provides a scenic tour of the region. Purgatory Ski Resort, the Animas River and the surrounding national forest makes Durango a good place to begin an outdoor adventure in any season.

Recreation - Sight seeing, scenic driving, rock climbing, hiking, mountain and road biking, camping, kayaking and rafting opportunities abound in the Durango area during warm weather. Telemark and alpine skiing, snowboarding, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling have become popular winter recreation pursuits in the area.

Climate - Durango is typical of the climate in southwest Colorado. Dry days with the occasional summer thundershower are common in the summer months. Light snowfall comes in the winter.

Location - Durango is in Southwest Colorado, about 40 miles from Mesa Verde National Park. Durango can be reached from Montrose, Ouray and Silverton via U.S. 550. U.S. 160 goes east to west through Durango giving easy access to Cortez and Pagosa Springs.

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Contact Information:
Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884
, durango@frontier.net

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Southwest Region - This region lies south of the Elk Mountains and Grand Mesa and west of the Continental Divide. It includes spectacular mountains, and varied terrain that supports recreation activities of many types and all skill levels.

ATV Historical Color Tour - A non-profit event that benifits two charity's in the Buena Vista area
Durango Area Chamber Resort Association - Information about the Durango area from the local chamber.
San Juan Field Office - Official Bureau of Landmanagement website.
San Juan National Forest - Official Forest Service website.
Wildflower Mountain Biking - Technique video and DVD designed for the women mountain biker.


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