Durango, Colorodo is a town that 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".
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.
It is known for its Snow Festival and Music in the Mountains, which is an annual summer classical music festival. Performances are held from early July through early August and feature performances by both professional and student artists.
Durango also hosted the first-ever Mountain Bike World Championships in 1990. But his week its hosting duties was focused on Durango Film, an Independent Film Festival. Quite a happening town. I didn't do any of the outdoor activities, but I did enjoy the local music scene and wonderful food. Definately more my style.