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Visit Durango Colorado




With 30% of our local economy fueled by tourism and 1-in-4 jobs in Durango being a byproduct of our tourism industry, we monitor travel trends in our area because it impacts real estate.


This week, Durango’s tourism entity, VISIT DURANGO, reported results from a traveler sentiment survey gauging the impact of Stay-at-Home in which 1,000 responded. Two-thirds said it will be at least one month after the order is lifted before they feel safe to travel. Although our nation was expecting a strong summer for drive-vacations due to low fuel prices, now international travel will be replaced by domestic “bucket list” destinations.


In addition, our area is better positioned for recovery for these reasons:




  • Durango area is considered a “drive destination” and stopover when visiting several national parks, like Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Chimney Rock National Monument, Colorado National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Canyonlands and the Grand Canyon.


  • Our nearby scenic by-way, the Million Dollar Highway, is breathtaking from within a vehicle.


  • Our area is rural, remote, less populated than urban destinations.


  • Our mid-tier pricing is less expensive than more luxurious spots and will be desirable by many due to less discretionary income.


  • Variety of lodging alternatives (boutique hotels, vacation rentals, RV camper parks) where sanitizing can be managed easier versus mega hotels in big resorts.


  • Quality and variety of outdoor recreation options allowing physical-distancing, like mountain biking mecca, scenic road cycling routes, river rafting, hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, boating, fishing, camping, hot springs, etc.


  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad expects to be operating this summer adhering to health regulations.




Travel ideas at VISIT DURANGO



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