The train trip from Durango to...
The train trip from Durango to Silverton is a definite MUST when visiting Durango. If the price is too steep, consider a one-way train trip, boarding a bus to Silverton and taking the train back. This city has lots of walking trails and parks, my favorite is the paved trail along the Animas River which runs through the city.
Whatever Walking/Hiking shoes, whether you are touring main street or taking advantage of the many excellent trails in the area (the Colorado trail runs from Durango to Denver), chances are you will be spending a lot of time on your feet.
Light, comfortable clothing in the summer, warm layers in winter (depending on the day I wear anything from a t-shirt to a winter coat)
Many people would want to bring a hat, the sun is much more intense in dry climate at 6500 feet than it is at sea level.
Mid-July through mid-September is our monsoon season, accompanied by sudden, brief downpours and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Sunscreen!
If camping, don't use fruity shampoo if you can help it, the bears are really hungry this year! Anything you want! If you decide to go camping or hiking in the mountains or the desert, be sure to bring plenty of water! Every person in your group should have their own supply when hiking, preferably more than those dinky little 8-12 oz bottles. The dry climate, wind, intense sun, altitude, and physical exertion all conspire to dehydrate you. A properly hydrated person will have more energy and will be less susceptable to altitude sickness. Remember, if you start to feel thirsty, your already 2 quarts behind!
Also, if you are camping, make sure you keep your food in a bear-resistant location and never sleep with food or wrappers in your tent! Nylon will not stop a bear!
This is the oldest hotel in Durango, which was finished in 1893. The hotel has a good collection of antique items from Durango's past. Included with the hotel is the famous Diamond Belle Saloon. Please note that I am listing this as a must see activity because I did not stay in this hotel.
Durango and My Railroad Excursion
Durango is the largest town in southwestern Colorado. Durango's claim to fame is its railroad, the Durango and Silverton Railroad. We came to Durango to take an excursion on the railroad. Durango also has a nice downtown, which definitely has an old western appeal to it. The town is large enough to have a lot of services too. Durango is a great location for a vacation destination.