Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
Just a hop, skip, and a modest jump away from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum is the Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn. Bring along your skis for a trip to the nearby Durango Mountain Resort or your hiking boots for a visit to Mesa Verde National Park, home to the immaculately preserved cliff dwellings of the Anasazi tribe.
- Complimentary continental breakfast is included; the hotel's spread features waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, and 100% Arabica coffee
- Take a dip in the hotel's indoor pool and hot tub
- In-room amenities: cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, and free WiFi
- Distance to Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum: 2 blocks
- Distance to Durango Mountain Resort: 27 miles
Durango, Colorado: Railroad Town Close to Ski Resort and Archeological Preserve
Established by the Denver and Rio Grande Railway to service the gold and silver mines in the San Juan Mountains, Durango's history is intertwined with that of the locomotive. The same steam train that ran 131 years ago is still in operation today; interested parties can ride it through breathtaking mountain scenery by embarking from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum.
There are other fun ways of traveling through Durango—cutting through the heart of downtown is the Animas River, a popular whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing destination. It served as the filming location for the famous jump scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The river also boasts gold medal fly fishing.
Come winter, residents trade their fishing rods for ski poles and head to Durango Mountain Resort, located just 35 minutes from the city. The resort features 85 downhill skiing trails—accessible by 11 ski lifts—as well as two terrain parks.
While you're here, it's worth it to visit Mesa Verde National Park, located about 35 miles from town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is home to some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world, built by the Ancestral Puebloan people possibly as far back at the year 600 A.D.