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Welcome to
Durango, Colorado Parks


Elevation 6,512 feet
GIS: 37.2786, -107.8797

The City of Durango is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of La Plata County, Colorado.  The United States Census Bureau said that the city population was 16,887 in 2010 census.

Durango is served by U.S. Highway 160 (the Old Spanish Trail) and U.S. Highway 550. Part of U.S. 550 offers high-speed access (primarily a 4-lane, divided highway) to Albuquerque, New Mexico. North of Durango, 550 is nicknamed the Million Dollar Highway.


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History
The town was organized in September 1881 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG) to serve the San Juan mining district.  The D&RG chose a site south of Animas City for its depot after Animas City refused to pay a dowry to the D&RG.  The city is named after Durango, Mexico, which was named after Durango, Spain. The word Durango originates from the Basque word "Urango" meaning "water town".

Area archaeological sites on the State and National historical registers include:

  • Darkmold Site, a Basketmaker culture

  • Durango Rock Shelters Archeology Site, a Basketmaker and Pueblo culture

  • Spring Creek Archeological District (near Bayfield), another Basketmaker and Pueblo site

  • Talus Village, a Basketmaker site

AttractionsDurango, Clorado
Durango is nestled in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.  The Animas River—El Río de las Animas—runs through downtown and boasts gold medal fly fishing waters, and is popular for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Durango is also popular for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting, off-roading, year-round fishing, kayaking and golfing.

Durango is near five major ski areas, including Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, located twenty-five minutes north of downtown. Located thirty-five miles west of Durango is Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings.

Durango is most known for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a heritage railway, which travels from Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado on steam-powered trains with rolling stock dating back to the 1920s and before.

Durango hosted the first-ever Mountain Bike World Championships in 1990.

Durango is also home to the Snowdown Festival, an event which includes fireworks and a parade. The parade is the centerpiece and usually occurs the last Friday of January or the first Friday of February. Along with the nearby town of Pagosa Springs, Durango also hosts the annual Music in the Mountains summer music festival, which features performances by many of the world's finest classical musicians.

Main Avenue cuts through Downtown Durango, home to clothing boutiques, restaurants, newsstands, tourist and gift shops, a mall, bars, lounges and other businesses. Many buildings downtown are several stories high and include apartments in the upper levels. Durango's two oldest hotels, The General Palmer and The Strater Hotel, are both at the South end of Main Avenue, one and two blocks away from the train station, respectively. It is also home to many restaurants.  Many serve specialty foods including Mexican, Italian, French, Thai and Japanese and others serve American favorites. Main Avenue is walked by thousands of tourists each week, making it the most popular shopping and relaxing tourist destination in Durango.

Parks & Recreation

Animas City Park
3274 E. 2nd Ave.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Hard Surface Trail, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage: 1.25
Directions: From downtown Durango: Travel North on Main Ave., turning right (East) onto 32nd St. Turn left (North) onto E. 2nd Ave. Animas City Park is on the right.

Brookside Park
2301 Main Ave.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage: 1.98
Directions: From downtown Durango: Travel North on Main Ave., past 22nd St. Just after A-frame building on left, turn left (West) into parking lot. Brookside Park runs along creek to 24th St.

Dallabetta Park
13616 La Posta Rd (C.R. 213)
Amenities: Animas River Trail Connection, Accessible Fishing Area, River Access, Picnic Shelter, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage: 6.8.
Directions: From downtown Durango: Travel South on Main Ave., turn right (West) onto College Dr. At light turn left (South) onto Camino Del Rio. Travel 3.75 miles to River Rd., make a right (West). Cross bridge and make another right (North). Park is on the right.

Fassbinder Park
140 W. Park Ave.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage: 1.38
Directions: From downtown Durango: Travel North on Main Ave., turn left (West) onto 17th St. Fassbinder Park is on the left.

Folsom Park
11 Folsom Pl.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Ball Field, Basketball, Soccer, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage: 8.67.
Directions: Travel North on Main Ave. to 15th St., turn right (East). Stay left as road merges into Forida Rd. From Florida/15th St./3rd Ave. intersection, go approximately .7 of a mile and turn left (West) onto Folsom Pl. Stay left, road turns into Park entry drive. Folsom Park is on the left.

Fort Lewis College Recreation Complex
1430 Rim Dr.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, 3 Ball Fields, Soccer, Lighting, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Shelter, Park Acreage: 14.
Directions: Travel South on Main Ave., turn left (East) onto College Dr. At E. 8th Ave., College Dr. will turn into Goeglein Gulch Rd. Go 1.14 miles. Turn left (West) onto Fort Lewis Dr. Merge onto Rim Dr., park is on the left.

Iris Park
1235 Camino Del Rio
Amenities: Animas River Trail, Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Shelter, Park Acreage: .48.
Directions: From Main Ave., turn West onto 9th St. At stop light, turn right (North) onto Camino Del Rio. From light go approximately .25 of a mile and turn left (West) onto Veterans Way. Iris Park is located straight ahead.

Jenkins Ranch Park
435 Jenkins Ranch Rd.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Tennis Courts, Restrooms, Picnic Shelter, Park Acreage: 7.82.
Directions: Travel South on Main Ave., turn left (East) onto College Dr. At E. 8th Ave., road will turn into Goeglein Gulch Rd. From E. 8th Ave., go 1.2 miles, turn right (East) onto Jenkins Ranch Rd. Go .9 of a mile, Jenkins Ranch Park is located on the left.

Lions Den
2401 Rim Dr.
Across from the Golf Course
Amenities: Picnic Tables, Rest Rooms, Natural Surface Trail, Limited Accessibility*, Picnic Shelter, Park Acreage: 10.5.
Directions: Travel South on Main Ave., turn left (East) onto College Dr. At E. 8th Ave., road will turn into Goeglein Gulch Rd. From E. 8th Ave., go 1.14 miles, turn left (West) onto Fort Lewis Dr. Go .4 of a mile, turn right (NE) onto C.R. 238A. Go another .5 of a mile, gravel driveway for the Lion's Den is on the left.
Additional Information:
Lions Den has 4 picnic tables that sit 6 people each. The tables are locked down, but can be unlocked for moving. The park applicant is responsible for moving the tables back to their original places.

Memorial Park
2901 E. 3rd Ave.
Amenities: Animas River Trail, Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Accessible Fishing Area, River Access, Playground, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage: 15.36.
Directions: Travel North on Main Ave., turn right (East) onto 32nd St. Cross bridge and turn right (South) onto East 3rd Ave. Parking lot is on the right at the corner of E. 3rd Ave. and 29th St. Memorial Park runs along the Animas River from 32nd St. to behind the Fairgrounds.

Pioneer Park
261 E. 37th St.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Shelter, Park Acreage: 2.35.
Directions: Travel North on Main Ave./Hwy 550, turn right (East) onto 37th St. Go .10 of a mile to the corner of N. Bennett and 37th St. Pioneer Park is on the left.

Rank Park
149 E. 22nd St.
Amenities: Animas River Trail, Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Fishing Area, Playground Handicap, Accessible Park, Acreage: 6.45.
Directions: Travel North on Main Ave. to 22nd St. Entrance into park is from 22nd St., East side of Main Ave. Rank Park lays SE of Baseball fields, behind Durango High School.

Riverview Sports Complex
2900 Mesa Ave.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, 2 Ball Fields, Soccer, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage 11.22
Directions: Travel North on Main Ave. to 15th St., turn right (East). Stay left as road merges into Forida Rd. From Florida/15th St./3rd Ave. intersection, go approximately 1.25 miles. Turn left (North) onto Aspen Dr. Make first left (West) onto Plymouth Dr. Parking lot for Riverview Sports Complex is on the right about 150 feet from turn.

Rotary Park
1565 E. 2nd Ave.
Amenities: Animas River Trail, Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Fishing Area, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Shelter, Park Acreage: 1.87
Directions: Travel North on Main Ave., turn right (East) onto 15th St. Make first left turn, Rotary Park is straight ahead.

Santa Rita Park
149 S. Camino del Rio
Amenities: Animas River Trail, Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Horseshoe Pits, Fishing Area/River Access, Playground, Basketball, Soccer, Lighting, Rest Rooms, Volleyball, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Shelters, Park Acreage: 14.49
Directions: Travel South on Main Ave., turn right (West) onto College Dr. At light turn left (South) onto Camino del Rio. Travel .85 of a mile to the light at Santa Rita Dr. Turn Right (West) into Park Complex.

Schneider Park
950 Roosa Ave.
Amenities: Animas River Trail, Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Fishing Area, River Access, Playground, Rest Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Shelter, Skate Park (skates/bikes/boards allowed), Park Acreage: 6.93
Directions: From Main Ave., turn West onto 9th St. Go past stop light and turn right (North) onto Roosa Ave. For Schneider Park make first right turn into parking lot. For Skate Park at Schneider Park, go .2 of a mile from 9th St. and turn right into second parking area. The Skate Park is located North of this parking lot. Schneider Park runs from 9th St., North along the Animas River, about .40 of a mile.

Viles Park
245 E. Park Ave.
Amenities: Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Handicap Accessible, Park Acreage: .82
Directions: Travel North on Main Ave., turn right (East) onto Park Ave.  Go East one block to E. 2nd Ave.  Viles Park is located on the corner of E. 2nd Ave. and Park Ave.

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