Durango’s History & Amenities
Durango was formed by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company in 1880 to serve as a mining outpost. Around the turn of the century Durango started to become a vacation destination, with the development of more amenities. By the mid 1950 Durango had an airport and Fort Lewis College, a few years later the famous Purgatory Ski Resort was built.
Today people live and visit Durango for numerous reasons. Some of the more popular ones include skiing at Purgatory, visiting Mesa Verde, biking adventures, fishing, backpacking, and so much more.
Durango residents also have access to Mercy Regional Medical Center, Southwest Colorado’s most sophisticated hospitals. There is a 71,000 square foot recreation center in town along with a new library.